Part-Time Faculty Member
Born and raised in Louisville, Alice Shaughnessy-Begay is a graduate of the WKU Folk Studies graduate program, where she focused on Health Belief Systems and Folk Medicine. She now teaches the undergraduate class Cultural Diversity in the US for the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology as an adjunct part-time faculty.
Teaching Cultural Diversity in the US offers Alice the opportunity to engage students in the commonwealth of cultures in the U.S. She says that she arranges her classrooms to create a talking circle, allowing students direct engagement with each other. Her teaching approach also includes class activities outside the classroom, saying that "The $100 Solution service learning project is an exciting addition to the study of cultural diversity at WKU." One of the challenges that Alice faces is keeping her students focused during her evening classes, "I wish I could serve supper with this course; most students complain of being hungry."
Her work for WKU is not the only thing that fills Alice's time. Alice is a registered nurse and works in a rural health clinic in western Kentucky. With her husband, she co-owns a non-emergency medical ground transportation company on the Navajo Nation. She says that living and working among the Navajo people has been a wonderful experience and has enhanced her understanding of identity and worldview. In addition to her other jobs, Shaughnessy-Begay is also a speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Counsel, a freelance writer for The Record Newspaper in Grayson County, a member of the Kentucky Women in Agriculture, a Master Gardener for the state of Kentucky, and writes creative non-fiction and fiction.