New Faculty • Fall 2004

Patrick Bailey
Computer Science Department
A veteran of almost two decades of corporate professional work in Information Systems, Patrick comes to us from Grand Valley State University, where he has been teaching full-time this year. He has a master's degree in computer information systems from Grand Valley and teaching experience in several community colleges in Iowa as well as at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. A member of Phi Kappa Phi and recipient of the prestigious George C. Marshall military science award, Patrick was a U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps officer prior to corporate life. Patrick loves drama, and is actively involved with Heritage Theater of Grand Rapids. He is currently appearing in their production of “The Lady’s Not for Burning.”

Brian Bolt
HPERDS Department
Brian has served at Roanoke College in Roanoke, Virginia for eight years. Brian is a Calvin graduate who earned his Ph.D. in physical education teaching and teacher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Brian has several years of experience as a teacher and coach at the secondary level, and has published several articles on teaching physical education.

Michael Bolt
Mathematics and Statistics Department
Michael is a graduate of Calvin College who is currently working as a VIGRE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. This is a prestigious award of the National Science Foundation aimed at the integration of teaching and research. Michael earned his doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Chicago for a dissertation on complex variables, and he has published five papers in that field.

Christopher Calloway
Philosophy Department
Christopher comes from St. Louis University, where he is a doctoral candidate in philosophy and has taught the introduction to philosophy and courses in ethics. He was educated at Auburn University, and also holds the M.Div. degree from Samford University and an M.A. degree in philosophy from Baylor University. He is writing on the ethics of citizenship and its role in liberal democracy.

Sergio Da Silva
Psychology Department

Sergio comes to Calvin with a varied career, mostly in Sao Paulo, Brazil, including 22 years of work as an announcer, translator, program developer and counselor with TransWorld Radio. He has also been a part-time teacher in a theological seminary, and a sleep lab technologist in Saginaw, Michigan. He is finishing a dissertation at Central Michigan University in experimental psychology, on aspects of sleep apnea. He also holds degrees from Metropolitan United College, Biblical Seminary, and the University of Sao Paulo, all in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

David Dornbos
With a decade and a half of experience in agrobusiness research and development, David brings a fresh perspective to the plant science teaching and research at Calvin. He has worked with soybean, corn, sorghum and alfalfa products in the United States and many other nations for the Ciba-Geigy Corporation. David is a Calvin graduate with a master's degree in seed physiology from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University.

Craig Hanson
Art history is Craig's field, and he writes about late 17th and early 18th Century British authors who wrote on art, medicine and other matters of "civic interest." He is a graduate of Harding University, in Arkansas, who finished his dissertation at the University of Chicago last year. He has been teaching at Emory University in Atlanta, and before that he taught in Chicago, at Trinity Christian College, and at Indiana University Northwest, in Gary. Craig has curated exhibitions, reviewed art shows, and worked as a museum docent as well.

Phillip Hash
Music Department

Phillip Hash will take up the music education post within the Music Department. He is a veteran school music teacher with 14 years of teaching experience in Illinois, plus a variety of other experiences, including summer work at Interlochen Arts Camp. Phillip is writing a dissertation in music education at the University of Illinois - Urbana on the advent of high school band programs in Illinois public schools. Phillip has been active in research and publication through the years, with several articles in journals such as Issues in Music Education and the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.

Kathryn Jacobsen
Biology Department

Currently Kathryn is finishing a Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of Wheaton College and also has a Master's degree in Public Health from Michigan. Kathryn is developing mathematical models for the transmission of the Hepatitis A virus. She has a rich and varied set of experiences working with the World Health Organization and in South Africa studying AIDS-enabled tuberculosis, in Zambia studying malaria, and in the United States studying cancer risk factors among African-American women. At Calvin Kathryn will be teaching both biology and statistics, and she hopes to continue working in global and local public health.

Stacy Jackson
Economics and Business Department
Stacy comes to Calvin after seven years of teaching and administration at the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. There he taught management and organizational behavior and ran a continuing professional education program for the Olin School. Before this university post, Stacy worked with NASA in Houston and with two management consulting firms, Hewitt Associates and Ernst and Young. He earned his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University and his master's and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University. Stacy enjoys working with business executives on issues of leading through periods of rapid change. His most recent publication is a forthcoming book, Managing Me, which arose out of one of his courses in the MBA program at the Olin School.

Gene Klaasen
Mathematics and Statistics Department

Gene comes from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he and his wife, Linda, have been teaching since 1992. Gene is a graduate of Hope College who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He began his teaching career at the University of Tennessee in 1969, and received tenure and promotion to full professor before moving to Calvin in 1984. Eight years later, he headed off to Africa to serve with Bible Study Fellowship, in addition to teaching. Gene's field of expertise is differential equations.

Lewis Klatt
English Department

Lew Klatt is a poet, whose doctoral dissertation at the University of Georgia was a collection of poems, prefaced by a learned essay on the idea of poet energy in the American literary tradition. Lew is a published poet who is also an experienced teacher of creative writing. He came to know of Calvin College in two ways: via the Coalition for Christian Outreach, in which he served in campus ministry; and via the Festival of Faith and Writing. Lew is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Ohio, of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, and of St. John's College in Maryland.

Mary Ann Klooster
HPERDS Department

Currently Mary is teaching physical education at Aquinas College, the latest of a wide variety of experiences in teaching, ranging from serving as a ranger for the National Park Service at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, to the director of fitness programs at the Chesterton, Indiana, YMCA, to an exercise physiologist in a corporate setting, with Steelcase. Mary Ann has a master's degree from Western Michigan University.

Kristen Kobes Dumez
History Department
Kristen, a graduate of Dordt College, is completing her doctoral dissertation in American history at the University of Notre Dame, where she has been studying with George Marsden. Kristen's dissertation is on a group of Protestant women in the late nineteenth century who were writing feminist theologies. She also enjoys thinking and writing about historiography, or the thinking behind the discipline of history. She has one published article, in the journal Religion and American Culture, on an early twentieth-century child evangelist, Uldine Utley.

Matthew Lundberg
A semester in Costa Rica with the CCCU Latin American Studies Program proved to be life-changing for Matt Lundberg, who graduated from Calvin with majors in Spanish and religion. He studied next at Calvin Theological Seminary, and is now finishing his dissertation at Princeton Theological Seminary on the Christology of Jon Sobrino, a Latin American liberation theologian. Matt has published several articles already in theological journals, in which he has wrestled with themes that arise from Christianity in the global south: martyrdom, forgiveness, and prophetic witness.

Collin Messer
Collin comes to Calvin from King College in eastern Tennessee. He is a graduate of Emory University and he earned his doctorate in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Collin's teaching fields are in American literature, and he studies southern writers in particular. Among his teaching accomplishments has been a major role in organizing the first-year seminar program at King College. Collin has published a number of articles and reviews on southern writers, including an article on Thomas Wolfe's "search for a language of immediacy."

Ryan Nichols
Philosophy Department
Ryan taught last year at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, after completing his Ph.D. degree in philosophy at the Ohio State University. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Ryan first visited Calvin for a summer seminar with Steve Evans. He works in the field of the philosophy of mind, and has published a variety of journal articles on, among other things, Thomas Reid, moral motivation, Leibniz, and intelligent design theory.

David Reimer
Music Department

David is coming to Calvin from Ohio State University, where he earned a doctorate in musical arts that focused on violin performance pedagogy. David taught orchestra repertoire classes and violin lessons at Ohio State, and prior to that he taught violin at the college preparatory level at the Cleveland Institute of Music (his alma mater), at the University of Connecticut's Community School of the Arts, and at the College of DuPage, in west suburban Chicago. He has performed in a variety of symphonies in Ohio, West Virginia, Connecticut and around Chicago.

Stephen Remillard
Physics Department

Steve brings a varied and fascinating research career in high-tech industry, notably working on superconductive wireless products and working with clients in Asia and Latin America. He is a Calvin graduate who earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the College of William and Mary. Along the way he conducted research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory, and a German university as well. Steve loves to travel, and admits to basic proficiency in Japanese.

Gerry Van Kooten
Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department

Gerry is a graduate of the University of Washington, with postgraduate degrees from Arizona State University (M.S.) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D.). He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, a field geologist for the U.S. Geological Service in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains, and a staff geologist in oil and gas exploration for the Arco Oil and Gas Company for twenty years, fifteen of them spent in Alaska. Gerry has published many research papers and has taught geology at several institutions, including the University of Alaska at Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, and Calvin; here he taught a January course in petroleum geology.

Richard Willis
Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department

Calvin will enjoy the service of Richard Willis, Senior Lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, for the fall term. Richard has taught at Victoria University for more than 30 years. He is a leader in the Reformed Christian and broader evangelical scholars' movement in New Zealand, having played a founding role in a number of organized efforts there. Richard is an expert on land use and economic development with many published articles on New Zealand farming, manufacturing and the role of market forces and globalization in the nation's economy.

David Wunder
Engineering Department
David graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a BS in Civil Engineering. He completed his MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1994, is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota, and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering. David has worked as an environmental engineer in the areas of water supply and treatment and wastewater treatment. Along with a new job at Calvin and family responsibilities he is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota where his research relates to evaluation and optimization of drinking water treatments low-rate biofiltration processes.