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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.
Po-Lin Tong Kosuth was born and raised in Hong Kong, China. She attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and received both BFA and MFA degrees in painting. She is an Associate Professor at the College of St. Scholastica and the Program Coordinator for the Art Program.
She teaches Drawing, Painting, Color Theory and Art Major/Minor Capstone. As an artist, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. She received many fellowships and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation. She has given many presentations of her art work in colleges and universities in the United States and China. She has also participated in numerous higher education art conferences. As her hobby, she likes to knit in front of the television.
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
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.