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Joan DelPlato helped develop the Early College Teaching Seminars, and is one of the Seminar's faculty. Dr. DelPlato teaches art history and women's studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Dr. DelPlato has taught at Loyola Marymount University and California State University at Long Beach. She was a research associate at the Getty Center for Art History and Humanities, and received grants from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and UCLA. She has published articles in Eighteenth-Century Women and the Arts, Gender & Education, Afterimage, and Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her book, Multiple Wives, Multiple Pleasures: Representing the Harem, 1800-1875, Associated University Presses (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002) won a Millard Meiss Award from the College Art Association to assist in its production. Her interests include issues of gender and class in art, 19th century art in England and France, late Harlem Renaissance art, contemporary culture, Orientalism, and critical methods.

Anne O'Dwyer teaches psychology at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She has also taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston Univesrity and Boston College. Her publications include contributions to the British Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Dr. O'Dwyer has presented at numerous conferences, including that of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, the International Society for Political Psychology (in Spain), and the New England Psychological Association. She has been a member of Steering Committee of the New England Psychological Association, a regional affiliate of the American Psychological Association since 2001, and since 2003, has been Secretary of the organization. At Simon's Rock, Dr. O'Dwyer has served as chair of various organizational bodies, including the Faculty Senate, the Human Research Review Committee, and of the Anti-harassment and Anti-discrimination Committee.

Patricia Sharpe helped develop the curriculum for the Early College Teaching Seminars, and is one of the Seminar's faculty. Dr. Sharpe holds the Elizabeth Blodgett Hall Chair in Literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and was Dean of Academic Affairs at Simon's Rock from 1993 through 2005. In 2001-2003, she served as founding Dean of Studies of Bard High School Early College, a collaborative venture of Bard and the New York City Department of Education that enables students to move from ninth grade through the Associate's Degree in the four years usually devoted just to high school. Dr. Sharpe is co-author of the book Taking a Stand in a Post-Feminist World: Toward an Engaged Cultural Criticism (SUNY Press, 2000) and co-editor of Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment: The Denalturalization of the Body in Culture and Text (SUNY Press, 1992). She led Summer Seminars for Teachers on Women and Fiction, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in 1988,1990, and 1992.

U Ba Win joined the Simon's Rock community in 1979. He was Dean of Students at Simon's Rock for five years before becoming Provost in 1985 and Dean of the College in 2004. Currently he serves as Vice President of Early College Policies & Programs for the Bard College system which includes Simon's Rock College and Bard High School Early College. A native of Burma, he has also been the advisor for the many international students who come to the U.S. to study at Simon's Rock. Prior to coming to Simon's Rock he and his wife Judith Win, the Director of Counseling at Simon's Rock, directed Crossroads International, a nonprofit organization that planned educational programs for young people. He continued his commitment to exposing U.S. students to the larger world, through counseling student on foreign study and leading a number of trips abroad with the Simon's Rock community: he has organized and led a January Intersession programs in Bali, Burma and in northern Thailand. Ba Win, along with faculty member and former Dean of Academic Affairs Patricia Sharpe, is one of the founding staff members of Bard High School Early College. They are both currently consulting with colleges and public school systems around the country on opening Early Colleges.

Nancy Yanoshak helped develop the Early College Teaching Seminars, and is one of the Seminar's faculty. Dr. Yanoshak teaches History and Women's Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She has taught at Georgetown University and recently spent a semester in the Russian Federation teaching at Smolny College, a joint US I Russian venture in liberal arts education sponsored by Bard College and St. Petersburg University. She did archival work in the Soviet Union as an International Research and Exchange Board Scholar, and was a Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, serving as assistant to Ambassador George Kennan. Dr. Yanoshak is also a past Secretary-Treasurer for the New England Slavic Association.. She has published her work on pre-Petrine Russian history and on Soviet Culture in Slavic Review and The Journal of Popular Culture as well as in Studies in Bibliography. Her coauthored articles on feminist critique of contemporary cultural practices and interdisciplinary studies have appeared in Gender and Education, and Afterimage.