Profiles of New Faculty

The Calvin community welcomes 30 new members who will be teaching at Calvin this year:

Sheila Bluhm Morley - Sociology
Dr. Morley earned a Ph.D. degree from Western Michigan University in 2000 and has been teaching sociology at the University of Michigan and at Hope College. Her specialties are medical sociology and the sociology of aging.

Albert J. Boerema - Education
Prof. Boerema is a graduate of Trinity Christian College and a distinguished Christian high school principal from British Columbia. He is finishing a doctoral program in school leadership, policy and organization at Vanderbilt University. He will be teaching principally in the M.Ed. program in the school leadership area of emphasis.

Jack A. Bosscher- Student Academic Services
Mr. Bosscher is a veteran high school teacher from the area who will be teaching courses in pre-college grammar and composition.

Crystal Bruxvoort - Science Education
Prof. Bruxvoort is a master science teacher who has completed her doctoral studies in science education at Iowa State University, where she has also been teaching science education methods courses.

Rick Chamiec-Case - Social Work
Prof. Chamiec-Case has been the executive director of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work and a frequent management consultant with nonprofit agencies, after fifteen years in group homes management. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Connecticut, and is a doctoral candidate at Fordham University. He is also the editor and author of many works on the wok of faith-based social agencies.

KaiLonnie Dunsmore - Education
Dr. Dunsmore has been teaching at SUNY-Albany while also conducting research on how to prevent reading difficulties among disadvantaged children, and has published several works in that field. She earned a Ph.D. degree in literacy and reading disabilities from Michigan State University. She has several years of elementary school teaching experience, and has taught at the university level for two summers in Thailand.

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim - Germanic and Asian Languages
Dr. Dykstra has been an adjunct professor in the department for several years. A Calvin graduate, who earned a Ph.D. degree in German-English linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she is also the co-author of a new German language college text that features an intercultural approach.

Tiffany J. Engle - Music
Prof. Engle is a graduate of Capital University and Ithaca College and is finishing her doctoral degree at Michigan State. A conductor and saxophonist, she will both conduct the college bands and teach conducting, as well as teaching woodwinds. She has conducted performances of the symphonic bands, the marching band, and the pep band at Michigan State, and is planning to work with Calvin's pep band.

Brian D. Fuller - Communication Arts and Science
Prof. Fuller is a graduate of Montreat College and UNC-Greensboro and holds the MFA degree in film and video production from UNC-Greensboro. He taught at Montreat College for eleven years and has since been operating an independent video production company.

Keith Grasman - Biology
Dr. Grasman, who is a graduate of Calvin College and holds a Ph.D. in wildlife sciences from Virginia Tech, is an immunologist who has been teaching at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has been studying the island-based bird colonies in the Great Lakes while conducting research on the effects of pollution on the immune systems of terns and seagulls.

Keith Hekman - Engineering
Dr. Hekman is a graduate of Calvin's engineering program who earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He has been teaching for the past seven years at the American University of Cairo. He has developed a very productive line of research and publishing on the topic of precision grinding, and he has been active in Christian ministries while living in Cairo.

Sarah McClure Kolk - Instruction Librarian
Ms. Kolk is a graduate of Hope College and of the University of Michigan's School of Information. She also earned a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois. She has taught writing at both Illinois and Hope, and has a variety of experiences as a professional librarian. She will be working with the English Department to coordinate the new library and internet research portion of the newly approved English 101 course.

Karen L. Miller - Spanish
Prof. Miller is finishing a Ph.D. degree in linguistics this summer at Michigan State University. She has been doing research and publishing in the area of plural dialect acquisition among children in Latin America. She has a variety of teaching experiences, including teaching English in Chilean schools and Spanish in American schools, and as an ESL instructor for Latino farm workers' children.

Bert F. Polman - Music
Dr. Polman comes to Calvin after twenty years of college music teaching at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, with ten years prior to that at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto. He is a graduate of Dordt College and has earned a Ph.D. degree in musicology from the University of Minnesota. He has an extensive record of research, publications, and presentations in the field of sacred music and worship. His work includes editorial work on five hymnals and the Psalter Hymnal Handbook (1998), for the journal Reformed Worship, and a book in progress on the musical settings of the Magnificat.

Rachel E.S. Reed - Education
Dr. Reed earned a degree in biology from Aquinas College and her initial teaching certificate from Calvin College, after which she taught middle-school and high-school science for six years. She holds a master's degree in oceanography from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. degree in educational psychology. She has co-published articles in both astrobiology and in gifted and talented education, and participated in a NASA-sponsored research and education project.

Matthew Roberts - Political Science
A Calvin graduate, Prof. Roberts is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Minnesota. His field is political theory, and he is becoming an expert on the role of the Supreme Court in American politics. He has also published a number of encyclopedia articles on Supreme Court cases involving religious issues.

Lourdes Rodriguez - Spanish
Prof. Rodriguez is no stranger to the college, having taught Spanish language and culture courses here part-time and full-time since 2000. She is currently finishing a master's degree in education with an emphasis on teaching English as a second language at Grand Valley State University.

Maria Rodriguez - Spanish
Prof. Rodriguez earned a master's degree from Grand Valley State University and is a doctoral candidate in foreign language education at Wayne State University. As a native of Honduras, she is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Honduras and also served as professor of English as a second language at the National Pedagogical University of Honduras.

Andrew Samuel - Economics
Dr. Samuel attended Calvin College before moving to Boston College, where he has completed his Ph.D. dissertation in the field of finance.

Anding Shen - Bioloby
Dr. Shen is finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, where she also completed her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biomedical research at the JHU School of Medicine. She is an immunologist who has been working on HIV and T-cells, studying what triggers their reactivation after being latent. She has also co-published several papers in Virology and the Journal of Virology. Since her undergraduate days at Drexel, she has been interested in pedagogy and curriculum for college biology as well.

Diane Slager - Nursing
Prof. Slager has many years of varied experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner in Michigan, Oklahoma, Washington, and Liberia, West Africa (where she served for eight years). She holds nursing degrees from the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University, and has been working most recently at Calvin's Student Health Services. She will be teaching in the area of community health nursing.

Dale Splinter - Geography
Prof. Splinter is a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University, where he is writing a dissertation on the geomorphic properties of streams in eastern Oklahoma. He has taught a variety of courses in geography and environmental studies and admits that he has been teased before about presenting research about "Large Woody Debris" (not mere splinters), in Oklahoma streams.

Scott Thomas - Political Science, Spoelhof Chair
Prof. Thomas has been teaching at the University of Bath, in England, for the past eleven years. His main teaching field is international relations, and has a major interest in the role of developing countries in international politics. Scott is the author of numerous articles and chapters in this field, and recently published a major study, The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005).

William Van Arragon - History
Prof. Van Arragon is a Calvin graduate and a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University, his special field being colonial North America. He is writing a dissertation on Cotton Mather's reputation in American cultural history. For several years he was an editorial and research assistant for the American Historical Review. He also has an article forthcoming in Fides et Historia on memory as theological concept for Christian historians to ponder.

Rachel Vanderhill - Political Science
Prof. Vanderhill is a 1999 graduate of Calvin who is now completing a Ph.D. in foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. She did her master's degree at Virginia on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is completing her dissertation on democratization in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia.

Mary Vander Wal - Nursing
Prof. Vander Wal started teaching at Calvin early this year. She comes to us with nearly thirty years of richly varied experience in nursing, community health and nutritional research, in Michigan, Ohio and Texas. Her nursing degrees are from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (A.S.N.), Western Michigan University (B.S.N.) and Grand Valley State University (M.S.N.).

Leonard Van Drunen - Business
Prof. Van Drunen comes here with seventeen years of experience in investment banking, working in New York, Tokyo and London. He is a Dordt College graduate with a Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University, and taught for three years at the University of Utah before pursuing banking full-time. Over the past two years, Leonard has been teaching postgraduate courses in real estate finance at the University of Cambridge.

Jennifer Hardy Williams - English
All of Dr. Hardy Williams' academic study, from undergraduate through her recently completed Ph.D. in Englsh literature, has been at the University of California at Irvine. Her current interest as a scholar is religious themes in modernist fiction, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. She has taught a remarkable range of courses — in writing, poetry, fiction, introductory humanities, and period surveys of literature.

Jeffrey Winkle - Classics
Dr. Winkle taught at Calvin two years ago on a term appointment and has returned for the long term. He is a Calvin graduate and has earned a Ph.D. in classics from Northwestern University. Prof. Williams taught a very wide range of courses (thirty, all told), at Northwestern, Calvin and Grand Valley, yet has found time to present a dozen papers and publish two of them.

Jane Knol Zwart - English
Since studying English and Art History at Calvin, Prof. Zwart is a doctoral candidate in English literature at Boston University. While in Boston, she taught literature, film, writing and English as a second language, and has published two articles in literary studies and a number of her poems as well.