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Phone  (850) 599-3831
Fax  (850) 599-8417

Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre
515 Orr Drive
208 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Visual Arts, Humanites & Theatre Faculty & Staff

Humanities Faculty
Philosophy & Religion Faculty
Theatre Faculty
Visual Arts Faculty

Humanities Faculty

Dr. Janet L. DeCosmo
Professor of Humanities

Born in Apalachicola and educated at Florida State University, Dr. DeCosmo has done research and published articles on Bahamian Junkanoo, Rastafari in Bahia, Caribbean Carnival, New Orleans' Black Indians, and the Creole Cultures of Lousiana.

 She has traveled to many of the islands of the Caribbean, as well as to countries in Central and South America. She takes students on trips abroad, and formed two community groups, Friends of the Caribbean and the Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association.

 She teaches Caribbean Religion and Culture, and African Humanities.

Dr. Derek Williams

Photo of Dr. Liping Zhang

Dr. Liping Zhang
Associate Professor of Humanities
205 Foster Tanner Fine Arts Center (W)
Florida A & M University
(850) 599-8760

Dr. Liping Zhang received her MA (English Literature) and Specialist in Higher Education from Pittsburg State University, and her PhD (Humanities) from Florida State University. She has been teaching at FAMU since 1993 with a major concentration in Western Humanities, especially from the Renaissance to the Modern Period.  She also developed the Asian Humanities Program at FAMU in 1997. She has attended many national and international conferences and published multiple papers which focus on comparing Eastern and Western cultures and philosophies.   Currently, she is teaching Western (Historical Survey I and II) as well as Asian Humanities.


Philosophy & Religion Faculty


Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere
Professor of Philosophy
203 Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 561-2839


Originally from Maine, Michael LaBossiere went to college in Ohio. He received his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1993 and started teaching at Florida A&M University that same year. His major areas of interest in philosophy include metaphysics, ethics and political & social philosophy. He teaches classes in aesthetics, critical thinking, ethics, epistemology and modern philosophy. He writes for three philosophy blogs and has numerous professional publications including his book What Don’t You Know? In addition to his academic pursuits, LaBossiere is an avid runner and competes in distances ranging from the mile to the marathon. He is also known for his work in the gaming field, having written professional for various companies such as Chaosium, GDW, RTG, TSR and Freeverse. He has a husky named Isis.

Dr. Allezo N. Owens
Assistant Professor of Religion
204 Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 412-5560

Theatre Faculty

Ruben Arana
117 Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
(850) 412.5534

Edith Carnley
104 Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 561-284

Kimberly Harding
111 Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 561-2840

Kimberly K Harding received her formal undergraduate education in drama at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA., and earned her MFA degree in the area of Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.  For several years she toured professionally as a stage manager and has two Off-Broadway credits to date.  Currently, Harding is employed at Florida A&M University where she is an Associate Professor of Theatre.  In addition to her teaching load she serves the theatre program as the Ticket Sales & Services Manager, Educational ArtReach Coordinator, and the Director of Marketing.  Harding has two published articles to her credit on the lives and works of theatre artists Micki Grant and Vinnette Caroll, both which appear in African American Playwrights: A Sourcebook (2004).  In 2008 she was the project manager and an editor for the National Black Arts Festival’s 20th Anniversary commemorative book, a festival for which she had worked with since its inception.

Evelyn Tyler, MFA
112 Tucker Hall
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Theatre Program

College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
Visual Arts, Humanities, and Theatre

Office: 850-599-8064
Email: evelyn.tyler@famu.edu

Evelyn D. Tyler is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where she serves as a generalist working in various roles from prop master to event planner. Tyler is slated to direct the Essential Theatre's upcoming workshop production of Sing On Ms. Griot by Beth Turner, which will feature in November. She is also a presenter at the Florida Theatre Conference in Gainesville, Fl and the Southeastern Theatre Conference, where she lectures and demonstrates how to hand build cost effective properties for the stage.  Tyler has written for Black Masks magazine on the recent 2017 National Black Theatre Festival, Winston Salem, NC, where she was also featured in a stage reading opposite Vanessa Bell Calloway.  To date, Tyler is the 2017 Florida Theatre Conference Career Achievement in Volunteerism Award recipient, which she will receive in November of this year.  In Tyler’s spare time, she enjoys baking, painting, designing and making jewelry.


Luther Wells
Theatre Professor
208A Tucker Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3831

Visual Arts Faculty



Harris Wiltsher

Area Facilitator

Associate Professor, Printmaking & Design

100A Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center, East
Office: 850-561-2842
Email: harris.wiltsher@famu.edu

“To address specific elements of black history or its community certainly is attainable but the position of my work is to provide a cultural and / or educational meaning”.

Wiltsher’s artistic endeavors span from being a Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) recipient, visiting artist, lecturer, independent curator, program administrator for the Florida Art in State Buildings Program and gallery director at his alma mater Florida A & M University. He defines his work as the documentation of personal experiences within the framework of African Diaspora and has exhibited throughout the eastern seaboard, including “ A Southern Perspective on Prints: 2005 New Orleans Triennial ”; New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA), “African Influences – Contemporary Artists”; The National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN ), “ In Print: The Language of Art”; FSU Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee, FL), “South Africa: A Better Life For All”; Saginaw Museum of Art (Saginaw, MI), “Inner Voicings: Printmaking & Sculpture”; Schacknow Museum of Fine Art (Coral Springs, FL), “A Sense of Place”; Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (Augusta, GA), “Power of Prints”; Hostos University Art Gallery (Bronx, NY). In addition, his work is included in collections by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Sande Webster Gallery Collection, Carver Federal Bank, Art Academy of Honolulu, and the Black Archives Research Center & Collection Reserve.


Courtnay Micots

Assistant Professor of Art History

104 Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center, West
Office: 850-561-2844
Email: courtnay.micots@famu.edu




Liu Nan

Associate Professor, Drawing & Painting

204 Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center, West
Office: 850-599-8756
Email: nan.liu@famu.edu



Aja Roache

Assistant Professor of Museum Studies
Gallery Director of the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery

105 Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center, West
Office: 850-599-8755
Email: aja.roache@famu.edu



Updated 8/25/2018
Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere