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

In April 2019, Jessica Baldanzi, Ph.D., led the panel “Social Ills and the Female Body in Comics and Speculative Fiction” and presented a paper entitled “Monstrous Resistance: The Horror of the Female Body in Emil Ferris’s “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, in Washington DC. Additionally, she wrote an article, “Beyond Hair Bows and Cleavage: Helping Women Draw Their Iconic Selves” which came out in May 2019 in Lessons Drawn: Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels” on McFarland: https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Drawn-Essays-Pedagogy-Graphic/dp/1476671583

Neil D. Detweiler, Ph.D., has co-published a paper on “Loss of Acid-Sensing Ion Channel 2 Enhances Pulmonary Vascular Resistance and Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension,”  with Lindsay M. Herbert, Selina M. Garcia, Simin Yan, Kenneth G. Vigil, Joshua R. Sheak, Thomas C. Resta, Benjimen R. Walker, and Nikki L. Jernigan in the Journal of Applied Physiology in June 2019.

In March, Suzanne Ehst, Ph.D., presented at Indiana Council of Teachers of English on her use of “critical inquiry circles” in Academic Voice.

Justin Heinzekehr, Ph.D., has published a book “The Absent Christ: An Anabaptist Theology of the Empty Tomb,” from Cascadia Press.

In March 2019, Matthew Hill, D.M.A., presented a recital, “Hearing and Seeing in Messiaen and Liszt” and master class at Butler University.

Scott Hochstetler, Ph.D., has been serving as an SST co-director in Perú for the 2018-2019 school year. With each of the three SST groups he has led, Professor Hochstetler has participated in cajon workshops taught by experts of Afro-Andean music in the town of El Carmen in the province of Chincha. He also attended a choral concert led by Dr. Wilfredo Tarazona, a professor of music at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música.

David Housman, Ph.D., with coauthor Richard Alan Gillman from Valparaiso University, have had their textbook Game Theory: A Modeling Approach published by CRC Press.  Professor Housman also gave talks on A Biological Auction at an IUPUI Applied Mathematics seminar in October 2018; A Mathematical Modeling Course during the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America, University of Indianapolis, in April 2019; and Four Games in Fifty Minutes during the Manchester University Sigma Pi Sigma and Kappa Mu Epsilon Banquet, in May 2019.

Carol Jarvis, Ph.D., gave two presentations to local social service organizations. In April 2019, she presented “How to Help Anxious Children & Teens” to Bashor Children’s home staff, and in May, she presented to Elkhart County’s Department of Child Services management team on the Be SMART program. Be SMART is a program developed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to bring together parents and all adults concerned about kids, guns, and safety.

Jose Rocha, Ph.D., reviewed “U2: Rock and Roll to change the world.,” which was published in the January 2019 issue of the Mennonite Quarterly Review. Professor Rocha reviews Timothy Neufeld’s examination of the symbiotic relationship between U2 and culture as the band shaped it and as U2 in return was inspired by the world around it. Additionally, Professor Rocha led the Opening concert of the 2018-2019 Elkhart County Symphony in September 2019 at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart. “Heroes and Legends: Music of Stage and Screen” featured music from film and musical theater soundtracks, including “Wicked,” “Fantastic Beasts,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Hamilton” and others with Vocalist Carrie Lee Bland-Kendall as guest soloist.

Kylee Rohatgi graduated with her MSN as a family nurse practitioner from Goshen College and is a board certified family nurse practitioner.

Doug Schirch, Ph.D., presented “Flipping and restructuring an OB course: Improved student performances and positive longitudinal student survey responses,” at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 2019.

Regina Shands Stoltzfus, Ph.D., received certification in Mediation from a Social Justice Perspective from the Social Justice Mediation Institute in Amherst, Mass. This experience to help further develop teaching strategies and to build campus capacity for mediation.   Dr. Shands Stoltzfus spoke on “Segregation as Place: The Effects of Racial Segregation on Theologies of Mission and Creation Care.”  during the Rooted and Grounded, A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN, in September 2018. Additionally, she co-edited and contributed to Resist, Organize, Transform: An Introduction to Nonviolence and Activism with Cognella Academic Publishing.  A preliminary edition was released this spring for testing, first edition will be released Summer 2019.

Jan Shetler, Ph.D., has published a book “Claiming civic virtue, Gendered network memory in the Mara Region, Tanzania,” from University of Wisconsin Press.

Jeanette Shown, M.S., 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 computing teams to the International Collegiate Programming Competition sponsored by the Association of Computing Machines and IBM (the fourth consecutive year).  Professor Shown 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 the 5th year onsite, where students and community members collaborate and create digital or board games in 48 hours. Additionally, she is the advisor for Goshen College’s new Esports Club, and the Digital Eve Student Chapter, as well as the National President of Digital Eve.

In March 2019, Solomia Soroka, D.M.A., secured a new contract from Toccata Classics, the London based record label for four new CDs of American music.

Duane Stoltzfus, Ph.D., wrote the article ” ‘Nurse Without a Country’: When a Mennonite Who Refused to Bear Arms Prevailed in Her Bid for Citizenship” which is scheduled for the July 2019 of The Mennonite Quarterly Review. The article tells the story of Martha Jane Graber, a nurse from Bluffton who was one of a dozen conscientious objectors in the 1920s and 1930s who came to national prominence when they found their pathway to citizenship blocked by one hypothetical question: “If necessary, are you willing to take up arms in defense of this country?”

Three theater faculty members and 16 students recently attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Region III) in Madison, Wisconsin, January 9-13, 2019.  The festival participants include over 1,200 college/university students and faculty from the Great Lakes region.  Doug Liechty Caskey, Ph.D., coordinated the trip and GC student participation in the festival competitions in the areas of acting, arts journalism, design and devised theater.  Assistant Anna Kurtz Kuk, M.F.A., and Technical Director Phil Weaver-Stoesz served as Respondents in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition providing feedback to student auditions. Professor Kurtz Kuk led a workshop entitled “Completing the Circle: The Actor’s Cool Down” and Director Weaver-Stoesz led “Critical Response Process: A Method for Feedback.

In January 2019 the newly formed Sherer Trio debuted at the Rieth Recital Hall as part of Rieth Chamber Series.

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