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Sarah Aubrey

 
  • E-mail aubreys@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-422-6467
  • Courses: FINA H101

Biography

Sarah Aubrey teaches Art Appreciation Online for the Division of Continuing Studies. During the day (and some nights!) she can be found at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, where she is the Curator of Adult Programs; in charge of the lectures, panel discussions, forums, trips, etc. (Shameless Plug: The Museum always has lots of fun, FREE stuff going on, please email me with any questions!) Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Art History from Hanover College and a Master of Arts with Merit from the University of Sydney (Australia) in Curatorship and Modern Art. Specific areas of research and interest include: Modern and Contemporary Art, Australian Art, the Cross-Cultural Context of Art, American Art and Museum Studies.

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Shari Benyousky

  • E-mail messengs@ipfw.edu
  • Courses: ENG W131, P131, W233, W234

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. She is working on her next book, an historical novel, currently. Shari has three children - Daniel 10, Joelle 7, and Jason 2. She lives with Lucky, an Australian Blue Heeler, and Crystal, Ninja Jack, and Boycat (named by the children), three mongrel cats and their assorted pet mice.

 

Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow

 
  • E-mail penhollb@ipfw.com
  • E-mail bblackburn@fwn.fortwayne.com
  • Courses: JOUR C300, J315

 

Biography

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.

 

Kenneth Bordens

 
  • E-mail bordens@ipfw.edu
  • Courses: Introductory Psychology, History of Psychology

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.

 

Harold L. Broberg, Ph.D.

 
  • E-mail broberg@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6341

 

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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Jennifer Cook

 

 

Biography

Jenny Cook, Registered Dietician, earned a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Science from Ball State University. She is Certified in Weight Management for Adults, Children and Adolescents by the Commission for Dietetic Registration. In addition to teaching internet courses at IPFW, she is employed by Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Main areas of interest include weight management, eating disorders, and prevention of chronic diseases.

 

Dan Coroian, Ph.D.

 

  • E-mail coroiand at ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6228

 

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.

 

Sheila Cuffy

 
  • E-mail cuffys@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6547

 

Biography

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Nasser Darabi

 

 

Biography

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.

 

Nicole Detter-Smith

 
  • E-mail dettern@ipfw.com
  • Office Phone: 260-418-9362

Biography

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

 

Marcia Dixson, Ph.D.

  • E-mail dixson@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-418-6558

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.

 

Michelle Drouin, Ph.D.

 

  • E-mail drouinm@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6398

Biography

Michelle Drouin received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University in 1996 and then spent several years bouncing around the U.S. and Europe, working with children along the way. In 2004, she completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Oxford University in England. She joined IPFW as a limited-term lecturer in Spring 2005 and took a permanent position as an Assistant Professor at IPFW in 2006. Dr. Drouin's research interests include literacy development and intervention with children and adults.

 

 

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Catherine A. Duchovic, RN, MSN, CNS

 
  • E-mail duchovca@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-744-1188

 

Biography

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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Benton Gates, Ph.D.

 
  • E-mail gatesb@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6992

 

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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Solomon Isiorho

 
  • E-mail isiorho@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6254

 

Biography

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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John Kessler

 
  • E-mail kesslerj@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6493

 

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. 

 

Douglas Kline

 

  • E-mail klined@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-4178

 

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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Thomas Laverghetta

 
  • E-mail laverghe@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6423

 

Biography

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

 

 

 

 

James Lutz

Biography

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.

 

Nancy Leinbach

 
  • E-mail leinbacn@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6348

Biography

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.

 

Kenneth Mattern

  • E-mail ken.mattern@verizon.net

 

Biography

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.

 

Jospeter Mbuba, Ph.D.

 

  • E-mail mbubaj@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6345

 

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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Ahmed Mustafa

 

 

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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Ramesh Narang, Ph.D., CMfgE

 
  • E-mail narang@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6384

 

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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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
secializing 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.

 
  • E-mail quarrarp@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-4170

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. Ccurrently 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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Marilyn A. Reba, M.S., Ph.D.

 

Biography

Marilyn A. Reba began teaching at IPFW in 1990. She teaches a variety of math courses: College Algebra, Math for Liberal Arts, Calculus, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Mathematical Logic. She is interested in history of mathematics and she is a proponent of using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

 

Nejla Routsong

 
  • E-mail nejlaroutsong@gmail.com

Biography

My name is Nejla (rhymes with "beige-la") Routsong. In addition to teaching political science classes for IPFW, I also teach International Business and English composition courses for two other universities. I live in Bloomington, Indiana. I have a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Kent and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from DePauw University. Besides being a university instructor, I have also worked as a paralegal in an international law firm in Istanbul, Turkey. Although I grew up on a small farm in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, I have some international experience. My mother is Turkish, my father is American, and I have lived in four countries and traveled to 18 countries altogether. When not teaching online, I enjoy hiking, swimming, camping and virtually any other outdoor activity.

 

Ernest Rufleth

 
  • E-mail ruflethe@ipfw.com
  • Office Phone: 260-481-4157

Biography

Ernest Rufleth is a Limited Term Lecturer with the Department of English and Linguistics 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 continues to work on his PhD though Purdue, West Lafayette. Ernest teaches a variety of composition courses, but this semester he’s teaching W233, Intermediate Expository Writing online and in the classroom.

 

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Gary D. Steffen

 

  • E-mail steffen@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6344

 

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.

 

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.



Carolyn F. Stumph, Ph.D.

 

 

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, game theory and international finance.  Dr. Stumph has published in Applied Business Review, the Journal of Collective Negotiations, the Journal of Asia Pacific Business and Ensayos Sobre Politica Economica (ESPE) (the journal of the Colombian Central Bank).

 

Robert J. Visalli, Ph.D.

  • E-mail visallir@ipfw.edu
  • Office Phone: 260-481-6320

 

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 Weller

 

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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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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