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David Baird, professor of communication, is the academic advisor for journalism students as well as faculty advisor for the student newspaper, the Andersonian. Special interests include political communication and media history, and one of the highlights of his professional career was interviewing Pem Farnsworth, who was working in the lab alongside husband Philo Farnsworth when he invented electronic television in 1927. Baird was associate producer for the Department’s A Ripple of Hope documentary, and his articles have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Quill, American Journalism, and other publications.
Baird joined the Department of Communication Arts in 1990.
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Professor of Communication
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School
Ph.D., Purdue University
Inge grew up in Brazil, South America, speaking Portuguese at school and German at home. At age 20 she began her college studies in the United States, graduating from Anderson University in 1985 with majors in Spanish and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University. She has taught German and Spanish at Anderson for more than 25 years. Inge is married to David Baird, who teaches in the Department of Communication Arts at AU, and the couple has two adult children. In her free time, Inge enjoys walking, gardening, cooking, traveling and serving in a ministry to migrant children.
Professor Baird has served at Anderson University since 1987.
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Assistant Professor of Spanish
Assistant Professor of German
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Ball State University
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Having always had a passion for learning and teaching, Dr. Blunt’s area of expertise is student learning and memory. Her research focuses on answering questions such as: How do students learn? What study strategies promote lasting, meaningful learning? How can evidence-based strategies, like retrieval practice, be incorporated into classroom activities? Dr. Blunt received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University.
Dr. Blunt’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Her work is published in several top academic journals including Science and has appeared in the New York Times.
Using her research to inform her teaching, Dr. Blunt’s goal is to engage and challenge her students. She enjoys introducing topics with interesting stories and providing evidence with tangible demonstrations and mini-experiments done in the classroom. Dr. Blunt is particularly passionate about teaching Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Memory. Dr. Blunt is especially interested in helping students apply psychological principles to everyday life, from understanding the pull of advertisements and wise decision making to creating robust interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Blunt is married to Dr. Andrew Pannabecker. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and spending sunny afternoons in her hammock. Dr. Blunt is an active member of Trinity church in Indianapolis.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University
M.S., Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University
Dr. Scott Borders is chair of the English department and its senior member, having joined the faculty in 1985. With a BA in English from Anderson, he attended Purdue University for both his master’s and doctoral degrees. His doctoral dissertation was on family structures in the fiction of nineteenth-century writer Thomas Hardy.
With primary training in British literature of the past two centuries, Dr. Borders teaches a variety of literature courses in the major, including Introduction to Literature, The British Novel, and surveys of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century British literature. Additionally, he teaches special topics courses in the fiction of Thomas Hardy as well as contemporary Southern American literature, along with a course in professional writing and editing.
In addition to chairing the department, Dr. Borders has served on many university committees, most recently on the Academic Policies and Faculty Affairs committees. For 25 years he was advisor to the department’s national honor society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Active in professional organizations, Dr. Borders has longstanding memberships in the Indiana College English Association (ICEA) as well as its national counterpart, the College English Association (CEA). Within that organization he has filled many leadership roles, including a term as president; he currently serves as treasurer. He has been recognized with CEA’s Life Membership award and as ICEA’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year.
A native of Alabama, Borders resides in Anderson. He enjoys maintaining a 90 year old home and yard on Anderson’s northwest side, reading (especially fiction), and caring for two lively corgi dogs. He has one son, also a graduate of Anderson University.
Professor Carrie Y. Clay earned her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Anderson University in 1999 and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2005. She has traveled and studied in El Salvador, Mexico and Spain.
Professor Clay began her teaching career at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. A few years later she returned to her alma mater, AU, where she now teaches Elementary/Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Phonetics, Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages, Strategies for Advanced Spanish Proficiency and First-Year Seminar.
In 2012 Professor Clay was awarded the Collegiate Teacher of the Year award by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (IAATSP). In 2019, she was honored to receive a Site Manager of the Year award from College Mentors for Kids.
Professor Clay is married and has two children. She enjoys books, travel and music. She and her family attend Daleville United Methodist Church.
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Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director, Critical Thinking Seminar
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Middlebury College
Brian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He received his B.A. in history at the University of Central Arkansas, an M.A. in history at Rice University, and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Kansas. His scholarship has focused on the American Civil War era, in particular the life and career of Abraham Lincoln. His first book, Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865 offered a comparative analysis of the two Civil War presidents. He has since published Lincoln the Lawyer, a study of Lincoln’s legal career which received the Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable as the best book on Abraham Lincoln published in 2007, and he has edited Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race. In 2012 he released two books, Lincoln and the Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln and White America. He has also written numerous articles, and spoken at Harvard University, the National Archives in Washington DC, the Lincoln Forum in Springfield, Illinois, and Gettysburg’s Civil War Institute.
Dr. Dirck has served at Anderson University since 1998.
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Decker Hall 365; (765) 641-4443
Professor of History
B.A., University of Central Arkansas
M.A., Rice University
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Professor Elliott primarily teaches first-year writing courses, including Rhetoric and Composition plus Rhetoric and Research. These courses are designed to give new AU students the writing skills they need -- and hone the skills they already have -- to be successful in their college coursework, regardless of the majors they choose. Elliott is also a certified K-6 teacher in Indiana and teaches Language Arts methods to prospective secondary English teachers.
His research interests include digital rhetoric and composition studies of students with disabilities. As the father of three sons, the youngest of whom has autism, Elliott is deeply interested in issues of access and accommodation for all students no matter what their perceived limitations. He enjoys presenting his work at regional and national conferences and being part of the dialogue of how best to serve all learners. His family is broadly interested in autism advocacy.
Elliott earned his B.A. from Purdue University and has two Master’s degrees from Ball State University, one in Elementary Education and one in Rhetoric and Composition. He began his career as a print journalist working in Minnesota, Northwest Indiana and suburban Washington, D.C., where he covered the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He returned to Indiana and was a news and sports editor for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson before beginning graduate work in 2003. He later taught middle school Language Arts for four years prior to starting at AU as adjunct faculty in 2009. He joined the full-time faculty in 2012.
He, his wife Karla, and sons live in Fishers and attend The Promise United Methodist Church where he serves in children’s ministries.
Dr. Fox is currently the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures. His area of specialization is Latin American short fiction, but he enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish. Dr. Fox feels blessed to work at AU with a gifted and dedicated group of departmental colleagues. He has led student travel groups to Spain, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, biking and watching college sports. His greatest satisfaction is seeing AU language grads take their skills and knowledge into a variety of professions and make a difference in their community and the world. "We know that our MFLC graduates are doing well and doing good around the world. As teachers, business people, programmers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, linguists, social workers, missionaries and so much more, AU language grads are being light and salt in a world so in need of God's love."
Dr. Fox has served at Anderson University since 1998.
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Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures
Professor of Spanish
B.A., Anderson College
M.A., Anderson School of Theology
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. Michael Frank is a Professor of Political Science, teaching courses in American Government and Research Methods, including Congress, the Presidency, Political Parties, and Political Behavior. He is also the Pre-Law Advisor, helping students prepare for law school, the LSAT, and the admissions process. He has directed a number of internships for students in government offices, political campaigns, and legal settings.
Dr. Frank has served as the Chair of the Madison County Public Defender Board since 2009. The Board provides independent administration and oversight of the county’s public defender system to ensure compliance with state guidelines.
Dr. Frank earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.A. in International Relations fro Northern Illinois University. His research interests focus on political realignment, party history, and political inequality. He is a regular contributor to the Raven Politics blog.
Dr. Frank has served at Anderson University since the fall of 2001, having previously taught at Knox College and Houghton College.
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Decker Hall 364; (765) 641-4444
Professor of Political Science
B.A., Northern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Dr. Grayson teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as courses having to do with the art, history, and literature of Spain. She is an enthusiastic reader of Golden Age Spanish Theater, and loves introducing students to the various manifestations of cultural identity in Spain. She also researches early modern Jesuit school plays. Additionally, Dr. Grayson directs the First Year Experience Seminar, where she enjoys challenging students to identify how their core values will impact their lives, both at AU and beyond. In her spare time, she is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Spanish tortillas.
Dr. Grayson has served at Anderson University since 2011.
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Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of the First Year Experience Seminar
B.A., University of Tulsa
M.A., Notre Dame
Ph. D., Washington University in Saint Louis
Dr. Griffith prepares students to help people by teaching skills that enable them to practice psychology doing counseling and training and research. He assists students in learning about Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, Statistics, Interpersonal Relationships and Leadership Skills.
In addition to his teaching, Dr. Griffith maintains an active private practice. With his colleagues, he coordinates the Anderson University Interpersonal Trainers. These groups give students the opportunity to work with children, youth and adults teaching a wide variety of skills from anti-bullying to anger management.
Dr. Griffith is particularly interested in helping students cultivate a Christian understanding of psychology. Students in Liberal Arts Seminar, Christian Living in a Postmodern World, and other classes learn to express the connections between their faith and the discipline of psychology.
Dr. Griffith is grateful to be a husband, father, and grandfather. He is committed to healthy living in both mind and body. He is actively involved with a group of other believers.
Dr. Griffith has served at Anderson University since 1977.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. in Psychology Cedarville University
M.A. in Counseling Psychology The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology The University of Texas at Austin
Jason Higgs joined the Department of Communication and Design Arts in 2015. He has won an Emmy® award as well as several Telly and Addy awards for his creative direction and storytelling. His teaching draws on his experience in all aspects of design, television, cinema and animation.
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Assistant Professor of Visual Communication
B.F.A. in Visual Communication, Herron School of Art/Indiana University
M.F.A. in Graphic Design/Video/Animation, Ball State University
Elizabeth Imafuji teaches first-year writing and a variety of courses on writing and language, including Composing Arguments, History of the English Language, English Grammar and Style, and the Honors Program course Journeys and Migrations in the Western Tradition.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Imafuji researches writing and rhetoric. Recently she has presented her work at national conferences including those of the College Composition and Communication, College English Association, and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. In 2017 she was awarded a fully-funded spot on the Council for Independent Colleges seminar “The Verbal Art of Plato,” hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies. She also serves on the executive board of the Indiana College English Association.
Dr. Imafuji holds a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University, and an M.A. in English specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language from Purdue University. She joined the AU faculty in 2005.
Stefanie Leiter graduated from Anderson University with a B.A. in mass communications and a specialization in public relations. In 2016, she graduated with her Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University and received a graduate certificate in strategic communications in 2015.
In her previous role as director of content strategy and public relations, Stefanie was responsible for leading the content team that manages the AU website, institutional and admissions social media platforms, copy for all communication and marketing deliverables, and outreach materials supporting institutional reputation. In her 12 years in the communication field, she started 14 social media channels for Anderson University and worked through five website redesigns including the responsive AU site redesign in 2016. She served as an adjunct for 2 years before joining full time in the fall of 2017. Stefanie started her PhD in Communication from Regent University in May 2018.
Stefanie is married to Dave and has two young children, Ava and Jackson.
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Assistant Professor of Public Relations
B.A., Anderson University
M.S.C., Purdue University
Tai Lipan, director of university galleries and instructor of art, teaches drawing, painting, and 2-D Design. As director of the galleries, Tai oversees the permanent collection and managing exhibitions in both the Wilson and York Hall Galleries throughout the year.
She received her BA in painting from Anderson University in Indiana and her MFA in painting from Western Carolina University.
Tai Lipan has been at Anderson University since 2002.
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Fine Arts 249
Instructor of Art
Director of University Galleries
B.A., Anderson University;
M.F.A., Western Carolina University
Jack Lugar worked for more than a decade in Los Angeles as a television writer and producer. Jack’s writing credits include the Warner Bros./FOX sitcom “Wanda At Large,” “From the Top” for Family Theater Productions, and several projects for comedian Louie Anderson’s company, Louzell Productions. Most recently, he has been a panelist and/or jury member for Heartland International Film Festival, Indy Shorts, and International Mobile Film Festival.
His recent work includes the creation of the children’s chapter book series, Katz Pajamas, about an extraordinary cat detective, and his current project, writing the young adult fantasy series Sessi and the Gates to Hel. In addition, Jack is the author of the humor book The Starving Artist’s Diet and co-author of Hollywood Break-In: Launch your Entertainment Career. He also holds the distinction of being selected as a writer for the Warner Bros. Comedy Workshop and has received recognition from the Disney/ABC Writer’s Program, Slamdance, Scriptapalooza and The Page Awards.
Jack has been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at Anderson University, Taylor University, Azusa Pacific University, and the Act One Writer’s Program in Los Angeles.
He joined the full-time faculty at Anderson in the fall of 2016 and teaches on the topics of screenwriting, TV writing, storytelling, cinema studies, and producing for film and television.
Contact Jack Lugar: jrlugar
B.A., Taylor University
M.A., Regent University
J.D., Indiana University
Professor Cara Miller first came to Anderson University to study journalism. As an undergraduate, she wrote for the school newspaper, was active in a social club, went on a trip to Spain, experienced several valuable internships, and graduated summa cum laude. She enjoyed AU so much that she returned to work on campus less than a year after graduating — first in the Publications Office, where she focused on university marketing and communications, and then in the English Department, which she joined in 2011.
In addition to freshmen composition, Professor Miller teaches courses in creative writing. She is also the faculty advisor for the student-run Literary Arts Magazine, director of the campus-wide Syford Poetry Contest, and a faculty mentor for first-year students. Besides teaching, she is the copy editor for two academic journals: Journal of Biblical Integration in Business and the Christian Business Association Review. Her own work has been published in various publications, including Eastown Fiction, Signatures magazine, and Metro North Business magazine.
Professor Miller serves on several university committees geared toward student success and marketing, including the Marketing and Recruitment Committee for the university’s Strategic Enrollment Plan, the Student Success Communications Committee, the Admissions Committee, the Centennial Steering Committee, and the Steering Committee for the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference. She is also co-coordinator of the Anderson University United Way Campaign.
She lives in Fishers with her husband and two young sons and attends Northview Church.
Professor Deborah Miller-Fox teaches creative writing, composition, cross-cultural American literature, two courses in the First Year Experience sequence and the Senior Seminar course required for all English and writing majors. Since 1997 when she began teaching in the English department, her course load has included a variety of other courses such as argument, literary non-fiction and advanced grammar. For many years, she advised the student staff for AU’s Literary Arts Magazine and directed the English department’s annual creative writing contest. Just recently, she accepted the role of faculty advisor for our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society.
In addition to her responsibilities in the English department, Professor Miller-Fox serves the institution in a variety of other roles. For several years she chaired AU’s Academic Policies Committee and briefly served on the Faculty Affairs Committee. Miller-Fox worked with faculty from seven different departments to revise the existing Liberal Arts Seminar and design a new course from scratch. Additionally, she was one of the lead writers of a grant proposal that won the university a $1 million Lilly grant in 2013 and led to her becoming director of IDEA-U, a three-part initiative funded by the grant. Miller-Fox is also serving as co-chair of the university’s Strategic Enrollment Plan.
Though her primary calling is classroom instruction, Miller-Fox is an accomplished writer as well. She has contributed essays to several anthologies, and in 2010 she released A Star for Robbins Chapel, a young adult novel about a migrant family living in Lee County, Virginia in 1905. Though fiction and literary non-fiction are her preferred forms of prose, Miller-Fox writes scholarly and professional pieces as well. Since 2011, she has contributed multiple articles to Faculty Focus, an online professional journal on teaching methodology and best practices. Miller-Fox’s current writing project is a novel for adult readers. Tentatively titled Gravity, this work of fiction witnesses the crisis of faith, the consequences of rebellion and the power of redemption when the main character faces profound loss.
Professor Miller-Fox and her family attend Madison Park Church of God, where she serves on the Board of Elders and leads a small group with her husband, Jerry, a member of AU’s Falls School of Business. When she’s not cooking for family or friends, she can usually be found tending the flowerbeds around her home or reading a book on the front porch.
Professor Murphy earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. His research specialties are in the history of modern Europe, modern Germany, and the Holocaust. He is the author of three books: The Heroic Earth: Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany (Kent, 1997), German Exploration of the Polar World: A History (Lincoln, 2002) and Murder in Their Hearts: The Fall Creek Massacre (Indianapolis, 2011). He has also the author of numerous scholarly articles, including most recently "Hitler's Geostrategist? The Myth of Karl Haushofer and the Institut für Geopolitik" in the March, 2014 issue of The Historian.
Prof. Murphy has also been the recipient of grants from the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, the Stiftung Volkswagenswerk, the Social Science Research Council, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
At Anderson University, he teaches courses on Western Civilization, the Holocaust, modern Europe, and the history of war in the Western world. He also serves as co-director of the Anderson University Honors Program, a post he has held since the Program began in 2004.
Dr. Murphy has served at Anderson University since 1992.
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Decker Hall 367; (765) 641-4445
Professor of History
B.S., Southern Illinois University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois
Dr. Jason Parks hold s a Ph.D. in literature from Ball State University. Prior to joining the faculty at AU in 2008, Jason earned his Master of Arts in English at Butler University. His love of southern literature and absurdly long sentences led him to write a thesis on the links between modern historiography and William Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom! He has also worked extensively with at-risk youth in group home and academic settings, including a year of teaching literature, Bible, and Physical Education at an alternative high school near Boulder, Colorado. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Anderson University, where he was also an active leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as captain of the cross-country and track teams for three years. He earned NCAA All-America status as a college athlete and still holds the AU school record at 10,000 meters.
His current course offerings include Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric and Research, Contemporary Global Literature, and multiple courses in Medieval and Early Modern literature, including Chaucer and Shakespeare. His research includes topics ranging from digital pedagogy to early 20th century literary magazines. He has presented papers at multiple conferences on pedagogical topics and the transatlantic literary journal transition. He is a member of the Modernist Studies Association and the College English Association. He has also written a book chapter entitled, “A Digital Approach to Teaching Postmodern Literature,” which will be published by Bedford/St. Martin’s press in January 2015. Some of his original lesson plans can also be found on the preeminent online Shakespeare resource, The Shakespeare Standard.
He, his wife Kendra, and their sons, reside in Anderson and attend Madison Park Church of God where they also serve in the children’s ministry.
Dr. Abigail S. Post received her B.A. in political science and international studies from the College at Brockport, SUNY, after which she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs. Her doctoral research examined the impact of a government leader’s moral language on the willingness of a state to compromise during international negotiations.
During her time at the University of Virginia, Dr. Post managed a United States Air Force (USAF) grant, using both survey and laboratory experiments to explore the impact of political violence on civilian populations. She also studies the dynamics of coercive bargaining in international relations, mostly from a psychological perspective. Her research has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Dr. Post joined the faculty at AU in 2018 and teaches courses in political science, national security, and international relations. She is developing new courses for the Political Science program on the contemporary role of nuclear weapons, civilian perspectives toward political violence, among others.
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Decker Hall 362; (765) 641-4335
Assistant Professor of Political Science
B.A., College at Brockport, SUNY
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. Priest began his professional career working with juveniles who were referred for residential treatment through the juvenile court system. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked as a therapist for a mental health agency for three years, serving older adults and the severely mentally ill in a partial hospitalization program. After completing his Ph.D. in counseling psychology, he worked for another mental health center as an outpatient psychologist and a supervisor of Ph.D. student interns.
This practical experience has been enlightening and growth-producing. It also informs his teaching. He has been teaching General Psychology part-time since he was working on his master’s degree. He has taught full-time for the last couple of decades, and especially loves his classes in Group Dynamics, Social Psychology and General Psychology.
Dr. Priest has a seminary degree and is very interested in how knowledge gained through scripture and knowledge gained through the scientific method cohere. Both try to help us understand who we are and what motivates us. Dr. Priest is a professor and chair of the psychology department. He is married to AU alumnae Sharon Gray Priest and has two girls, Leah & Anna. He enjoys carpentry work and genealogy. He runs and walks to stay fit only because it’s healthy!
Dr. Priest has served at Anderson University since 2009.
B.A. in psychology & religion studies, Anderson University
M.A. in Religion, Anderson University School of Theology
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Kevin Radaker earned his Ph.D. in English with a specialization in American Literature from Penn State University in 1986. He joined the English department in 1987, and he served as chair of the department for twenty-five years, from 1988 to 2013. His current teaching assignments include American Literature of the Nineteenth Century, American Literature of the Twentieth Century, American Poetry, The American Dream in Twentieth Century American Literature, American Nature Writing, Christianity and Literature, Valuing through Literature, and both freshman composition courses. During his first seven years with the department, he taught courses in creative writing and directed the English department’s annual creative writing contests. In the spring of 1991, he received the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Professor Radaker has published a dozen articles on Henry Thoreau, Herman Melville, Wendell Berry, and Annie Dillard in academic journals and encyclopedias. Besides his publications, he has presented papers at over thirty conferences, including three national conferences and three international conferences. His research interests are wide, but he is especially interested in the American Transcendentalists, the role of nature in American literature and culture, and the expression of the spiritual quest in literary works. During his years with the department, he has received seven summer research grants from the university and nineteen summer fellowships from various state humanities councils in support of his travels to those states to offer his dramatic portrayals of Henry Thoreau, C. S. Lewis, and Winston Churchill.
Besides his teaching assignments and research interests, Dr. Radaker is a veteran actor-scholar who offers three highly acclaimed dramatic portrayals of Henry David Thoreau, C. S. Lewis, and Winston Churchill. Since 1991, he has presented his portrayal of Thoreau over 400 times around the nation at universities, colleges, libraries, museums, conferences, state and national parks, and numerous summer Chautauqua tours. He began offering his portrayal of C. S. Lewis in the fall of 2009. Since then, he has presented his “Lewis” over 70 times in seven states at places of worship, libraries, and conferences, including an international teachers’ conference in Beijing, China, in October, 2011. He began offering his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the summer of 2016 for the Oklahoma Chautauqua tour. For more information about his portrayals, including testimonials and video clips, see his websites: www.thoreaulive.com, www.cslewislive.com, and www.winstonchurchilllive.com.
Over the years, Professor Radaker has aided the university by serving on many different committees. He has also aided his local worship community by serving as a Sunday School teacher on many different occasions throughout the past twenty years. He lives in Noblesville with his wife Linda, and their two sons, Paul and Luke. They attend Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis.
Professor Liz Ranfeld graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and from the University of New Hampshire with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her MFA thesis was a research-based memoir about the ethical and moral implications of international youth missions work. At Anderson, she teaches freshman composition, nonfiction, creative writing, and the both of the First Year Experience courses.
As an essayist, Ranfeld writes and publishes about a variety of topics, but especially about women and religion. Recently, her work has been published by the Shriver Report, Jezebel.com, Faculty Focus, and Persephone Magazine. She is also invested in bringing technology into the classroom in new ways that benefit students. She blogs frequently about the best ways to use media, popular culture, and technology in the composition classroom. Ranfeld has presented sessions on using Google Drive in the classroom at AU and several times at Ball State University.
Since starting at AU in 2011, Ranfeld has traveled to India with Tri-S, become the faculty advisor for the student social club Alacritas, and served on the sexual assault prevention coalition. She advises freshmen through the First Year Experience seminar. Every fall, she takes English majors to the tri-campus writing retreat in Hartford City, Indiana, where they write and build relationships with students from Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University.
Professor Ranfeld lives in Albany with her husband Ben and their two young children. They attend Commonway Church in Muncie.
Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers is a Professor of History and has taught at Anderson University since 1996. She earned degrees from New Mexico State University and the Union Institute. Her fields of specialty include the history of American diplomacy; American 20th century history; Women’s Studies; and the history of the non-Western world, including China, Japan, Russia, and Latin America. Her research includes an extensive study of African-American and white missionary women who served in central Africa in the early 20th century; the challenges facing American diplomats from German anti-Semitism in the 1930s; and, most recently, the reciprocal relationship between the British and American women’s suffrage movements in the late 19th – early 20th century. She has presented papers at several conferences, including the Berkshire Conference in June 2011 and the annual conference of the Indiana Association of Historians. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and the Indiana Association of Historians.
Dr. Rogers currently serves as the chair of the Department of History and Political Science, the Director of Academic Assessment for Anderson University, and the Director of Summer School. She is an active member of the Anderson Church of the Brethren.
Dr. Rogers has served at Anderson University since 1999.
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Decker Hall 366; (765) 641-4442
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
Professor of History
B.A., M.A., New Mexico State University
Ph.D., The Union Institute
Dr. Joel Shrock serves as associate provost, the dean of the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science, and professor of history. He earned his Ph.D. from Miami University in United States History with fields in cultural, gender, and world history in 1996. He teaches courses in modern US and Middle Eastern history.
Dr. Shrock has published The Gilded Age: American Popular Culture through History with Greenwood Press in 2004 and is working on a manuscript on boyhood, youth fiction, and violence at the turn of the twentieth century. He has published various articles on topics that include rape in silent film, the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, and recently an article on print culture and crossover reading in the late nineteenth century.
Dr. Shrock maintains a presence outside of the university. He has served on two Teaching American History Grant Projects, was on the consulting committee for the What Middletown Read Project, has served as a council member, membership secretary, and past president of the Indiana Association of Historians. In 2009 Shrock studied Middle Eastern culture and politics as a Malone Fellow in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. In 2011 he won the Distinguished Scholar Award from Anderson University for his research in the What Middletown Read Project. In 2014 Dr. Shrock won a fellowship for the Council of Independent Colleges Seminar, “The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910” at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Dr. Shrock has served at Anderson University since 2005.
Contact Dr. Shrock:
Decker Hall 120; (765) 641-4441
Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Professor of History
B.S., M.A. Ball State University
Ph.D., Miami University
Dr. Stull is a graduate of Anderson University. She returned to AU with the hope of impacting student’s lives as her AU professors impacted her. Dr. Stull’s tenure at Anderson University, she has taught a variety of psychology courses, including introductory and advanced research courses.
Her research has focused on the stigma of severe mental illness and the detrimental effects of that stigma, including decreased access to mental health care. She is particularly interested in both explicit and implicit stigmatizing attitudes that are held by mental health professionals, clergy, and clergy-in-training. She also has published in the areas of stigma among veterans, fidelity measure development for evidence-based practices, and recovery-oriented services. Her most recent work involves the stigma of mental illness in faith communities.
In addition to her own research, Dr. Stull has assisted students in completing independent undergraduate research projects. The completed work has been presented at professional psychology research conferences and submitted for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Dr. Stull’s clinical training included a specialization in psychiatric rehabilitation and she has a particular interest in working with individuals with schizophrenia. She did a year-long clinical internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) and then did a postdoctorate Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services at the San Diego VA. She is a licensed psychologist in Indiana.
Dr. Stull is married to AU alum Stephen, with whom she has one young son, Simon. In her spare time, she enjoys running (sometimes after her amazingly fast young son), eating ethnic food, and traveling.
Dr. Stull has served at Anderson University since 2012.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Professor Samantha Yoo is an assistant professor of visual communication design at Anderson University. She earned degrees from Hunter College of the City, University of New York, New York Institute of Technology, and Marywood University. She has worked in an NYC-based Shoe Company and Graphic Design firm for more than 13 years, and her projects have spanned disciplines from corporate identity and branding systems to packaging graphics, website design, advertising campaigns and information graphics for major events including UGG, Nike, Timberland, Wonderful Shoes and various other Christian non-profits and churches.
She has exhibited her paintings at Kingsborough Community College and Queensborough Community College in New York and she has won academic awards such as KCC Faculty Achievement Recognition Award in 2014.
Prof. Yoo has taught graphic design at New York Institute of Technology and Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York for 8 years.
Yoo joined the department in 2015.
Contact Professor Yoo:
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
B.A. in Studio Art (Painting), Hunter College
M.A. in Graphic Design, New York Institute of Technology
M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Marywood University
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