Laura A. Barlond-Maas
Associate Professor of English
Professor Laura Barlond-Maas teaches English in classes designed for students across all majors, as well as courses designed for students majoring in English and writing. Whether an introductory literature course, advanced composition or children’s literature, Professor Barlond-Maas simply loves to teach. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the classroom that encourages all students to become…
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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.
Arts and Humanities Department Chair; Assistant Professor of Writing; Writing Program Director
Professor Meredith Dodson has been teaching creative writing and composition at Olivet College since 2016. She serves as director of the writing program and as the faculty adviser to the College’s literary journal, The Garfield Lake Review. Professor Dodson’s educational background consists of an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Georgia College and State University…
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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 the 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 49-year history. Mr. Duby earned his Master of Music degree in…
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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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Associate Professor of Art
Professor Curt Ellis, MFA, joined the Olivet College faculty full-time in 2019 after serving five semesters as an adjunct instructor. He teaches graphic design courses in the Arts and Humanities Department. Professor Ellis aims to create a hands-on learning environment for students to gain real-world experiences before entering the workforce. Professor Ellis has taught college-level…
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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; Global Citizen Honors Program Director
A Michigan native, Professor Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer has taught college courses since 1988, serving more than 20 years full time at Olivet College. He teaches composition, rhetoric and creative writing (fiction, poetry, screenwriting); British literature; cultural studies; and film and television criticism and theory. Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer also teaches courses in the Global Citizens Honors Program, which…
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