Adjunct Professor, Department of Communication, Department of Psychology, and the Coordinated Science Laboratory. Dr. Contractor's research interests include the emergence (creation, maintenance, and dissolution) of communication and knowledge networks. Applications of complexity theory, chaos theory, and self-organizing systems theory to the study of organizing. Globalization and new forms of organizing. Computational modeling of organizational structures and processes. Advanced quantitative data analytic techniques including structural equation modeling, time series analysis, and network analysis.
Dr. William Hechler is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English. Dr. Hechler teaches technical writing and science journalism. He is interested in forestry and demography in the western Tarai region of Nepal, particularly in the areas where Nepali-speaking hill people are moving into the areas traditionally occupied by the Tharu tribe.