Dignitas Faculty

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Position: Asst Professor, EDU
Department: Education
Phone: (218) 625-4995
E-Mail: JBauman@css.edu

John earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University. His M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction was earned at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. John taught elementary students in the towns of Wabasso, MN and Northfield, MN. He is currently working to complete his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through the University of St. Thomas. John teaches in the School of Education,the Dignitas program for First-Year students, and is the chair of the SOE Undergraduate Admissions Committee. His passions include his family, Faith, reading, and numerous outdoor activities.

Position: Professor, TRS
Department: Theology & Religious Studies
Phone: (218) 723-6024
E-Mail: Gboelhow@css.edu
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Gary Boelhower is professor of theology and religious studies. He teaches courses in healthcare ethics, contemporary moral issues, death and dying, leadership and ethics, servant leadership, ministry and religions of the world. He has been involved in education for over 40 years as a high school teacher, college professor, chair of humanities, dean of lifelong learning, dean of graduate studies and vice president for academic affairs. He was co-founder and first executive director of the Center for Spirituality and Leadership at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He has consulted with a broad range of organizations on values integration, team spirit, mission and strategy, diversity in the workplace, professional ethics, and the respectful workplace. He has facilitated executive development programs on dialogue, authentic leadership, values and vision, appreciative inquiry, and professional development. He has published a dozen religious education texts as well as scholarly articles in servant leadership, practical wisdom, quality processes, values integration, educational assessment, religious pluralism and process theology. His recent books include Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions, Mountain 10: Climbing the Labyrinth Within, and his second poetry collection Marrow, Muscle, Flight, which won the Midwest Book Award. During his sparetime, he enjoys traveling, backpacking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sailing, reading and writing poetry.

Position: Asst Prof/Dir, Art
Department: Art
Phone: (218) 723-6723
E-Mail: SBrokke@css.edu
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Sarah Brokke Erickson grew up in Grand Forks, ND, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pre-Graduate Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Dance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her undergraduate work, she studied abroad in Birmingham, England and participated in an Art History Intensive in France. She received her Master of Fine Arts through a joint program between Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and Bowling Green State in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Sarah Brokke Erickson has taught  Modern Art History and Theory, Studio Art and Dignitas courses at CSS since the fall of 2005. She also teaches painting and drawing at the Duluth Art Institute. Sarah is a working visual artist, who paints with a focus on the figure and portraits. Thematically, her work explores gender roles and traditions, relationships, and identity. She exhibits her work locally, as well as nationally and internationally.  Most recently she was a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, exhibited a body of work entitled Portrait of an Artist, with a published accompanying book, titled Portrait of an Artist: Paintings by Sarah M. Brokke.

Position: Lecturer, SHS
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 723-7004
E-Mail: EFait@css.edu
1. Introduction / Background
Beth has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. 
 
She has worked in a variety of health care settings including consulting, physician clinics, community hospitals, and a health care system.  Areas worked in include administration, strategic planning and marketing.  She has been working at CSS since 2005 teaching Introduction to U.S. Healthcare and Change Leadership.  She has also worked at Kaplan University the past couple years teaching Academic Strategies for the Health Care Professional and Medical Office Accounting online.
 

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Beth has been teaching Introduction to U.S. Health Care at CSS since 2005 online as well as on-campus on occasion. She also developed and teaches the course “Change Leadership.”
 

3. Interests/Specialties
Beth is especially interested in health care systems and operations, U.S. Health Care reform, and public health.
 

Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone:  
E-Mail: ihoeschen@css.edu
Position: Coord, Academic Support Svcs
Department: CAS/FYDP
Phone: (218) 723-6645
E-Mail: JJohnsto@css.edu
Position: Asst. Professor, CTA
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 723-6719
E-Mail: RLarson4@css.edu
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Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art

The College of St. Scholastica

@roblarson1979

www.facebook.com/robertdlarson

Phone: 218 723 6719

Office: Tower Hall, Room 4407

Position: New & Transition Student Advis
Department: Academic Support Services
Phone: (218) 723-6475
E-Mail: llindstrom1@css.edu
Position: Instructor, SAL
Department: Music
Phone: (218) 723-6526
E-Mail: scohen1@css.edu

Dr. Sarah Cohen is Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Music Education at The College of St. Scholastica. She holds a BA in Vocal Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, MA in Music Education with a Choral Conducting concentration from the same institution, and DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University.


At St. Scholastica, Dr. Cohen directs the Concert, Women’s, and Men’s Choirs. She teaches courses in conducting, music education, freshman Dignitas common course, and supervises vocal music education student teachers. In the Duluth community, she is the Assistant Chorus Master of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Associate Artistic and Prelude Program Director of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, and sings with the Twin Ports Choral Project.


Prior to her appointment at CSS, Dr. Cohen directed choral programs in the Twin Cities area and was Artistic Director of the St. Cloud State University Cantabile Girls’ Choir. Choirs under her direction have performed nationally at the Organization of American Kodály Educators conference, locally at the Minnesota Music Educators Association convention, in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. She is an active member of ACDA, serving as the ACDA-MN R&R Chair for SSAA choirs, on the 20/20 @ 2020 Task Force, and collaboratively with her LSYC colleagues as the Youth Choir Coordinator and R&S Chair for the North-Central Division. She holds memberships in ACDA, NAfME, NCCO, and The VoiceCare Network and is an active clinician throughout the region.

Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone:  
E-Mail: jmccullough@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: SBT UG
Phone: (218) 733-2269
E-Mail: JMcGover@css.edu

Joelle McGovern, MEd, has been teaching for the Dignitas program since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and her master’s degree in education from The College of St. Scholastica. In Joelle’s 16 plus years of working with college students at CSS, she has gained experience in online instruction, strategic planning, project management, residential life and academic advising. Currently she serves as an adjunct instructor for the Computer Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica.

Joelle's inspiration for designing Star Wars and Servant Leadership comes from various professional development training opportunities received while working as a student affairs professional along with Matt Stover's book adaptation for Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Joelle’s teaching style is influenced by the work of Geneva Gay's research on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Joelle agrees with Gay's theory that students need to experience a safe and inclusive learning community that offers students opportunities to connect new information to their own lived experiences. This includes providing students access to course materials through multiple forms of presentation and designing learning activities that allow students the freedom to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking through various mediums. Students can expect to feel comfortable, challenged, and receive prompt, yet formative feedback.

Joelle's goals for the students enrolled in her class are that they will apply key principles of servant leadership into their daily lives and begin to recognize moments of authentic joy.


Phone:  218.340.9976

Office Hours:  by appointment

Position: Assoc Prof, GCL/Dir, Peace&Jus
Department: Global Cultural & Language Studies
Phone: (218) 723-6442
E-Mail: Tmorgan@css.edu
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Dr. Morgan has taught Russian language and culture for many years.  He's particularly interested in cross-cultural issues and has explored in a variety of ways the experience of American and Canadian Finns in Soviet Russia.  He also co-authored an advanced grammar of English (in Russian) that was published in Russia in a second edition in 2001.  (The first edition was published in 1997.)

Dr. Morgan founded and directed  (with Russian colleagues) a series of summer language camps for college students.  The camps are held in Russia for American students and at St. Scholastica for Russians in alternating years.  The program marked its 26th year in 2015 and is now directed by Dr. Karen Rosenflanz.

Dr. Morgan has a strong interest in the international aspects of peace and justice issues.  He was involved in the development of the Duluth International Peace Center, a citizens' group that functioned for many years in the 1990s to foster international cooperation and peacemaking at the grass roots level.  And he was a charter member of the Duluth City Cities Commission.  He currently is involved in helping to develop a relationship with citizens in a city in northern Iraq and is currently president of Duluth Sister Cities International.

Courses that he regularly teaches include Rusian literature classes, honors courses with a peace and justice theme, philosophy and a course on peaceful resolution of international conflict.

Dr. Morgan is the director of the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace & Justice, which regularly brings nationally known speakers to campus.  Topics that the Center has addressed in the past few years include issues connected with food, energy, the environment, wealth & poverty, war & peace, democracy and the media.  Dr. Morgan also coordinates a new major in Peace & Justice Studies.

Favorite free-time activities include biking, tennis and dog walking.
 

Position: Lecturer, CTA/SAL
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 723-6701
E-Mail: KMullan@css.edu

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Superior,  and a Masters Degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Over the last 20 years, she has directed theatre productions at UW-Superior, Renegade, The Duluth Playhouse, Marshall and Denfeld High Schools, Tugboat Children's Theatre, The Underground, Twin Ports Stage, and most recently, The College of St. Scholastica. Additionally she coached the high school speech team at Marshall. Kelly has also been very involved in the local community through Mentor Duluth, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (Young Leaders Fund), PAVSA, and formerly co-chaired the Board of Directors for the Women's Community Development Organization. Her passions include advocacy and service, particularly related to issues of gender and violence in our community.

Position: Lecturer, CTA/SAL
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 625-4885
E-Mail: sobst@css.edu
Position: Professor, HIS
Department: History
Phone: (218) 723-6468
E-Mail: RPoole@css.edu

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
M.A. University of Notre Dame
A.B. Cornell University

Randall A. Poole is Professor of History at the College of St. Scholastica. Before coming to St. Scholastica in 2004, he taught at the University of Notre Dame (1997-1999) and at Boston University (1999-2004). He has held research fellowships at New York University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Stanford University, Columbia University, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow (where he was a Fulbright scholar). He has also been a research associate of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame, a faculty fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University, and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Since 2008 he has been an affiliate member of the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Spring 2012 he was Visiting Professor of Russian Intellectual History at the University of Toronto.

Professor Poole's research and writing focus on Russian and European intellectual history, the history of ideas, and the history of philosophical and religious thought. Since 1990, he has delivered more than fifty scholarly papers and lectures at academic conferences and universities in the United States and abroad. He teaches courses in world, European, and Russian history.

Selected Publications

A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity, co-edited with G. M. Hamburg. Cambridge University Press, 2010, 424 pp. Paperback edition, 2013.

Problems of Idealism: Essays in Russian Social Philosophy. Translated, edited, and introduced.  Foreword by Caryl Emerson. Yale University Press, 2003. xxiv, 468 pp. Monographic introduction (pp. 1-78), extensive annotations, and contributor biographies.

"Kant and the Kingdom of Ends in Russian Religious Thought (Vladimir Solov'ëv)," book chapter, Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia: Culture, History, Context, ed. Patrick Lally Michelson and Judith Deutsch Kornblatt. University of Wisconsin Press, 2014, pp. 215-234.

"Russian Political Theology in an Age of Revolution," book chapter, Landmarks Revisited: The Vekhi Symposium 100 Years On, ed. Robin Aizlewood and Ruth Coates. Academic Studies Press, 2013, pp. 146-169.

"Gustav Shpet: Russian Philosopher of the Human Level of Being (A Review Essay)," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 14, no. 2 (Spring 2013), pp. 395-410.

"Religious Toleration, Freedom of Conscience, and Russian Liberalism," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 13, no. 3 (Summer 2012), pp. 611-634.

"‘Russia’s First Modern Man’: Tolstoy, Kant, and Russian Religious Thought (A Review Essay)," Tolstoy Studies Journal, vol. 22 (2010), pp. 99-117.

"Vladimir Solov'ëv’s Philosophical Anthropology: Autonomy, Dignity, Perfectibility," book chapter, A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity, ed. G. M. Hamburg and Randall A. Poole. Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 131-149.

"The Humanist Tradition in Russian Philosophy," with G. M. Hamburg, introduction to A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity, pp. 1-23.

"Kantian Foundations of Russian Liberal Theory: Human Dignity, Justice, and the Rule of Law," The Weimar Moment: Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008, 16,500 words. (Web-posted and printed conference materials.)

"The Greatness of Vladimir Solov'ëv: A Review Essay," Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes, vol. 50, nos. 1-2 (March-June 2008), pp. 201-223.

"Human Dignity and the Kingdom of God: A Russian Theological Perspective (Vladimir Solov'ëv)," Listening/Journal of Religion and Culture, vol. 42, no. 3 (Fall 2007), pp. 33-54; reprinted in Here Comes Everybody: Catholic Studies in American Higher Education, ed. William C. Graham. University Press of America, 2008, pp. 99-119.

"Religion, War, and Revolution: E. N. Trubetskoi’s Liberal Construction of Russian National Identity, 1912-1920," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 7, no. 2 (Spring 2006), pp. 195-240.

"Sergei Kotliarevskii and the Rule of Law in Russian Liberal Theory," Dialogue and Universalism (Institute of Philosophy, Warsaw University), vol. 16, no. 1-2 (2006), pp. 81-104. Festschrift issue for Professor Andrzej Walicki.

"William James in the Moscow Psychological Society: Pragmatism, Pluralism, Personalism," book chapter, William James in Russian Culture, ed. Joan Delaney Grossman and Ruth S. Rischin. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, pp. 131-158.

Six entries on Russian philosophy for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2002 online edition): Sergei Askol'dov, Aleksei Kozlov, Lev Lopatin, Moscow Psychological Society, Sergei Trubetskoi, and Vladimir Vernadskii. 2000 words each, with bibliographies.

"The Apophatic Bakhtin," book chapter, Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith, ed. Susan M. Felch and Paul J. Contino. Northwestern University Press, 2001, pp. 151-175.

"Utopianism, Idealism, Liberalism: Russian Confrontations with Vladimir Solov'ëv," Modern Greek Studies Yearbook: Mediterranean, Slavic, and Eastern Orthodox Studies (University of Minnesota), vols. 16/17 (2000/2001), pp. 43-87.

"The Neo-Idealist Reception of Kant in the Moscow Psychological Society," Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 60, no. 2 (April 1999), pp. 319-343.

"The Russian Dialectic between Neo-Idealism and Utopianism," published in Russian translation in Voprosy filosofii (Questions of Philosophy), no. 1, 1995, pp. 70-94.

Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: GTL
Phone:  
E-Mail: sschroederdav@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone:  
E-Mail: pspooner@css.edu

Peter Spooner teaches studio art and education courses for The College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and University of Minnesota Duluth, in addition to working as a freelance curator, writer, and appraiser. He earned a BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin Stout, and MS and MFA degrees in painting and drawing from Illinois State University. He has held positions as an educator, museum educator, museum curator, non-profit gallery director, and self-employed art appraiser. Spooner has served as an exhibition juror and grant review panelist for numerous institutions, including the Illinois Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Current and recent community involvement includes board service for the Duluth Arts Commission, Duluth Public Library, Chester Bowl Improvement Club and The Artists Fund, a non-profit serving regional artists with emergency funding. In curatorial positions at Illinois State University (1988-92) and the Tweed Museum of Art (1994-2012), he organized scores of exhibitions on contemporary art, including solo exhibitions on Frank Big Bear, Wanda Gag, Frances Myers, Dennis Oppenheim, Philip Pearlstein, Rudy Autio and Truman Lowe. He has developed exhibitions and publications rediscovering 19th century American artists, among them Gilbert Munger, David Ericson, and Knute Heldner, and has organized the travel of the Tweed Museum’s French Barbizon and American collections to Japan and Italy. In 2014, Spooner guest curated the exhibition Sister Mary Charles: Engagement and Transcendence for the Tweed Museum of Art, and a co-authored the book Saved By Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McGough for St. Scholastica Monastery.

Position: Crd,Multi Cultural Stu Success
Department: Institutional Diversity
Phone: (218) 723-6453
E-Mail: sstewart@css.edu
Position: Assoc Professor/Chair, CTA
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: 733-2278
E-Mail: MVaughan@css.edu

Dr. Merry Renn Vaughan is the director of the CSS Theatre program and the CTA department chair. She has a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis on directing and producing, a self-designed MA in Theatre Arts, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (her dissertation is titled There's More to Seuss Than Meets the Eye: The Social and Political Vision of an American Icon). Dr. Vaughan teaches Human Communication, Acting for the Stage, Introduction to Theatre and directs a production each year for the CSS Theatre. She is also active in the CSS First-year Program, Dignitas, serving on the Advisory Board and teaching in the program.

Position: Assoc Professor, ENG
Department: English
Phone: (218) 723-6606
E-Mail: RVine@css.edu
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Ryan Vine’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, Ploughshares, Verse Daily and on National Public RadioHe occasionally reviews poetry for The Minneapolis Star Tribune. His chapbookDistant Engines (Backwaters Press, 2006), won a Weldon Kees Award and spent time on the Poetry Foundation’s contemporary best-seller list. 
Additional honors include The Greensboro Review’s Robert Watson Poetry Prize, a McKnight/ARAC Career Development Grant, a 2015 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and he has been a finalist or nominee for numerous others: the Pushcart Prize, the Black Warrior ReviewPoetry Prize, the J. Erskine Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace, the Gold Line Press chapbook prize, the Fool for Poetry International chapbook competition and the May Swenson Poetry Award for a book-length manuscript.
In 2016, his manuscript “To Keep Him Hidden” was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Series, the MVP Prize from New Rivers Press, and—selected by Robert Pinsky—the Dorset Prize. 
Ryan received his M.F.A. from Emerson College, is associate professor of English, a member of the Honors faculty and the Rose Warner Professor at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Psychology
Phone:  
E-Mail: sweaver2@css.edu
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Dr. Weaver spent ten years in education and mental health before teaching in the psychology department at CSS. She practiced mental health in residential treatment settings including facilities for chemical dependency, eating disorders, and trauma recovery. As a school counselor, she worked with middle and high school students and coached tennis and basketball. (She has researched alternative treatments for addiction disorders, and completed her dissertation on the potential for nature-based therapy. (Dr. Weaver currently directs a nonprofit mental health counseling center called DeepRock Ecotherapy and Wellness.(She has published in the Journal of Sustainability Education, and co-authored a book chapter in an upcoming Oxford University textbook. Presentations and publications can be accessed on the DeepRock website.