Master Teacher Profiles


Mauricio J. Almonte, is Coordinator of Academic Service-Learning and Community Outreach for the department. Also an award-winning Instructor of Spanish and an active scholar whose most recent publications appear in AEQ: Academic Exchange Quarterly, PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association, and Sargasso. He is the primary point of contact for AS-L activities and related fundraising efforts within the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature.  |  561-297-0321


Stephen D. Engle, Professor, Department of History, studies and teaches the political and economic evolution of the 19th Century American Republic. His research in this period has  focused on the study of  the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and his books include studies of the ethnic dimensions of the period, civil-military relations during the war, and the politics of power. His books include:  Yankee Dutchman:  The Life of Franz Sigel (1993), Don Carlos Buell:  Most Promising of All (1999), Struggle of the Heartland (2001), The American Civil War in the West (2002),  The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War (2003), (co-authored with Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick, and Joseph Glatthaar), and most recently a co-edited work entitled, A Yankee Horseman in  the Shenandoah Valley (2012) (co-edited with David Coles). His articles and essays have appeared in Civil War HistoryJournal of the West, Journal of Negro History, Yearbook of German-American Studies, Journal of Urban History, and the AHA Perspectives. His current work, Gathering to Save a Nation:  Abraham Lincoln, Union Governors, and the Preservation of the Union is forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University Press.  He is also the editor for a volume entitled Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America, forthcoming by the University Press of Florida as the third volume in the series featuring the essays of the Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency.

He has been the recipient of several research and teaching honors including being named the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Fellow at the Huntington Library, a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the New York Historical Society, the Scholar-in-Residence at Shepherd College's Civil War Center, and the Frank Klement Lecturer at Marquette University.  He spent the year (1995-1996) as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany teaching at Martin Luther University as well as at the American History Institute in Wittenberg, Germany. He has presented papers and lectured widely in the United States and in Germany, and is a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers' Program, and the Smithsonian Associates Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  He has held several elective and appointive offices in the Society of Civil War Historians, having served as the Executive Treasurer since 1992, and also currently serves as the Book Review Editor for the SCWH Newsletter.  Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, as well as several academic press boards. A native of the Lower Shenandoah Valley, Steve grew up near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  He received his Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University in 1989 and joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 1990.  In his time at FAU he has served as the Director of Graduate Programs (1997-2002), and as Department Chair (2002-2007). 

Areas of Expertise: 19th Century U.S., The Federal Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction | 561-297-2444


Mirya R. Holman, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Holman received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in American Politics and Public Policy and her BA from Loyola University New Orleans in Political Science and History. She teaches and conducts research about on public policy and American government. Her present research focuses on the politics of identity, gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as urban politics, environmental attitudes, and policy implementation. Her research has been published in Women, Politics, and Policy, Social Science Quarterly, The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, The Suffolk University Law Review, and The Roger Williams Law Review, as well as in the New York Times and on

Areas of Expertise: Women and Poltiics, Race and Ethnic Politics, Urban and Environmental Politics. 

Research: Women and Politics, Race and Ethnic Politics, Urban Politics, Environmental Politics, Policy Implementation.

Teaching: Women and Politics, Urban Politics, American Government

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Kyle Prescott

Kyle Prescott is the Director of Bands at Florida Atlantic University.  His responsibilities include conducting the University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, teaching the graduate instrumental conducting sequence and coordinating aspects of FAU's comprehensive university bands program. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Idaho, and the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal conducting teacher was Jerry F. Junkin. Additionally, he has studied with exemplary conductors through fourteen international conducting symposia.

Prior to his work at The University of Texas, Dr. Prescott conducted bands and orchestras in the Pacific Northwest. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Association for Music Education in 1997 and 1999, the Southern Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in 2008 and the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in 2009. A strong proponent of new music for wind ensemble, Dr. Prescott has conducted nine world premieres in recent years, including works by Arthur Weisberg and Libby Larsen.

His research in score analysis and rehearsal has been published in three separate volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is the current Florida State Chair of CBDNA, Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Palm Beach Youth Orchestras, and Conductor and Music Director of South Florida's professional wind band, the Florida Wind Symphony. 

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