Margaret Kent Bass is Associate Professor of English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Her undergraduate degree in English is from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH. Margaret holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from The University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In addition to teaching, Margaret has held several administrative posts; among them are Interim Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice. Margaret is an avid traveler and student of world cultures. She has led student groups on experiential learning trips in and out of the U.S. Margaret writes extensively on diversity and social justice in predominantly white academic institutions. Her other interests are travel writing and the personal essay. Margaret has won several awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching. Semester-at-Sea offers the opportunity for Margaret to engage in three of her passions simultaneously: teaching, traveling and cruising.