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

Andy Ammons, PhD., attended the Honey Bee Queen Rearing Short Course in June 2018 at the Purdue University Honey Bee Laboratory, studying and practicing with advanced queen rearing techniques such as larval grafting, swarm and nucleus colony management, and queen insemination.

Suzanne Ehst, PhD., published “Writing toward Democracy: Scaffolding Civic Engagement with Historically Marginalized Students,” in English Journal in July 2018. The co-author is Goshen College alum Lewis Caskey.

On November 16, 2018, Zeila Frade, PhD., was one of the panelists that participated in the Video Conference: “Job Panel: Creating a Job Search Strategy” held at Florida International University.

Philipp Gollner, PhD., chaired and commented a panel on “Christianity and Social Responsibility” at the Conference on Faith and History at Calvin College November 2018. He will present a paper on the concepts of empathy and disgust in teaching American history at the American Academy of Religion Midwest meeting at Ball State University in February 2019.

Ann Hostetler, PhD., has new book of poems, Safehold, which was just released by the Cascadia Poetry series of Cascadia publishing.

John D. Roth, PhD., gave a series of presentations at the Lendrum Mennonite Brethren church in Edmonton, Alberta, on January 18-20, 2019 which focused on the global Anabaptist-Mennonite church, and his work with Mennonite World Conference and the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism.

Sara Patrick, M.S., attended the National Numeracy Network Conference in October 12-14, 2018 at Michigan State University and Quantitative Reasoning Workshop on October 26th at Vincennes University Aviation and Technology Center as part of the Quantitative Literacy of All Faculty Renewal Grant.

Jody Saylor, M.S., presented a training on interdisciplinary learning communities at the Indiana College Biology Teachers Association – ICBTA conference in November 2018.

Ryan Sensenig, PhD., was a co-author on two papers related to his fire ecology research in Kenya.

  • LaMalfa, E., R.L. Sensenig, D.M. Kimuyu, T.P. Young, C. Riginos and K.E. Veblen. 2018. Tree resprout dynamics following fire depend on herbivory by wild and domestic ungulate herbivores (in press Journal of Ecology).
  • Bergstrom, B.J., R.L. Sensenig,  D.J. Augustine  and T.P. Young. 2018. Searching for cover: soil enrichment and herbivore exclusion, not fire, enhance African savanna small-mammal abundance. Ecosphere 9:e02519.

Jeanette Shown, M.S., Associate Professor of Computing Science, is currently representing Goshen College as a member of the steering committee for Information Technology Sector Partnership for Northern Indiana, 2018/19.  She took two GC computing teams to the International Collegiate Programming Competition sponsored by the ACM (Association of Computing Machines) and IBM (our fourth consecutive year).  Jeannette also participated in the BEET conference, held at Goshen College, a conference focusing on Blind persons in regard to Employment & Education and Technology.  She is hosting the Global Game Jam for our 5th year onsite, where students and community members collaborate and create digital or board games in 48 hours.

Duane Stoltzfus, PhD., served as a contributor to and copy editor for Forever God Is Faithful: The Story of Camp Deerpark, a 50th-anniversary collection of essays and historical notes. Camp Deerpark, which is located in Westbrookville, N.Y., is owned and operated by the Mennonite churches of New York City. The book was published in 2019.

Ruth Stoltzfus, PhD., was an invited reviewer for a textbook, Zuzelo, P.R. (2020). Indirect care handbook for advanced nursing roles: Beyond the bedside. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.


In May 24-27, 2019 Zeila Frade, PhD., will present at “Infancias presentes: Literatura infantile inclusion en Latinoamerica” at LASA (Latin American Studies Association) in Boston.

Matthew Hill, D.M.A., Professor of Music will present a recital (“Hearing and Seeing in Messiaen and Liszt”) and master class at Butler University on March 21, 2019.

The book Game Theory: A Modeling Approach by David Housman, PhD., and Rick Gillman will be published in April.

Jan Bender Shetler, PhD., has a new book Claiming Civic Virtue: Gendered Network Memory in the Mara Region, Tanzania, which is due to be published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Women in Africa and the Diaspora series, later this year.

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