Humanities Faculty

Providing students with an excellent foundation of a liberal arts education.

Educational Background

  • Licentiate in History (ABD in History), Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • M.A., Trinity International University
  • Ph.D., Marquette University

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests center on the interaction of religion, culture, and politics and include the following disciplines and sub-disciplines:

  • Western civilizations
  • Historiography
  • Intellectual history
  • Political history
  • Religious Studies
  • Christianity
  • World religions
  • Comparative religions
  • Ethics
  • Spirituality
  • Church history and the history of Christian thought
  • Ancient, medieval, and early modern Christianity
  • Christian thought o Movements of renewal and dissent
  • Traditions and movements in Christianity

Humanities Courses Taught

  • Hum 101 The Ancient through the Medieval West
  • Hum 102 The Renaissance through the Modern West

Educational Background 

  • B.A., Cleveland State University
  • M.A.L.S., Kent State University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Classical Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • European Intellectual History

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance To Modern West

Educational Background

  • A.A., William Rainey Harper College
  • B.A., Rosary College
  • M.A., Roosevelt University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Women's literature
  • Women's memoirs
  • Women's art
  • Non-fiction

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity

Educational Background

  • A.A., Rock Valley College
  • B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Women's studies
  • Western Culture
  • Art History
  • Asian Culture, Southeast Asian Studies
  • English Literature and Composition • Education
  • Online Education

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West 
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West 
  • HUM 106 The Cultures of Asia
  • HUM 107 The Cultures of Africa
  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity
  • HUM 125 World Myth

Educational Background

  • B.A., Michigan State University 
  • M.A., University of Michigan 
  • M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

  • The teaching profession
  • Published book reviews in the Midwest Modern Language Association Journal and The New Renaissance
  • Published translations of German authors, including Michael Krueger, Botho Strauss, Heinz Piontek, Paul Celan, and Kurt Tuchlolsky

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology

Educational Background

  • B.F.A, Ohio University
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • A.B.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 15th and early 16th-century European Art and Culture
  • Architecture (Western and Non-Western)
  • Evolution of Religious Iconography, Iconology, and Texts (Western and Non Contemporary Iconography and Iconology of Imagery from Popular Culture
  • Aesthetic and Cultural Influence of Video Games (Art, Music, and Storytelling)
  • Musical Production and Evolution in its Cultural and Historical Context (since about 1752, Gregorian Calendar)
  • Repatriation of Works from Museums to their Countries and Cultures of Origin
  • Protection, Preservation, and Return of Cultural Artifacts from WWII
  • Including the MFAA or Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program under the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied Armies (a.k.a. "The Monuments Men")
  • Integration of Technology for Teaching and Learning

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West 
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West 
  • HUM 107 African Humanities 
  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity 
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Mythology

Educational Background

  • B.A., Mary Washington College 
  • M.A., Loyola University Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Western culture from the Stone Age(s) through the 20th century:
    • Sexuality
    • The human body, and their representations in Western art, literature, music, and philosophy
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Theories of myth
    • Classical epic
    • Classical plays and their modern counterparts
  • Tolkien:
    • The use of myth and religion in Tolkien's Silmarillion and the Lord of the Rings
  • The Middle East:
    • Middle Eastern literature, particularly Sufi poetry and The Arabian Nights.

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 104 Introduction to Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Myth

English Department; Coordinator, International Studies and Programs

Educational Background

  • B.S., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • M.A., New York University, New York
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Anglo-Saxon language, literature, history, and religious culture
  • Medieval hagiography and homiletics

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 105 The Great Ideas of World Civilizations
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Mythology

Educational Background

  • B.A., Governors State University
  • M.A., University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Adult Education, with a focus on on-line and Blended teaching
  • Chaucer and the 14th century
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Classical Mythology
  • Non-Western Mythology
  • Non-Western Epic Literature

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 103 Asian and African Humanities
  • HUM 105 The Great Ideas of World Civilizations (Blended)
  • HUM 106 Cultures of Asia
  • HUM 107 Cultures of Africa
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Mythology

Educational Background

  • B.A., Loyola University
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • M.Div., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • A.B.D., Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Medieval art and architecture
  • Epics
  • Arthurian literature
  • Hagiography

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West (Blended)
  • HUM 125 World Mythology

Educational Background

  • B.A., Western Illinois University
  • M.A.T., National-Louis University
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • A.B.D., Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Composition and Creative Writing: Fiction, Memoir, Creative Nonfiction
  • Women's Literature, Women's Studies, and Feminist Criticism and Theory
  • British Literature, Shakespeare, British Novel, Victorian Literature
  • Visual Art of the Victorian Period
  • Women Artists; Art of the Women's Movement
  • Film and Literature
  • Film and Film Theory
  • Popular Culture
  • Mystery and Detective Fiction

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology (emphasis on Women's Mythology)

English Department; Director, Academy for Teaching Excellence

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Research and Teaching Interests

  • American Literature
  • Literature of Peace and Nonviolence
  • Literature of the Holocaust
  • Ethics and Literature
  • The philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas
  • 19th and 20th Century Russian Prose Fiction
  • The history of ideas as manifested through literature, the arts, and culture

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 105 The Great Ideas of World Civilizations (Honors)
  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity
  • HUM 115 International Studies in Humanities ("The American Experience in Paris" Learning Community with Professor Kurt Hemmer, and one group to Paris under the auspices of the Honors program.)

Educational Background

  • B.A., Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • A.B.D., University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

  • History of the English Language
  • Historical Syntax
  • Modal verbs
  • Negation
  • Linguistics
  • Classical Mythology
  • Western Civilizations
  • English Composition

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology (on-line)

Educational Background

  • B.A., Central Bible College
  • M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
  • M.L.I.S., Dominican University
  • D. Min., Trinity International University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Christian Humanism in Renaissance thought

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 105 The Great Ideas of World Civilizations (Honors)

Educational Background

  • B.A., M.A., Truman State University 
  • M.S.I., University of Michigan

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Popular culture
  • Science Fiction
  • Asian studies
  • Queer studies
  • Women's studies
  • Thanatology
  • Food Studies
  • Victorian culture
  • Graphic novels

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 103 Asian and African Humanities
  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity

Educational Background

  • B.A., Roosevelt University
  • M.A., Roosevelt University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Curriculum Design and Humanities
  • Goddess Mythology & the Women's Spiritual Movement
  • Science Fiction Humanities
  • Classical Mythology
  • World Mythology
  • Gothic Literature

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 107 The Cultures of Africa
  • HUM 110 Women and Creativity
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Mythology

 Educational Background

  • B.A., Wilmington College
  • M.A., Marquette University
  • M.Div., McCormick Theological Seminary

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Philosophy of Art
  • Philosophy of History
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Architecture

Professional Activities

  • Editor, International Association for Aesthetics Newsletter, 2010 to Present.
  • Delivered paper at the 100th anniversary of the International Congress for Aesthetics at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, July 2013.
  • Delivered paper: Nature and City Conference, University of Bologna, Italy, July 2012.
  • Delivered paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences: 2011 (Philadelphia, PA); 2012 (Rochester, NY); 2014 (New Orleans, LA).
  • Delivered paper at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, D.C., October 2007.

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 125 World Myth

Educational Background

  • A.A.S, North Iowa Area Community College 
  • B.S., Western Michigan University 
  • M.Div, Alliance Theological Seminary 
  • Th.M, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Humanities and Philosophy
  • In Humanities:
    • Currently researching and writing on influential cultural/worldview beliefs and their expressions.
  • In Philosophy:
    • Currently researching and writing on value theory in ethics.

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 105 The Great Ideas of World Civilizations
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology

Educational Background

  • B. A., Mundelein College of Loyola University
  • M. A., National-Louis University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Women's Studies
  • The Arts

Courses Taught

  • Humanities 101: Ancient through Medieval West
  • Humanities 102: Renaissance to Modern West
  • Humanities 110: Women and Creativity

English Department

Educational Background

  • B.A., Bradley University 
  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Argumentation
  • Pedagogy
  • Cross-cultural Influences

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 105 The Great Ideas of World Civilizations
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology

Educational Background

  • B.Mus., Northwestern University
  • M.A., Stanford University 
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Music and Art, especially contemporary
  • Women and the Arts

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West

Educational Background

  • B.A., Columbia College, Chicago
  • M.A., The University of Limerick, Ireland

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Cultural studies
  • The early modern to modern Western world, particularly American studies
  • American Film Studies
  • Gilded Age Studies
  • American Dream: culture and literature
  • Classical Literature (Issues of mortality and afterlife)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Religious and scientific relationship studies

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 105 Great Ideas in World Civilization

 Educational Background

  • A.A., William Rainey Harper College
  • B.A., Winona State University 
  • B.S., Winona State University 
  • M.A., Winona State University 

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Celtic, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Norse, Native American, Japanese, Chinese, African, and Russian folk lore, fairy tales, legends, and mythology •
  • Speculative Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Historical, and Mystery genres
  • J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis studies
  • Ancient rhetorical techniques
  • Feminism, Post-modernism, and New Historicism critical approaches
  • Management principles and techniques
  • Developing and updating websites

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Myth

Educational Background

  • B.A., National Louis University
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Adult Education, with a focus on on-line teaching, in addition to ESL
  • Shakespeare in Costuming
  • Classical Mythology
  • Non-Western Mythology
  • Mesoamerican Featherworks

Humanities Courses Taught

  • HUM 101 The Ancient Through the Medieval West
  • HUM 102 The Renaissance Through the Modern West
  • HUM 110 Women Studies
  • HUM 120 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 125 World Mythology