Our leadership team has been hand-picked to escort you on your year-long journey through
the Humanities. We hope you enjoy new discoveries about our disciplines, yourself,
and our faculty and staff partners. Start getting acquainted with them now!
Taunya is a Salt Lake City native who is passionate about education in the Humanities.
She has taught English in Morocco, served as teacher trainer in the Philippines for
the U.S. Peace Corps, and guided educational tours throughout Italy. She firmly believes
the world is the greatest classroom of all. She received her M.A.T. from the School
for International Training and her B.A. in English from The University of Utah. Taunya
has more than 15 years professional experience in teaching, training, writing/editing,
public relations and program development. When she is not at the U, she enjoys playing
in Utah’s mountains and deserts.
Lepa Espinoza Program Coordinator
Lepa Espinoza is an assistant professor in the Department of English. She has spent
the past decade working in public schools in Utah, first in Ogden as an AmeriCorps
volunteer, then teaching Language Arts and Reading in Weber School District, and most
recently in Salt Lake City District, teaching high school Reading and AVID. She has
worked to promote literacy and a passion for reading and exploring our place in the
world through literature and self-exploration. She earned a Master of Arts in English
from Weber State. She has also earned a Reading Endorsement, English as a Second Language
Endorsement, and is working on becoming certified to teach yoga.
Lepa grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, a small town about 150 miles south of Anchorage
on the Kenai Peninsula. She is half Alaska Native and half Macedonian and values their
rich cultures. She lives in Salt Lake City with her two daughters, Penelope and Uma,
and her husband, Corey. When she isn’t teaching, Lepa enjoys yoga, hiking, playing
volleyball, traveling, and spending family time at home with her husband and little
ones, including her dachshund, aptly named Gato.
Ashley Glenn Academic Advising Coordinator
Ashley is an academic advising coordinator in International and Area Studies but a
lifetime student of the humanities. As an undergraduate, Ashley studied English, history,
and communication at a small liberal-arts college in South Carolina but moved to Salt
Lake City to continue her education through a master’s degree in the Department of
History. Through her graduate study, she further developed interests in topics of
inequality, access to education, lasting impacts of colonialism, gender, and more.
After graduating, she moved to Wuhan, China to teach academic and business writing
and filled any time off from teaching with travelling. From her experiences abroad
and years of working in numerous roles as an adviser and mentor, she has become passionate
about international education and believes that understanding different histories,
cultures, and languages allows us to better communicate with and better contribute
to our local and global communities. Outside of advising, Ashley spends time perfecting
her biscuit recipe, attempting to read fifty-two books each year, excelling at board
games, and planning her next international adventure.
Allison Musser Career Coach
Allison has been with the Career and Professional Development Center since May 2017.
As a transfer student (she went to 3 colleges before finally landing at Cal State
Fullerton!), who majored in what her family told her to, she knows what it’s like
not to know who you are, or what you want to do with your life. Thankfully, she discovered
her passion for supporting and coaching college students during her time as a New
Student Orientation Leader, which she attributes to being one of the most pivotal
moments in her career trajectory. Allison’s journey has allowed her to work with students
in both small and large, public and private institutions including Academic Advising
at the University of Southern California, and most recently Experiential Learning
at Pomona College. In her spare time, you can find Allison volunteering at the Best
Friends Animal Society – Utah, playing softball, line dancing, or watching HGTV home
renovation shows (preferably Fixer Upper or Rehab Addict).