Honors Faculty

The Frederik Meijer Honors College features 10 permanent full-time faculty, 2 part-time Faculty-in-Residence, the Meijer Endowed Chair in Entrpreneurship & Innovation, and dozens of exceptional faculty drawn from departments and programs across campus.

Full-time Honors Faculty

These faculty all teach the majority of their classes in Honors.

Coeli Fitpatrick

Coeli Fitzpatrick

Chair and Professor of Philosophy

Office Address: 125 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3748

Email: fitzpaco@gvsu.edu

Coeli Fitzpatrick is Professor of Philosophy in the Frederik Meijer Honors College and Chair of the Honors Faculty. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Professor Fitzpatrick received her B.A. in Philosophy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She teaches several courses in the program, including the first-year sequence The Middle East Beyond the Headlines and a Junior Seminar on Islamophobia. Her publications include the award winning edited volume Muhammad in History, Thought and Culture as well as writings on Edward Said and Orientalism. Professor Fitzpatrick's current research focuses on the transmission of Arab intellectual history in the West, Muslim Spain and Orientalism.

Ellen Adams

Ellen Adams

Assistant Professor, Honors College and GVSU Art Gallery

Office Address: 126 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8134

Email: adamsell@gvsu.edu

Ellen Adams is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College and has a joint appointment with the GVSU Art Gallery. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Professor Adams received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware, her M.A. from Hunter College (City University of New York), and her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches several courses in the program, including the first-year interdisciplinary sequence Europe: The Center and the Margins, Art and Money, and Modern Art and Modernity. Her publications and presentations concentrate primarily on modern and contemporary artists. Prof. Adams’ current research project focuses on American women artists active during the New Deal.

Ed Baum

Ed Baum

Professor of Chemistry

Office Address: 141 Lake Michigan Hall

Phone: (616) 331-3192

Email: baume@gvsu.edu

Professor of Chemistry Edward Baum received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from U.C.L.A. and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U.C. Riverside. He teaches Chemistry in Perspective, The Human Body in Motion (with Professor Brad Ambrose), and Cosmology for Poets in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.  He published one book and forty refereed publications on various topics in theoretical and in environmental chemistry.  His current research is on advanced methods of teaching using active-learning methods.

Craig Benjamin

Craig Benjamin

Professor of History

Office Address: 130 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3469

Email: benjamic@gvsu.edu

Craig Benjamin is a Professor of History in the Meijer Honors College. Craig was a professional musician for 25 years in his native Australia before gaining his PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney and taking up an academic career. He teaches two Foundational Interdisciplinary Courses in Honors: Big History and Focus on Asia.  Craig’s recent publications include Big History: Between Nothing and Everything (McGraw-Hill 2014); Cambridge World History Vol IV (CUP 2015); and Empires of Ancient Eurasia. The First Silk Roads Era 100 BCE-250 CE (CUP forthcoming 2018). Professor Benjamin’s current research focuses on ancient Eurasian globalizations, big history, and world history historiography.

 

Jeremiah Cataldo

Jeremiah Cataldo

Associate Professor of History

Office Address: 121 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3470

Email: cataldoj@gvsu.edu

Jeremiah Cataldo is Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew University, a Master in Philosophy from Drew University, a Master in Ministry from Bethel College, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Bethel College. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles, including his two most recent: Biblical Terror (Bloomsbury, 2017) and A Social-Political History of Monotheism (Routledge, 2018). A strong supporter of cultivating well-roundedness in mind and body, he enjoys woodworking, multi-day backpacking, running ultramarathons (he has completed 100 mile and 50 mile distances), training in Taekwondo as a third degree black belt, and has recently started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He teaches Alliance and Conflict, Terror of Monotheism, and Textual Tease. 

 

Linda Chamberlain

Linda Chamberlain

Meijer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Office Address: 129 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-2493

Email: chambeli@gvsu.edu

Linda Chamberlain is the Meijer Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She teaches Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs and Problem Solving Sustainable Solutions through Systems Analysis, and advises students in senior projects focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. In parallel she supports the GVSU Technology Commercialization Office in advancing the innovations of faculty, students and staff. These roles leverage Dr. Chamberlain’s 25+ year career in innovation, new product development and launch implementation. Dr. Chamberlain has led strategic business and product development at Fortune 200, mid-sized and start-up companies, including Shell Chemical, Honeywell, and Johnson Controls. Dr. Chamberlain received both her BS and PhD in Chemistry from Purdue University, and has 19 patents issued for catalyst, polymer, and product/process development. Dr. Chamberlain is serving on the boards of Paragon Die & Engineering and Frederik Meijer Gardens. 

 

Kurt Ellenberger

Kurt Ellenberger

Professor of Music

Office Address: 123 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8075

Email: ellenbek@gvsu.edu

Kurt Ellenberger is a pianist, composer, and author from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His writings include a jazz theory book, pedagogical articles, and many essays that appear in his arts and culture blog entitled Also Sprach FraKathustra, which is published by The Huffington Post–Arts and Culture. He has recorded on Innova Recordings, Ghostly International, and Challenge-A Records (the Netherlands). He performed on Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble’s recordings of Terry Riley’s “IN C: Remixed” and Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” which have been featured in The New York Times and other leading publications. Ellenberger teaches a variety of music-related courses including “Music, Culture, and Aesthetics,” Jazz History, and Rock History. He is also a Fulbright Scholar who taught in Austria at the Kunstuniversität Graz (University of the Arts in Graz) and serves as artistic advisor on the Board of Trustees for the city of Mannheim, Germany.

Amy McFarland

Amy McFarland

Assistant Professor of Food and Agricultural Studies

Office Address: 136 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8156

Email: mcfarla1@gvsu.edu

Amy McFarland is Assistant Professor of Food and Agricultural Studies in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.  Originally from Houston, Texas, Professor McFarland received her B.A. in Psychology from Rice University and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. She teaches several courses in the program, including the first-year sequence Food for Thought and a Junior Seminar on Controversies in Food and Agriculture. Her current research focuses on the intersections of humans and the environment, primarily through gardening, food, and agriculture. 

Joel Stillerman

Joel Stillerman

Professor of Sociology 

Office Address: 124 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3129

Email: stillejo@gvsu.edu

Joel is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty-in-Residence in the Honors College and is originally from Chicago. He received his BA (1986) in Philosophy and Political Science at Bennington College and PhD (1998) in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. Prior to arriving to Grand Valley, he taught at the University of Arizona. Joel co-teaches (with Prof. Heather Van Wormer) an introductory sequence, "Culture, Power, and Inequality," a junior seminar, "The Sociology of Consumption," and several courses in the Sociology Department. He is the author of The Sociology of Consumption: A Global Approach (Polity, 2015) and coeditor of Qué significa el trabajo hoy?: Continuidad y cambio en una sociedad global (Catalonia, 2012). Joel's publications on labor activism, consumer culture, and middle classes in Chile and Latin America appear in Poetics, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and other journals and edited volumes.

Jane Toot

Jane Toot

Professor of Physical Therapy

Office Address: 134 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8129

Email: tootj@gvsu.edu

Jane Toot has been at GVSU 26 years. She came as Director of the Physical Therapy in 1991. Eventually she became Dean of the College of Health Professions. About 9 years ago she left the Deanship to become a member of the Honors Faculty. She teaches Medical Controversies, Systems Analysis for Sustainable Solutions, and an intergenerational course in Saging and Aging. Jane earned her baccalaureate at the University of Michigan, her masters at George Washington University, and her Doctorate at Wayne State University. She has held several administrative positions in both healthcare and in academia. Recently she serves on two boards and is a presenter at national and inter-national conferences. A die-hard U of M football fan, she holds season tickets and cheers for them through good and bad years.

Peter Wampler

Peter Wampler

Associate Professor of Geology

Office Address:  142B Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-3302

Email: wamplerp@gvsu.edu

Peter Wampler is a broadly trained environmental geologist and geomorphologist with a background in both academic and government regulation of mining and storm water. He received his PhD in 2004 for work on human- and climatic-induced changes along the Clackamas River in Oregon. As a professor at GVSU, he has worked with undergraduate and graduate students on applied geoscience research: 1) evaluating GVSU’s storm water runoff footprint and assisting in designing Best Management Practices (BMP) for GVSU; 2) investigating water resources and groundwater contamination pathways in rural Haiti; 3) evaluating human impacts to river systems resulting from dams and other structures; and 4) Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create household radon hazard maps for Michigan using geologic data.  He has traveled to Haiti numerous times since 2007 to work on water resources issues and safe water interventions. Since 2016 he's been leading groups of GVSU students on a 4-week study abroad to Haiti.

Jon White

Jonathan White

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Office Address: 131 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-7243

Email: whitej@gvsu.edu

Jonathan White is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Frederick Meijer Honors College. The former Dean of Social Science and Founding Director of the School of Criminal Justice, he has a Ph.D. in multidisciplinary social science from Michigan State University. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary and an M.A. and B.A. in history from Western Michigan University. He has received several teaching awards from GVSU, and his work and service have been recognized by the Michigan state legislature, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. White was placed on Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice “Wall of Fame” in 2007. After the attacks of 9-11, Dr. White ran a counterterrorism training program in partnership with the FBI. He has written several books and articles including Terrorism and Homeland Security, Defending the Homeland, and The Prussian Army: 1640-1871. He teaches courses on terrorism and military history.

Karen Zivi

Karen Zivi

Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Address: 127 Niemeyer

Phone: (616) 331-8157

Email: zivik@gvsu.edu

Karen Zivi (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Frederik Meijer Honors College where she teaches courses on human rights and feminist politics. This includes the first-year interdisciplinary sequence, Theory and Practice of Rights. Professor Zivi’s research is in the fields of human rights and feminist theory and politics. She is the author of Making Rights Claims: A Practice of Democratic Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2012) and has published in journals and edited collections such as Philosophy and Rhetoric, Journal of Human Rights, Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, and Human Dignity and the Promise of Human Rights. She is an editor at Contemporary Political Theory and serves on the editorial board of Citizenship Studies. She also serves as Board Chair for the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, an all-volunteer, women-led, nonpartisan PAC. A native of New Jersey, Professor Zivi lived and worked in Boston, Los Angeles, and Richmond, Virginia before landing in Grand Rapids. 

Honors Associates

Honors also draws many exceptional faculty from around campus.

Majd

Majd Al-Mallah

Modern Languages and Literatures

almallam@gvsu.edu

Middle East Beyond the Headlines

Brad

Brad Ambrose

Physics

ambroseb@gvsu.edu 

Human Body in Motion

Karen

Karen Amisi

Biology

amisik@gvsu.edu

Plants and People

Kirk

Kirk Anderson

Statistics

anderkir@gvsu.edu

STA 215: Introductory Applied Statistics (Honors)

Peter

Peter Anderson

Classics

anderspe@gvsu.edu

Stoicism and Identity

David Austin

David Austin

Mathematics

austind@gvsu.edu

MTH 201: Calculus 1 (Honors)

Sheila

Sheila Blackman

Biology

blackmas@gvsu.edu

Plants and People

Steeve

Steeve Buckridge

History

buckrids@gvsu.edu

The African Experience

Debra Burg

Debra Burg

Biomedical Sciences

burgd@gvsu.edu

Molecules of Life

Jeffrey Byrnes

Philosophy

byrnesj@gvsu.edu

History of Science

David Centers

Accounting

centersd@gvsu.edu

ACC 213: Principles of Managerial Accounting (Honors)

Alice

Alice Chapman

History

chapmali@gvsu.edu

Medieval Cultures

Grace Coolidge

Grace Coolidge

History

coolidgg@gvsu.edu 

Europe: The Center and the Margins

David

David Crane

Classics

craneda@gvsu.edu

History of Science

Jason Crouthamel

Jason Crouthamel

History

crouthaj@gvsu.edu

The Holocaust

Matthew

Matthew Daley

History

daleym@gvsu.edu

Urbanism

Sonia

Sonia Dalmia

Economics

dalmias@gvsu.edu

ECO 211: Introductory Microeconomics (Honors)

Sigrid Danielson

Visual & Media Arts

danielsi@gvsu.edu

Medieval Cultures

Rob

Rob Franciosi

English Language & Literatures

francior@gvsu.edu

The Holocaust

Pamela Galbraith

Anthropology

galbrapa@gvsu.edu

Theory & Practice of Rights

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Gansen

Modern Languages & Literature

gansenel@gvsu.edu

Europe: The Center & the Margins

Dan

Dan Giedeman

Economics

giedemad@gvsu.edu

ECO 210: Introductory Macroeconomics (Honors)

Gary

Gary Greer

Biology

greerg@gvsu.edu

Our Evolving World

Quinn

Quinn Griffin

Classics

griffiqu@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

Jenny

Jennifer Gross

Psychology

grossj@gvsu.edu

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (Honors)

Charles

Charles Ham

Classics

hamch@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

Chris Harper

Christopher Harper

Accounting

harpechr@gvsu.edu

ACC 212: Principles of Financial Accounting (Honors)

Tara

Tara Hefferan

Anthropology

hefferta@gvsu.edu

ANT 204: Cultural Anthropology (Honors)

Avis

Avis Hewitt

English Language and Literatures

hewitta@gvsu.edu

American Civilization

Rich

Rich Hiskes

Political Science

hiskesr@gvsu.edu 

Theory of Human Rights

John

John Kilbourne

Movement Science

kilbourj@gvsu.edu

Games in a Circumpolar World

Ryan

Ryan Lafferty

Management

laffertr@gvsu.edu

Design Thinking for Social Product Innovation

Paul

Paul Lane

Marketing

lanepa@gvsu.edu

Design Thinking for Social Product Innovation

Yan

Yan Liang

Modern Languages and Literatures

liangya@gvsu.edu

East Asia and the World

Susan

Susan Mendoza

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

mendozsu@gvsu.edu

Live. Learn. Lead.

Doug

Doug Montagna

History

montagnd@gvsu.edu

American Civilization

Rod

Roderick Morgan

Biology

morganr@gvsu.edu

Microbes and Society

Melissa Morison

Classics

morisonm@gvsu.edu

Urbanism

Paul

Paul Murphy

History

murphyp@gvsu.edu

American Civilization

Chuck

Charles Pazdernik

Classics

pazdernc@gvsu.edu

Worlds of Greece and Rome

Gabriella Pozzi

Gabriela Pozzi

Modern Languages and Literatures

pozzig@gvsu.edu

Europe: Center and the Margins

Dan

Dan Royer

Writing

royerd@gvsu.edu

Live. Learn. Lead.

Medar

Medar Serrata

Modern Languages and Literatures

serratam@gvsu.edu

The Making of Latin America

Andrew

Andrew Spear

Philosophy

speara@gvsu.edu 

History of Science

David

David Stark

History

starkd@gvsu.edu 

The Making of Latin America, Dirty Wars in Latin America

Jennifer

Jennifer Stewart

Sociology

stewarje@gvsu.edu 

SOC 313: Race & Ethnicity

Star

Star Swift

Management

swifts@gvsu.edu

BUS 201: Legal Environment for Business (Honors)

Steve

Steve Tripp

History

tripps@gvsu.edu 

American Civilization

Heather

Heather Van Wormer

Anthropology

vanwormh@gvsu.edu

Culture, Power, & Inequality

Jody

Jody Vogelzang

Allied Health Sciences

vogelzjo@gvsu.edu

Food for Thought

Heather

Heather Wallace

Public Health

wallaceh@gvsu.edu

Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Mike

Michael Webster

English Language and Literatures

websterm@gvsu.edu 

American Civilization

Greg wilson

Greg Wilson

Geology

wilsong@gvsu.edu 

Earth, a Global View

Diane Wright

Modern Languages and Literatures

wrightd@gvsu.edu

Europe: Center and the Margins



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