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  • 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…

    Phone: 269-749-7678

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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.

    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.…

    Phone: 269-749-6613

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  • Jeremy Duby

    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…

    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

    Adjunct Instuctor - Art

    Phone: 269-749-7118

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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…

    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, 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…

    Phone: 269-749-7660

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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…

    Phone: 269-749-7621

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  • Joel Moore

    Director of Choral Activities

    Joel Moore joined the Olivet College faculty in 2018 to serve as director of choral activities. In his role, he directs the Olivet College Choir and works closely with the college admissions department, meeting with prospective families to guide them through the college selection process. Professor Moore received his Bachelor of Music and Master of…

    Phone: 269-749-6670

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  • Samantha Myers

    Assistant Professor of Humanities

    Phone: 269-749-7589

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  • Daine Pavloski '13

    Assistant Professor of Media Studies

    Professor Daine Pavloski’s love for Olivet College began during his time as a student. Graduating in 2013, Professor Pavloski focused his studies in journalism and mass communication (JMC) with a minor in sports psychology, before earning a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. In 2016, he joined the Olivet faculty in an adjunct…

    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 began singing in choirs when she was just five years old. By 16, she was teaching and directing youth choirs and adult praise teams in both church and high school. Ms. Trice continues to teach and direct at her home church, Tabernacle of David in Lansing, Michigan. In 2012, she earned a…

    Phone: 269-749-7693

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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; Judicial Officer

    Professor Arthur Williams has taught at Olivet College since 1998. His classes include public speaking, theatre and culture, self and community, acting, dramatic literature and Photoshop. His recent papers have dealt with the intersection of theatre and graphic novels and the development of electronic portfolios in college instruction. He has served Olivet College as director…

    Phone: 269-749-7246

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  • Joanne A. Williams

    Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication; Advisor, The Echo

    Professor Joanne Williams is a Jersey girl who grew up with Bruce Springsteen on her playlist and a pen and paper in her hands. Her love of reading and writing started when she penned a short science fiction story in the fourth grade, writing on a typewriter in an office she set up in a…

    Phone: 269-749-6630

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