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Faculty and Staff

Ni Wayan Ariati (Bu Ary), PhD, Academic Director

Ary holds a PhD from Charles Darwin University of Darwin, Australia. She comes from a small rice-farming community in the Tabanan region of Bali and is still involved in the social and religious life of her native town. She completed her BA in English literature and linguistics at Udayana University in Denpasar in 1988 and joined SIT Indonesia’s language teaching staff in 1991. She received a Fulbright grant in 1996 to teach the Indonesian language at Arizona State University’s South East Asian Summer Study Institute (SEASSI). She was coordinator of SEASSI until 1997, when she moved to Darwin, Australia, to teach Indonesian there. She returned to SIT 1999, serving as academic director in Bali and in other roles in Samoa and India. Her experiences in North India her desire to make a comparative study of female images in the Hinduism of India and Bali, which led to her doctoral work at Charles Darwin University (CDU), where she completed her dissertation in history and women’s studies titled “Journey of a Goddess: Durga in India, Java and Bali.” Her published articles include “Theodicy in Paradise” (Journal of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion, New Delhi, June 2010).

Edward Trisna (Edo), Program Assistant

Edo studied English language and literature at Udayana University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2009. He joined the SIT Study Abroad program in Bali as a program assistant in fall 2014. He previously worked for several event organizers from 2007 until 2014 and was involved in international conferences and events in Bali, Jakarta, and Surabaya.


Language Program Coordinator and Staff

The intensive Indonesian language course is taught by highly qualified instructors who graduated from the Udayana University Denpasar, Bali. They are the authors of Bahasa Indonesia for Beginners, used exclusively on the SIT Study Abroad Bali program.

I Made Yudiana (Pak Yudi), Language Coordinator

Yudi joined the SIT program in Bali in 2001. He completed his BA in English at Udayana University the following year. Before joining SIT in Bali, he worked for many years in the NGO field, especially for Bali Hati, an NGO specializing in educational support for children of lower income families in Gianyar and Badung regencies. Yudi devotes much of his free time to mastering English and often provides assistance to local institutions delivering English language courses to native speakers of Indonesian.

I Made Joni Jatmika (Jo), Language Instructor

Jo holds a master’s degree in linguistics with a concentration in translation study from Udayana University in Bali (2011–2015), and she obtained a bachelor’s degree from the English Department Faculty of Letters at Udayana University (2002–2006). She also completed a program in multimedia and design from the New Media Interactive Computer College (2007–2008).

Utei Charaleghy Pamphila (Ella), Language Instructor

Ella joined the SIT program in Bali in 2014. She earned her BA in English language and literature and her master’s degree in linguistics from Udayana University. During her time as a student, she taught English to Indonesian students for about five years. She developed her intercultural communication competence as a translator and interpreter in the Indian Consulate General for two years. Her experience in learning, teaching, and translating English has contributed to her understanding of the language-learning process faced by foreign students.

Other lecturers include:

Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf, PhD, Lecturer

Mohammed holds a BA in Islamic theology from the State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; an MA in comparative religious studies from the Centre for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia; an MA in conflict transformation from the Centre for Justice and Peace-building, Eastern Mennonite University, US, as a Fulbright grantee; and a PhD in public policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He trained in automated text analysis at Social Science Automation Inc., Ohio, US. He was an intern at the Search for Common Ground, US; a country representative at Asian Muslim Action Network; a peacebuilding trainer for Indonesian activists at Eastern Mennonite University; and an analyst for the Security Monitor Program at Victoria University. He studies how Islamist movements change in a democratic context and has facilitated interfaith programs. He is researching multi-religious coexistence in Indonesia.

Baskara T. Wardaya, PhD, Lecturer

Baskara is a professor of history at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in history from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He researches post-independence Indonesia, particularly the 1965 anti-communist purge and its international context and impact. He has published several books on the topic. Since 1998, he has conducted archival research in US libraries. As Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the University of California-Riverside (2011–2012) he did archival research at the Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan Libraries.

Siti Syamsiyatun, PhD, Lecturer

Siti earned her master’s degree in Islamic studies from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and her doctorate in politics from Monash University, Australia. She is associate director of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies Yogya and a lecturer at State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, where she is a member of the Center for Women’s Studies. From 2006 to 2008, she was director of the university’s International Office. In 2009, she was a Fellow of the Asian University Leader Program. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Visiting Specialist at the College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho. She specializes in Islamic and gender studies and teaches at ICRS-Yogya and UIN Sunan Kalijaga.

Olivier Pouillon, Lecturer

Olivier was an SIT Bali student in 1991. His Independent Study Project was on Bali’s public transportation system. Olivier worked for the Wisnu Foundation, Bali’s first locally established Indonesian environmental organization, from 1994 to 1998. He established the first professional waste management system on the island, PT Jimbaran Lestari, and Bali Recycling, the first fully licensed waste management, recycling, and hazardous waste processing facility in Bali. Olivier is married to an Indonesian woman and has two children.

Thomas A. Budd, PhD, Lecturer

Thomas is a recent graduate from Sofia University with a doctorate in transpersonal psychology. He specializes in transformative education and research, experiential learning, and cultural and conscious studies. He is the co-founder of the Light Inspired Transformations Community, a California nonprofit organization, and a consultant for the Ananta Sunyata Acintya Community in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. Thomas lives in Bali with his wife Diah, and their long term goal is to create a transformative learning school in Tabanan, Bali.

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