School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

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David Armstrong

Professional in Residence

David Armstrong has worked in the area of video production and operations since graduating from Anderson University in 1984. He currently is a professional in residence at Anderson University. Armstrong teaches a trio of video production classes and has been honored as director of Candles & Carols with an Emmy® award. He previously served as […]

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Dr. David Baird

Chair, Department of Communication & Design Arts; Professor of Communication

David Baird, professor of communication, is the academic advisor for journalism students as well as faculty advisor for the student newspaper, the Andersonian. Special interests include political communication and media history, and one of the highlights of his professional career was interviewing Pem Farnsworth, who was working in the lab alongside husband Philo Farnsworth when he invented […]

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Inge Baird

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Assistant Professor of German

Inge grew up in Brazil, South America, speaking Portuguese at school and German at home. At age 20 she began her college studies in the United States, graduating from Anderson University in 1985 with majors in Spanish and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University. She has […]

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Dr. Lolly Bargerstock

Professor of Social Work

Lolly Bargerstock, Ph.D., MSW, professor of social work and social work program director, received her master of social work degree from Indiana University. She completed the Ph.D. at Western Michigan University with a research focus on professional and religious identity integration among undergraduate social work students. She has practiced social work in the fields of […]

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Dr. Janell Blunt

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Having always had a passion for learning and teaching, Dr. Blunt’s area of expertise is student learning and memory. Her research focuses on answering questions such as: How do students learn? What study strategies promote lasting, meaningful learning? How can evidence-based strategies, like retrieval practice, be incorporated into classroom activities? Dr. Blunt received her Ph.D. […]

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Dr. Scott Borders

Chair, Department of English; Professor of English

Dr. Scott Borders is chair of the English department and its senior member, having joined the faculty in 1985. With a BA in English from Anderson, he attended Purdue University for both his master’s and doctoral degrees. His doctoral dissertation was on family structures in the fiction of nineteenth-century writer Thomas Hardy. With primary training […]

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Carrie Clay

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Professor Carrie Y. Clay earned her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Anderson University in 1999 and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2005. She has traveled and studied in El Salvador, Mexico and Spain. Professor Clay began her teaching career at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. A few years later she returned […]

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Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Professor of History

Brian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He received his B.A. in history at the University of Central Arkansas, an M.A. in history at Rice University, and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Kansas. His scholarship has focused on the American Civil War era, in particular the […]

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Peter Elliott

Assistant Professor English

Professor Elliott primarily teaches first-year writing courses, including Rhetoric and Composition plus Rhetoric and Research. These courses are designed to give new AU students the writing skills they need — and hone the skills they already have — to be successful in their college coursework, regardless of the majors they choose. Elliott is also a […]

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Rosy Felix-Jester

Instructor of Spanish

I was born in Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico.  In 1995, my family and I immigrated to the United States. In 2003, I graduated from Pima College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. I also had the opportunity to exhibit some of my artwork at Cuadro Arte Latino Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Later that […]

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor of Spanish

Dr. Fox is currently the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures. His area of specialization is Latin American short fiction, but he enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish. Dr. Fox feels blessed to work at AU with a gifted and dedicated group of departmental colleagues. He has led student travel groups […]

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Dr. Michael Frank

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Michael Frank is a Professor of Political Science, teaching courses in American Government and Research Methods, including Congress, the Presidency, Political Parties, and Political Behavior.  He is also the Pre-Law Advisor, helping students prepare for law school, the LSAT, and the admissions process. He has directed a number of internships for students in government […]

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Neal Freeman

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Neal Freeman is an Instructor of Criminal Justice. He holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Freeman served as an enlisted soldier in the US Army before receiving his appointment to the Military Academy. Upon graduation, he […]

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Dr. Brandan Grayson

Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the First Year Experience Seminar

Dr. Grayson teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as courses having to do with the art, history, and literature of Spain. She is an enthusiastic reader of Golden Age Spanish Theater, and loves introducing students to the various manifestations of cultural identity in Spain. She also researches early modern Jesuit school plays. Additionally, […]

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G. Lee Griffith

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Griffith prepares students to help people by teaching skills that enable them to practice psychology doing counseling and training and research. He assists students in learning about Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, Statistics, Interpersonal Relationships and Leadership Skills. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Griffith maintains an active private practice. With his colleagues, he coordinates the […]

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Jason Higgs

Assistant Professor of Visual Communication

Jason Higgs joined the Department of Communication and Design Arts in 2015. He has won an Emmy® award as well as several Telly and Addy awards for his creative direction and storytelling. His teaching draws on his experience in all aspects of design, television, cinema and animation. Contact Professor Higgs: Assistant Professor of Visual […]

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Dr. Elizabeth Imafuji

Director of First Year Composition; Associate Professor of English

Elizabeth Imafuji teaches first-year writing and a variety of courses on writing and language, including Composing Arguments, History of the English Language, English Grammar and Style, and the Honors Program course Journeys and Migrations in the Western Tradition. As Writing Program Director, she provides leadership for the university’s first-year writing sequence. She also co-directs the university’s Honors Program. […]

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Stefanie Leiter

Assistant Professor of Public Relations

Stefanie Leiter graduated from Anderson University with a B.A. in mass communications and a specialization in public relations. In 2016, she graduated with her Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University and received a graduate certificate in strategic communications in 2015. In her previous role as director of content strategy and public relations, Stefanie was […]

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Tai Lipan

Director of Galleries, Instructor of Art

Tai Lipan, director of university galleries and instructor of art, teaches drawing, painting, and 2-D Design. As director of the galleries, Tai oversees the permanent collection and managing exhibitions in both the Wilson and York Hall Galleries throughout the year. She received her BA in painting from Anderson University in Indiana and her MFA in […]

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Jack Lugar

Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts

Jack Lugar worked for more than a decade in Los Angeles as a television writer and producer. Jack’s writing credits include the Warner Bros./FOX sitcom “Wanda At Large,” “From the Top” for Family Theater Productions, and several projects for comedian Louie Anderson’s company, Louzell Productions. Most recently, he has been a panelist and/or jury member […]

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Cara Miller

Assistant Professor English

Professor Cara Miller first came to Anderson University to study journalism. As an undergraduate, she wrote for the school newspaper, was active in a social club, went on a trip to Spain, experienced several valuable internships, and graduated summa cum laude. She enjoyed AU so much that she returned to work on campus less than […]

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Deborah Miller-Fox

Associate Professor of English

Professor Deborah Miller-Fox teaches creative writing, composition, cross-cultural American literature, two courses in the First Year Experience sequence and the Senior Seminar course required for all English and writing majors. Since 1997 when she began teaching in the English department, her course load has included a variety of other courses such as argument, literary non-fiction […]

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Dr. David Thomas Murphy

Professor of History

Professor Murphy earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. His research specialties are in the history of modern Europe, modern Germany, and the Holocaust. He is the author of three books: The Heroic Earth: Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany (Kent, 1997), German Exploration of the Polar World: A History (Lincoln, […]

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Melanie Lain Musser

Instructor of Social Work

Melanie Lain Musser, MSW, has been teaching at Anderson University since 1992, first as an adjunct instructor, then as a full-time faculty member, and returning as Instructor of Social Work. Having earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Indiana University, she has practiced as a clinical social worker in community mental health counseling, […]

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Dr. Jason Robert Parks

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Jason Parks hold s a Ph.D. in literature from Ball State University. Prior to joining the faculty at AU in 2008, Jason earned his Master of Arts in English at Butler University. His love of southern literature and absurdly long sentences led him to write a thesis on the links between modern historiography and […]

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Lisa Pay

Professor of Social Work

Lisa Dawson Pay, LCSW, professor of social work, received her master of social work degree from Indiana University. She has been the field coordinator for the social work program since 2002. She has practiced social work with the seriously mentally ill, persons impacted by domestic violence, and children and families. Professor Pay directed the Counseling […]

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Dr. Abigail S. Post

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Abigail S. Post received her B.A. in political science and international studies from the College at Brockport, SUNY, after which she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs. Her doctoral research examined the impact of a government leader’s moral language on the willingness of a state to compromise […]

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Dr. Wayne Priest

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Priest began his professional career working with juveniles who were referred for residential treatment through the juvenile court system. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked as a therapist for a mental health agency for three years, serving older adults and the severely mentally ill in a partial hospitalization program. After completing his Ph.D. […]

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Dr. Leroy Quashie

Professor of Family Science

Dr. Leroy Andrew Quashie is Professor of Family Science and Director of the Family Science Program. Dr. Quashie holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Warner University, MA and Ph. D. in Family Ecology and Sociology, and MPH in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. His research efforts have focused on health and […]

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Dr. Kevin Radaker

Professor of English

Kevin Radaker earned his Ph.D. in English with a specialization in American Literature from Penn State University in 1986. He joined the English department in 1987, and he served as chair of the department for twenty-five years, from 1988 to 2013. His current teaching assignments include American Literature of the Nineteenth Century, American Literature of the Twentieth […]

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Elizabeth Ranfeld

Assistant Professor English

Professor Liz Ranfeld graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and from the University of New Hampshire with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her MFA thesis was a research-based memoir about the ethical and moral implications of international youth missions work. At Anderson, she teaches freshman composition, nonfiction, creative writing, and the both […]

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Dr. Tammy Reedy-Strother

Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, & Family Science

Dr. Tammy L. Reedy-Strother, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, & Family Science, earned her doctor of philosophy degree in sociology and graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Kentucky and her master of arts in sociology and bachelor of science in mathematics and sociology with a minor in […]

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Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers

Chair, Department of History and Political Science; Professor of History

Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers is a Professor of History and has taught at Anderson University since 1996. She earned degrees from New Mexico State University and the Union Institute. Her fields of specialty include the history of American diplomacy; American 20th century history; Women’s Studies; and the history of the non-Western world, including China, Japan, […]

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Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott

Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Dulce Maria Scott, professor of sociology and criminal justice, received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Brown University. Her research and publication areas have included criminal justice issues, race, ethnicity, migrations, and diasporas. Her most recent publication is Intersecting Diaspora Boundaries: Portuguese Contexts (Peter Lang, 2016). She is a research […]

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Dr. Joel D. Shrock

Associate Provost; Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science; Professor of History

Dr. Joel Shrock serves as associate provost, the dean of the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science, and professor of history. He earned his Ph.D. from Miami University in United States History with fields in cultural, gender, and world history in 1996. He teaches courses in modern US and Middle Eastern history. Dr. Shrock has published […]

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Dr. Laura Stull

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Stull is a graduate of Anderson University. She returned to AU with the hope of impacting student’s lives as her AU professors impacted her. Dr. Stull’s tenure at Anderson University, she has taught a variety of psychology courses, including introductory and advanced research courses. Her research has focused on the stigma of severe mental […]

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Samantha Yoo

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Professor Samantha Yoo is an assistant professor of visual communication design at Anderson University. She earned degrees from Hunter College of the City, University of New York, New York Institute of Technology, and Marywood University. She has worked in an NYC-based Shoe Company and Graphic Design firm for more than 13 years, and her projects […]

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