Academic Dean’s Office

Dr. Ann M. Vendrely

VP for Academic Affairs & Academic Dean

Goshen College is proud of its reputation for challenging academic programs. At Goshen College you will find faculty who enjoy spending time with students and who are willing to engage students as co-learners along their journey. The mission of the Dean’s Office is to foster student learning, as well as faculty growth and development.

Faculty Spotlight

Regina Shands Stoltzfus, Professor of Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, department chair  of PJCS and Bible and Religion has written several articles and contributed a chapter to a book.

“Pacifism and the Assault on Marginalized Bodies.” in Liberating the Politics of Jesus, Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics Volume 2,  T&T Clark, 2020.
“The Effects of Segregation on Theologies of Creation Care.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, January 2020, Number 1.
Chapter in Proclaiming the Good News:  Mennonite Women’s Voices 1972-2006.
Forthcoming from Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2020.
Cordova, Guynn, Johnson and Shands Stoltzfus, eds.  Resist, Organize, Transform: An Introduction to Nonviolence and Activism, First Edition.  Cognella Academic Publishing, 2020.
David Housman,  Ph.D., professor of mathematics, department chair of mathematics and computing, spoke about Congressional Apportionment during the spring meeting of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America, March 27, 2021.  He and Rick Gillman (Valparaiso University) presented a four-hour minicourse on Game Theoretic Modeling for Math Majors at MathFest, August 4-7.  At the same conference, Ebtihal Abdelaziz (’22) presented A Coalition Game on Finite Groups based upon her 2020 Maple Scholars work.  Her presentation received a Mathematical Association of America Outstanding Student Paper Session Presentation Award.
Joel Pontius, Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education, Director of Sustainability Leadership Semester has written his first book, Place-based Learning for the Plate,” which explores 21st century stories of hunting, foraging and fishing for food.
Duane Stoltzfus, Professor of Communication, Director of Adult and Graduate Programs has published an article, “When an American Pacifist Became an Alien in Her Own Homeland (and Had to Be Ready to Kill to Reclaim Her Citizenship),” in Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research, March 2021.

Robert Brenneman, professor of criminal justice and sociology, has co-authored a book titled “Building Faith: A Sociology of Religious Structures” (Oxford University Press, Aug. 2020) with Brian J. Miller, associate professor of sociology at Wheaton College.  “Building Faith” combines sociological theory and the empirical method in order to understand the impact of physical structures on the religious groups who build them.

Julia Chiavone Camacho, Associate Professor of History, reviewed the book Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture written by Rebecca Janzen, for the Mennonite Quarterly Review.

Doug Schirch, Professor of Chemistry has been part of a collaboration to publish the Multi-Institution Research and Education Collaboration Identifies New Antimicrobial Compounds.  ACS Chem Biol. (2020 Dec 18) 15 (12), 3187-3196.

Philipp Gollner, Associate Professor of US History & MQR Book Review Editor, contributed a journal piece in “Roundtable:  Educating for Activism?  Historians and Politics in the Contemporary United States.”  Fides et Historia 52 (2/Summer/Fall 2020), 79-92.

John Roth, Professor of History, MHL Director and  MQR Editor, has written the book “Where the People Go:  Community, Generosity and the story of Everance.”   The book, published by Herald Press in June of 2020, tells the story of Anabaptist-Mennonite efforts to enable communal forms of sharing.  Mutual aid,  stewardship, and generosity are deeply embedded in the Christian faith and have been actively nurtured among Anabaptist-Mennonite groups.  You may find out more about the book at

Roz Woll,  Assistant Professor of Music, has successfully defended her dissertation and has completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance with a Certification in Africana Studies from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. The dissertation title is “Teaching Choral Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Toward a ‘Living Black History.'”

Dr. Matthew Hill, Professor of Music, was an invited judge on Saturday Feb. 6, 2021, for the Gene Marcus Piano Competition held at Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music.

Eric Bradley, Good Library head of research and instruction, was elected to the Board of Directors by fellow members of the Foundation for the Advancement of Christian Libraries (ACL).  He was elected Director-at-Large for a three year term, beginning in 2020.

ACL is an organization of evangelical Christian academic librarians that seeks to strengthen libraries through professional development of evangelical librarians, scholarship, and spiritual encouragement for service in higher education.  As one of the oldest and largest evangelical academic library organizations, the Association is internationally recognized due to the global outreach of the services it provides.  Eric has been an active member of ACL since 2007.

Colleen Geier, Professor of ASL Interpreting wrote an article for Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) newsletter to give protocol officers some information about Deaf Culture and working with interpreters for International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages.

Jessica Baldanzi, Ph.D., has co-edited the book Ms. Marvel’s America: No Normal, was released in March on University Press of Mississippi. More information about the book can be found at Dr. Baldanzi is at work on a new book manuscript, Representing Women in Graphic Fiction: Bodies and Boundaries, which was accepted for publication in Routledge’s series Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics.

Ryan Sensenig,  Professor of Biological & Environmental Science has written an article for Ecological Society of America (ESA) on the “Synergistic Effects of Long‐term Herbivory and Previous Fire on Fine‐scale Heterogeneity of Prescribed Grassland Burns.”

Doug Schirch, Professor of Chemistry, collaborated in publishing of  the Multi-Institution Research and Education Collaboration Identifies New Antimicrobial Compounds.  ACS Chem Biol. (2020 Dec 18) 15 (12), 3187-3196.

Doug has also written a chapter included in the text book “Active Learning in Organic Chemistry,” published by the American Chemical Society.  The book is available in both hardback and a digital version.

Peter Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, published an article in the March 2020 issue of PMLA, the flagship journal of the Modern Language Association. In “Prosody, Media, and the Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe,” Miller argues for Poe’s importance as an early theorist of poetry as a form of sound media. The essay is part of a larger book project, “Writing Sound,” which seeks to correlate the rise of modern sound recording technology with the fall of traditional poetic meter in order to reframe prosodic analysis as a form of media theory.

Justin Heinzekehr, Ph.D., has published a book.  Justin, who is the  director of institutional research and assessment and assistant professor of Bible and religion, explores the significance of the empty tomb and Jesus’ physical absence for Anabaptist theology in a new book titled “The Absent Christ: An Anabaptist Theology of the Empty Tomb” (Cascadia Publishing House, 2019).


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