Profiles of New Faculty

Wonderfully talented and devoted scholars, both veterans and those newly rising, are joining us at Calvin in fall 2006. We offer them a hearty Calvin College welcome!

Carolyn Anderson, Chemistry
Carolyn comes to us from Pomona College, where she is serving as a Dreyfus post-doctoral fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and she earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Irvine. Her research in organic chemistry uses synthetic organometallic chemistry to understand some basic aspects of chemical bonding. Carolyn is an eager advocate and participant in teaching via undergraduate research, and she loves classroom teaching as well. She came to faith in Christ recently she says, while in graduate school, where she evidently ran into a cadre of Christians. Carolyn's heritage is another kind of Reformed—Reform Judaism.

Jack Bosscher, Student Academic Services–mathematics
Jack is a master teacher with 34 years of experience teaching in local Christian high schools. He is a 1971 graduate of Calvin College, holds a Calvin master's degree in special education, and an M.A. in English from Michigan State. Jack has taught a wide range of subjects in high school, ranging from English to Algebra to Earth Science, and he has been teaching both mathematics and writing this year for the Student Academic Services (SAS) program. He and SAS decided to make developmental mathematics teaching his specialty.

Mark Christner, HPERDS
Mark continues as the Assistant Coach for the Calvin men's basketball team and the Head Coach for the men's JV basketball team. For three years, he was an Assistant Coach for Calvin women's basketball. Mark has an MA in Physical Education from Western Michigan University, and taught social studies and religion at both Creston Christian and Holy Spirit School. Mark is a member of Church of the Servant CRC in Grand Rapids.

Jack DuMez, Student Academic Services
Jack is a Dordt College graduate who has done a remarkable variety of things since finishing his M.A. in English at Marquette University. He has been an Adirondack trail guide, a campus minister for a boys school, a high school English teacher, a lay ministry leader in a congregation, and a music composer, concert tour manager and promoter, and a recording producer. He also taught writing this past year at both Calvin and Hope.

Todd Farley, Communication arts and sciences
Todd is completing a Ph.D. degree in theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, in southern California, where he has been living and working for 22 years. He is the head of Mimeistry College of Ministering Arts, an arts conservatory for training mimes (and other ministers). Todd has performed and taught in many places, around the world. He studied "physical theatre" at the Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris, with Marcel Marceau.

Mary Hulst, Communication arts and sciences
Mary is known to many in the Calvin community from her years as pastor of Eastern Avenue CRC. In that position, she felt the Lord leading her to further academic work. She is currently writing a dissertation on the intersection of preaching and virtue, through the graduate communications program at the University of Illinois. Mary has extensive teaching and preaching experience, and has written frequently for church publications.

Young Richard Kim, history
Young completed a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in the area of late classical history; his dissertation was titled "The Imagined Worlds of Epiphanius of Cyprus." Young has an MA in Latin, and, in addition to teaching history courses during his graduate career, he has been a Latin instructor. Young was born in Minneapolis, grew up in California and did his undergraduate work at UCLA. He currently attends Cornerstone CRC in Ann Arbor.

Christopher Moseley, mathematics
Chris comes to Calvin from the United States Military Academy, at West Point, NY, where he is a Davis postdoctoral teaching fellow. Prior to that, he taught for one year at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. Chris is a graduate of Houghton College, after which he worked as an engineer for the Lockheed Martin Corporation for ten years, designing and testing the topside and AEGIS weapons systems of Ticonderoga class cruisers for the U.S. Navy. Then he enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics. His research interests are both in pure mathematics (differential geometry), and in applied mathematics (control of quantum systems).

Corey Roberts, German
Corey is a graduate of Calvin who earned a Ph.D. in Germanic studies at the University of Indiana. He also spent a research year at the Freie Universitat in Berlin. He has been teaching German for the past two years at Northern Illinois University. Corey's research interest is the emergence of literary aesthetics in early modern Europe, with a focus on the role played by the pietist movement.

Carol Rossman, Nursing
Carol has a broad array of clinical experience in the care of children and adolescents, primarily at Mott Children's Hospital and Hurley Medical Center. Most recently she was a nursing professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. Mary will be moving to Grand Rapids from Davison, Michigan, where she is member of South Baptist Church of Flint.

Patric Spence, Communication arts and sciences
Patrick is currently teaching at Western Kentucky University. He has also taught part-time for Ferris State Unveristy, and has been a research assistant in public policy and social research at Michigan State, at Wayne State, and at the University of Michigan. He has published a variety of articles, including some dealing with the problems of public communication in times of crisis. He has also engaged in a variety of consulting efforts with business corporations. His Ph.D. dissertation in communications at Wayne State University was on organizations' ethical climates and the issue of whistle-blowing.

Timothy Steele, Music (deferred one year)
Tim comes to Calvin from Covenant College, near Chattanooga, where he has taught for the past nine years, and will teach for one more year before coming here. Tim also taught for seven years at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is a music history scholar who studied at Temple University as an undergraduate and for his master's degree, and who earned his Ph.D. in music history and theory from the University of Chicago. Tim is an expert on Psalm motets, from late medieval and early modern Europe, and he has published in this area.

Chad Tatko, Chemistry
Chad comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is compelting a postdoctoral research project in the School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and he earned his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research has been on aspects of protein folding in peptides, and he has several publications in that area already. He looks forward to gaining more understanding of how his faith engages his work in the lab and in the classroom.

Stephan Thamban, Physics and astronomy
Stephen completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at Madras Christian College in India and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. His recent teaching experience has been at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, where he attends Faith Presbyterian Church.

Benita Wolters-Fredlund, Music
Benita's field of teaching and scholarship is musicology, with a special interest in the history of folk music traditions and the communities that sustain them. Her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Toronto was on the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, a remarkable institution of the early twentieth century. She has published several articles on this and other subjects in Canadian music. Benita also studied at the University of British Columbia (M.A.) and is a graduate of Redeemer University College, where she has just finished a short-term teaching assignment.