Laura A. Barlond-Maas
Associate Professor of English
Professor Laura Barlond-Maas teaches advanced composition, children’s literature, and is currently teaching Honors Seminar, a course for students in the Global Citizen’s Honors Program. She enjoys teaching novels, whether for nineteenth century literature or a course called ethnicities. Professor Barlond-Maas leads a number of faculty development workshops at Olivet College and has developed several long-term…
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Dustin Byrd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities
Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D., serves as associate professor of humanities, teaching courses in philosophy, religion and Arabic. Dr. Byrd studied comparative religion and critical theory at Western Michigan University, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree under the direction of the critical theorist Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert. He later received his Ph.D. in social…
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Karen Chaney, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty; Chair, Liberal Arts Core Curriculum; Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Ethics
Professor Karen Chaney teaches in the areas of religious studies, ethics and philosophy, and also serves as dean of faculty and director of the liberal arts core program. She has a long-standing commitment to liberal arts education as a means for deepening our awareness of the human experience and for enriching our lives. Professor Chaney…
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Meredith Dodson, M.F.A.
Chair, Arts and Humanities Department; Director of Writing Program; Assistant Professor of Writing
Professor Dodson teaches creative non-fiction writing and serves as the director of the writing program. “I’m thrilled to be here at Olivet and to join a strong writing program,” said Dodson. “I love the start of a new school year, how there’s a rush of planning, new people to meet and all sorts of possibilities.…
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Directory of Bands
Jeremy Duby is the director of bands at Olivet College, where he conducts the College Wind Ensemble and Marching Comets. He is also the music director for the Warren Concert Band, where he serves as only the third music director in the band’s 45-year history. Professor Duby earned his master’s degree in music in wind…
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Thia Eller, M.F.A
Associate Professor of Art
After earning a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art with a concentration in figurative sculpture, Professor Cynthia (Thia) Eller went on to complete an MFA from the University of Michigan School of Medical and Biological Illustration. After several years as a freelance medical illustrator, Professor Eller joined the teaching faculty at Olivet…
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Michael F. Fales
Director of Service Learning and Campus Ministries; Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
After a 16-year career as a hotel general manager with Residence Inn, Hilton and Omni hotel franchises, Mike Fales returned to his alma mater in 1992. He initially served as director of the annual fund and director of alumni engagement, later taking responsibility for church relations. Professor Fales currently serves as director of Service Learning and…
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Timothy Flynn, Ph.D.
Professor of Music
Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., professor of music, has worked at Olivet College since 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from George Mason University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University. He is professor of music at Olivet College where he conducts the choral ensembles and teaches music history, music theory and interdisciplinary courses…
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Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D.
Professor of Humanities
A Michigan native, Professor Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer has taught college courses since 1988. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Hope College, his master’s degree in English and creative writing from Western Michigan University and his doctorate in English from Michigan State University. While earning his doctorate, Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer studied sixteenth and seventeenth century English…
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