Luther announces grants of tenure and promotions

Luther College President Paula Carlson and Dean of the College Kevin Kraus have announced promotions and grants of tenure for current faculty members.           

At its Feb. 10-12 meeting in Minneapolis, the Luther Board of Regents approved tenure for Anita Carrasco, anthropology; Dan Davis, classics; Kyle Fey, mathematics; Andrew Hageman, English; Thomas C. Johnson, communication studies; Angela Kueny, nursing; and Jodi Meyer-Mork, education. All were promoted to associate professor.

The Board approved promotion to full professor for Storm Bailey, philosophy; Jon Jensen, environmental studies and philosophy; Olga Michels, chemistry; Todd Pedlar, physics; Gregory Peterson, music; and Sören Steding, German.

Anita Carrasco
Anita Carrasco, anthropology, has taught at Luther since 2011. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristano, Santiago, Chile. Carrasco earned master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

She teaches courses in cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, consumerism and sustainability, capitalism and culture, writing ethnography and anthropological theory.

Carrasco's research focuses on extractive industries, corporate social responsibility, environmental impacts, mining company-indigenous community relations, power and inequality and consumer culture. Carrasco's most recent research focus is working on her book manuscript "The Embrace of the Serpent: A Chronicle of Atacameño Life in the Face of Mining." 

Dan Davis

Dan Davis has served in Luther's classics department since 2011. He holds a bachelor's degree in classical civilizations from the University of Iowa, a master's degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University and a doctoral degree in classics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Davis' research interests focus on marine archaeology, ship technology, ancient harbors, classical archaeology, maritime trade and seafaring. He teaches courses in the archaeology of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, Greek, Latin, mythology and classical history.

An active scholar and leader of archaeological projects, Davis is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and is currently writing two books.

Kyle Fey

Kyle Fey began teaching in the mathematics department in 2011. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dordt College and master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

His research interests include the calculus of variations, partial differential equations, the intersection of mathematics and biological problems and mathematical epidemiology.

Fey is particularly interested in collaborating with students in research endeavors. His recent student research collaboration projects include "The effect of population structure on vaccination thresholds for herd immunity" and "B-cell chronic lymphocytic – a model with immune response of genetically modified anti-cd19 CAR-targeted T cells."

Andrew Hageman

Andrew Hageman has been a professor in the English department since 2011. His research focuses on techno-culture and machines in the social imaginary, ecological narratives and images in writing and film, convergences of science and fiction in science fiction and the history of the novel.

Hageman currently teaches courses in American literature, film, ecomedia, science fiction and Paideia.

He earned a bachelor's degree in English from St. Olaf College, a master's degree in English from Western Washington University and a doctoral degree in English with a critical theory emphasis from the University of California, Davis.

Thomas C. Johnson

Thomas C. Johnson has served in the communication studies department since 2011, regularly teaching courses in critical media studies, media production and Paideia. His research interests include pedagogy, sports media, television studies, gender studies and documentary film.   

As a writer, editor, director and producer of documentary films, Johnson's credits include "Hours with Amanda," "Hours with Ben," "Hours with Novian," "Order in Chaos" and "Sons of the Road." His most recent release, "Ironhead," has been accepted into 15 festivals and was selected for Iowa Public Television's "The Film Lounge."

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Saint John's University and master's and doctoral degrees in communication studies from the University of Minnesota.

Angela Kueny

Angela Kueny has taught in the Luther nursing department since 2010. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Luther, and master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Iowa. She completed coursework in transcultural nursing at the University of Northern Colorado.

Her research interests focus on cultural and diverse perspectives in health care and forgiveness in early and middle childhood. Kueny's doctoral dissertation used ethnographic methodology to describe Amish practices for healing chronic childhood disease and how Amish families can work with providers to find collaborative and community-centered care for children.

Kueny is an active researcher and presenter at conferences around the United States and abroad. She regularly teaches courses in community-centered nursing care, public health, leadership and research methods in nursing.

Jodi Meyer-Mork

Jodi Meyer-Mork joined the Luther education department in 2011. She teaches courses in instructional strategies, diverse and exceptional learning, home school and community, early childhood education and literary assessment.

Before making the move higher education, Meyer-Mork taught students in kindergarten through eighth grade identified for special education. She has previously held positions at Clarke University, University of Central Missouri and Minnesota State University, Mankato. While her research interests within the discipline are varied, much of her professional focus has centered around opportunity and access for children with disabilities. Her most recent article, "Preservice Teachers Project Caring Experienced in the College Classroom Toward Future Elementary Students," is currently under review. 

Meyer-Mork holds a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education, a master's degree in special education and a doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood education, all from the University of Northern Iowa.

Storm Bailey

Since joining the Luther philosophy department in 1995, Storm Bailey has taught courses in logic, ethics, philosophy of science and Paideia. He is a former director of the Paideia program and has held Luther's Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities.

Bailey specializes in ethics and political philosophy, and has particular interests in issues related to teaching and to the circumstances of church-related colleges.

He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Wheaton College and master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Jon Jensen

Jon Jensen has been teaching in the philosophy and environmental studies programs at Luther since 2002. He teaches courses in applied ethics, environmental policy and philosophy of science. Jensen has also led study away programs in Tanzania and Malta and at Holden Village in Washington.  

In addition to his professorial duties, Jensen is also the director of Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities. In this position, he oversees the center's work in all areas of sustainability on campus as well as outreach to the region.

Jensen holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Luther and master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Olga Michels

Olga Michels joined the Luther faculty in 2003. She teaches courses in organic chemistry, chemical principles, the essentials of chemistry and scholars colloquium. She has served as a faculty leader of Luther's Malta program and has taught a January term study abroad course in Cambodia.

Her research interests include studyinh the interaction of guest molecules - drugs or environmental pollutants - in host systems, such as proteins or other large structures, using fluorescene spectroscopy, or light. The goal of this research is to learn about how the guests interact with the host for possible applications such as delivery of the drug in the body or the removal of the pollutants from water or soil.

Michels holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from McMaster University and a doctoral degree in physical organic chemistry from the University of Victoria in Canada.

Todd Pedlar

Todd Pedlar

Since joining the Luther physics department as a faculty member in 2003, Todd Pedlar has taught courses in classical physics, thermal physics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear and particle physics. He also teaches in the Paideia program.

Pedlar's research focuses on elementary particle physics, specifically the physics of heavy quarkonium systems. He has performed this research over the past twenty-five years with international collaborations at Fermilab, Cornell University and currently with a 600-person collaboration based in Japan, and has involved his students at Luther​ in this research since his arrival.

Pedlar holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Whitman College and a doctoral degree from Northwestern University.

Gregory Peterson

Organist Gregory Peterson joined the Luther music faculty in 2005, where he teaches applied organ and church music, serves as the college organist and cantor, and conducts the Luther Ringers. He currently serves as the head of Luther's music department.

A long-time professional church musician, Peterson has served as organist at the Old South Church in Boston, visiting assistant professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College and visiting professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Peterson holds a bachelor's degree in music from Luther, a master's degree in music from Yale University and a doctoral degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.

Sören Steding

Sören Steding joined the Luther German department in 2004. He earned a master's degree in German literature from Vanderbilt University and a doctoral degree in German from the University of Regensburg in Germany.

Steding teaches courses in German language and literature, and is also an instructor in Luther's Paideia and scholars program. He is the director of the Münster program, which takes a group of students for a semester abroad to study and live with German host families in Münster, Germany.

His research interests include nineteenth century German literature and the representation of war and soldiers in society. Steding is also an accomplished author, and has been awarded several literary prizes. 

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