Faculty Associated with the Program

Maryna Bazylevych

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, SUNY Albany; M.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at Albany; B.A., English Philology and Translation, Technological University of Podillia

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Sean D. Burke

Associate Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Graduate Theological Union; M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary; B.A., Judeo-Christian Heritage, Concordia College

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Wanda Deifelt

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University Doctoral Program; M.T.S., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; B.A., Faculdade de Teologia, Escola Superior de Teologia

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Jane M. Hawley

Professor of Dance

Education: M.F.A., Performance and Choreography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Certificate Program, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School; Personal Well-Being, Windemere Institute for Healing Arts; B.A., Theatre, Luther College

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Thomas C. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Education: Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Minnesota; M.A., Communication Studies, University of Minnesota; B.A., Communication, Saint John’s University

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Marian Kaehler

Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Biochemistry, Michigan State University; B.A., Chemistry and Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Lise E. Kildegaard

Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Chicago; B.A., English, Carleton College

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Martin Klammer

Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Iowa; M.A., English, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; B.A., Honors English, University of Oregon

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Charlotte Kunkel

Professor of Sociology

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder; B.A., Summa Cum Laude, St. Cloud State University

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Holly Moore

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Education: Ph.D., Philosophy, DePaul University; M.A., Philosophy, Villanova University; B.A., Pennsylvania State University

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Kimberly Powell

Professor of Communication Studies

Education: Ph.D., Speech Communication, The University of Georgia; M.A., Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University; B.S., Communication Studies, Berry College

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Sheila Radford-Hill

Executive Director of Diversity Center

Karla Suomala

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Hebraic and Cognate Studies, Hebrew Union College; M. Phil., Hebraic and Cognate Studies, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; B.A., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

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Kristin Swanson

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Religion, Vanderbilt; M.T.S., Trinity Lutheran Seminary; B.A., summa cum laude, California Lutheran University

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Amy E. Weldon

Associate Professor of English

Education: Ph.D, M.A., English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.A., English and Journalism, Auburn University

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Novian Whitsitt

Professor of Africana Studies and English

Education: Ph.D, African Languages and Literature, M.A., African Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., International Relations, University of California-L.A.

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Jacqueline Wilkie

Professor of History

Education:  D.A., American Social History and Curriculum Design, Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A., American History, Northeastern University; B.A., Social Science and Secondary Education, College of Saint Rose

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Stephanie Travers

Associate Professor of Psychology

Janna Edrington

Assistant Professor of Nursing