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AUx Leadership Team

Meet the AY 2016-2017 AUx Leadership Team

Andrea Brenner



Director, American University Experience (AUx)
Curriculum Designer, AUx1

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner (she/her/hers) holds a BA in Sociology from Brandeis University, an MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and a PhD in Sociology from American University. She currently serves at the Director of the American University Experience (AUx), the designer of the AUx1 curriculum, and as the Faculty Director of University College, AU’s oldest and largest living-learning community for first year students. She has been honored to serve as a Sociology faculty member for the past 17 years and as the Undergraduate Advisor and the Internship Director for the Department of Sociology. Prior to coming to AU, Dr. Brenner worked as the Director of Student Activities at Mount Vernon College (now part of George Washington University) and for the GED Testing Service of The American Council on Education, designing curriculum for the nation’s high school equivalency exam. She researches and writes about the sociology of education, teaching introductory sociology, and on the life course. Dr. Brenner serves on the Editorial Board of SOC (McGraw Hill) and has recently published in The A-Z of Death and Dying, in Sex and Society, and in Sociology Through Active Learning. She has received a number of teaching awards, including Professor of the Year and the Faculty Award from the GLBTA Resource Center. Dr. Brenner is also an adoption advocate and has served on the Board of Trustees of The Barker Adoption Foundation, Maryland’s oldest non-profit adoption agency, since 2006. She is passionate about the rights of all student voices on campus and supporting students as they transition through their first year of college. She loves documentaries, kayaking in Maine, reading, and spending time with her family and her fabulous cat, Willow.

Izzi Stern



Program Coordinator, American University Experience (AUx)

Izzi Rose Stern (she/her/hers) began her role as Program Coordinator for AUx in June 2016. Prior to this role, Izzi served as a Case Manager in Housing & Dining Programs at AU. As a Case Manager, her responsibilities included maintaining a caseload of residential students with conduct, socialization, transitional, academic and/or behavioral needs. In this role, Izzi was also a member of the CARE Team and maintained open office hours each week in the Office of the Dean of Students. Prior to working at American University, Izzi worked in the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at the George Washington University for two years, serving as a Conference Officer. She received her MA in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University and is a proud alumna of the College of Arts & Sciences at American University with a BA in Sociology. Her undergraduate thesis was entitled Full Disclosure: Selection, Support and Success for College Students with Learning Disabilities. As an undergraduate student at AU, Izzi was involved in the Residence Hall Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV and movies. Izzi also loves traveling, especially to somewhere in the Caribbean, and photography.

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Joy Adams


Joy K. Adams, PhD

AUx Instructional Designer


Joy Adams (she, her, hers) is a broadly trained human geographer with research specializations in ethnic geography, tourism studies, qualitative methods, and the North American culture region (the U.S. and Canada). She holds BA and PhD degrees in geography from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Applied Geography degree from Texas State University. Joy began her academic career as a classroom instructor, most recently as Associate Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University, the northernmost campus in the California State University system. After teaching for eight years, Joy relocated to the DC metro area to serve as a senior researcher at the Association of American Geographers. There, she worked on NSF-funded projects to investigate non-academic career paths for geography graduates and to promote diversity and inclusion within the discipline. Since 2013, Joy has worked as an instructional designer, and in September 2015, she completed an online certificate program in e-learning instructional design through The University of California, Irvine. In May 2015, Joy joined the staff of AU's e-Learning Support Services office in Bender Library, where she consults with faculty and staff on course design and development, instructional technology, and online pedagogy. She also occasionally teaches undergraduate geography courses as an adjunct instructor at The University of Maryland. When she is not working on her courses, Joy can often be found binge-watching television programs in the company of her three cats, eating Indian food, conducting genealogical research, performing karaoke, or exploring historic cemeteries.

Angie Chuang



Curriculum Designer, AUx2

Angie Chuang (she/her/hers) holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Stanford University. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Journalism in American University's School of Communication, and the designer of the AUx2 curriculum. She has been at AU since 2007, joining the faculty after a 13-year career as a national and regional award-winning newspaper reporter for The Oregonian, The Hartford Courant, and the Los Angeles Times. At The Oregonian, Prof. Chuang developed one of the first regional newspaper race and ethnicity reporting beats, and traveled to Afghanistan, Vietnam, and the post-Katrina Gulf Coast to report stories. She's been challenged and inspired by bringing those experiences into the classroom at AU, through her class Race, Ethnic and Community Reporting, created in conjunction with a Surdna Foundation grant, as well as in her scholarly research on race and identity in the news media. Her scholarly articles on the news media's constructions of American and Other identity have been published in top communication journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, and won research awards. Prof. Chuang's previous reporting on post-9/11 Afghanistan and Afghan Americans also became the foundation for a literary nonfiction book, The Four Words for Home (Aquarius Press / Willow Books 2014). She's a second-generation Chinese American from the San Francisco Bay Area, and has always been a believer in the power of storytelling and words to create meaningful, open understanding about and across identities. She's an avid Iyengar yoga practitioner and a fair-weather bike commuter.

Jacqueline Lantsman


Jacqueline Lantsman

Student Staff, American University Experience (AUx)

Jacqueline Lantsman (she/her/hers) is a sophomore majoring in Public Health in the College of Arts and Science, and Justice & Law in the School of Public Affairs. Growing up a first generation, low income New Yorker, she witnessed the disparity in health care between low-income and upper income households. Since then she has been advocating for self-care education within K-12 schools. She is currently the Self-Care Coordinator for Students Against Sexual Violence, a Volunteer Contributor to the Mind Body Journal, and an intern for NextGenVest. Interning, she helps students attain proper financial aid from colleges and universities. Her work stems from the belief that tuition costs should not prevent education. By supplying students with the tools to find scholarships and write appeal letters, students are empowered to complete their degrees. Her ambition to empower students is why she is excited to be the student staff member for the AUx Program.

Meng Wang


Meng Wang

AUx Videographer and Instructional Multimedia Designer

Meng Wang (she, her, hers) graduated from the master’s program in film and video at American University. As a filmmaker who studied and practiced video production for nine years, she made several films including documentaries and fictions. In these video production practices, she played various roles such as editor, director, producer and graphic designer. Meng currently works as an Instructional Multimedia Designer at American University library. Her responsibility includes creating multimedia especially video content in the university’s learning management system and other web-based instructional software. Utilizing proven instructional design principles and techniques, she designs, develops, and bridges effective communications between faculty and online learners. Meng loves watching films and reading in her free time.