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Tammy Ostrander is currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters. She accepted this position after serving as Honors Program Director 10 years. She holds a PhD in Communication from The University of Missouri-Columbia specializing in persuasion, argumentation, and theatre. She also holds a BA and MA in English from Northeast Missouri State University (currently known as Truman State University) where she focused on dramatic literature and medieval literature.
For the CTA Department, Tammy teaches Persuasion, Argumentation, Directing, Film and Literature, and directs one play every academic year. Tammy is also a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Before working at The College of St. Scholastica, she worked at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
In her free time, Tammy is dedicated to the arts: a musician (both a singer and a pianist), a director, and an actor. She also enjoys exercising, quilting, reading, cooking, and movies.
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.
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art
The College of St. Scholastica
Phone: 218 723 6719
Office: Tower Hall, Room 4407
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.
Ed is the coordinator for the Photography Minor, has a BA from the University of Minnesota–Duluth in Speech Communication with a minor in Journalism and a MA in Communicating Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Superior.
One of Ed’s areas of expertise is photography, as he is a photographer himself. He is also very knowledgeable and passionate about news media ethics and media law, which is why Mass Media Law and Ethics is his favorite class to teach.
After graduating from UMD, Ed worked at Channel 10 news, starting as a part-time newscaster and becoming News Director. After making it to the top at Channel 10, Ed decided to come to CSS because of the great opportunities the College had to offer.
In his free time, Ed likes to travel: to Ireland (which he loves because of its great photo opportunities), Germany (he has friends there and speaks the language), the Caribbean, and San Francisco (his two sons live there). Ed also enjoys reading (fiction and non-fiction), boating, riding his motorcycle, and visiting his cabin in Douglas County, WI.
Ed enjoys spending time with his three kids. His sons, Stuart and Ian, graduated from CSS and live in San Francisco; his daughter, Shannon, graduated from CSS in 2008 and was highly active in the theatre program, appearing in many plays including Antigone and Three Sisters. Ed’s wife, Debra Smith, is a 1977 graduate of the CSS Nursing Program.
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.