Faculty

Faculty

2015-2016 Full-time Faculty:


Mary Beth Ahlum (1985)
Professor of Psychology
B.S., 1978, Denison University; M.S., 1981, Ph.D., 1983, Pennsylvania State University.

Timothy P. Anderson (1984)
Professor of Education
B.S., 1973, M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1984, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cody L. Arenz (1999)
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., 1993, Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., 1998, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Pamela A. Arnold-Johnson (2007)
Associate Professor of Chemistry 
B.S., 1995, College of William and Mary; Ph.D., 2001, Cornell University.

Boyd Bacon (1988)
Assistant Professor of Music
B.M.E., 1970, M.M., 1972, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Courtney C. Baillie (1999)
Professor of Accounting
B.S., 1989, M.P.A., 1990, CPA Certificate, 1989, Ph.D., 2003, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kelly Bauer (2015)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
B.A., 2008, Carthage College; M.A., 2010, Ph.D., 2015, George Washington University.

Dale M. Benham (1989)
Professor of Biology
A.S., 1978, South Plains College; B.S., 1980, M.S., 1982, Angelo State University; Ph.D., 1989, Northern Arizona University.

Sarah Berkeley (2013)
Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., 2002, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.F.A., 2011, University of Michigan.

Nancy Biggs (2013)
Professor of Education
B.S.Ed., 1975, M.Ed., 1979, Ph.D., 1992, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Telea Bloch (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.A., 2007, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.M., 2011, D.M.A., 2014, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Melisa M. Borchardt (2000)
Professor of Social Work
B.S., 1992, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.S.W., 1997, University of Denver.

Kevin P. Bower (2005)
Associate Professor of History
B.S., 1996, University of Evansville; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2003, University of Cincinnati.

Jeri L. Brandt (1990)
Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 1974, University of Iowa; M.S.N., 1978, University of Nebraska College of Nursing; Ph.D., 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jerald S. Bricker (2003)
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., 1986, Western Michigan University; M.S., 1988, Ph.D., 1993, Arizona State University.

Erin Carmody (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Math
B.S., 2004, University of Nebraska at Omaha; M.A., 2007, University of Kansas; Ph.D., 2015, City University of New York.

Kara A. Cavel (2010)
Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.S.W., 1999, Creighton University; M.S.W., 2002, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Gina Chambers (2013)
Instructor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1997; M.Ed., 2004, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jay Scott Chipman (1994)
Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts
A.A., 1974, Mid-Plains Community College-Nebraska; B.S., 1977, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., 1987, Louisiana State University; Ph.D., 1997, University of Pittsburg.

Kelly Clancy (2015)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
B.A., 2002, M.A., 2004, Ph.D., 2015, Rutgers University.

Nathaniel Cunningham (2010)
Associate Professor of Physics
B.S., 1999, University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., 2006, University of Colorado.

Rick Cypert (1987)
Professor of English
B.S., 1981, McMurry College; M.A., 1983, Iowa State University; Ph.D., 1987, Texas Christian University.

Erin Donovan (2016)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 2012, M.S.N., 2014, College of St. Mary.

Melissa Donovick (2014)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., 1999, California State University, Los Angeles; M.S., 2006, Ph.D., 2010, Utah State University.

Elizabeth Drake (2015)
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., 1997, M.S., 2008, Ph.D., 2014, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Todd Drew (2015)
Assistant Professor of Business
B.S., 1985, M.B.A., 1989, Ohio State University; M.Ed., 1996, University of Maine; Ph.D., 2006, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ellen B. Dubas (1984)
Associate Professor of Anthropology
B.A., 1970, M.A., 1975, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., 1990, University of Michigan.

Garry A. Duncan (1979)
Professor of Biology
B.S., 1972, M.S., 1975, Arizona State University; Ph.D., 1979, University of Arizona.

Melissa C. Erdmann (2001)
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.A., 1996, Luther College; M.S., 1998, Ph.D., 2001, Colorado State University.

Nathanael L. P. Fackler (1998)
Professor of Chemistry
B.A., 1990, Valparaiso University; Ph.D., 1995, Northwestern University.

Robert W. Fairchild (1975)
Professor of Physics
B.S., 1971, Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., 1975, Cornell University; M.S., 1993, Colorado State University.

Frank M. Ferraro III (2006)
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., 1998, University of Nebraska-Omaha; Ph.D., 2003, Kansas State University.

Molly Fitzke (2012)
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 2005, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S.N., 2008, Ed.D. 2009, College of St. Mary.

Jo Ann M. Fuess (1990)
Professor of Modern Languages
B.A., 1983, University of Delaware; M.A., 1985, Purdue University; Ph.D., 1992, University of Nebraska Lincoln.

L. Sue Gabriel (2014)
Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 1971, University of Nebraska Medical Center; M.F.S., 2003, M.S.N., 2005, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ed.D., 2008, College of St. Mary.

Gary Gerald (2009)
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., 2001, M.S., 2003, Middle Tennessee State University; Ph.D., 2008, Miami University.

Joan Gettert Gilbreth (2000)
Professor of Sociology
B.S., 1985, Southwest Texas State University; M.S., 1994, Ph.D., 2000, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

David R. Gracie (2004)
Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., 2000, University of Hartford; M.F.A., 2004, Northwestern University.

Linda K. Hardy (2004)
Associate Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 2001, M.S.N., 2003, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ph.D., 2011, University of Northern Colorado.

Patricia A. Hawk (1997)
Associate Professor of Communication
B.A., 1985, Chadron State College; M.A., 1995, Doane College Lincoln; Ph.D., 2007, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Patrick M. Hayden-Roy (1989)
Professor of History
B.A., 1981, University of Southern California; M.A., 1983, Ph.D., 1988, Stanford University.

Julie Heaton (2015)
Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.A., 2001, University of Utah; M.F.A., 2004, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Steven Hegemann (2014)
Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.S., 1997, M.P.A., 1999, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; D.P.S., 2013, Pace University.

C. Gerise Herndon (1993)
Professor of English
B.A., 1985, Drury College; M.A., 1990, Ph.D., 1993, University of Texas at Austin.

Mary Hickman (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
B.A., 2003, Boise State University; M.F.A., 2006, M.A., 2012, University of Iowa.

Jana J. Holzmeier (1999)
Associate Professor of Music
B.M.E., 1985, Truman State University; M.M., 1988, Indiana University; D.M.A., 2003, University of Texas at Austin.

Larry W. Hughes (2010)
Associate Professor of Business
B.S.B.A., 2000, M.B.A., 2002, University of Nebraska at Kearney; Ph.D., 2005, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

David L. Iaquinta (1990)
Professor of Sociology
B.A., 1972, M.S., 1976, M.S., 1977, Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeffrey A. Isaacson (2000)
Professor of Biology
B.S., 1983, Nebraska Wesleyan University; D.V.M., 1987, Kansas State University; Ph.D., 1996, Iowa State University.

Thomas A. Jackman (1991)
Professor of Business Administration
B.S., 1984, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.B.A., 1986, DePaul University; Ph.D., 2011, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Karla K. Jensen (2000)
Professor of Communication
B.A., 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 1994, University of Kansas.

Toni Jensen (2014)
Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.S.W., 2003, Dana College; M.S.W., M.P.A., 2007, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Matthew Johnson (2015)
Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., 1991, Northwest Missouri State University; M.S., 1993, Emporia State University; Ph.D., 1998, Texas Tech University.

Berniece M. Jones (1997)
Professor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., 1974, Concordia College, Nebraska; M.Ed., 1981, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., 2000, University of St. Louis.

Larry E. Jones (1976)
Professor of Music
B.M., 1973, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.M., 1975, Yale University; D.M.A., 1990, University of Colorado.

Tracey Kastl-Jacobs (2010)
Visiting Instructor of Education
B.S., 1997, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A, 2002, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Sarah A. Kelen (1999)
Professor of English
B.A., 1990, University of California-Berkeley; M.A., 1991, M.Phil., 1993, Ph.D., 1996, Columbia University.

Viktor Khanzhyn (2012)
Assistant Professor of Economics
Bachelor's Diploma, 2004, Master's Diploma, 2005, Petro Mohyla Mykolayiv State University; M.A., 2007, Ph.D., 2012, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Joan M. Korte (1999)
Associate Professor of Theatre
B.F.A., 1990, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.F.A., 1994, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rita M. Lester (1998)
Professor of Religion
B.A., 1989, Graceland College; M.T.S., 1991, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary; Ph.D., 1997, Northwestern University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Charlotte Liggett (2014)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 1974, Goshen College; M.S.N., 1980, Wayne State University; M.B.A., 1991, Bowling Green State University.

Tamra Llewellyn (2013)
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., 2006, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.S., 2009, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ph.D., 2013, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Lisa A. Lockman (1990)
Professor of Art
B.A., 1985, Indiana University; M.F.A., 1988, Indiana State University.

Kellie Long (2014)
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 2008, M.S.N., 2010, Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Jennifer M. Lorenzen (2008)
Associate Professor of Education 
B.A., 1988, M.E., 2004, Doane College; Ph.D., 2008, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cynthia J. Marolf (1990)
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., 1986, M.S., 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Sandra K. Mathews (1996)
Professor of History
B.A., 1986, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., 1988, Ph.D., 1998, University of New Mexico.

Sandra J. McBride (1991)
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., 1984, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., 1991, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Laurence L. McClain (1993)
Associate Professor of English
B.A., 1984, M.A., 1986, Ph.D., 1993, University of Texas at Austin.

Therese M. McGinn (2007)
Associate Professor of Biology 
B.S., 1990, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., 2002, University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Angela McKinney (1998)
Professor of Biology
B.A., 1989, Taylor University; M.S., 1991, Ph.D., 1996, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Sara Jane Miles (2006)
Associate Professor of French
B.A., 1993, University of Oregon; M.A., 1996, Ph.D., 2005, University of Virginia.

Abigail A. Mitchell (2007)
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., 2001, Kenyon College; M.S., 2004, Ph.D., 2007, Northwestern University.

Austin Mohr (2013)
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S., 2007, M.S., 2008, Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., 2013, University of South Carolina.

Jeffrey A. Mohr (2002)
Associate Professor of Social Work
B.A., 1980, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S.W., 1983, University of Kansas.

Catherine E. Nelson (1997)
Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., 1993, Texas Christian University; M.A., 1994, New York University in Spain; Ph.D., 2000, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Robert C. Oberst (1982)
Professor of Political Science
B.A., 1970, Bucknell University; M.A., 1975, University of Idaho; Ph.D., 1981, Syracuse University.

John L. Parkhurst (1999)
Professor of Theatre Arts
A.B., 1969, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., 1983, Southwest Missouri State University; M.F.A., 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

David B. Peabody (1984)
Professor of Religion
B.A., 1968, Southern Methodist University; M.Th., 1971, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., 1983, Southern Methodist University.

James E. Perry (1987)
Assistant Professor of Professional Studies
B.A., 1979, J.D., 1982, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Marilyn S. Petro (2006)
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., 1975, Ohio State University; M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1980, Miami University-Ohio.

Patricia Dotson Pettit (1980)
Professor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., 1977, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.P.E., 1978, Ph.D., 1989, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kristin A. Pfabe (2000)
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
B.A., 1987, Concordia College; M.S., 1990, Ph.D., 1995, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rachel M. Pokora (1996)
Professor of Communication
B.A., 1990, Michigan State University; M.A., 1993, Ph.D., 1996, Purdue University.

Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett (2010)
Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and Biology
B.S., 2002, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ph.D., 2008, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Michael W. Reese (2003)
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
B.A., 1989, University of Nebraska at Omaha; M.F.A., 1992, University of Kansas.

Rita A. Ricaurte (1989)
Professor of Spanish
B.A., 1975, M.A., 1977, Kansas State University; Ph.D., 1998, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jodi M. Ryter (2003)
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S, 1990, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ph.D., 1997, University of Colorado.

Anita Saalfeld (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A., 1999, M.A., 2002, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., 2009, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

James R. Schaffer (1990)
Professor of English
B.A., 1971, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A., 1972, University of Virginia; Certification in Journalism, 1983, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., 1990, University of Virginia.

Chris Schwartz (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., 1999, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ph.D., 2010, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Justin J. Skirry (2006)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., 1991, M.A., 1998, San Francisco State; Ph.D., 2003, Purdue University.

Kristina Smith (2012)
Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., 1999; M.S.N., 2012, Nebraska Methodist College.

Amy Spears (2014)
Assistant Professor of Music
B.M.E., 2003, Auburn University; M.M., 2007, University of Alabama; Ph.D., 2014, Arizona State University.

John D. Spilker (2011)
Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., 2004, Brigham Young University; M.M., 2006, Ph.D., 2010, Florida State University.

P. Scott Stanfield (1989)
Professor of English
B.A., 1976, Grinnell College; M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1984, Northwestern University.

Mark Stutz (2011)
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., 1991, Lock Haven University; M.S.Ed., 1999, University of Kansas; Ph.D., 2003, Kansas State University.

Christopher L. Swift (2001)
Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.S., 1987, M.B.A., 1994, Ph.D., 2009, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Johnny Thieken (2015)
Assistant Professor of Education
B.S.M.E., 1998, Northern Arizona University; M.S.Ed., 2004, Old Dominion University; Ph.D., 2012, Arizona State University.

Tami Thompson (2015)
Assistant Professor of Business
B.S., 1987, Iowa State University; M.B.A., 2000, Bellevue University; Ph.D., 2010, Capella University.

Brad Tice (2009)
Associate Professor of English
B.A., 2001, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.A., 2004, University of Colorado-Boulder; Ph.D., 2009, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

David A. Treichel (1994)
Professor of Chemistry 
B.A., 1987, Carleton College; M.S., 1988, Ph.D., 1993, Northwestern University.

Frederico Trindade (2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Bachelors, 2002, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE); M.S., 2012, Ph.D., 2015, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jill Van Hof (2012)
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., 1999, M.A., 2004, Michigan State University; Ph.D., 2012, Western Michigan University.

Rebecca Wagner Voight (1989)
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., 1974; M.S.N., 1979, University of Nebraska College of Nursing; Ph.D., 2012, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Loy D. Watley (1998)
Professor of Business Administration
B.S., 1982, Creighton University; B.A., 1990, Kearney State College; M.B.A., 1983, Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., 2002, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mark T. Werth (1993)
Professor of Chemistry
A.S., 1979, Alpena Community College-Michigan; B.S., 1981, Michigan State University; Ph.D., 1989, Iowa State University.

David F. Whitt (1991)
Associate Professor of Communication
B.S., 1989, Wayne State College; M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 2002, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Katharine Whyrick (2012)
Instructor of Spanish
B.A., 1998, M.A., 2000, Colorado State University.

Lisa Atwood Wilkinson (2002)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., 1987, M.A., 1994, M.A., 2000, Ph.D., 2002, University of South Florida.

Sue Willms (2014)
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S., 1998 College of St. Mary; M.S., 2008, Walden University.

Steven M. Wills (2010)
Associate Professor of History
B.A., 1997, University of Pugent Sound; M.A., 2004, Ph.D., 2010, Columbia University.

Meghan K. Winchell (2004)
Associate Professor of History
B.A., 1994, State University of New York at Geneseo; M.A., 1998, Ph.D., 2003, University of Arizona.

Katherine J. Wolfe (2000)
Professor of English
B.A., 1990, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ph.D., 1994, Texas Christian University.

Susan Wortmann (2009)
Associate Professor of Sociology
B.S., 1996, Wayne State College; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2003, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

William A. Wyman (1975)
Professor of Music
B.A., 1964, Bethany College, West Virginia; M.M., 1968, D.M.A., 1971, West Virginia University.

Yuko Yamada (1993)
Assistant Professor of Japanese
B.F.A., 1980, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.Ed., 1996, Doane College; Ph.D., 2001, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

J. Samuel Zitek (2003)
Assistant Professor of Music
B.F.A., 1989, Wayne State College; M.M., 1994, Ph.D., 2008, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

( ) denotes year of original appointment

2015-16 Officers of the Faculty - Faculty Council

Larry McClain
Faculty President

Rachel Pokora
Vice President for Faculty Affairs

Scott Stanfield
Vice President for Curriculum

Sara Jane Miles
Vice President for Faculty Development

John Spilker
Secretary-Archivist