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Meet Your Online Learning Instructors

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Bruce Abbott

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Susan Ahrens, RN, PhD

  • E-mail: ahrenss@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: (260) 481-6278
  • Courses: NUR 20200, NUR 52100, 52300, 55500, 67100, 67200, 68200

 

Deana Alexander, Continuing Lecturer

  • E-mail: alexandd@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: (260) 481-6231
  • Courses: MA10900 Elementary Algebra, MA11300 Intermediate Algebra, MA16800 Math for Liberal Arts

Biography

I hold a BS in Mathematics, a Middle School/ Secondary Math Teaching Certification, a Graduate Certificate in Statistics, and a MS in Applied Mathematics, all from IPFW/Purdue University. I have been an instructor her at IPFW since 2004 when I was a graduate teaching assistant. After graduating in 2006 with my Master's, I taught here part-time as a limited-term lecturer. In spring of 2010 I was awarded a full-time position, which I am very thankful for as I love teaching college mathematics. Outside of work, my hobbies include reading, fixing up the foreclosed house we purchased (it had sat empty for 3 or 4 years and needed a complete overhaul!), and hauling my kids around to their various activities.

Mikhael Antone

     

Biography

Mikhael Antone is a filmmaker and visual artist. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Mikhael was an active member of Cumberland Company, a local theater company performing at outdoor events as well as the Bryant College Theater, and earned a BA at Salve Regina University in Philosophy and Studio Art with a minor in Theater. She moved to New York with an AmeriCorps Grant to teach art at an all girls high school in Flatbush, Brooklyn before going on to attend the School of Visual Arts where she received an MFA in Experimental Video & Photography in 2002. Since then Ms. Antone has produced several independent films such as Robot Stories, Carlito’s Way: The Beginning, and network television shows such as David Blaine Drowned Alive, The Restaurant, and IFC’s Film School as well as the documentary Frames about video artist Grahame Weinbren. Concurrently, she has been exhibiting and screening her own work in New York at Anthology Film Archives, Void, Remote Lounge, BAM Rose cinemas, Praxis Collective, Studio 150, College of Staten Island, Lumen Waterfront Video Festival, and Martini Red. Her work has also been shown in Newport, RI, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, and in Mexico City, Mexico.

While at the School of Visual Arts, Ms. Antone received the Aaron Siskind Award and more recently received a Council for the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island Premier Grant funded through NYSCA and a NY Department of Cultural Affairs Grant for her documentary film To a Man about white suburban middle class young men from Staten Island’s South Shore. She has been an adjunct professor of photography and film production at the College of Staten Island: CUNY and a board member for the Council for the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island. Ms. Antone is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography, in the Visual Communication and Design Department at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Shari Benyousky

Biography

Shari Benyousky has taught Composition, Literature and Humanities courses since 1990. She graduated with a Masters in English from the University of Central Florida the same year. She has taught for Ball State University, Purdue University, Grace College, and Indiana University in addition to Indiana Technical Institute. She has a collection of poetry published with her husband and photographer John Eric Hawkins titled: The Ancient Shape of Man.

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Samantha S Birk

  • E-mail: birks@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: (260) 481-6368
  • Courses: FINA H101--Art Appreciation

Biography

Samantha holds a BA from the University of Northern Colorado and an MFA from Ohio University in art history. Although she has studied and taught everything from prehistoric to contemporary art, her specialty is non-wester cultures, such as tradition arts of West Africa, Native American and Pre-Columbian. She worked for 14 years in the the art museum world, 11 of those she was the Curator of Education with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She had done research in Mesa Verde (Colorado), Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) as well as Guatemala and Belize (Central America). Additionally, she has led study-abroad courses and tours for IPFW in Italy and Egypt. She began teaching art appreciation online in the 1990s. In addition to teaching, Samantha is also the Associate Director for Instructional Technologies with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) at IPFW.

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Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow

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Bonnie Blackburn teaches Citizens and the News and Feature Writing. She is a long-time professional journalist, having worked at newspapers in South Carolina and Indiana before assuming her current position as Associate Editor of "Fort Wayne Monthly" magazine. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., with a double major in Politics and English. She then received her Masters in Journalism (Public Affairs Reporting) through the prestigious Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting from Ohio State University in Columbus.

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Kenneth Bordens

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Biography

Kenneth Bordens received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ campus) in 1975). He earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Psychology from the University of Toledo in 1979. After receiving his Ph.D., he accepted a position at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Dr. Bordens has taught for there past 28 years and currently holds the rank of Professor of Psychology. Dr. Bordens’ research interests are in the areas of Psychology and Law, Attitudes, and Psychology and the Arts..He has co-authored three text books (Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach (Sixth Edition), Psychology of Law: Integrations and Applications (Second Edition), and Social Psychology (Third Edition)) in addition to the first edition of General Psychology. Dr. Bordens teaches courses in Social Psychology, Child Development, Research Methods, The History of Psychology, and Introductory Psychology. He has taught online sections of Social Psychology, Introductory Psychology, and History of Psychology.

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Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht

Biography

I have taught for the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne since 2002. I am also a Research Associate for the IPFW Institute for Human Rights. I received my M.A. in philosophy from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Currently, I am completing a Ph.D in philosophy at Michigan State University. My specialties are ethics and development, feminist ethics and bioethics. I love to travel. I earned an International Institute of Human Rights graduate certificate from the René Cassin Institute in Strasbourg, France. The IPFW Institute for Human Rights offers a program to study in Strasbourg, France every summer and I highly recommend it. I am currently working on children's rights in Kosovo.

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Harold L. Broberg, Ph.D.

Biography

Hal developed a love of teaching while in the EE department at the U.S. Naval Academy. After retirement, as a Marine Lieutenant Colonel, he chose to enter the field of education. He has a B.A. in Chemistry, M.S.E.E., PhD in Engineering (EE), and a Professional Engineer’s license.  His research area is servo systems and he served as a consultant with ITT for 10 years on advanced weather satellite instrumentation. Hal holds graduate faculty status in the Purdue School of Technology, and served for 6 years on the IPFW Senate. He is currently chair of the ECET Department and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science. He is a senior member of IEEE, completed 14 TAC/ABET accreditation visits to colleges and universities, and is past chair of the ECET Department Head’s Association.

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Susan Byers, Director of Student Success, Doermer School of Business

Biography

Bachelor of General Studies from Ball State University
Master of Arts in Education with a major in Student Affairs from Ball State University

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Dr. Dacia Charlesworth

  • E-mail: charlesd@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: (260) 481-6546
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  • Courses: COM 318: Principles of Persuasion

Biography

Dr. Dacia Charlesworth earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her B.A. in Communication at Arizona State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Previously, she served as the Director of the University Honors Programs and Associate Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University. Her teaching responsibilities comprise a wide range of courses including: Communication & Gender, Principles of Persuasion, Communication Research Methods, Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication, Business & Professional Communication, Study of Rhetoric, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Introduction to the Theatre, and Fundamentals of Acting. Dr. Charlesworth has received many awards for her teaching, including the following: Robert Morris University Student Government Association's Engagement with Students Award (2007), Central States Communication Association's Outstanding New Teacher of the Year (2005), Robert Morris University's Student Government Association's Distinguished Teacher of the Year (2005), Distinguished Faculty Member of Robert Morris University's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2004), Communication Teacher's Touchstone Award (2003), and Outstanding Service Honors Award at Southeast Missouri State University (2001). Charlesworth's research interests encompass rhetorical and performative intersections of gender/ethnicity/class, communication across the curriculum, and outcomes assessment. She has authored over sixty articles, book chapters, conference papers, and performances and has had her work published in Women's Studies in Communication, Women & Language, Communication Teacher, Feminist Media Studies, and Vital Speeches of the Day.

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Dan Coroian, Ph.D.

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Biography

Dan Coroian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He has earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1997. Since then he has been teaching a variety of mathematics courses at IPFW, including the online version of Calculus for the Managerial, Biological and Social Sciences, which has been offered since Spring, 2003. His research interests are in Applied Mathematics.

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Carol M. Crosby, RN, MSN DNP(c), Clinical Assistant Professor

  • E-mail: crosbyc@ipfw.edu
  • Home Phone: (260)481-0258
  • Courses: NUR 33900 Research in Healthcar; NUR 42300 Professional Seminar III; NUR 65300 Financial Management in Nursing; NUR 66500 Managed Care; NUR 65200 Role of the Nurse Executive in Managing Nursing Practice
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Biography

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Indiana University; Master's Degree in Nursing Administration from Indiana University; currently candidate for Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Previously, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia. Past President, Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives.

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Sheila Cuffy

Biography

I love teaching online! However, I enjoy other things also…

I love this great state of Indiana! What makes Indiana so great you might ask…well, first my family and friends live here and the best NFL team the "Colts" for second. I am married (for 21 years) with a LOT of children (nine to be exact). Four children are still at home – ages 3 – 14.

I served as a member of the United States Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard where I received an Associates of Arts in Laboratory Sciences. I later attended IPFW where I received a BA in General Studies with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University. I then continued my studies at IPFW obtaining my MA in Professional Communication from Purdue University. I am currently working on my PhD in Educational Technology.

I hope by now you can tell how I feel about the role of learning and its importance to personal growth and development. It is pivotal for all to maintain the role of a lifelong learner…to keep learning and remain current.

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Nasser Darabi

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Nasser Darabi has taught Mathematics courses including MA 109, MA 113, MA 149, MA 153, MA 154, and MA 159 at IPFW for nearly 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master’s of Science in Mathematics. He retired from Verizon in 2002. He has been teaching online courses for the past four years.

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Dena Davis, SPHR

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Dena is a graduate of IPFW, holding an M.A. in Professional Communication. She is President and Principal Consultant with D2 Consultants, a team of business and human resources professionals in Fort Wayne and was previously Director of Employment and Organizational Development for IPFW.

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Johnathan P. Decker, PhD, MSL, MA

Biography

Johnathan was born and raised in Sierra Leone – a country with population of about five million on the west coast of Africa. He did his elementary, high school, and college education in the country graduating with a first man honors diploma in theology.
In 1984, he was sent with his wife to England for advance studies at the then London Bible College, and returned in 1988 to work at his almamater, Sierra Leone Bible College in Jui from 1988 – 1992.
In 1992, he left his native home country with his wife and then two daughters to come to America in search of a better life and superior academic credentials. From 1994 – 2004, he was able to complete two masters (MSL, MA) degrees and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in religious studies and philosophy.
Over the years, Johnathan has taught philosophy and religious studies classes in his native home country, Sierra Leone; England; South America and now here in the States. He teaches philosophy and religious studies here at IPFW and he is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department. Johnathan and his wife, Lydia Seraphina, have four children – Jessica Olatokunboh (Floyd); Grace Omojowoh; Joy Prudence; and Johnathan P. II.
In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys reading, gardening, writing, traveling and meeting new people. Spending time with his family, biking, playing soccer and Internet games provide added pleasure.

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Dr. Shrikrishna W. Dhawale (Kris)

Biography

My B.S. (HONS), M.S and Ph.D degrees are from the University of Bombay and M.S in Metallurgical Eng. Degree from the Ohio State University. I am a Emeritus Prof of chemistry from Indiana University East, Richmond campus. I received several teaching awards from the colleges of university of Bombay and Indiana University East. I enjoy teaching, learning, travel to countries and US. I enjoy many kinds of music and specially Indian Classical Music.

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Melissa Dietrich

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Education: Business Management, B.S., Communication, M.A.

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Adam Dircksen

  • E-mail: dircksea@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 481-6543
  • Courses: Online courses include COM 318I Principles of Persuasion and COM 248I Media Criticism and Analysis
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Biography

I began teaching at IPFW in 2000 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in he Department of Communication. I have been a Continuing Lecturer in the Department since 2004 and have served as Director of Online Courses since 2008. I have taught a wide range of courses from television production to interpersonal communication. In recent years, my primary courses are COM 248 Media Criticism and Analysis, COM 318 Principles of Persuasion, and COM 471 Communicating Peace. My wife and I married in 1999. We have three boys and one girl. We enjoy outdoor activities from hiking to skiing and many sports with our kids. We live on a small farm.

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Marcia Dixson, Ph.D.

Biography

Marcia Dixson is a Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN. In 1993 she received PhD in Communication Research from University of Iowa.

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Andrew Downs

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Andy is the Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. He earned his undergraduate degree from IPFW in 1991 and has graduate degrees from Ball State, IPFW, and Notre Dame.

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Michelle Drouin, Ph.D.

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Biography

I am an assistant professor of developmental psychology with research interests in literacy development and interventions. I have a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. My hobbies include reading, walking, spending time with my two boys, dog, and husband (all fabulous!), and travel.

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Catherine A. Duchovic, RN, MSN, CNS

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Catherine Duchovic earned Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Nursing from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her experience spans more than 25 years as a clinical nurse and case manager in Fort Wayne area hospitals. She has served on Coronary Care Patient Education and Research Utilization in Nursing committees. Since 2002 she has been a clinical instructor in the associate Degree Nursing program at IPFW and is now an IPFW Associate Faculty member teaching an online course: Research in Health Care.
Catherine is currently Associate Director of the IPFW NEI-Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The mission of the NEI-AHEC is to improve the supply, distribution, generalist-specialist balance, and quality of health care professionals and support personnel through collaborative community and academic partnerships. As Associate Director, Catherine assists with the development of service learning opportunities for students in the College of Health and Human Services.
Catherine previously worked as a Northeast Indiana field recruiter/administrative aide  for the Department of Education: Division of Migrant, Bilingual, and Bicultural Education.  In that role she enrolled students in local education programs and provided data for the national migrant student data bank which tracked academic credits from schools throughout the migrant circuit. She also made referrals to health and social welfare agencies to secure services for families traveling the migrant circuit in Indiana.

Research Interests:

Relationship between Social Support and Distress in Primary Caregivers of Children with Mental Health Needs, Systems of Care: Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Community Service

Allen County Suicide Prevention Council, Governor’s Commission on Home and Community Based Services: Children-at-Risk Task Force (2002), NAMI Fort Wayne (National Alliance on Mental Illness) board member, NAMI IN Provider Education Instructor

Professional Organizations:

Sigma Theta Tau- Xi Nu Chapter (secretary 2006-2008), American Psychiatric Nurses Association, International Society of Psychiatric Nursing – Child/Adolescent Division

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Amy Gansell, Ph.D.

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Benton Gates, Ph.D.

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      • E-mail: gatesb@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: 260-481-6992
      • Home Phone: 260-432-2551 (eve/weekend)
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      • Courses: HIST H106, H113, H114, T325

Biography

Dr. Gates has been teaching History courses at IPFW since 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. While at William and Mary, he worked as a costumed interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1986 and worked as a Methodist pastor for five years in Visalia, California. In 1989, Dr. Gates earned his M.A. Degree in U.S. History from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1997 with a specialty in colonial American history. A native of nearby Columbia City, Indiana, Dr. Gates is married to Janet and has two sons, Alex and Benjamin. He also directs Campus Ministry at IPFW.

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Iskandar Hack, MSE, PE

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I am an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. I have been teaching at IPFW since 1984, and I'm an alumni of the ECET program here at IPFW. I have worked over the years designing computer software, microprocessor and FPGA based embedded systems at Magnavox, General Electric, Navistar, Sensor Solutions and the Indiana Microelectronics Center on a consultant basis

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Dr. James D. Haddock

      • E-mail: haddock@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6305
      • Courses: Bio 100
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Biography

As a youngster growing up in rural Michigan, I developed a love for all little critters – salamanders, turtles, raccoons, and yes, insects – especially if they lived in water. I followed a bachelor's degree at Arizona State University where I learned about deserts and how creatures survive the heat, with a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley. While studying insects there I also fell in love with the nearby sea creatures –urchins, spider crabs, and the like. I actually get paid to share my love of biology and science with many students!

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Dr. Rachel Hile

      • E-mail: rachel.e.hile@gmail.com
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6767
      • Courses: ENG L101, Western World Masterpieces I
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Biography

I'm an assistant professor in IPFW's Department of English & Linguistics; I'm also editor-in-chief of Clio, a scholarly journal housed in IPFW's College of Arts and Sciences. I'm originally from Kansas, and I got my PhD from the University of Kansas in 2004. My research focuses on English Renaissance literature; at present I am especially interested in Edmund Spenser and satire. In my spare time, I like running, reading, cooking, going to Philharmonic concerts, and hanging out with my kids.

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Craig A. Hill, Ph.D.

      • E-mail: hillc@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6402
      • Courses: PSY 240, PSY 444

Biography

I am a professor in the Department of Psychology. My Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin in social and personality psychology. I conduct research on personality and relationship factors involved in motivation related to sexuality.

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Vicky Hogge

      • E-mail: hoggev@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 429-6090
      • Courses: Introduction to Microprocessors, Introduction to Microcomputers, Computer Operating Systems Basics, Local Area Networks and Management, and Wide Area Network Design.
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Biography

IPFW, AS EET 2004, BS CPET 2005, MS Technology 2012
Employer: Raytheon Network Centric Systems
Position: Sr. Systems Engineer
Hobbies/Other Info: Golf, running, cooking, gardening, travel.
Active with the Northeast Indiana Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Fort Wayne Engineers Club (FWEC), the Raytheon Women's Network (RWN), and the Central Indiana Region Porsche Club of America (CIRPCA).

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Solomon Isiorho

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Isiorho is a hydrogeologist and a certified professional geologist in the state of Indiana. He has worked in a geological survey and the Sohio (Petroleum) Laboratory and has taught at the college level for more than 15 years. He has conducted research in the Sahel Region of Africa (Chad Basin), Long Lake (Porter County, Indiana), and LaGrange County, Indiana.

Isiorho: I have just completed my 18th year of teaching in the department. I became the chair a year ago and was promoted to professor this fall. My research has shifted from Lake Chad in Africa to Long Lake in Indiana. My research now focuses on the
understanding of wetlands and involves mentoring students in my research projects.
Several of my students have given presentations at local, regional, and national meetings, and a few have prepared peer review articles in international journals.

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Jay W Jackson, Ph.D.

      • E-mail: jacksonj@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6401
      • Courses: Elementary psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, history of psychology, advanced research methods in personality and social psychology

Biography

Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from Purdue University, 1996

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Dr. Ken Johnson

      • E-mail: johnsonk@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6728
      • Courses: MUS Z101 Music for the Listener

Biography

Music Theorist, Composer and Guitarist. Extensive performance in classical and jazz styles in US, music published by Centaur Records, University of Arizona Records, and Taylor University-Fort Wayne Productions. Bachelor of Music from Berklee College (Boston), Master of Arts in Music from University of Denver, and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Colorado (Boulder). Avid student of music technology development, US history buff, and proud grandfather.

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Kevin R. Kensinger

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I have over 30 years of leadership and consulting experience in Lean Manufacturing principles and Six Sigma improvement in a variety of industries. I am an owner of a company that fabricates assemblies and services equipment that converts municipal solid waste and animal manure into bio-gas, bio-oil, bio-char and green electricity. I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving in Iraq and Korea. My wife and I have three wonderful kids and are becoming grandparents this summer. I earned BSIM degree from Purdue Universtiy, minoring in Computer Science and Accounting and my MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. I am a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and Certified Production and Inventory Manager.

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John Kessler

Biography

Mr. John Kessler is a continuing lecturer of economics.  He will receive the Master of Arts in Economics Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware in 2007. He joined the faculty of the School of Business and Management Sciences faculty in 2006.  Prior teaching positions were at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona and Arizona State University West as an undergraduate teacher's assistant.
Mr. Kessler's life experiences have been varied. He has been a trumpet player in the 1st Marine Division Band, a non-commissioned officer, a transportation director, a substitute teacher, a marathon runner, a writing consultant, a liaison for Senator John McCain, a track coach, a jeep tour guide, a singing bellhop, a security guard, a rock star, and a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Mr. Kessler is a proud lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Professor Kessler emphasizes active learning, technology, and relevancy in his classes. He enjoys incorporating current public policy issues into class discussions and projects.
Mr. Kessler has served as an economics education consultant for the Arizona Council for Economics Education and the National Academy Foundation. He is also a mentor teacher for the Foundation for Teaching Economics. He was a reviewer for the National Science Foundation publication Economic Investigations and NCEE publication Focus: Understanding Economics In U.S. History. Mr. Kessler is a member of the Global Association of Teachers of Economics and Foundation for Teaching Economics' Professional Teachers Association. He has presented at many meetings including the Arizona Council for the Social Studies, Arizona Society of Economics Teachers, and Jumpstart Coalition Conferences where he has spoken on integrating economics into government and history classes, active learning lessons, and personal finance.  Mr. Kessler has also served as a board member for the Arizona Council for the Social Studies and Arizona Society of Economics Teachers.
Mr. Kessler has been recognized with awards for teaching by the Arizona Society of Economics Teachers (2004) and the students of Millennium High School (2004 and 2005). Mr. Kessler was honored to receive the Navy League Company Honor Man Award while in the United States Marine Corps (1994).
Mr. Kessler is active in the National Council for Economics Education. He has traveled to Romania with the NCEE's Study Tour and looks forward to serving the needs of Indiana educators and IPFW students. 

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Douglas Kline

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Biography

My place at IPFW began as a student. I received a degree in psychology in 1990. This experience encouraged my aspiration for graduate school. I attended Ball State University, switching tracks from psychology to anthropology. I received a MA in Anthropology in 1996. From there, I went to the University of Edinburgh, where I received a doctorate in anthropology in 2003. My graduate research concentrated in the anthropology of religion. I conducted anthropological fieldwork in Scotland with the Religious Society of Friends, and I wrote my thesis about their manner of conflict management. My interests in anthropology include: the anthropology of religion, peace and conflict, the anthropology of film, and legal anthropology. After I completed my doctoral work, I returned to Fort Wayne and IPFW. I've been teaching Culture and Society and Bioanthropology. These are courses encourage a unique approach to the world. They are great courses with interesting material.

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John G. LaMaster

Biography

John LaMaster is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He has earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He has won many teaching awards, including induction in the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) in 1994, recognition in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in1998 and 2007, and the IPFW Friends of the University Teaching Award in 2004. In 1993 he was became a charter College Short Course Instructor for the Texas Instruments' Teachers Teaching with Technology™ Program, through which he has conducted numerous workshops on the effective use of instructional handheld technology. He is the Course Coordinator for MA 153-154-159 College Algebra and Trigonometry.

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Thomas Laverghetta

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Education:
A.A.S., Mohawk Valley Community College, 1965
B.S.E.E., Syracuse University, 1971
M.S.E.E., Purdue University, 1991

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Nancy Leinbach

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Nancy worked as a registered pharmacist for twenty years prior to returning to college to complete a master's degree. Her areas of practice included community pharmacy, clinic outpatient pharmacy, and nursing home consultation. Currently, Nancy serves as the academic advisor for the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs, while she completes a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Health Systems Administration. Her areas of interest include utilizing technology effectively to advise and teach students. Nancy received the 2002 IPFW Administrative Excellence Award.

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Dr. Karen Moustafa Leonard

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Dr. Karen Moustafa Leonard joined Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in August 2004 and is in the process of being approved by Indiana University for promotion to Associate Professor of Management in the Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas State University, a Masters of Philosophy in Commerce from University of Auckland (New Zealand), and a Ph.D. in 2004 from University of Memphis. Dr. Leonard worked in management, human resources, and materiel management for various organizations, including the Auckland Area Hospital Board and Tenet Healthcare System. Her current research interests are centered on international management and organizational behavior, including such things as cross-cultural management, dysfunctional relationships, ethics and accountability, and time orientation in organizations. She has published journal articles as well as chapters in research volumes and has presented her work at national and international conferences

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Kenneth A. Long

      • E-mail: long@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6853
      • Courses: 120 (Critical Thinking), 110 (Introduction to Philosophy), 150 (introductory Symbolic Logic), 351 (Philosophy of Science)
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Biography

B.A. in philosophy from IPFW, M.A. from Ohio State University, PhD candidate at Purdue W. Lafayette, specialization in logic and the philosophy of science, runner, guitarist, composer, Vice President of the Fortnightly Club, sports car enthusiast, dog and cat owner (fish too).,

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James Lutz

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James M. Lutz is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at IPFW. He graduated with his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He has taught courses on the international political economy and comparative politics including the Politics of the Middle East, West European Politics, International Political Economy, and Terrorism. He has published extensively. His recent interests have led to research and writing in the area of terrorism where he has co-author two books with his wife Brenda Lutz—Global Terrorism, at textbook published by Routledge in 2004, and Terrorism: Origins and Evolution, a more academic book published by Palgrave in 2005. They are currently working on a third book dealing with terrorism in the United States through history. They have also co-authored articles and book chapters dealing with various aspects of terrorism.

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Kenneth Mattern

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Ken was a General Studies major at IPFW and graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2001. Before his academic and legal career, Ken was a member of the United States Coast Guard and worked as special benefits committeeman for the United Steelworkers of America, Local 14.
He is with the law firm of Boeglin, Troyer & Gerardot, PC. His area of practice focuses on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and advanced health care directives. He also handles guardianships and opens estates after a person dies.
Ken has been an adjunct professor at IPFW since 2002 teaching Elements of Law and Labor-Management Relations in the OLS Department.

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Jospeter Mbuba, Ph.D.

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Biography

Jospeter Mbuba got his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Economics from Egerton University in 1992. Upon receiving his Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi in 1997, he took up an appointment as Assistant Lecturer at his alma mater, Egerton University, a position he held until the fall of 2000 when he started his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University. He earned his PhD in Sociology/Criminology in the fall of 2004 and taught Criminal Justice briefly at Southern University, Baton Rouge, before taking up his current appointment at IPFW. He currently teaches courses in Law Enforcement such as American Policing (SPEA J 321), Police in the Community (SPEA J 460), and Juvenile Justice (SPEA J 305), in addition to Introductory Criminal Justice (SPEA J 101). His research is mostly in two areas: Juvenile Justice and Law Enforcement. His most recent works have addressed juvenile recidivism and its prognostics. He has also lately been assessing arrest patterns in Allen county. Jospeter spends his free time with his family.

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Joseph McCormick

      • E-mail: mccormij@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-5469
      • Courses: CS306 - Computers in Society

Biography

Many of you may see me on campus working within the IT Services department. I manage two functions within ITS. User Technology Support represents the branch of IT here at IPFW that provides IT consulting and training to faculty and staff. Security, Policy & Planning is the branch of IT that maintains IT policies on campus and also houses the IT Security Officer role.
Prior to working at IPFW I spent 11 years working at Colorado Christian University both as an IT director and as an instructor. My teaching experience covers a range of IT related areas. Computer Applications, Systems Administration and Design, Computers in Society, Ethics in Technology etc.
I thoroughly enjoy working with online education programs. My time over the last 3 and a half years teaching CS306 Computers in Society has provided a unique opportunity to reach out to a diverse and highly capable student community.
I have both a BS in Computer Information Systems and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction Design, both from Colorado Christian University. Combined I have approximately 15 years in higher education IT management.

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James Moore

      • E-mail: moore@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6488
      • Courses: M540, K200, K211, K212

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Ahmed Mustafa

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Biography

Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton,Canada 1997. General interest: animal physiology and aquaculture. Recent research interests: stress and its effects in farmed animals, especially fish and shellfish to identify physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in stressed animals; changes that affect growth, reproduction, health, and disease resistance; and to identify the problems of pathogens and environments, which are responsible for causing stress in animals.

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Kim Myers, M.A.

      • E-mail: myersk@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-6595
      • Courses: COM 114, COM 250, COM 303, COM 318, SOC S161, SOC S163

Biography

Kim has been teaching at IPFW in Communication and Sociology since 2005 and has taught at Manchester College and Indiana Tech. She earned her M.A. in Professional Communication Studies from Purdue University at IPFW, where she focused on mass mediated representations of sex, gender, and sexuality. Her B.A. is from Purdue University, where she double-majored in Communication and Sociology, with a minor in English. In addition to teaching, she serves as an academic advisor in the Mastodon Advising Center at IPFW, primarily advising Crossroads students. Kim enjoys reading, listening to indie music, teaching, learning, and critical thinking. She lives in Fort Wayne with her partner and far too many dogs and cats.

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Ramesh Narang, Ph.D., CMfgE

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Biography

Education:

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1971
M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1975
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, The University of Iowa, 1992

Areas of Expertise & Research Interest:
Lean manufacturing, SPC, ergonomics, plant layout, work methods design, and metrology.

Selected Publications (More available upon request):
Narang, R.V. (2007) "An Innovative Approach of Team-Teaching Measurement Uncertainty and Metrology", Proceedings of ASEE Midwest Region Annual Conference at Wichita, KS, September 19-21, 2007. Narang, R.V. (2006) "Development Of An Ergonomics Course For Engineering Technology", Proceedings of ASEE Illinois-Indiana and North Central Joint Section Conference at IPFW, Fort Wayne, IN, March 31-April 1, 2006.
Narang, R.V. (2005) "Course and Program Assessment – Methodology for Continuous Improvement", Proceedings of ASEE National Conference, Portland, OR, June 13-15, 2005.
Narang, R.V. (2004) "A Model to Teach and Implement Lean Manufacturing", Proceedings of ASEE National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 20-23, 2004.
Narang, R.V. (2001) "A Computer Application of Tooling Management Information System", Proceedings of the Operations Management & Entrepreneurship Conference, Chicago, IL, March 7-9, 2001.
Narang, R.V. (2000)

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Craig Ortsey

Biography

Craig Ortsey completed his PhD from Indiana University in May 2010 and joined the Division of Continuing Studies as a continuing lecturer that fall. He teaches many classes for DCS, including Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Sports and Public Policy, Scandals and Conspiracy Theories, and Politics of the European Union. His research interests include comparative public policy and the politics of the single market in the European Union.

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Clayton E. Owen

Biography

Married for 38 years, two children. Taught in Public Schools for 34 years, retired in 2011. Taught at IPFW since 1999. Worked with computers in the U.S. Navy , Public Schools and Law Firms. Since 1994, promoted online education in the Public Schools and elsewhere. Named ICE teacher of the year for FWCS.

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Michelle Parker

Biography

B.S. Finance and Sports Management from Ball State University
M.S. in Business Information Technology, DePaul University

Ms. Parker began teaching at IPFW in 2002. Prior to moving to Indiana she worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and as a Faculty member at Illinois State University teaching COBOL, Introduction to Computers, and HTML Programming. She has taught classes Visual Basic programming, Operating Systems, Computer Science, and classes in the Information Systems degree. Ms. Parker works with the following boards and committees: IS Curriculum Committee, ETCS Assembly, IPFW Academic Advisory Council, IPFW Traffic Appeals Committee, Reviewer for the Sci-Tech Showcase, FIRST Lego League Programming Judge, ETCS Middle School Career Day Presenter and Leo High School Business Academy Advisory Board.

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Sara Patalita

Biography

Sara Patalita received her undergraduate degree(Women's Studies) from IPFW and her Master's (Library Science) from IUPUI.  She works as a public librarian specializing in technology. She enjoys investigating popular web sites and teaching people how to surf the Internet more effectively. It was quite an honor for her to teach the first online version of a Women's Studies course, utilizing the aspects of each of her degrees she enjoys most.

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Parveen Quarrar, Ph.D.

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Biography

Parveen Quarrar received her Ph.D. from University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 1999. She worked as a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) from 2002 to 2005. Currently she is working as a Limited Term Faculty teaching Medical Terminology, Introduction To The Biological World, Major Ideas in Biology and Human Biology. In the past semesters she has taught Human Anatomy (using cadavers), and Mammalian Physiology.

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David Redett, Ph.D.

Biography

David Redett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Michigan State University in 2003. His first position, after obtaining his Ph.D., was as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. David joined the faculty at IPFW in the Fall of 2005. He enjoys teaching and has taught a variety of mathematics courses at IPFW, including the online version of MA 165. He is currently in the process of developing an online version of MA 166 and looks forward to teaching it in the near future.

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Jody Ross, Ph.D.

      • E-mail: rossj@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260)481-6396
      • Courses: Elementary Psychology, Human Development II – Adolescence, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychological Disorders of Childhood.

Biography

I grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from South Side High School. I received my degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston, specializing in child and family mental health. My research focuses on interpersonal aggression, particularly within the context of romantic relationships. I have been at IPFW since 2008 and I have taught Elementary Psychology, Human Development II – Adolescence, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychological Disorders of Childhood. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and interacting with students. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, photography, (getting beat at) Texas hold 'em, and spending time with my husband and son.

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Ernest Rufleth, Ph.D.

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Biography

Ernest Rufleth is a Limited Term Lecturer in English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 2001. He received his B.A. and M.A.L.S. from Valparaiso University and recently completed his Ph.D. through Purdue, West Lafayette. Ernest teaches a variety of composition courses, but this semester he's teaching online sections of Intermediate Expository Writing and Elementary Composition.

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Michael Slagle

      • E-mail: slaglem@ipfw.edu
      • Office Phone: (260) 481-5441
      • Courses: W232 Introduction to Business Writing W331 Business & Administrative Writing

Biography

Before taking an early retirement to teach and write full-time, Mike Slagle spent over twenty years in the health care and medical device industries, where he held positions in operations, marketing, and business development. He currently teaches courses in Business Writing and Composition at IPFW and at the University of Saint Francis. He has also published fiction and non-fiction in numerous print and on-line publications, including Rosebud, Latitudes & Attitudes, Dream of Italy, and Apostrophe.

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Beth Lee Simon, Ph.D.

      • E-mail: simon@ipfw.edu
      • Home Phone: (260)481-6761
      • Courses: LING L103, LING L303, LING L505, LING L575; ENG W103

Biography

Ph.D., UW-Madison: South Asian Languages and Literatures; Research: multilingual communities; language variation and change; socio-cultural linguistics; Mahayana Buddhism, esp Tibetan Buddhism

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Nicole Smith

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Biography

Nicole Smith teaches at Snider High School during the day.  The best way to reach her is via e-mail at dettern@ipfw.edu.

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Cheryl Bruick-Sorge, Associate Professor

      • E-mail: sorge@ipfw.edu
      • Home Phone: (260) 481-6279
      • Courses: NUR 295; NUR 433; NUR 309; NUR 224; NUR 336

Biography

MA and BS in Nursing from Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Nursing focus: Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, NCLEX-RN review, Critical Thinking, Leadership preceptor. Research focus: Spirituality, Critical Thinking, Millennials, Assessment, Neuman Systems Model. Hobbies: Chicago Cubs baseball, sailing, traveling, reading, . Have taught Nursing in the clinical and classroom for over 30 years.

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Gary D. Steffen

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Biography

Gary currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Previously, he served 10 years as the Manager of Electronic and Computer Support specializing in computer networking. Gary received a Mater’s degree from Ball State University in 2000 and recently completed the “Information and Security Assurance Certificate” at Purdue University sponsored by the NSA. His current areas of interest include local area networking, network security and wireless networking. He is an active member in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) where he currently serves as the Illinois-Indiana section chair and on the board of directors for the Tau Alpha Pi honor society.

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Jeffrey Strayer, Ph.D.

Biography

Jeffrey Strayer is a Continuing Lecturer in Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.  His Subjects and Objects: Art, Essentialism, and Abstraction (Brill, 2007) identifies and examines elements of the philosophical framework within which creative identification of the limits of Abstraction in art would have to be conducted.  Excerpts from this work have been read at recent national and international conferences.  Strayer is also an artist, and is at work on a series of artworks in which the limits of Abstraction are exhibited or otherwise determined.  A second volume in progress considers the philosophical and aesthetic dimensions of the works of this series.  Strayer=s limited-edition artist=s books are in the collections of many major American art museums and university galleries.

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Carolyn F. Stumph, Ph.D.

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Biography

Carolyn Fabian Stumph is an assistant professor of economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in international economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include contemporary topics of macroeconomic interest, political economy and international finance. Dr. Stumph has published in Applied Business Review, the Journal of Collective Negotiations, the Journal of Asia Pacific Business andEnsayos Sobre Politica Economica (ESPE) (the journal of the Colombian Central Bank).

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Kathy Trier, Ph.D.

Biography

Dr. Trier completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Purdue University receiving her Ph.D. in 1987 in Sociology. She taught at IPFW for over 20 years, the first years in the Nursing department and then many years in the Sociology department. In the Sociology department, her courses included Principles of Sociology, Research Methods and Statistics, Medical Sociology and Social Welfare Policy, with an emphasis on applied Sociology.
Since 2000, she has worked in the orthopedic industry in the area of regulatory affairs and clinical trials research. She currently oversees a department that is responsible for all FDA submissions and clinical trials for new orthopedic products manufactured by her company.
Dr. Trier was a early adopter of web based education and continues to teach online courses as a result of her commitment to education. While Dr. Trier does not have an office on the IPFW campus she is always in her "online" office.

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Robert J. Visalli, Ph.D.

Biography

Robert Visalli earned his Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in molecular virology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University Medical School.

Teaching Experience

University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Pennsylvania State University Medical School, University of Evansville, Western Connecticut State University, Mount Saint Mary College, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. Subjects taught include microbiology, virology, medical microbiology.

Research Experience

Indiana University Bloomington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at the Pennsylvania State University Medical School, University of Evansville, Wyeth-Ayerst Research, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. Interests in microbiology, including immunology, bacteriology, virology.

Professional Experience

Senior research scientist in antiviral research and molecular virology and in viral vaccine discovery research at Wyeth-Ayerst Research.

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 Worth Wellerabbott

Biography

Worth Weller is a Continuing Lecturer for the Department of English and Linguistics and the Division of Continuing Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. A 1968 graduate of Duke University, he completed his MA in English at IPFW in 2002, following a 25-year career as a newspaper editor and publisher. The author of three books about the modern Ku Klux Klan, the 1980s Contra War in Nicaragua and the 1990s Zapatista Rebellion in southern Mexico, Weller is currently working on a photojournalism textbook to be published by Kendall-Hunt in the fall of 2008. He teaches journalism, visual communications, elementary composition, business writing, argumentative writing and expository writing, mostly over the Internet.

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Cynthia Wilson

Biography

Cynthia Wilson has over 20 years of experience working in a business environment. She has worked in the banking industry as well as the manufacturing and automotives industries. Her business positions have ranged from teller, receptionist, customer service, purchasing, accounting, and executive assistant to COOs and CEOs. Ms. Wilson also has over eight years of experience teaching as an adjunct in the business departments of several local colleges. She recently graduated from Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne with a Masters in Business Administration.

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Kirsten Ziembo

Biography

In 2004, I married a high school history teacher and coach, and we have one adorable dog. In my free time I enjoy running, as well as coaching academics and athletics. I received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne, and I received a Master of Education from Olivet Nazarene University. I have taught students with special needs and was in charge of the middle school special education program in grades six through eight. For two years I was a Smith-Green West Allen Special Education Cooperative Planning Committee member. Currently, I am teaching sixth grade English where I am implementing the Reader’s Workshop. During my teaching experience, I have received extensive training in the implementation of the C.L.A.S.S. Works model as well as the Writer’s Workshop model.

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