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Liberal Arts & Education Faculty

Our Liberal Arts & Education faculty want you to learn a variety of academic subjects, such as English, history and philosophy. But they also want you to learn about yourself. Check out our full list of faculty & staff.

indexLiberal Arts & Education FacultyCollege of Liberal Arts and EducationUDM, liberal arts, professors, education, women's studies, philosophy, religious studiesCLAE Faculty/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/indexLibby-Balter-BlumeLibby Balter Blumeibby Balter Blume Professor and Director, Developmental Psychology and Program in Certified Family Life Education Degrees B.A., Studio Art and Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California at Davis M.A., Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Education, San Francisco State University Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University Teaches Developmental Psychology: Infancy to Early Childhood General Psychology: Psychology of Environment Architecture-Visual Communications ibby Balter Blume Professor and Director, Developmental Psychology and Program in Certified Family Life Education Degrees B.A., Studio Art and Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California at Davis M.A., Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Education, San Francisco State University Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University Teaches Developmental Psychology: Infancy to Early Childhood General Psychology: Psychology of Environment Architecture-Visual Communications Libby Balter Blume/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Libby-Balter-BlumeLibby Balter BlumeProfessor and Director, Developmental Psychology and Program in Certified Family Life EducationB.A., Studio Art and Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of California at DavisM.A., Interdisciplinary Creative Arts Education, San Francisco State UniversityPh.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech UniversityDevelopmental Psychology: Infancy to Early ChildhoodGeneral Psychology: Psychology of EnvironmentArchitecture-Visual Communications/208 Reno Hall313-578-0446blumelb@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Blume_lg.jpgBlume_lg.jpgBlume_lg.jpgWhy you are going to love my class

Our classes in Developmental Psychology are very small so we get to know each other and establish personal relationships. Plus, I wrote one of the textbooks we use, but I don't lecture for the entire class.

Instead, we watch feature films and videos together, which serve much better to illustrate child development. Such multimedia generates a lot of interaction in class.

Great things for you at UDMLearning about child development causes you to reflect on how you were raised and often this will change how you raise your own children. Psychology is about individuals and families, so you're learning about yourself, too. You may find yourself very interested in your own developmental process.Great things in store after UDMAfter taking a class with me, you will have a greater sensitivity and respect for children.My favorite part about teaching you isI enjoy teaching you because of your curiosity about children and families. We often share our life stories in class. Students are amazed that I have been married 31 years. In general, you will learn about families and development, which is relevant to your own lives.You might like to knowI majored in Art and will teach drawing at the UDM Study Abroad Program in Volterra, Italy this summer.
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Harold-GreeneHarold H. GreeneHarold H. Greene Associate Professor, Psychology Degrees B.A. (Hon), Psychology, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia Teaches Research Methodology Perceptual and Cognitive Psychology Intro. to Psychology Culture and Psychology Harold H. Greene Associate Professor, Psychology Degrees B.A. (Hon), Psychology, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia Teaches Research Methodology Perceptual and Cognitive Psychology Intro. to Psychology Culture and Psychology Harold Greene/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Harold-GreeneHarold H. GreeneAssociate Professor, PsychologyB.A. (Hon), Psychology, Queen's University, Ontario, CanadaM.S., Psychology, University of GeorgiaPh.D., Psychology, University of GeorgiaResearch MethodologyPerceptual and Cognitive PsychologyIntro. to PsychologyCulture and Psychology/Reno 202313-578-0456greenehh@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Greene-lg.jpgGreene-lg.jpgGreene-lg.jpgWhy you are going to love my classBecause I try to present things in a manner that reflects real world applications, so you appreciate learning things you can use later in your career. Plus, you can always ask me questions.Great things for you at UDMMy goal is to get you to question things — to question yourself, the research literature or even me. I don't want you to look at me as the authority figure, handing down the knowledge of the day. I want you to question things and to learn how to use the appropriate methods and tools to get better and better answers.Great things in store after UDMYou will take away a "questioning" mind and the ability to use appropriate research methods to get the answers you want.My favorite part about teaching youIncorporating question-and-answer sessions in our classes in order to get you to elaborate on the material I present. This will help you integrate our coursework with things that might already be familiar to you.  This sort of elaboration tends to lead to long-lasting memories of the material.You might like to knowI am an avid cricketer. I train regularly, and play in a league every summer./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Greene-sm.jpgGreene-sm.jpgGreene-sm.jpgYou will take away a 'questioning' mind and the ability to use appropriate research methods to get the answers you want.mary-catherine-harrisonMary-Catherine HarrisonMary-Catherine Harrison Assistant Professor, English Degrees B.A., English, Rutgers University M.A., English, University of Michigan Ph.D., English, University of Michigan Teaches Study of Poetry Study of Fiction 19th Century British Literature History of the Novel Mary-Catherine Harrison Assistant Professor, English Degrees B.A., English, Rutgers University M.A., English, University of Michigan Ph.D., English, University of Michigan Teaches Study of Poetry Study of Fiction 19th Century British Literature History of the Novel Mary-Catherine Harrison/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/mary-catherine-harrisonMary-Catherine HarrisonAssistant Professor, EnglishB.A., English, Rutgers UniversityM.A., English, University of MichiganPh.D., English, University of MichiganStudy of PoetryStudy of Fiction19th Century British LiteratureHistory of the Novel/Briggs 220313-993-1081mc.harrison@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/harrison.jpgharrison.jpgharrison.jpgWhy you are going to love my classIn my class, we read amazing books and talk about them for 75 minutes. You can't beat that. People all over this country are starting book clubs. They want to reach new understanding through the discussion of literature and that's what we do together every day as a class.
Great things for you at UDMCollege is a unique time in which you can surround yourself with intelligent, interesting people and spend all day talking about books and issues and ideas that matter to you. In English classes you will be introduced to great literature you might not otherwise have discovered. I will challenge you to push your own ideas as far as they will go.
One distinction about UDMOne unique thing about UDM is its commitment in helping students to become better citizens — more ethically engaged — in our society and our community. What we read is essential to who we are and how we engage with the world around us.
My favorite part of teaching you isThe new perspective you bring to texts I have read many times before.
I may change your mindI may change your mind about poetry. Not all my students end up reading poetry for fun, but by the end of the semester, I guarantee you will have found poems that express something in your own life or help you understand a perspective or person you didn't understand before.
You might like to knowI live in an 1872 farmhouse with three fireplaces, so when I talk about Victorian domesticity or the symbolic function of the Victorian hearth, I'm thinking of my house.
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Heather-Hill-VasquezHeather Hill-VasquezHeather Hill-Vasquez Associate Professor, English; Associate Dean Degrees B.A., English and Medieval Studies, Mount Holyoke College M.A., English, University of Washington Ph.D., English, University of Washington Teaches Shakespeare Seminar Medieval and Modern Literature Seminar Middle Ages on Film Medieval Literature Renaissance Literature Study of Fiction Study of Poetry Academic WritingHeather Hill-Vasquez Associate Professor, English; Associate Dean Degrees B.A., English and Medieval Studies, Mount Holyoke College M.A., English, University of Washington Ph.D., English, University of Washington Teaches Shakespeare Seminar Medieval and Modern Literature Seminar Middle Ages on Film Medieval Literature Renaissance Literature Study of Fiction Study of Poetry Academic WritingHeather Hill-Vasquez/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Heather-Hill-VasquezHeather Hill-VasquezAssociate Professor, EnglishB.A., English and Medieval Studies, Mount Holyoke CollegeM.A., English, University of WashingtonPh.D., English, University of WashingtonShakespeare SeminarMedieval and Modern Literature SeminarMiddle Ages on FilmMedieval LiteratureRenaissance LiteratureStudy of FictionStudy of PoetryAcademic Writing/Briggs 223313-578-0572hillvahe@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/Home pagehttp://hillvahe.faculty.udmercy.edu/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Vasquez-lg.jpgVasquez-lg.jpgVasquez-lg.jpgWhy you are going to love my classBecause I will take your energy and direct you into academic pursuits you hadn't thought of — to explore other possibilities, especially when it comes to what you want for your future and for your career.Great things for you at UDMThrough topics studied in my classes, I will show you the value of becoming a life-long intellectual, no matter what career you choose. I will teach you to become a responsible, critical thinker with the ability to look at topics from multiple perspectives.Great things in store after UDM

Because so many texts include topics related to moral issues, a careful attention to these issues will make you think about your values and how people can be more just to each other.

Also you will bring that ethical dimension to your critical thinking, which will impact all dimensions of your life.  And you will take this with you when you leave UDM.

My favorite part about teaching youSeeing you get excited when you get the material and really understand it. It's re-energizing to me.I may change your mindAbout why you should study Medieval and Renaissance literature. By talking about the differences between these early periods and modern society, you will re-see and re-learn your current culture.You might like to knowI am an avid Red Sox fan.
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hsiao-lan-huHsiao-Lan HuHsiao-Lan Hu Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Women's & Gender Studies Degrees B.A. in Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taipei B.A. in English, National Taiwan University, Taipei M.A. in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia Teaches Buddhism (RELS 5060) Buddhism in America (RELS 3061) Religions and Global Well-being (RELS 5132/4132) Women and Religion (RELS 2140) Gender and Religion (RELS 5440/4140) Gender in Asian Traditions (RELS 5063/4141) Traditions in China (RELS 5062/4021) Japanese Religions (directed study) Contemporary Japanese Religious Ethics (directed study) Asian Religions (RELS 2020) The Study of Religions (RELS 2001) Hsiao-Lan Hu Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Women's & Gender Studies Degrees B.A. in Philosophy, National Taiwan University, Taipei B.A. in English, National Taiwan University, Taipei M.A. in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia Teaches Buddhism (RELS 5060) Buddhism in America (RELS 3061) Religions and Global Well-being (RELS 5132/4132) Women and Religion (RELS 2140) Gender and Religion (RELS 5440/4140) Gender in Asian Traditions (RELS 5063/4141) Traditions in China (RELS 5062/4021) Japanese Religions (directed study) Contemporary Japanese Religious Ethics (directed study) Asian Religions (RELS 2020) The Study of Religions (RELS 2001) Hsiao-Lan Hu/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/hsiao-lan-huHsiao-Lan HuAssociate Professor of Religious Studies and Women's & Gender StudiesB.A. in Philosophy, National Taiwan University, TaipeiB.A. in English, National Taiwan University, TaipeiM.A. in Religious Studies, Temple University, PhiladelphiaPh.D. in Religious Studies, Temple University, PhiladelphiaBuddhism (RELS 5060)Buddhism in America (RELS 3061)Religions and Global Well-being (RELS 5132/4132)Women and Religion (RELS 2140)Gender and Religion (RELS 5440/4140)Gender in Asian Traditions (RELS 5063/4141)Traditions in China (RELS 5062/4021)Japanese Religions (directed study)Contemporary Japanese Religious Ethics (directed study)Asian Religions (RELS 2020)The Study of Religions (RELS 2001)/Briggs 333B313-578-0351hhu@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/hu.jpghu.jpghu.jpgWhy you are going to love my classIn my classes, you will form a very broad and respectful perspective to issues about religions and cultures. You will be prompted to think through many contemporary social issues related to religions in addition to learning about various cultures.My favorite part about teaching youThere are always many interesting viewpoints in class discussions because the UDM student body is diverse. That means you are going to learn a lot from each other just by attending classes and finishing assignments together.Great things for you at UDMThrough providing you with a solid education, we want to help you uncover your potentials and cultivate your abilities so that you will succeed not only in the workplace but also in life.Great things in store after UDMThe goal of my classes is not to make you think one way or another, but to allow you to develop some flexibility of mind and to cultivate a respectful attitude towards things and ideas that appear to be alien to you at first. Flexibility of mind and a respectful attitude are crucial and necessary in our world, where people from different cultures literally live side by side and conflicts happen all too often. You will become a better global citizen who can deal with differences with sensitivity.You should take one of my classesMy classes deal with very complex issues in world religions and cultures, and as such they are very challenging. You will enjoy the scope and depth of the course material, as well as the thought-provoking discussions in class. You will also get to polish your academic skills, such as writing and critical thinking, as well as practical skills, such as making presentations and collaborating with peers.
You might like to knowThat I hold a very high academic standard for you. I will push you to challenge yourself and accomplish more. At the same time, I will work with you individually to overcome any difficulties in the learning process.
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Dave-KoukalDavid KoukalDavid R. Koukal Professor, Philosophy Degrees B.A., General Studies, Shimer College M.A. and Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne University Teaches Introduction to Philosophy Ethics Social and Political Philosophy Person and Society Media CritiqueDavid R. Koukal Professor, Philosophy Degrees B.A., General Studies, Shimer College M.A. and Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne University Teaches Introduction to Philosophy Ethics Social and Political Philosophy Person and Society Media CritiqueDavid Koukal/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Dave-KoukalDavid R. KoukalProfessor, PhilosophyB.A., General Studies, Shimer CollegeM.A. and Ph.D., Philosophy, Duquesne UniversityIntroduction to PhilosophyEthicsSocial and Political PhilosophyPerson and SocietyMedia Critique/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/cv-pdf/Koukal_CV.pdfKoukal_CV.pdfKoukal_CV.pdfBriggs 336313-993-1138koukaldr@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-DaveKoukal-lrg.jpgUDM-DaveKoukal-lrg.jpgUDM-DaveKoukal-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classIt’s not a cakewalk. This will demand your intellectual energy. Philosophy brings you into contact with the most fundamental questions that human beings ask, and we don’t have easy answers. It will require you to think and write clearly and critically—which will serve you well in your life, no matter what you end up doing.“We want great things for you” meansI will broaden your horizons rather than shrink them. Thinking philosophically will open up your world and get you to question the things you most deeply believe. I believe my job is to help you understand the world. After all, philosophy means the love of wisdom.You might like to knowI am writing about the phenomenology of litter. (What makes litter litter?  What does this Little Caesar’s Pizza box in the gutter say about us?)No other professor can say to youWhen I finished high school, I didn't’t think I was college material. I worked in low-level construction for eight years before starting college./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-DaveKoukal-sm.jpgUDM-DaveKoukal-sm.jpgUDM-DaveKoukal-sm.jpgWhat philosophy does for you is bring you into contact with the most fundamental questions that human beings can ask.Lorri-MacDonaldLorri MacDonaldLorri MacDonald Assistant Professor and Chair, Education Degrees B.S., Biomedical Science, Western Michigan University M.A., Secondary Education, Eastern Michigan University Education Specialist, Wayne State University Ed.D., Eastern Michigan University Teaching certifications in Biology, Chemistry and Integrated Science Certification, secondary school administrator Teaches Educational Research Methods Program Planning and Evaluation Science Education Methods Lorri MacDonald Assistant Professor and Chair, Education Degrees B.S., Biomedical Science, Western Michigan University M.A., Secondary Education, Eastern Michigan University Education Specialist, Wayne State University Ed.D., Eastern Michigan University Teaching certifications in Biology, Chemistry and Integrated Science Certification, secondary school administrator Teaches Educational Research Methods Program Planning and Evaluation Science Education Methods Lorri MacDonald/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Lorri-MacDonaldLorri MacDonaldAssociate Professor and Chair, Education DepartmentB.S., Biomedical Science, Western Michigan UniversityM.A., Secondary Education, Eastern Michigan UniversityEducation Specialist, Wayne State UniversityEd.D., Eastern Michigan UniversityTeaching certifications in Biology, Chemistry and Integrated ScienceCertification, secondary school administratorEducational Research MethodsProgram Planning and EvaluationScience Education Methods/Briggs 231313-578-0545macdonlj@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/MVS Online Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS182280+02-Dec-2008+PRN20081202/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/MacDonald.jpgMacDonald.jpgMacDonald-sm.jpgWhat I like about teaching youI just love to get people excited about teaching. I love to get people excited about education and what educators can do, because we are the only force in this country that can change the face of what's actually happening. To get you excited and get you going and have you want to get out there and do it is so exciting to me that I have a hard time sitting still!What makes my classes successfulMy classes are really successful for all levels of students, and especially students who really want to learn more, because I teach through inquiry. Teaching through inquiry means that I don't know everything. I help you and guide you so that you will explore and find what is your strength and what area you really want to pursue.Why UDM?You should come to UDM because we are a one-on-one type of university. At UDM, we will pay close attention to you, and to you as an entire student, not just someone who comes and sits in class who we see once or twice a week. We will actually contact you, work with you individually and meet your needs.I will be available to youMy availability to you is almost around-the-clock. Besides my office hours, you'll have my cell phone number and my e-mail. You can call me on a weekend, for example, because I understand that you might not be able to see me during my office hours. I'm expecting a lot out of you, so you should expect a lot out of me.Expect a great job after UDMI can promise you if you go into science education, you won't be unemployed. It is one of the few recession-proof jobs out there. Science education is a field that we are just begging for all over this country. If you come to UDM and go into science education, you will have a job.We want great things for youScience education is such an exciting field, and so much on the cutting edge, that you can go out there and you can make a real difference in our country and around the world. You can be a leader and you can make changes. You can be the one that is leading students to really solve the problem of global warming, really solve the problems of alternative energy. So we really want great things for you, and the way to get there is through science education.You might like to knowYou might like to know that I was named Michigan Virtual School's first-ever Online Teacher of the Year, which is really sort of a cool award because it has opened lots of doors for me.  But it also gives me the opportunity to open a lot of doors for you./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/MacDonald-sm.jpgMacDonald-sm.jpgMacDonald-sm.jpgScience education is such an exciting field and so much on the cutting edge that you can go out there and you can make a real difference.Victoria-MantzopoulosVictoria MantzopoulosVictoria Mantzopoulos Professor, Political Science; Chair, Political Science & Economics; Director, Pre-Law Program Degrees B.A., Political Science, Ball State University Ph.D., Political Science, Wayne State University Teaches Statistics Introduction to Law Criminal Law Constitutional LawVictoria Mantzopoulos Professor, Political Science; Chair, Political Science & Economics; Director, Pre-Law Program Degrees B.A., Political Science, Ball State University Ph.D., Political Science, Wayne State University Teaches Statistics Introduction to Law Criminal Law Constitutional LawVictoria Mantzopoulos/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Victoria-MantzopoulosVictoria MantzopoulosProfessor, Political Science; Chair, Political Science & Economics; Director, Pre-Law ProgramB.A., Political Science, Ball State UniversityPh.D., Political Science, Wayne State UniversityStatisticsIntroduction to LawCriminal LawConstitutional Law/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/cv-pdf/mantzopouolos.pdfmantzopouolos.pdfB 243313-993-1166armstrov@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-Mantzopoulous-lrg.jpgUDM-Mantzopoulous-lrg.jpgUDM-Mantzopoulous-lrg.jpgWhy you're going to love my classIf math terrifies you, you’ll find you were overly anxious for no reason in my Statistics class. I break the material down and show you step-by-step how to get what you need.Great things for you at UDMLaw Day at UDM. Our Moot Court is enacted in front of the student body in the Student Center. You’ll do research, apply critical-thinking skills, and understand what it means to be a lawyer. You’ll work hard, but you’ll enjoy it.Great things in store after UDMWe spend a lot of time and effort readying our pre-law students for the profession. We prepare you from day one to take the LSAT and then successfully complete law school. (And our students’ LSAT scores are skyrocketing!)My favorite part about teaching you isWatching you grow in my criminal law class. You’ll do an actual trial for five weeks, and you’ll perform all the roles—jury, prosecutors, defendants, witnesses, etc. You’ll love it.You might like to knowI have published two statistic texts with Prentice Hall that are widely used and translated.No other professor can say to youI was held captive in a war. (It was in Greece in 1974.)/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-Mantzopoulous-sm.jpgUDM-Mantzopoulous-sm.jpgUDM-Mantzopoulous-sm.jpgIf math terrifies you, you’ll find you were overly anxious for no reason in my Statistics class.Ike-McKinnonIsaiah "Ike" McKinnonsaiah McKinnon Associate Professor, Education Degrees B.A., History and Law Enforcement, University of Detroit M.A., Criminal Justice, Mercy College of Detroit Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University Teaches School and Society Society and Education Legal Foundations of American Education saiah McKinnon Associate Professor, Education Degrees B.A., History and Law Enforcement, University of Detroit M.A., Criminal Justice, Mercy College of Detroit Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University Teaches School and Society Society and Education Legal Foundations of American Education Isaiah McKinnon/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Ike-McKinnonIsaiah McKinnonAssociate Professor, EducationB.A., History and Law Enforcement, University of DetroitM.A., Criminal Justice, Mercy College of DetroitPh.D., Higher Education Administration, Michigan State UniversitySchool and SocietySociety and EducationLegal Foundations of American Education/R 205313-578-0451mckinnoi@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-IkeMcKinnon-lrg.jpgUDM-IkeMcKinnon-lrg.jpgUDM-IkeMcKinnon-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classBecause of the real-life approach we take to education. There’s more to education than a textbook.Great things for you at UDMYou’ll do service learning in my class. You’ll go out into the community and volunteer. And when you’re done, you’ll have a better understanding of your role in the world.“We want great things for you” meansWe’re small, we’re dedicated, we’re concerned about you, and we’re in a great location.My favorite part about teaching you isSeeing the light go on for you.You might like to knowI am a retired police chief. But I wanted to teach education rather than criminal justice because I felt I could do more for students that way.No other professor can say to youI’ve written three books, met five presidents, been on Oprah, and had breakfast with Bishop Desmond Tutu./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-IkeMcKinnon-sm.jpgUDM-IkeMcKinnon-sm.jpgUDM-IkeMcKinnon-sm.jpgMy favorite part about teaching you is seeing the light go on for you.cheryl-mundayCheryl C. MundayCheryl C. Munday Associate Professor, Psychology; Director, Psychology Clinic Degrees B.A., Psychology, Cornell University M.A., Psychology, University of Michigan Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan Teaches Case Conference Child Therapy Professional Ethics Personality TheoryCheryl C. Munday Associate Professor, Psychology; Director, Psychology Clinic Degrees B.A., Psychology, Cornell University M.A., Psychology, University of Michigan Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan Teaches Case Conference Child Therapy Professional Ethics Personality TheoryCheryl C. Munday/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/cheryl-mundayCheryl C. MundayAssociate Professor, Psychology; Director, Psychology ClinicB.A., Psychology, Cornell UniversityM.A., Psychology, University of MichiganPh.D., Clinical Psychology, University of MichiganCase ConferenceChild TherapyProfessional EthicsPersonality Theory/Reno 142313-578-0518mundayc@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Munday.jpgMunday.jpgMunday.jpgMeet Cheryl C. MundayClick the video above to hear from Cheryl C. Munday about Psychology at UDM, including the University Psychology Clinic.  In addition to being an associate professor of Psychology, Munday is director of the Psychology Clinic.
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beth-oljarBeth OljarBeth Oljar Assistant Professor, Philosophy Degrees B.A., Philosophy, Portland State University M.A., Philosophy, University of Washington Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Washington Teaches Intro to Philosophy Intro to Logic Philosophy of Law Political PhilosophyBeth Oljar Assistant Professor, Philosophy Degrees B.A., Philosophy, Portland State University M.A., Philosophy, University of Washington Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Washington Teaches Intro to Philosophy Intro to Logic Philosophy of Law Political PhilosophyBeth Oljar/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/beth-oljarBeth OljarAssistant Professor, PhilosophyB.A., Philosophy, Portland State UniversityM.A., Philosophy, University of WashingtonPh.D., Philosophy, University of Washington Intro to PhilosophyIntro to LogicPhilosophy of LawPolitical Philosophy/Briggs 342313-993-3388oljarea@udmercy.eduCollege of Business Administrationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu//www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/oljar.jpgoljar.jpgoljar.jpgWhy you are going to enjoy my classYou will learn to think both more broadly and deeply than you ever have before, and from a more universal point of view.  You will consider questions that transcend both time and differences in culture, because they are questions that all human beings ask about their world and themselves.
Great Things for you at UDMI am willing to go out of my way to help you and to do whatever I can to enhance your learning experience in my courses. If you come to my office with questions, you will find me also interested in your life outside my classroom.
My favorite part about teaching youI appreciate the moment when you realize the importance and value of philosophy in your own life. You will learn that philosophy isn't just an exchange of opinions and that not all opinions are correct.  You will learn to reject the false dilemma that everything is either an objective scientific fact or only a subjective matter of personal taste. Philosophy lives in the space between these two options, so you have to take responsibility for your own beliefs.
What makes a successful class? I make philosophy come alive in a fun way. I have high energy and passion for my topic as well as a sense of humor that will help you better grasp the subject. I have high expectations, but I try to create an atmosphere in which you feel comfortable asking questions and offering comments.
I may change your mindAbout the study of philosophy. It's not limited to what some dead guys wrote hundreds of years ago; it's about committing yourself to the examined life and to the pursuit of truth. You will learn that philosophical claims must be supported by good reasons that can withstand the critical evaluation of others, so strong reasoning skills are an essential part of philosophy.
Great Things in store after UDMWe want you to find a direction in life and achieve your goals. We want to give you more than just a base of knowledge — we want you to be critical and ethical thinkers.
You may be interested to knowThat due to math anxiety, I only received a C in my required undergraduate logic course, and now I regularly teach both formal and informal logic.  I also struggled with test anxiety for much of my academic career.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/oljar-small.jpgoljar-small.jpgoljar-small.jpgWe want you to find a direction in life and achieve your goals. We want to give you more than just a base of knowledge — we want you to be critical and ethical thinkers.
Gail-PresbeyGail PresbeyGail Presbey Professor of Philosophy Degrees B.A., University of Detroit M.A., Fordham University Ph.D., Fordham University Teaches Ethics Philosophy of Religion Peace and Social JusticeGail Presbey Professor of Philosophy Degrees B.A., University of Detroit M.A., Fordham University Ph.D., Fordham University Teaches Ethics Philosophy of Religion Peace and Social JusticeGail Presbey/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Gail-PresbeyGail PresbeyProfessor of PhilosophyB.A., University of DetroitM.A., Fordham UniversityPh.D., Fordham UniversityEthicsPhilosophy of ReligionPeace and Social Justice/Briggs 330313-993-1124presbegm@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Presbey-lg.jpgPresbey-lg.jpgPresbey-lg.jpgWhy you are going to love my class

Because I connect philosophy and philosophical issues to your daily life, using examples from recent films or daily occurrences. I will ask you to put philosophers' ideas in a contemporary context in order to bring philosophy to life for you.

You will feel like you really learned by actively participating in our classes through small group discussions, by writing or performing plays, by doing and reflecting on a service learning experience—all these aspects will make philosophy more real to you.

Great things for you at UDMAt different times in life, people are open to focus on philosophical questions.  My Philosophy courses will be such times for you, to enable you to delve into those questions.Great things in store after UDMAfter taking my Philosophy course, you will be able to evaluate competing arguments to make up your mind on issues through independent analysis.My favorite part about teaching youYour openness to new ideas and experiences. When I pose philosophical ideas, you are interested and willing to debate them. Also, when I ask you to go into the community for service, you take up the challenge.You might like to knowI am an alumna of the University. I sat in the exact chairs and rooms some of you will sit in — and some of my colleagues were once my teachers.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Presbey-sm.jpgPresbey-sm.jpgPresbey-sm.jpgAt different times in life, people are open to focus on philosophical questions.  My courses will be such times for you.
jason-rocheJason RocheJason Roche Assistant Professor, Communication Studies; Director, Honors Program Degrees B.A., Mass Communication, State University of New York College at Geneseo M.A., Public Communications Studies, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University Teaches Mass Media Video Production Audio Production Multi-Camera Video Production/Directing Documentary Film Production and Theory Independent Study Jason Roche Assistant Professor, Communication Studies; Director, Honors Program Degrees B.A., Mass Communication, State University of New York College at Geneseo M.A., Public Communications Studies, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University Teaches Mass Media Video Production Audio Production Multi-Camera Video Production/Directing Documentary Film Production and Theory Independent Study Jason Roche/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/jason-rocheJason RocheAssistant Professor, Communication Studies; Director, Honors ProgramB.A., Mass Communication, State University of New York College at GeneseoM.A., Public Communications Studies, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse UniversityMass MediaVideo ProductionAudio ProductionMulti-Camera Video Production/DirectingDocumentary Film Production and TheoryIndependent Study/Briggs 118313-993-1092rochejj@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Roche.jpgRoche.jpgRoche.jpgMeet Jason RochePlay the video to hear Jason Roche discussing the opportunities open to a UDM graduate with a degree in Communication Studies.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Roche-small.jpgRoche-small.jpgRoche-small.jpgWhen you graduate with a degree in Communication Studies, you've got a whole world of possibilities.
Nick-RombesNick RombesNicholas Rombes Professor and Chair, English Degrees B.S., Bowling Green State University M.A. and Ph.D., English, Penn State Teaches American Literature to 1865 Film Genres English Independent Study Digital Media PortfolioNicholas Rombes Professor and Chair, English Degrees B.S., Bowling Green State University M.A. and Ph.D., English, Penn State Teaches American Literature to 1865 Film Genres English Independent Study Digital Media PortfolioNick Rombes/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Nick-RombesNicholas RombesProfessor and Chair, EnglishB.S., Bowling Green State UniversityM.A. and Ph.D., English, Penn StateAmerican Literature to 1865Film GenresEnglish Independent StudyDigital Media Portfolio/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/cv-pdf/rombes.pdfrombes.pdfrombes.pdfB 233313-993-1085rombesnd@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/Article on Rombes' book, "Cultural Dictionary of Punk"http://www.detroitmakeithere.com/article/20090728/DM01/907289995/1105/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-NickRombes-lrg.jpgUDM-NickRombes-lrg.jpgUDM-NickRombes-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classOne of our philosophies in the English department, and at UDM in general, is that students learn best by doing. So you’ll study theory, you’ll write papers, but then, whenever possible, you’ll make the objects that you’re studying to learn how it’s done.Great things for you at UDMWe pride ourselves on being available for you, on e-mail, and more importantly, physically. We are in our offices, our doors are open, there’s a sense of community on the faculty floors, and you’ll feel you’re part of that. You can always come in and ask questions, scheduled or not—it’s why many of us teach here.“We want great things for you” meansWe want you to go out into the world and be successful in what you’ve been trained to do—to get good careers, to get good jobs, to make a living. But we also want you to think about the world in a critical, analytical way, in a skeptical way, and to think more deeply about your place in it. So when we say we want great things for you, we want great things for you as a spiritual person, as a creative person, as an intellectual person—as a full human being.My favorite part about teaching you isWe have smaller class sizes, which means we can give you personalized attention. We’re never too busy to help you with your projects, answer your questions. And the students in your class will be bright and inquisitive, and you’ll learn from them as well. But I teach at UDM because I love the students, I love the small classes, and I love seeing you grow./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-NickRombes-sm.jpgUDM-NickRombes-sm.jpgUDM-NickRombes-sm.jpgWe want you to think about the world in a skeptical way, and to think more deeply about your place in it.Tom-StantonTom StantonTom Stanton Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Degrees B.A., Communication, Oakland University M.A., Journalism, Michigan State University Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, University of Michigan Teaches Basic News Writing and Reporting Detroit Sports History and Journalism Mass Communication Media EthicsTom Stanton Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Degrees B.A., Communication, Oakland University M.A., Journalism, Michigan State University Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, University of Michigan Teaches Basic News Writing and Reporting Detroit Sports History and Journalism Mass Communication Media EthicsTom Stanton/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Tom-StantonTom StantonAssociate Professor, Communication StudiesB.A., Communication, Oakland UniversityM.A., Journalism, Michigan State UniversityKnight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, University of MichiganBasic News Writing and ReportingDetroit Sports History and JournalismMass CommunicationMedia Ethics/Briggs 113B313-993-1698tstanton@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/2008 Michigan Author of the Yearhttp://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-18835_18896-196815--,00.html/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/Stanton.jpgStanton.jpgStanton.jpgWhy I like teaching students like you

My favorite part of teaching students like you is that you and your classmates bring along a variety of experiences to my classroom. I'm always amazed at your backgrounds, at the elements that you add to what I am trying to teach, and I enjoy that.

I also appreciate the interaction I have with students. I take that seriously. One of the things we focus on here at UDM is getting to know you, our students. I know the name of every student in my class. I can tell you something about every student in my class, and I value that.

What makes my class a successI view my class as a success when you have that moment of realization that journalism is what you're interested in, when the light goes on — that's a gratifying experience for me and I hope you have it.Expect to get a good job after graduationYou can expect to get a good job when you get your degree, if you've done the work, if you've put in the effort and if you've been sincere in pursuing your goals. Journalism is changing radically, and that makes it scary for some folks who have been in the profession for a long time. But it means there are great opportunities for people your age, for people who have grown up digitally-aware. And I find that exciting.I'll be available to youAs a professor at UDM, I am available to my students. Not only do I have office hours, but I seek my students out. I want to be talking with my students outside of class. That's part of the learning experience. It's part of what you get when you come here.We want great things for youWhen we say, "we want great things for you," we mean it. I take that mission to heart and I know my fellow professors here do as well. That means I will sit down with you and help you chart your course from student to successful professional.You might like to know

I come from a non-traditional background. I didn't start out to be a professor at a university. I started at a community college and I worked my way through my undergraduate degree, through my graduate degrees and was successful in my profession.

I'm coming back here because I want to teach, because I want to make a contribution to the next generation of journalists. I've spent the last 10 years as a successful author, touring the country. I've written nationally-produced books. I'm here by choice. I'm here because I value what this University does and what it offers you. And I look forward to seeing you.

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Greg-SumnerGregory SumnerGregory D. Sumner Professor, History Degrees B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Indiana University J.D., University of Michigan Teaches American History Viet Nam War World War II Michigan History History of Detroit Topics in Civil Rights Movement Gregory D. Sumner Professor, History Degrees B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Indiana University J.D., University of Michigan Teaches American History Viet Nam War World War II Michigan History History of Detroit Topics in Civil Rights Movement Gregory Sumner/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Greg-SumnerGregory D. SumnerProfessor, HistoryB.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Indiana UniversityJ.D., University of MichiganAmerican HistoryViet Nam WarWorld War IIMichigan HistoryHistory of DetroitTopics in Civil Rights Movement/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/cv-pdf/GSumner_CV.pdfGSumner_CV.pdfGSumner_CV.pdfBriggs 327313-993-1121sumnergd@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-GregSumner-lrg.jpgUDM-GregSumner-lrg.jpgUDM-GregSumner-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classMy goal is to make you love history and help you see it as relevant to your life. History isn’t name and dates, but flesh and blood people just like you, and you’re standing on their shoulders. You’re part of history.Great things for you at UDMI’m going to challenge you. I’m not going to talk down to you. I’m going to talk to you as though you have limitless potential. I’m going to care about you in the intimate environment that we have at UDM.“We want great things for you” meansProfessors who won’t mail in their classroom interaction. Professors who are passionate about their subjects and eager to inspire that passion in you.You might like to knowI left a high-paying corporate law job and went back to grad school because I wanted to teach history.No other professor can say to youI made my television debut in the History Channel documentary series about Motown. They filmed me in a Detroit bar./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-GregSumner-sm.jpgUDM-GregSumner-sm.jpgUDM-GregSumner-sm.jpgHistory isn’t names and dates, but flesh and blood people just like you, and you’re standing on their shoulders.Rosemary-WeatherstonRosemary WeatherstonRosemary Weatherston Associate Professor, English; Director, Women's and Gender Studies Degrees B.A., English, University of Michigan M.A., English, University of Southern California Ph.D., English, University of Southern California Teaches Honors 131 Composition Diverse Voices in Fiction Survey of Post-1945 U.S. and British Literature Rosemary Weatherston Associate Professor, English; Director, Women's and Gender Studies Degrees B.A., English, University of Michigan M.A., English, University of Southern California Ph.D., English, University of Southern California Teaches Honors 131 Composition Diverse Voices in Fiction Survey of Post-1945 U.S. and British Literature Rosemary Weatherston/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Rosemary-WeatherstonRosemary WeatherstonAssociate Professor, English; Director, Women's and Gender StudiesB.A., English, University of MichiganM.A., English, University of Southern CaliforniaPh.D., English, University of Southern CaliforniaHonors 131 CompositionDiverse Voices in FictionSurvey of Post-1945 U.S. and British Literature/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/cv-pdf/weatherston.pdfweatherston.pdfB 227313-993-1083weatherr@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-RosemaryWeatherston-lrg.jpgUDM-RosemaryWeatherston-lrg.jpgUDM-RosemaryWeatherston-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classYou’ll get an appreciation for things richer and more complicated than they seem at first. You’ll make connections between class and your own life. You’ll read, watch and think differently when you leave my classroom.Great things in store after UDMEnglish looks at issues of communication and representation through reading, writing and talking. That talent to think and create is increasingly necessary for every field—law, medicine, business, any professional arena, really.“We want great things for you” meansWe are interested in working with you on whatever you’re committed to. We also expect great things of you. We will provide you with the tools you need to find that greatness.My favorite part about teaching you isHigh energy and great ideas. The students at UDM ask better questions than the faculty of some other schools.You might also like to knowI think you can find great literature and great art anywhere. I recently taught a 400-level course on detective fiction and film, and now I am writing an article about my students’ and my experience of it.No other professor can say to you“I never thought of that, that’s really interesting, let’s talk about it” as often as I do./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-RosemaryWeatherston-sm.jpgUDM-RosemaryWeatherston-sm.jpgUDM-RosemaryWeatherston-sm.jpgYou’ll get an appreciation for things richer and more complicated than they seem at first. You’ll have an eye for the obscure.Carol-WeisfeldCarol WeisfeldCarol C. Weisfeld Professor, Psychology Degrees B.S., English, St. Xavier College M.A. and Ph.D., Human Development, University of Chicago Teaches Human Development Sex Differences and Sex Roles Cross-cultural Psychology Human Sexuality Physiological Psychology Carol C. Weisfeld Professor, Psychology Degrees B.S., English, St. Xavier College M.A. and Ph.D., Human Development, University of Chicago Teaches Human Development Sex Differences and Sex Roles Cross-cultural Psychology Human Sexuality Physiological Psychology Carol Weisfeld/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/Carol-WeisfeldCarol C. WeisfeldProfessor, PsychologyB.S., English, St. Xavier CollegeM.A. and Ph.D., Human Development, University of ChicagoHuman DevelopmentSex Differences and Sex RolesCross-cultural PsychologyHuman SexualityPhysiological Psychology/Reno 212313-578-0481weisfecc@udmercy.eduCollege of Liberal Arts & Educationhttp://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-CarolWeisfield-lrg.jpgUDM-CarolWeisfield-lrg.jpgUDM-CarolWeisfield-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classDifferent viewpoints are expected to be expressed. We listen to all viewpoints respectfully and discuss them openly. But you must be able to back up your comments—not just be silly with the subject. After my class, you will appreciate the differences between males and females at any age.Great things for you at UDMYou’ll work hard but you’ll also have support to be successful in completing that work. You’ll get a lot of personal attention and mentoring. I evaluate what level of thinking you’re at and decide how to take you to the next one.“We want great things for you” meansYou have your own goals and our job is to help you achieve them. We might even help you rethink them. When students focus on how much money they want to make, we help students realize it’s important to love what you do and be happy, too.My favorite part about teaching you isThat look of discovery. Even after 30 years of teaching, it’s gratifying when I see the “OOOHH, I get it now!” facial expression.You might also like to knowI’m working on a cross-cultural study of what makes marriage work. We’re compiling data on wife and husband relationships across seven countries now. Everyone around the world should be interested in what we find.No other professor can say to youI live in a Mies van der Rohe building in downtown Detroit, and I am the pastry chef for the UDM Women’s Softball Team./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/clae/images/UDM-CarolWeisfield-sm.jpgUDM-CarolWeisfield-sm.jpgUDM-CarolWeisfield-sm.jpgAfter my class, you will appreciate the differences between males and females at any age.
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