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 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
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 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
Sergio Da Silva
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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 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