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  • 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…

    Phone: 269-749-7382

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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…

    Phone: 269-749-7726

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  • Meredith Dodson, M.F.A.

    Arts and Humanities Department Chair; Writing Program Director; Assistant Professor of Writing

    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…

    Phone: 269-749-6613

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  • Jeremy Duby, M.M.

    Directory of Bands

    Jeremy Duby, M.M., 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…

    Phone: 269-749-7158

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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…

    Phone: 269-749-7120

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  • Curt Ellis

    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…

    Phone: 269-749-7118

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  • Michael F. Fales, M.Div./M.Min.

    Director of Service Learning and Campus Ministries; Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion

    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…

    Phone: 269-749-7624

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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, Virginia, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University, Illinois. Dr. Flynn teaches music history, music theory and interdisciplinary courses in the arts and humanities. In addition, he has directed the…

    Phone: 269-749-7660

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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…

    Phone: 269-749-7621

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  • Joel Moore

    Director of Choral Activities

    Joel Moore is the director of choral activities at Olivet College where he directs the Olivet College Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorale. He also works closely with the College admissions department guiding prospective families through the college selection process. Choirs under Professor Moore’s direction have performed at the Midwestern Conference for School Vocal and Instrumental…

    Phone: 269-749-6670

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  • Samantha Myers

    Assistant Professor of Humanities

    Professor Samantha Myers has been a member of the Olivet College faculty since 2007, first serving as an adjunct before becoming full time. She teaches three writing courses and has helped develop the writing curriculum. In addition, Professor Myers is a faculty athletic representative. Professor Myers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan…

    Phone: 269-749-7589

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  • Daine Pavloski

    Assistant Professor of Media Production and Communication

    Professor Daine Pavloski has taught at Olivet College since 2017 and previously served as an adjunct instructor for one year. He is the faculty adviser to WOCR 89.1, the College’s student-led, FCC licensed radio station, and his areas of expertise include photography, videography, podcasting, audio/video production and sports broadcasting. Professor Pavloski is also a proud…

    Phone: 269-749-7174

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  • Sarah Peterson

    Director of Distance Education and Online Learning; Assistant Professor of Writing

    Professor Sarah Peterson serves as assistant professor of writing and also the director of distance education and online learning at Olivet College. Her passion for teaching stems from the ability to work one-on-one with students to help them develop and grow into successful, clear-communicating writers. She began teaching in 2013 after working in publishing, and…

    Phone: 269-749-7605

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  • La'Rae M. Trice

    Gospel Choir Director

    La’Rae M. Trice has served as the Gospel Choir director at Olivet College since November 2015. She began singing in choirs when she was just five years old and enjoys sharing her lifelong passion with today’s students. By 16, she was teaching and directing youth choirs and adult praise teams in both church and high…

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  • Remus Webb, DMA

    Assistant Director of Bands

    Dr. Remus Webb, assistant director of bands, holds his doctorate in musical arts from Michigan State University (MSU), his master of music from the University of Louisville, and his bachelor degree in music from MSU. He has previously served as the assistant band director at Stillman College in Alabama and as an adjunct instructor at Lansing…

    Phone: 269-749-7603

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  • Gary B. Wertheimer, M.F.A.

    Professor of Art

    Professor Gary Wertheimer graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in art in 1974. In the summer of 1973, he attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine where he met visiting sculpture instructor Philip Grausman. From 1974 to 1984, Professor Wertheimer worked as an assistant to Grausman in Washington, Conn. It was…

    Phone: 269-749-7627

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  • Arthur E. Williams, Ph.D.

    Professor of Theatre

    Professor Arthur Williams has taught at Olivet College since 1998. His classes include acting, public speaking, theatre and culture and dramatic literature. His recent papers have dealt with the intersection of theatre and graphic novels, the development of electronic portfolios in college instruction and a comparison of the works of Lindbeck and Derrida. He is…

    Phone: 269-749-7246

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  • Joanne A. Williams

    Associate Professor of Media Production and Communication; Faculty Adviser for The Echo

    Professor Joanne Williams has worked on numerous local weekly and daily newspapers in her life, finishing a more than 15-year career in journalism at a daily Gannett newspaper in Wisconsin. Following jobs in tourism, marketing and promotions, she joined Olivet in 1998. At Olivet, Professor Williams teaches in the media production and communication program, specializing…

    Phone: 269-749-6630

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