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The members of our faculty and staff experts list are ready to answer questions related to his or her unique areas of expertise.

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sara atwood

Sara Atwood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Engineering & Physics Department
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  • Engineering education
  • Women in engineering

Dr. Sara Atwood teaches primarily mechanical engineering courses. Her research involves experimental, computational and failure analysis of materials and designs used in orthopedic devices. Also, she researches engineering education methods to improve the confidence and performance of underrepresented students in engineering; creativity as a factor in the recruitment and retention of engineering students; and K-12 outreach to introduce children to engineering. Atwood earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jean-Paul Benowitz
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
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  • American history
  • Political history
  • Presidential history

Jean-Paul Benowitz teaches courses in the History and Religious Studies departments and for the Women and Gender program. He earned a B.S. in history at Eastern Mennonite University and a master's in history at Millersville University where he wrote his MA thesis on the history of the Horse and Buggy Mennonites of Pennsylvania. He served as a scholar in residence at the College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Benowitz is a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University. His dissertation is a biography of U. S. Congressman James Wadsworth Symington (D-MO).

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Paul Cramer
Vice President for Enrollment
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  • Admissions
  • Enrollment
  • Financial Aid

With 25 years of enrollment experience, Paul Cramer is available to speak to institutional and national enrollment issues and trends.

kurt degoede

Kurt DeGoede, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Engineering & Physics Department
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  • Biomechanics
  • Sustainable development
  • Teaching engineering

Dr. Kurt DeGoede's research interests are in the areas of biomechanics and modeling dynamic systems. Prior to teaching, he worked for several years as a project manager at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. DeGoede developed a study abroad program in West Africa built around a design course in service engineering in which E-town engineering and business students partner with physics students at the University of The Gambia to develop appropriate technologies and accompanying business plans for launching local start-up companies in West Africa. Many of these projects include work with renewable energy systems. DeGoede a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Director, International Studies Minor
Politics, Legal Studies & Philosophy Department
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  • Turkish foreign policy
  • European Union (EU)
  • Arab Spring

Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca's research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, NATO, Security Sector Reform, peacebuilding operations in the Balkans, EU enlargement, the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, and the Arab Spring. She is the author of a number of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center Journal of International, and various edited volumes. Dursun-Ozkanca earned her Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin.

rachel finely-bowman

Rachel Finley-Bowman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Education Department
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  • Peace education
  • Social studies and history education
  • Northern Ireland

Prior to her tenure at Elizabethtown, Dr. Rachel Finely-Bowman was an associate professor of history, chair of the Department of Secondary Education and co-director of the Honors Program at Delaware Valley College. Finley-Bowman has presented her scholarly work in several publications and at numerous regional,national, and international conferences. She was the recipient of the 2009 Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) Teacher of Honor Award. In 2013, she began her second term on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies  and was a 2012-2013 fellow of the Education Policy and Leadership Center.

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John (Ed) Frick
Clinical Supervisor, Education Department
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  • Education
  • Teacher preparation
  • Leadership

John Frick served as a teacher and administrator at the local education level 20 years. Also, he was an evaluator of principal/superintendent programs through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Frick is an evaluator for Western Governors University through a competency-based education model.

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Shannon Haley-Mize, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Department
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  • Special education
  • Educational technology
  • Autism and emotional behavior disorders

Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize completed doctoral study in special education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Past experience includes work with students in a psychiatric day and inpatient treatment setting, federal grant administration, and service-learning program development. She also completed a graduate degree in early childhood education and served an educator, early interventionist and administrator in an inclusive early childhood education setting. Her research interests include new literacy studies, technology integration in P-16 education and use of technology to support successful teaching and learning.

mark harman

Mark Harman, Ph.D.
Professor of English and German
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  • Modern European literature
  • Ireland
  • Germany

Dublin, Ireland native Dr. Mark Harman's award-winning literary translations include: Kafka's The Castle and Amerika: The Missing Person; Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet; Hermann Hesse's Soul of the Age; Robert Walser's Rediscovered and other short works by a range of contemporary German-language writers. Harman's essays on Irish and German literature and translations have appeared in journals such as The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement (London), Partisan Review, Sewanee Review, and New England Review. His reviews of Irish and German literature have appeared in the following newspapers:Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times (Dublin), and Washington Post. Artistic residencies include: American Academy, Berlin, Germany; MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N. H.; European Translators' Collegium, Straelen, Germany; and Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Anamakerrig, Ireland.

colin helb

Colin Helb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communications Department
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  • Popular culture
  • Popular music
  • Internet culture

Dr. Colin Helb earned his doctorate from Bowling Green State University's American Culture Studies Program with emphases in critical media studies and popular culture. Helb is active with the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) and the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association.

kirsten johnson

Kirsten Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communications Department
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  • Television news
  • Citizen journalism
  • Social media and news

Dr. Kirsten Johnson's research interests include citizen journalism, perceived credibility on websites and user-generated content, and she teaches courses primarily on video production and broadcast news writing. Johnson has presented nationally and internationally on citizen journalism, authored several papers on citizen journalism and user-generated content, and has written a chapter titled Citizen Journalism in the Community and the Classroom for the book Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press. Also, she co-edited the book News With a View: Journalism Beyond Objectivity. Prior to teaching, Johnson worked for nearly a decade in local radio and television. She began her media career at KRNT and KIOA radio in Des Moines as an on-air personality and board operator. She then worked as a news producer at WOI-TV (the ABC affiliate in Des Moines), and at WGAL-TV (the NBC affiliate in Lancaster). She has a bachelor's degree in broadcast news from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa., a master's degree in telecommunications from Kutztown (Pa.) University, and a Ph.D. in information science and technology from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

david kenley

David Kenley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Director, Center for Global Understanding & Peacemaking
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  • Modern China
  • Modern Japan
  • 1995 B.S., Education, Elizabethtown College

Dr. David Kenley has taught at Elizabethtown College since 2004. His research focuses on the history of Asia, particularly modern China. Kenley is the author of New Culture in a New World (Routledge Press) and other works dealing with Chinese intellectual history and diasporas in world history. He earned his Ph.D. at University of Hawai'i, his M.A. at University of Utah and a B.A. Brigham Young University.

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kyle kopko

Kyle Kopko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Director of the Pre-Law Program
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  • American politics
  • Law school admissions
  • Supreme court

Dr. Kyle Kopko regularly teaches courses on American government, constitutional law, and judicial politics. He's been published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Election Law Journal, Judicature, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Political Behavior, Politics & Religion, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Kopko serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2010; his concentration was in judicial politics and public law (American politics). Kopko

eric kopp

Eric Kopp
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
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  • Financial assistance
  • Enrollment practices

A 2008 alumnus of Elizabethtown College, Eric Kopp earned a master's of public administration from Long Island University. Prior to his current position, he also served as an admissions counselor at Elizabethtown. He's working toward a Ph.D. in public administration at Penn State Harrisburg.

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Donald B. Kraybill
Senior Fellow
Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
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  • Amish culture and values
  • Anabaptist communities in North America
  • Peacemaking and forgiveness

Internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups, Kraybill is the author or editor of many books and dozens of professional articles. His books have been translated into eight different languages. Kraybill’s research on Anabaptist groups has been featured in journals, magazines, and newspapers, and on radio and television programs across the United States and in many foreign countries. He has served as a consultant for various projects related to Amish and other Anabaptist groups. The National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous private foundations have supported his research projects. Kraybill is the series editor of Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Donald B. Kraybill received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. He served as chair of the sociology and social work department at Elizabethtown College from 1979 to 1985 and directed the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies from 1989 to 1996. He was provost of Messiah College (Pa.) from 1996 to 2002, and then returned to Elizabethtown College in 2003.

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dmitriy krichevskiy

Dmitriy Krichevskiy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
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  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship

Dmitriy Krichevskiy earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida International University. Before coming to Elizabethtown, he taught at Miami Dade College.

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jeffery d long

Jeffery D. Long, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
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  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Inter-religious relations

Dr. Jeffery D. Long has been teaching at Elizabethtown College since 2000. He has expertise in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, as well as other topics related to meditation, spirituality and interfaith dialogue. He also teaches a course on the religious significance of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Long is the author of three books (A Vision for Hinduism, Jainism: An Introduction and The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism), as well as numerous articles, papers, and book reviews. He has presented in a variety of national and international venues and speaks regularly in India and Japan. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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michael g long

Michael G. Long
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies
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  • Civil rights
  • Peace studies
  • Jackie Robinson

Dr. Michael G. Long is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, politics, and religion. He has a special interest in the genre of letters and is the editor, most recently, of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters (City Lights Books); and Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall (Amistad/HarperCollins). He is a popular speaker, with engagements from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to the City Club of San Diego, and has appeared on C-Span and National Public Radio.Long’s book on Jackie Robinson was selected as a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, and his works have been featured or reviewed in The Boston GlobeThe New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Book Forum, Ebony/Jet, and other major media outlets. He has a doctoral degree from Emory University.

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E. Fletcher McClellan
Dean of Faculty
Professor of Political Science
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  • American government
  • Presidential studies
  • American politics and popular culture

Dr. E. Fletcher McClellan oversees Elizabethtown College’s academic departments and is instrumental in the recruitment, appointment and advancement of faculty members. He also is closely involved in curriculum development, outcomes assessment, and programs that promote scholarship and teaching effectiveness among Elizabethtown’s faculty. McClellan’s major areas of academic interest include American government, presidential studies, U.S. policy toward Native Americans, and American politics and popular culture. He has presented dozens of papers at international, national, and regional professional conferences. McClellan earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a master’s degree in political science from East Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.

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W. Wesley McDonald, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science Department
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  • Election politics
  • History of conservative thought
  • Political thought of Russell Kirk

Dr. W. Wesley McDonald is the author of Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology (University of Missouri Press, 2004) and a former research assistant to Russell Kirk (1979-80).

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Amy Milligan, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies
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  • Gender/Women's issues
  • Sexuality
  • Women in religion

Dr. Amy Milligan teaches in the Religious Studies Department and in the Women and Gender Studies program at Elizabethtown College. Her research concentrates on the overlap of the two disciplines and includes an interest in how the body is used both to convey religious identity and/or gender or sexuality. 

emma neuhauser

Emma Neuhauser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
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  • Finance
  • Economic topics in China
  • Chinese culture

Dr. Emma Neuhauser teaches courses in the areas of corporate finance, financial institutions and markets.  Neuhauser's research interests are corporate finance, corporate governance, financial engineering and securities, financial institution and markets, and investments. She has held a variety of positions at a number of institutions including Redback Networks Systems Canada Inc. and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. She brings with her experience as a quantitative research analyst, system verification engineer, business consultant, and project manager. Prior to teaching at E-town Neuhauser taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association and Global Association of Risk Professionals, and has earned several prestigious awards for her work. She has served as speaker to local communities on issues related to finance and economics, family culture, and social and economic developments in China. Neuhauser has lived and worked in Canada, China, and Singapore.

jon rudy

Jonathan Rudy
Global Peacemaking Scholar-in-Residence
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  • Peacebuilding
  • Nonviolence
  • Mindanao, Philippines

Jonathan Rudy has more than 25 years experience of  "learning from my mistakes" in more than 30 countries in Asia and Africa. He has observed courage and grace in the midst of conflict. In addition to his role at the College's Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, he  has worked for/with: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects; Catholic Relief Service; Eastern Mennonite Seminary; Interfaith Center Conciliation and Nonviolence; Ka-ili-Yan Peacebuilding Institute; Lingana Foundation; Mennonite Central Committee; Mennonite Disaster Service; Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute; On Earth Peace; Oxfam GB and Oxfam Novib; and the United States Institute of Peace; and VS Network's African experience. His work was in the following countries: Africa--Botswana, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Central and Southeast Asia--Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Iran, Philippines, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.

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Dawn Spaar
Associate Dean
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
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  • Adult degree programs
  • Non-traditional students in higher education

Dawn Spaar oversees curriculum development, creates and implements new academic programs, develops course schedules, hires and train faculty members, assists with strategic planning, and manages daily operations. Since 2002, she also has facilitated SCPS courses, an experience she says makes her a better administrator because teaching gives her first-hand contact with adult learners within an academic environment.

michael swanson

Michael Swanson, Ph.D.
Director, Theatre and Dance Division
Associate Professor of Theatre
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  • Dramatic literature
  • Directing and acting
  • Film history

Locally, Dr. Michael Swanson has directed at Mt. Gretna Playhouse (for Theatre of the Seventh Sister and Greta Music), Millersville University, Oyster Mill Playhouse and the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Before Elizabethtown, Swanson taught at Western Illinois University, Fresno City College, the University of Arizona and Franklin College, where he was director of theatre and first chair of the fine arts department. Swanson is intensely involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national organization of college and university theatre programs; he is former chair of KCACTF Region III (the Great Lakes states), where was awarded the KCACTF Gold Medallion for his long-time service. Swanson is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He earned a Ph. D. at The Ohio State University, an MFA in directing at Wayne State University, and a bachelor of arts from Hamline University.

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Donna Talarico-Beerman
Director, Integrated Communications
Office of Marketing & Communications
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  • Social media
  • Web content and blogging
  • Integrated media

Donna Talarico-Beerman manages the College’s official social media channels, and she serves as editor of Elizabethtown magazine and managing editor of the online newsroom E-town NOW. She frequently speaks about integrated marketing and social media at community events and industry conferences including HigherEdWeb, the Web Conference at Penn State, eduWeb and the Council of Independent College’s College Media Conference. She contributed a chapter to Social Works, a book of higher education social media case studies published my mStoner. Talarico-Beerman, who has an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University, also runs a creative nonfiction journal, Hippocampus Magazine. Before coming to Elizabethtown, she worked in radio promotions, television production, eCommerce/Internet marketing and career school admissions; she also spent more than 10 years as a correspondent for daily and weekly publications in Northeast Pennsylvania.

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juan toro

Juan Toro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
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  • Teacher education
  • Portfolio assessment

Juan A. Toro has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher educator. At Elizabethtown, he teaches courses in child development, foundations of teaching and learning, and assessment and evaluation. He has a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University, a master of science in education from Western Illinois University and a bachelor of science in biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

jesse waters

Jesse Waters
Director, Bowers Writers House
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  • Creative writing
  • 20th century American poetry
  • 20th century American post-modern fiction

Runner-up for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and a finalist in the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Prize, Jesse Waters is a recipient of a 2003 NC Artist's Grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center and a winner of the 2001 River Styx International Poetry Contest. Waters' fiction, poetry and nonfiction work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in such journals as 88: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, The Adirondack Review, Coal Hill Review, The Cortland Review, Cimarron Review, Concrete Wolf, Iowa Review, Plainsongs, Magma, River Styx, Slide, Story Quarterly, Southeast Review, Sycamore Review and others. His first book of poems, Human Resources, was released by Inkbrush Press in February of 2011.

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