About us


Welcome to the Center for Excellence in World Arts at GIAL, a collaborative space where best practices, resources, and strategies for arts and cross-cultural service are developed and disseminated through innovative courses, conferences, and artistic events.

Our vision for the Center—researching arts, sparking creativity, responding to communities’ needs—is growing and looking for more partners, so please join us to study, serve, or give! Check out our accredited degree programs, short intensives and modular courses, informational resources, community-building and educational events, networking opportunities, and videos featured here. We look forward to growing creativity in community with you!

Gratefully yours,

Brian Schrag, PhD

CEWA Founder
GIAL Adjunct Faculty
International Coordinator,
SIL Ethnomusicology & Arts

Robin Harris, PhD

CEWA Director
GIAL Assistant Professor
President,
Int’l Council of Ethnodoxologists

GIAL World Arts Faculty


Robin Harris

Robin P. Harris, Assistant Professor

Applied Anthropology—Center for Excellence in World Arts
PhD, University of Georgia, 2012; MA, Bethel University, 2007; MA, Columbia International University, 2001; BMus, Biola University, 1983.
Field work: Russian Federation (Siberia)
Languages spoken: Russian

Neil-Coulter

Neil R. Coulter, Assistant Professor

Applied Anthropology—Center for Excellence in World Arts
PhD, Kent State University, 2007; MA, Kent State University, 2000; MM, Kent State University, 2000; BM, Wheaton College, 1997.
Field work: Papua New Guinea
Languages spoken: Tok Pisin, German


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William (Bill) Harris, Adjunct Faculty

World Arts
MA, Communication (School of Television and Film), Regent University, 1991; MA, Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University, 1999; MA, Organizational Leadership, Azusa Pacific University, 2005

Katie_Hoogerheide

Katharine Hoogerheide, Adjunct Faculty

World Arts
MA, World Arts, GIAL 2013; MA, TESOL, Tel Aviv University, 2009; M of Music, Organ Performance, Western Michigan University, 2003
Field work: Netherlands, Israel
Languages spoken: Dutch, Modern Hebrew

Brad Keating

Brad Keating, Adjunct Faculty

Applied Anthropology—Center for Excellence in World Arts
MA, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, 2011; BMus, Arizona State University, 1997; BS, Arizona State University, 1992.
Field work: Nigeria

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Laura Roberts, Adjunct Faculty

World Arts
MA, World Arts, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics; BA, Music (summa cum laude), Union University.
Field work: India, Indonesia
Languages spoken: Hindi, Urdu

Mary Beth Saurman, Adjunct Faculty

Applied Anthropology, World Arts
PhD (ABD), Bern University (Switzerland); MA, Wheaton Graduate School, 1992; BASc, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 1982.
Field work: Thailand
Languages spoken: Thai

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Brian Schrag, Adjunct Faculty

Applied Anthropology—Center for Excellence in World Arts
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005; MA, Wheaton College, 1987; BS, Brown University, 1984.
Field work: Congo
Languages spoken: French, Lingala, Mono

Julie Taylor, Adjunct Faculty

Applied Anthropology - Center for Excellence in World Arts
PhD, Edinburgh University, 2002; MA, Wheaton College, 1992; BMus equivalent + Postgrad Diploma, Royal College of Music, London, England, 1979.
Field work: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, PNG, UK
Languages spoken: Kiswahili



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Michelle S. Petersen, Associate Instructor

Applied Anthropology—Center for Excellence in World Arts
MA, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, 2006; BA, University of Utah, 1988.
Field work: Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal
Languages spoken: French, Jula

Bethany Randolph, Associate Instructor

Applied Anthropology—World Arts
World Arts Graduate Work, 2009, 2014; Bachelors of Social Work, Northwestern State University, 2007
Field work: Europe, Eurasia, Mainland Southeast Asia, Philippines
Languages spoken: Bulgarian

Todd Saurman, Associate Instructor

Applied Anthropology—World Arts
PhD, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2013; MA, Wheaton College, 1992; BS, Slippery Rock University, 1983.
Field work: Mainland Southeast Asia; Consulting throughout Asia and Eurasia.
Languages spoken: Thai

Bryan Varenkamp, Associate Instructor

Applied Anthropology—Center for Excellence in World Arts
MA, University of Texas at Arlington, 1987; BA, San Diego Christian College, 1982; BM, Baylor Univerisity, 1984.
Field work: Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand
Languages spoken: Napali, Eastern Tamang, Spanish, Hindi

CEWA Staff


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Katie Hoogerheide

Associate Director of GIAL's Center for Excellence in World Arts (CEWA)
MA, Tel Aviv University
Katie_Hoogerheide@gial.edu
(972) 708-7510

Wendy Atkins

Arts and Trauma Healing Liaison (CEWA)
BMus, Houghton, College
Wendy_Atkins@gial.edu
972-708-7702


Cory Cummins

Cory Cummins

Office Manager
cory_cummins@sil.org, arts@sil.org
(972) 708-7517

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Kevin Calcote

Arts Specialist, Archivist
kevin_calcote@sil.org
(214) 442-8538