Associate Professor of History
“My first years teaching at a Christian college have been an exercise in shedding secular ways and getting used to bringing my whole self to teaching. After attending Catholic schools for most of K-12, my higher education experience both as a student and later as a professor was secular, until I started teaching at Goshen College.
It has been a revelation, and a meaningful part of my faith journey to be able to discuss spirituality and to invite students to pray or meditate and share from their journeys in certain situations.
In some of my classes we have the opportunity to consider how faith, spirituality and religion have shaped human history. In seeking new ways to integrate faith and learning, as I go forward, I have been considering how I could make deeper, structural changes that draw on the ways my faith and identity as a Catholic who is teaching at a Mennonite institution informs the deeper roots of each course I teach at GC.”