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          Meet Your Professors

          How did Carthage faculty find their paths to the front of the classroom? What drives them to teach? Learn more about your professors.
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          Lynn Brownson

          Lynn Brownson

          Department: Communication and Digital Media
          Title: Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media
          Best Office Artifact: Fake window poster 
          Learn more about Prof. Brownson

          Jojin Van Winkle

          Jojin Van Winkle

          Department: Art
          Title: Assistant Professor of Art
          Best Office Artifact: Japanese good luck cat
          Learn more about Prof. Van Winkle

          Jim Ripley

          James Ripley

          Department: Music
          Title: Professor of Music
          Best Office Artifact: 20-year-old drawing by his daughter
          Learn more about Prof. Ripley

          Professor Frank Hicks

          Frank Hicks

          Department: Nursing
          Title: Professor and Director of Nursing
          Best Office Artifact: Chicago Table of Elements
          Learn more about Prof. Hicks

          Professor Mimi Yang

          Mimi Yang

          Department: Modern Languages and Asian Studies
          Title: Professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies
          Best Office Artifact: Buddhist symbol of blessings
          Learn more about Prof. Yang

          Ellen Hauser

          Ellen Hauser

          Department: Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies
          Title: Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies
          Best Office Artifact: Reed and bark map of Africa
          Learn more about Prof. Hauser

          Prof. Marla Polley

          Marla Polley

          Department: Western Heritage
          Title: Western Heritage Instructor
          Best Office Artifact: Yarn ball for students
          Learn more about Prof. Polley

          Jon Bruning

          Jon Bruning

          Department: Communication and Digital Media
          Title: Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media
          Best Office Artifact: Student-made campaign sign
          Learn more about Prof. Bruning

          Darwin Tsen

          Darwin Tsen

          Department: Modern Languages
          Title: Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
          Best Office Artifact: Student-made Pikachu door decoration
          Learn more about Prof. Tsen

          Art Cyr

          Art Cyr

          Department: International Political Economy
          Title: A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business; Director, A.W. Clausen Center for World Business; Director, International Political Economy Program; Professor of Political Science
          Best Office Artifact: Tanzanian sculpture from alumnus
          Learn more about Prof. Cyr

          Prof. Megan Moyer

          Megan Moyer

          Department: Chemistry
          Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry
          Best Office Artifact: Periodic table of elements blocks
          Learn more about Prof. Moyer

          Cheryl Petersen

          Cheryl Petersen

          Department: Nursing
          Title: Assistant Professor of Nursing
          Best Office Artifact: Collection of cards, emails, and notes from students
          Learn more about Prof. Petersen

          Prof. Suzie Stevenson

          Suzie Stevenson

          Department: Chemistry
          Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry
          Best Office Artifact: Photo of Toonces the Driving Cat
          Learn more about Prof. Stevenson

          Angela Dassow

          Angela Dassow

          Department: Biology
          Title: Assistant Professor of Biology
          Best Office Artifact: “Bufo Springfield”
          Learn more about Prof. Dassow

          Professor Andrea Henle

          Andrea Henle

          Department: Biology
          Title: Assistant Professor of Biology
          Best Office Artifact: Futuristic space postcards
          Learn more about Prof. Henle

          Mark Petering, Associate Professor of Music

          Mark Petering

          Department: Music
          Title: Associate Professor of Music
          Learn more about Prof. Petering

          Wael Farouk

          Wael Farouk

          Department: Music
          Title: Associate Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies
          Learn more about Prof. Farouk

          Professor Anthony Barnhart

          Anthony Barnhart

          Department: Psychological Science
          Title: Chair, Psychological Science Department; Assistant Professor of Psychological Science
          Learn more about Prof. Barnhart

          Steven Henle

          Steven Henle

          Department: Neuroscience
          Title: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
          Learn more about Prof. Henle

          Professor Sara Jensen

          Sara Jensen

          Department: Mathematics
          Title: Assistant Professor of Mathematics
          Learn more about Prof. Jensen

          Professor Thomas Carr

          Thomas Carr

          Department: Biology
          Title: Senior Scientific Advisor, Dinosaur Discovery Museum ; Director, Carthage Institute of Paleontology; Associate Professor of Biology
          Learn more about Prof. Carr

          • Quick Facts

            • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

            • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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            • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

            • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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            • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

            • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

            • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

            • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

            • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

            • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

            • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

            • Our athletes rank up some impressive stats. So does our fitness center. The N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (better known as the TARC), is home to a 16-lane swimming pool, 200-meter indoor track, two racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

            • Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and water polo. Our varsity teams play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin — regularly taking home hardware from one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.

            • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

            • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

            • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
              Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

            • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

            • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

            • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

            • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

            • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

            • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

            • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

            • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

            • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

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              for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …


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