2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Personnel



Board of Trustees

Betty Adams, ASC, ‘66, ‘10

Robert Barrientos, ‘77

Lori Benge, ‘13

Vicki Bergkamp, ASC ‘72

David Borho, ‘11, ‘01

Michael Bukaty

Yolanda Camarena

John Carney, ‘75

Marcelo Casenove, ‘13

Mary Catherine Clark, ASC

Diana Crook, ‘85

Raymond Dondlinger, ‘05

Wendy Glick

Adam Gomez, ‘94

Kathleen Jagger
President

Bishop Carl A. Kemme

Gerry Killeen, ‘69

J.T. Klaus, ‘87
Chair of the Board

Laurie Labarca

Jeffrey Lipp, ‘88

Jennifer Magaña

Cindy Miles, ‘09

Thomas Schulz, ‘87

Fran Schumer, ASC

Jason Searl

Diana Stanley, ‘17

Fr. Ted Stoecklein

Jennifer Stone, ‘87, ‘93
Vice Chair of the Board

Alicia Thompson, ‘97

Susan Welsby, ASC, ‘73

Brad Yaeger

Adorers of The Blood of Christ - United States Region

Vicki Bergkamp, ASC
Region Leader

Mary Catherine Clark, ASC
Councilor/Treasurer

Maria Hughes, ASC
Councilor

Angela Laquet, ASC
Councilor/Secretary

Janet McCann, ASC
Councilor

President’s Cabinet

Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., MPH
President

Anthony B. Beata, B.S.A.
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Bob Beumer, M.P.A.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Valerie Hennings, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Assessment and Research

Chris Keener, B.S.
Director of Human Resources

VACANT
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success

J. Alden Stout, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Joanna Pryor, M.S.Ed.
Director of Athletics

Clark Schafer, B.S.
Director of University Relations

Therese Wetta, ASC, Ph.D.
Director of Mission Effectiveness

Administrative Directors

Deacon Chuck Ashburn, M.A.
Assistant Vocation Director, Development and Academic Advising, Little Rock, AR

Dana Beitey, B.A.
Director of Alumni Relations

Kate Bussell, M.S.Ed.
Director of Student Success Center

Theresa Curtis, B.A.
Controller

Morris Floyd
Director of Safety and Security

Jill Fort, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Jason Fugikawa, Ph.D.
Director for Christian Leadership Development, Oklahoma City, OK

Lori A. Gibbon, M.A.
Registrar

Andi Giesen, Ed.D.
Dean of Students

Paco Gonzales
Director of Facilities

Valerie Hennings, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Assessment and Research

Steve Hamersky, M.L.S.
Library Director

Laura Hartley, M.A.
Director of Annual Giving

Chris Keener, B.S.
Director of Human Resources

Ian Lecki, B.B.A.
Director of Residence Life

Richard Meloche, Ph.D.
Director of Pastoral Ministries, Tulsa, OK

Myra Pfannenstiel
Director of Financial Aid

Joshua Prilliman, B.A.
Director of Student Activities

Marguerite Regan, Ph.D.
Teaching and Learning Coordinator

Katherine Reynoso, B.A.
Director of Multicultural Engagement and Campus Life

Sarah Rupp, M.S.Ed.
Director of Career Services

Clark Schafer, B.S.
Director of University Relations

Maggie Slack, M.S.
Director of Navigator

Coleen Stein, B.S.
Director of Pastoral Ministries, Dodge City, KS

Icer Vaughan, B.A.
Chief Information Officer

Therese Wetta, ASC, Ph.D.
Director of Mission Effectiveness

Teresa Wilkerson, M.A., M.B.A.
Director of Adult and Professional Studies

Deans

Jessica Bird, Ed.D.
Dean of the School of Education and Social Work

David Cochran, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Business and Technology

Rev. Joseph Gile, S.T.D.
Dean of the School of Catholic Studies

Lorraine Steiner, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Geraldine Tyrell, D.N.P.
Dean of the School of Health Care Professions

Faculty

Mallory Arellano, M.S.Ed., Assistant Professor of Education.
B.S., Northwest Missouri State University; M.S., Fort Hays State University; M.S.Ed., Newman University.

Kristi Barton Edwards, J.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.
B.A., Truman State University; J.D., University of Kansas.

Tomoko Bell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology.
B.S., Hokkaido University; M.S., University of Guam; Ph.D., University of Tokyo.

Kyle Betzen, B.S.N., Instructor of Nursing.
B.S.N., Newman University.

Jessica Bird, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education and Dean of the School of Education and Social Work.
B.S.Ed., M.S., Fort Hays State University.

Sonja Bontrager, M.A., Assistant Professor of Spanish.
B.A., Goshen College; M.A., Wichita State University.

Michael Bradley, Ph.D., Professor of Biology.
B.A., M.A., University of the Pacific; Ph.D., University of Southern California.

Kimyatta M. Brent, D.N.P., Assistant Professor, Director of Nurse Anesthesia.
A.D.N., Kennedy-King Junior College; B.S.N. Rush University; M.S.N., Rush University; M.S.N., Arkansas State University; D.N.P., University of Alabama -Tuscaloosa.

John Brungardt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
B.A., Thomas Aquinas College; L.P., Ph.D., The Catholic University of America.

John Burke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education.
B.A., DePauw University; M.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Whitney Burke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology.
B.S., Ph.D., University of South Dakota.

Rachel Cheek, M.S.N, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
B.A, Tabor College; B.S.N., Bethel College; M.S.N., Frontier Nursing University.

Timothy Cho, M.S., Assistant Professor, Director of Respiratory Care and Clinical Education.
A.S.H.S., Newman University; B.A., M.S., Northwestern University; R.R.T., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

David Cochran, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business and Dean of the School of Business and Technology.
B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Indiana University.

Wesley Cornett, M.L.I.S., Assistant Professor of Library Science.
B.A., Wichita State University; M.L.I.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences.
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Bryan Dietrich, Ph.D., Professor of English.
B.A., University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma; M.P.W., University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of North Texas.

Michael Duxler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work.
B.S., Illinois State University; M.S.S.W., Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington.

Brian Epperson, Ph.D., Professor of Business.
B.A., Northeastern State University; M.A., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.

Sumia Ehsan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
B.S., University of Sargodha; M.S., Western Illinois University; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Sherry Ewing, B.B.A., Instructor of Radiologic Technology and Clinical Coordinator of the Radiologic Technology Program.
A.S.H.S., Newman University; B.B.A., Friends University.

Joan Felts, Ph.D., Professor Emerita (Nursing).
B.S.N.Ed., St. Mary College; M.Ed., Ed.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Jamey Findling, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy.
B.A., Rice University; M.A., Ph.D., Villanova University.

Jill Fort, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Criminal Justice.
B.S., M.A., Wichita State University; Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Christopher Fox, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy.
B.A., Seattle University; Ph.D., University of Memphis.

Rev. Joseph Gile, S.T.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Dean of The School of Catholic Studies.
B.G.S., Wichita State University; M.Div., Pontifical College Josephinum; S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University.

Cheryl L. Golden, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of International Studies.
B.A., M.A., University of Houston; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rev. Adam Grelinger, M.T., Assistant Professor of Theology, Chaplain, and Director of Campus Ministry.
B.S., Newman University; M.Div., M.A.T., Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

Steve Hamersky, M.L.I.S., Assistant Professor and Library Director.
B.A., Wichita State University; M.L.I.S., University of Oklahoma.

Lindsay Harris, B.S., Instructor of Sonography and Clinical Director of Sonography. 

B.S. Newman University

C. Laurence Heck, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Sociology).
B.A., M.A., Wichita State University; Ph.D., University of Southern California.

Amelia Hopper, M.S.N., Associate Professor of Nursing.
B.S.N., M.S.N., Mount Mercy University.

Ryan Huschka, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry.
B.S., Newman University; M.A., Ph.D., Rice University.

Yelando Johnson, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the MSW Program.
B.S.W., Southern University; M.S.W., M.B.A., Newman University; Ed.D., Wichita State University.

Shannon Johnston, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Art, Director of the Steckline Gallery.
B.A., Bellhaven University; M.F.A. Wichita State University.

Janet Jump, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Education.
B.S., B.Ed., M.Ed., Wichita State University.

Steven Karlin, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education.
B.S., University of Wyoming; M.S., Kansas State University; Ed.D., Kansas State University.

Lori Link, D.N.P., Assistant Professor of Nursing.
B.S.N., Southwestern College; M.S.N., Grand Canyon University; D.N.P., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Nancy Lugo-Baez, D.N.P., Associate Professor of Nursing.
A.S.N., Newman University; B.S.N., Southwestern College; M.S.N., Fort Hays State University; D.N.P., American Sentinel University.

Mark Mannette, M.F.A, Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre, and Division Chair of Arts and Humanities.
A.A., Dean College; B.F.A., University of Bridgeport; M.A., M.F.A., Mary Baldwin College.

John McCormick, Ph.D., Professor of Theology.
B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville College of Ohio; M.A., Ph.D., Duquesne University; M.B.A., Newman University.

Angela McCoy, M.B.A., Assistant Professor of Business, Director of the MBA Program, and Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Technology.

B.G.S., University of Kansas; M.U.P., University of Kansas; M.B.A., Newman University.

Robert J. McElroy, J.D., Associate Professor of Business Law and International Business.
B.A., Friends University; M.B.A., University of Kansas; J.D., Washburn University.

Kelly McFall, Ph.D., Professor of History and Chair of the Division of Humanities.
B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Jeskan McGovern, B.S., Instructor of Radiologic Technology and Clinical Coordinator of the Radiologic Technology Program.
A.S., Century College; B.S., Fort Hays State University.

Charles Merrifield, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Psychology).
B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.A., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.

Patrick Nance, M.B.A., Associate Professor of Accounting.
B.S., M.B.A., Newman University.

Ramona Nance, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education and Outreach Education Liaison. 
B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Northeastern State University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.

Kathryn Nelson, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Graduate Education.
B.A.E., M.Ed., Wichita State University; Ed.D., Southwestern College.

Alan Oberley, M.S., Associate Professor of Chemistry.
B.S., St. Mary of the Plains College; B.S., Kansas State University; M.S., Emporia State University.

Susan Orsbon, M.A., Associate Professor of Biology.
B.A., M.A., Wichita State University.

Stephen J. Palubicki, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Biology).
B.A., St. Mary’s College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Joshua Papsdorf, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Graduate Theology Programs, and Director of the Gerber Institute.
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Fordham University.

Jenna Persons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology.
B.S. Newman University; Ph.D., University of Michigan.

Carole Pracht, B.A., Instructor of Arts and Humanities.
B.A., Kansas Newman College.

Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Teaching and Learning Coordinator.
B.A., M.Ed., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arkansas.

Vanessa Rials, M.S.W., Instructor of Social Work and Director of Field Education for B.S.W. and M.S.W. Programs.
B.S.W., M.S.W., Wichita State University.

Melissa Romaneschi, D.N.P., Associate Professor of Nursing.
B.S.N., Newman University; M.H.C.L., Friends University; D.N.P., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dana Rose, M.S.N., M.T.S., Assistant Professor of Nursing.
B.S.N., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; M.S.N., Walden University; M.T.S., Newman University.

Tarcisia Roths, ASC, Ph.D., Professor Emerita (History).
B.S.Ed., Sacred Heart College; Ph.D., St. Louis University.

Wendy Sahatjian, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Marketing and Management.
B.A., M.B.A., Wichita State University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.

Jesse Sealey, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Graduate Education Program.
B.A., Mount Mary College; M.A., Dakota Wesleyan University; Ed.D., University of South Dakota.

David Shubert, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Chemistry).
B.S., Fort Hays State University, Ph.D., University of Colorado.

Surendra Pratap Singh, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Biology).
B.Sc., M.Sc., Agra University, India; M.S., New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.

Gregory B. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology.
B.S., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Barbara Sponsel, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics.
B.A., M.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Lorraine Steiner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
B.S., Wichita State University; M.A., University of Kansas; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Lindsey Stillwell, M.S.W., Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of BSW Program.
B.S.W., M.S.W., Wichita State University.

Larry Straub, D.M., Associate Professor of Business and Director of the DBA Program.
B.G.S., M.S., Fort Hays State University; MBA, Friends University; O.P.M., Harvard Business School; D.M., Case Western Reserve University.

Debbie Strickert, M.N., Associate Professor of Nursing.
B.S.N., M.N., Wichita State University.

Peter Strube, D.N.P., Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of DNAP Program.
C.N.A., Mid-State Technical College; B.A., Luther College; M.S.N.A., St. Mary’s University; M.B.A., Edgewood College; D.N.P., Rosalind Franklin University

Fariha Tanveer, B.S., Instructor of Occupational Therapy.
B.S., University of Lousiana at Monroe.

Geraldine Tyrell, D.N.P., Associate Professor of Nursing and Dean of the School of Health Care Professionals.
B.S.N., Bethel College; M.S.N., University of Oklahoma, Health Science Center at Tulsa; D.N.P., American Sentinel University.

Matthew Umbarger, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology.
B.Th., Ozark Christian College; M.A., Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; M.A.T., Newman University.

Jeffery Vaughn, M.S., Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology, Director of the Radiologic Technology Program, and Director of Allied Health.
B.S., Jacksonville State University; M.S., Troy State University.

John D. Vogt, M.S., Associate Professor of Decision Sciences and Information Technology, and Division Chair of Science and Math.
B.S., Emporia State University; M.S., Kansas State University.

Brooke Ward, B.S., Instructor of Sonography and Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
A.S.H.S., B.S., Newman University.

Thomas Watson., D.N.A.P., Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia
B.S., Texas A & M University; B.S.N., Johns Hopkins University; M.S.N., Virginia Commonweath University; D.N.A.P., Texas Wesleyan University.

Kristin Weakland, B.S., Instructor of Radiologic Technology.
B.S., Washburn University.

Jane Weilert, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus (Nursing).
B.A., St. Louis University; B.S.N., St. Mary of the Plains College; M.N., University of Kansas; M.P.H., University of Oklahoma; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.

Huachuan Wen, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education.
B.A., M.A., Shenyang Normal University; Ed.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Teresa Wilkerson, M.A., Assistant Professor of Business and Director of Adult and Professional Studies.
B.A., Friends University; M.A., Wichita State University.

Deanna Zitterkopf, Ph.D., Professor Emerita (English).
B.A., Kansas State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland.

Deanne Zogleman, B.M.E., Instructor of Choral Music and Director of Music.
B.M.E., Emporia State University.