First-Year Experience Staff
As director of the First-Year Experience, Associate Professor of Sociology Amon Emeka ensures that new students at Skidmore College have the most academically fulfilling first-year possible. A sociologist and demographer by training, he enjoys teaching and learning about how the quality of life human beings experience is shaped by the population dynamics and social arrangements. In particular, he uses statistical methods, big data and sociological theories to teach and research patterns of racial identity, racial exclusion and immigrant adaptation in contemporary U.S. society. His research has been published in influential scholarly journals and referenced in popular media outlets including the New York Times.
Student Academic Development Coordinator
Marla has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University. Prior to working at Skidmore, she was a visiting assistant professor of English and associate director of Fall for the Book at George Mason University, served as a writer-in–residence for the DC Creative Writing Workshop and DC WritersCorps, and held a variety of jobs in international public health. Her poems have appeared in Fifth Gear, Phoebe, Hartskill Review, Gargoyle, the Greensboro Review, and the Roanoke Review. She is also the author of a chapbook (The Doppler Effect, Finishing Line Press). Her essay "The Church" will appear in Gargolyle in 2020.
Allie supports the First-Year Experience with her organizational and management skills, which are used on a daily basis to track and maintain multiple department office budgets; assist peer mentors; aid students, parents, faculty, and staff with FYE based information and questions; and assist the coordinator with arrangement details for speakers, events, and a variety of special programs, including Orientation.
Allie joined the staff at Skidmore College in the fall of 2004 as secretary in the Office of Institutional Diversity and moved to the First-Year Experience in the summer of 2005. Allie has an A.A. in liberal arts and humanities from Dutchess Community College and a B.A. in human behavior from Skidmore. She is a second-generation alum. She also attended the Center for Child Study as a preschooler in the mid-1970s.