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Our faculty and staff experts can speak on the following topics:
- African-American culture
- American Government
- American History
- American Politics
- Applied Microeconomics
- Arab Spring
- Bibilical interpretation
- China, Modern
- China, Social and Economic Topics
- Chinese Culture
- Citizen Journalism
- Civil Rights
- Civil War, American
- Climate Change
- Creative Writing
- Economics, Labor
- Education Technology
- Emotional Behavior Disorders
- Endangered Species
- Engineering, Teaching of
- European Politics/European Union
- Family Business
- Fiction, Post-Modern American
- Film History
- Foreign Exchange/Markets
- History Education
- Human Trafficking
- International Organizations
- Inter-Religious Relations
- Internet Culture
- Ireland, Northern
- Japan, Modern
- Law School Admissions
- Lewis, C.S.
- Literature, Dramatic
- Literature, Modern European
- Middle East Politics
- Music, Popular
- News, Television
- Peace Education
- Peace Studies
- Philippines, Mindanao
- Poetry, American 20th Century
- Political History
- Popular Culture
- Presidential History
- Presidential Studies
- Quantum Physics
- Religion and Science
- Religion, American Life
- Robinson, Jackie
- Social Media and News
- Social Studies Education
- Special Education
- Supreme Court
- Sustainable Development
- Teacher Education and Training
- Teaching Portfolios for Assessment
- Teacher Preparation
- Tolkien, J.R.R.
- Trafficking, Sex/Minor
- Turkish Foreign Policy
- Women in Engineering
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Sara Atwood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Engineering & Physics Department
- Engineering education
- Women in engineering
Dr. Sara Atwood teaches primarily mechanical engineering courses. Her research involves experimental, computational and failure analysis of materials and designs used in orthopedic devices. Also, she researches engineering education methods to improve the confidence and performance of underrepresented students in engineering; creativity as a factor in the recruitment and retention of engineering students; and K-12 outreach to introduce children to engineering. Atwood earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Director of Student Transition Programs; Assistant Director of Academic Advising; adjunct faculty member, Department of History
- American history
- Local/regional history
- Political history
- Presidential history
Jean-Paul Benowitz teaches first-year and Honors seminars and courses in the History and Religious Studies departments. He earned a B.S. in history at Eastern Mennonite University and a master's in history at Millersville University where he wrote his MA thesis on the history of the Horse and Buggy Mennonites of Pennsylvania. He served as a scholar in residence at the College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Benowitz is a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University. His dissertation is a biography of U. S. Congressman James Wadsworth Symington (D-MO).
Assistant Professor of Biology
- Climate Change
- Endangered Species
Bowne teaches General Ecology, Conservation Biology, Geographic Information Systems, and the introductory biology courses Molecules, Cells, and Animal Systems and Principles of Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity of Life. Bowne conducts research on how land use impacts ecological processes in a variety of systems. Of note is TurtlePop.
Vice President for Enrollment
- Financial Aid
With 25 years of enrollment experience, Paul Cramer is available to speak to institutional and national enrollment issues and trends.
Ambassador John B. Craig
Ambassador in Residence
Select appointments and accomplishments:
- 1998 appointed by President Clinton as US Ambassador to Oman
- 2001 Special Assistant to President George W. Bush
- 2002 Scholar in Residence at Elizabethtown College
- 2010 Ambassador in Residence at Elizabethtown College
- 2011 Director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking
Kurt DeGoede, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Engineering & Physics Department
- Sustainable development
- Teaching engineering
Dr. Kurt DeGoede's research interests are in the areas of biomechanics and modeling dynamic systems. Prior to teaching, he worked for several years as a project manager at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. DeGoede developed a study abroad program in West Africa built around a design course in service engineering in which E-town engineering and business students partner with physics students at the University of The Gambia to develop appropriate technologies and accompanying business plans for launching local start-up companies in West Africa. Many of these projects include work with renewable energy systems. DeGoede a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
David Downing. Ph.D.
Professor of English
- C.S. Lewis
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- American Civil War
David C. Downing is the director of the Professional Writing program. He teaches creative and professional writing, as well as a first-year seminar on quest narratives. Downing grew up in Colorado and earned his Ph.D. at UCLA. He has written four award-winning books on C. S. Lewis, and recently published a historical novel which features Lewis, Tolkien, and their friends as characters. The website for his novel is www.lookingfortheking.com.
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, International Studies Minor
Politics, Legal Studies & Philosophy Department
- Turkish foreign policy
- European politics and the European Union (EU)
- International organizations
- Middle East politics and the Arab Spring
Dr. Dursun- Özkanca earned her Ph.D. in government at University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, European politics, the Balkans, and peacebuilding missions. She is the author of a number of scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center Journal of International, and various edited volumes. In summer 2013, she served as a LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and conducted fieldwork in Serbia and Bosnia on Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans. Her first co-authored book, External Interventions in Civil Wars: The Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations, has been published by Routledge in July 2013. She also published a second edited book, The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation with Routledge in September 2013.
Rachel Finley-Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
- Peace education
- Social studies and history education
- Northern Ireland
Prior to her tenure at Elizabethtown, Dr. Rachel Finely-Bowman was an associate professor of history, chair of the Department of Secondary Education and co-director of the Honors Program at Delaware Valley College. Finley-Bowman has presented her scholarly work in several publications and at numerous regional,national, and international conferences. She was the recipient of the 2009 Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) Teacher of Honor Award. In 2013, she began her second term on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies and was a 2012-2013 fellow of the Education Policy and Leadership Center.
J. Edward Frick, Ed.D.
Clinical Supervisor, Education Department
- Teacher preparation
Ed Frick is a clinical supervisor within the Department of Education at Elizabethtown College and also serves as a faculty member (Evaluation Supervisor for Educational Leadership) within the Teachers College of Western Governors University. He has 20 years of service within public education as an administrator and teacher. Ed was recognized as Pennsylvania State Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals in 2007. He has previously been published in the Pennsylvania Administrator, The Beacon - Journal of the Pennsylvania School Study Council, the Journal of Educational Alternatives - Principles, Practices, and Leadership, Northwest Journal of Teacher Education, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, and Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development. Ed's research has focused on connectedness, technology, and social capital within the educational context.
Shannon Haley-Mize, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Department
- Special education
- Educational technology
- Autism and emotional behavior disorders
Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize completed doctoral study in special education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Past experience includes work with students in a psychiatric day and inpatient treatment setting, federal grant administration, and service-learning program development. She also completed a graduate degree in early childhood education and served an educator, early interventionist and administrator in an inclusive early childhood education setting. Her research interests include new literacy studies, technology integration in P-16 education and use of technology to support successful teaching and learning.
Mark Harman, Ph.D.
Professor of English and German
- Modern European literature
Dublin, Ireland native Dr. Mark Harman's award-winning literary translations include: Kafka's The Castle and Amerika: The Missing Person; Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet; Hermann Hesse's Soul of the Age; Robert Walser's Rediscovered and other short works by a range of contemporary German-language writers. Harman's essays on Irish and German literature and translations have appeared in journals such as The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement (London), Partisan Review, Sewanee Review, and New England Review. His reviews of Irish and German literature have appeared in the following newspapers:Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times (Dublin), and Washington Post. Artistic residencies include: American Academy, Berlin, Germany; MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N. H.; European Translators' Collegium, Straelen, Germany; and Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Anamakerrig, Ireland.
Colin Helb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communications Department
- Popular culture
- Popular music
- Internet culture
Dr. Colin Helb earned his doctorate from Bowling Green State University's American Culture Studies Program with emphases in critical media studies and popular culture. Helb is active with the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) and the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association.
Kirsten Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communications Department
- Television news
- Citizen journalism
- Social media and news
Dr. Kirsten Johnson's research interests include citizen journalism, perceived credibility on websites and user-generated content, and she teaches courses primarily on video production and broadcast news writing. Johnson has presented nationally and internationally on citizen journalism, authored several papers on citizen journalism and user-generated content, and has written a chapter titled Citizen Journalism in the Community and the Classroom for the book Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press. Also, she co-edited the book News With a View: Journalism Beyond Objectivity. Prior to teaching, Johnson worked for nearly a decade in local radio and television. She began her media career at KRNT and KIOA radio in Des Moines as an on-air personality and board operator. She then worked as a news producer at WOI-TV (the ABC affiliate in Des Moines), and at WGAL-TV (the NBC affiliate in Lancaster). She has a bachelor's degree in broadcast news from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa., a master's degree in telecommunications from Kutztown (Pa.) University, and a Ph.D. in information science and technology from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
David Kenley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Director, Center for Global Understanding & Peacemaking
- Modern China
- Modern Japan
Dr. David Kenley has taught at Elizabethtown College since 2004. His research focuses on the history of Asia, particularly modern China. Kenley is the author of New Culture in a New World (Routledge Press) and other works dealing with Chinese intellectual history and diasporas in world history. He earned his Ph.D. at University of Hawai'i, his M.A. at University of Utah and a B.A. Brigham Young University.
Kyle Kopko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Director of the Pre-Law Program
- American politics
- Law school admissions
- Supreme court
Dr. Kyle Kopko regularly teaches courses on American government, constitutional law, and judicial politics. He's been published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Election Law Journal, Judicature, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Political Behavior, Politics & Religion, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Kopko serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2010; his concentration was in judicial politics and public law (American politics).
Dmitriy Krichevskiy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dmitriy Krichevskiy earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida International University. Before coming to Elizabethtown, he taught at Miami Dade College.
Jeffery D. Long, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
- Inter-religious relations
Dr. Jeffery D. Long has been teaching at Elizabethtown College since 2000. He has expertise in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, as well as other topics related to meditation, spirituality and interfaith dialogue. He also teaches a course on the religious significance of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Long is the author of three books (A Vision for Hinduism, Jainism: An Introduction and The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism), as well as numerous articles, papers, and book reviews. He has presented in a variety of national and international venues and speaks regularly in India and Japan. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Michael G. Long
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies
- Civil rights
- Peace studies
- Jackie Robinson
Dr. Michael G. Long is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, politics, and religion. He has a special interest in the genre of letters and is the editor, most recently, of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters (City Lights Books); and Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall (Amistad/HarperCollins). He is a popular speaker, with engagements from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to the City Club of San Diego, and has appeared on C-Span and National Public Radio.Long’s book on Jackie Robinson was selected as a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, and his works have been featured or reviewed in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Book Forum, Ebony/Jet, and other major media outlets. He has a doctoral degree from Emory University.
Susan Mapp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work
- Human trafficking
- Domestic minor sex trafficking
Susan Mapp is the program director and chair of the Social Work department at Elizabethtown College. She has written two books in the area of human rights: Human rights and social justice in a global perspective: An introduction to international social work (currently in press for a second edition) and Global child welfare and well-being. She is currently co-writing a book on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. She is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics, including the impact of war on children, violations of women's human rights, law enforcement awareness of human trafficking, as well as issues relating to the child welfare system. She has presented her work at national and international conferences. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Global Social Work education and its Committee on Human Rights. She also serves as the Vice-President for Planning and Organizational Research for the International Consortium on Social Development and the Treasurer for The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.
E. Fletcher McClellan
Dean of Faculty
Professor of Political Science
- American government
- Presidential studies
- American politics and popular culture
Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan oversees Elizabethtown College’s academic departments and is instrumental in the recruitment, appointment and advancement of faculty members. He also is closely involved in curriculum development, outcomes assessment, and programs that promote scholarship and teaching effectiveness among Elizabethtown’s faculty. McClellan’s major areas of academic interest include American government, presidential studies, U.S. policy toward Native Americans, and American politics and popular culture. He has presented dozens of papers at international, national, and regional professional conferences. McClellan earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a master’s degree in political science from East Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.
Executive Director, The High Center
- Family Business
- Strategic Planning
- Business Governance
Mitchell is the Executive Director of The High Center at Elizabethtown College. Prior to joining the High Center, he was an owner of Amelia's Grocery Outlets and served as president and CEO of the company from 1997- 2012. He oversaw all aspects of the grocery chain's $50 million dollar business and a 100,000 square foot warehouse in Leola, Pa. Mike, his father, Melvin, and his brother-in-law Jeff, grew the business and expanded the concept from a couple of small Weaver Chicken Outlets into a full line grocery outlet chain. Mitchell is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Prior to joining Amelia's in 1996, he worked as a marketing manager for several packaged goods companies including Heinz, General Mills, and Unilever.
Emma Neuhauser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
- Economic topics in China
- Chinese culture
Dr. Emma Neuhauser teaches courses in the areas of corporate finance, financial institutions and markets. Neuhauser's research interests are corporate finance, corporate governance, financial engineering and securities, financial institution and markets, and investments. She has held a variety of positions at a number of institutions including Redback Networks Systems Canada Inc. and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. She brings with her experience as a quantitative research analyst, system verification engineer, business consultant, and project manager. Prior to teaching at E-town Neuhauser taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association and Global Association of Risk Professionals, and has earned several prestigious awards for her work. She has served as speaker to local communities on issues related to finance and economics, family culture, and social and economic developments in China. Neuhauser has lived and worked in Canada, China, and Singapore.
Richard Newton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
- Religion in American Life
- Biblical Interpretation
- African American Culture
- Identity Politics
Dr. Richard Newton teaches in the Religious Studies program at Elizabethtown College. His scholarship looks at how religion makes difference and makes a difference in the world. His current research examines Alex Haley’s Roots as a modern American scripture. An innovative teacher-scholar, Newton draws on experiences ranging from anthropological study among the Yucatec Maya to archaeological fieldwork in Israel-Palestine to his work in various church settings. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Comparative Research in Iconic and Performative Texts, and the Institute for Signifying Scriptures. Newton earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University, his master's of divinity degree from Southern Methodist University and his doctoral degree from Claremont Graduate University. Active on the academic blog scene, you can read more of his work at sowingtheseed.org.
Peacemaker in Residence
Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking
- Peacebuilding Program Monitoring and Design
- Nonviolent Social Change Strategy
- Mindanao, Philippines
With more than more than twenty five years of working in 30 countries in Asia and Africa, Jon has focused his efforts at peacebuilding and conflict transformation on a grass roots and middle-out communities. Current projects include:
- Facilitating adult peace education in Mindanao, Philippines
- Technical support for a peacebuilding curriculum design in Laos
- Short course facilitation in Somaliland
- Nonviolence teaching in Fiji at a new Peacebuilding Institute
Jon has an master's of arts in religion with a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite Seminary/University in Harrisonburg, Va. He has a bachelor's degree in international development, and an associates degree in industrial arts and minor in communications from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. Jon regularly blogs about his trips to Africa and Asia here.
Michael David Silberstein, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
- Science and Religion/Values
- Foundations of Physics - time travel, quantum mechanics, relativity theory
- Neuroscience and Society
Silberstein's primary research interests are foundations of physics, foundations of cognitive science and foundations of complexity theory respectively. He is especially interested in how these branches of philosophy and science bear on more general questions of reduction, emergence and explanation. He also loves film and writing about film whenever possible. In short, as a scholar he is an eclectic freak and dangerously unfocused for today's Academy. Silberstein is equally eclectic as a teacher. His regular course offerings include: philosophy of science, foundations of physics, introduction to cognitive science, philosophy of mind, philosophy and film, and science and values. He also is a founding member of the Cognitive Science program and permanent Adjunct in the Philosophy Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is also a faculty member in the Foundations of Physics Program and a Fellow on the Committee for Philosophy and the Sciences.
Michael Swanson, Ph.D.
Director, Theatre and Dance Division
Associate Professor of Theatre
- Dramatic literature
- Directing and acting
- Film history
Locally, Dr. Michael Swanson has directed at Mt. Gretna Playhouse (for Theatre of the Seventh Sister and Greta Music), Millersville University, Oyster Mill Playhouse and the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Before Elizabethtown, Swanson taught at Western Illinois University, Fresno City College, the University of Arizona and Franklin College, where he was director of theatre and first chair of the fine arts department. Swanson is intensely involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national organization of college and university theatre programs; he is former chair of KCACTF Region III (the Great Lakes states), where was awarded the KCACTF Gold Medallion for his long-time service. Swanson is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He earned a Ph. D. at The Ohio State University, an MFA in directing at Wayne State University, and a bachelor of arts from Hamline University.
Juan Toro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
- Teacher education
- Portfolio assessment
Juan A. Toro has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher educator. At Elizabethtown, he teaches courses in child development, foundations of teaching and learning, and assessment and evaluation. He has a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University, a master of science in education from Western Illinois University and a bachelor of science in biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Professor of Finance and International Business
Director of International Business
- Foreign Exchange Markets
- Foreign Direct Investments
Dr. Varamini joined the College in the Fall of 2000 as the Director of the International Business Program after holding a similar position at a different institution for over ten years. His primary teaching areas are International Business and Finance. In addition to his individual research publications in the fields of foreign direct investment and foreign exchange markets, Dr. Varamini has published articles with other colleagues and with his students. Some of his articles have been published in the American Journal of Business, Journal of East-West Business, Journal of Global Business, Journal of International Business and Economy, Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Economics and the Journal of Current Research in Global Business. He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Finance and the Association for Global Business..
Director, Bowers Writers House
- Creative writing
- 20th century American poetry
- 20th century American post-modern fiction
Runner-up for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and a finalist in the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Prize, Jesse Waters is a recipient of a 2003 NC Artist's Grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center and a winner of the 2001 River Styx International Poetry Contest. Waters' fiction, poetry and nonfiction work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in such journals as 88: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, The Adirondack Review, Coal Hill Review, The Cortland Review, Cimarron Review, Concrete Wolf, Iowa Review, Plainsongs, Magma, River Styx, Slide, Story Quarterly, Southeast Review, Sycamore Review and others. His first book of poems, Human Resources, was released by Inkbrush Press in February of 2011.