Faculty Profiles


Amelia Ahern-Rindell

Amelia Ahern-Rindell Associate Professor of Biology

"I believe one of the best learning opportunities a student can have is participating in research as an undergraduate. It is one of the highest impact pedagogies we can use as educators. It helps them grow in self-confidence and teaches them to face and to overcome adversity."

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Naveen Gudigantala

Naveen Gudigantala Associate Professor of Business

"I hope to impart real skills to students so they can make a positive difference in the companies for whom they work."

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Min Yu

Min Yu Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management

"My collaborators and I recently constructed a supply chain optimization model to assist disaster-prone regions."

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Edward Valente

Edward Valente Professor of Chemistry

"My current research focus is investigating the structural chemistry of a class of bifunctional organic compounds."

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Eric Anctil

Eric Anctil Associate Professor of Education

"I am exploring how technology is affecting our relationships to each other, as well as the things we do."

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Nicole Ralston

Nicole Ralston Assistant Professor of Education

"As an experienced classroom teacher, research coordinator, and instructional coach, I relish the opportunity to support our district partners by providing much-needed, district-driven research that will support educational change and improvement."

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John Watzke

John Watzke Dean of the School of Education

"The School of Education is an educational resource for the region. "

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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy Professor of Civil Engineering

"As part of a summer research program, students traveled with me to Honduras to investigate sustainable water supply and sanitation."

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Matthew Kuhn

Matthew Kuhn Professor of Civil Engineering

"I want to better understand the mechanics that underlie the behavior of seemingly ordinary materials."

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Mark Eifler

Mark Eifler Associate Professor of History

"Students often think they know history because they’ve memorized facts. I want them to approach history differently, to think about the reasons why things happened, not just a chronology of what happened. History is trying to figure out a puzzle—it’s never finished."

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International Languages & Cultures

Maria Echenique

Maria Echenique, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Spanish

"My aim is to introduce students to fresh perspectives so as to trigger their curiosity and to enhance their global understanding."

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Laura McLary

Laura McLary Professor of German Studies

"I'd like to develop a shared vocabulary about student learning in a global and intercultural context."

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Heidi Senior

Heidi Senior Reference & Instruction Librarian

"I hope to help students gain an appreciation of the wealth of resources they have access to."

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Hannah Callender Highlander

Hannah Callender Highlander Associate Professor of Mathematics

"I feel that I become more than an academic mentor. I am a mentor in life. And to be clear, I get just as much from my students as I give to them. They show me new ways of thinking. They invigorate me with their curiosity and energy. They are a constant reminder of why I do what I do."

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Casey Shillam

Casey Shillam Professor and Dean, School of Nursing

"Serving as an example to her students and colleagues, Shillam embodies UP’s commitment to addressing significant questions of human concern."

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Lindsay Lancaster Benes

Lindsay Lancaster Benes Assistant Professor of Nursing

"Pragmatic trials take place in actual health care systems rather than in controlled research settings, such as traditional clinical trials."

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Amber Vermeesch

Amber Vermeesch Associate Professor of Nursing

"In addition to being difference makers, we are educating difference makers who will change the world for the better."

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Political Science 

Bill Curtis

Bill Curtis Professor of Political Science

"I try to challenge my students to think critically about why they believe what they believe."

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Psychological Services 

Andrew Downs

Andrew Downs Professor of Psychological Sciences

"The way we approach mental health is a clear social justice issue — and one we largely ignore as a society."

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Mark Pitzer

Mark Pitzer Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

"For the past two decades I've worked to better understand diseases that destroy the brain."

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Michael Cameron

Michael Cameron Professor of Theology

"I want to help students hone the inner discipline needed to make the right choices in their lives and aspire to practice love and justice within a coherent view of the cosmos and the self, in a way that rises above the tyranny of the next immediate distraction demanding their attention."

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