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College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. C. G. "Tino" Mendez, Dean
 
Technology Center 358
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
 
Phone: 605-626-2601
Fax: 605-626-2635
 
 
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College of Arts and Sciences Faculty
Biology, Chemistry & Physics, and Mathematics Department
 
 

Dr. Jodie Ramsay
Department Chair 

Professor of Biology

 

B.S., M.S., North Dakota State University

Ph.D. University of South Dakota

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 236
Phone: 605-626-3384
Fax: 605-626-3364
E-mail: ramsayj@northern.edu 
     

     
Linda Richards
Department Secretary
Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 224
Phone: 605-626-2456
Fax: 605-626-3364
E-mail: richardl@northern.edu 
     

     
Biology Faculty
     
Dr. Alyssa Anderson
Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A. St. Olaf College
Ph.D University of Minnesota
Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 223
Phone: 605-626-2600
E-mail: alyssa.m.anderson@northern.edu
     

     

Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
Associate Professor of Biology

A.A. Winona State University
B.S. South Dakota State University, B.S.

M.S. South Dakota State University

Ph.D University of South Dakota

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 212
Phone: 605-626-7707
E-mail: amkiesow@northern.edu
     

     
Dr. Jon Mitchell
Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S. University of Illinois
Ph.D. Purdue University
Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 232
Phone: 605-626-2458
E-mail: jon.mitchell@northern.edu 
     

     
Janne Jockheck
Lab Manager

B.S. Northern State University

MSc. University of Auckland
Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 231
Phone: 605-626-3437
E-mail: jhjockheck@northern.edu 
 
   

   
 
Dr. John Naughton
Emeritus Faculty
 
     

     
 
Dr. Dan Tallman
Emeritus Faculty
 
     

     
Chemistry and Physics Faculty
     

Dr. Duane Dolejsi
Professor of Physics

B.S. University of Wisconsin

Ph.D. Iowa State University

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 111
Phone: 605-626-2467
E-mail: dad@northern.edu 
     

     

Dr. Guangwei Ding
Associate Professor of Chemistry

BSc. Shanxi Agricultural University

MSc. Beijing Agricultural University 
MSc. Imperial College of Science, Technology, & Medicine (University of London, UK) 
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst 
 

MORE about Dr. Ding 

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 315
Phone: 605-626-3167
E-mail: guangwei.ding@northern.edu 
     

     

Dr. George Nora
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S. University of llinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Illinois State University, Norman

Ph.D University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 328
Phone: 605-626-2471
E-mail: george.nora@northern.edu 
     

     
Mathematics Faculty
     
 
     

Jennifer Dolejsi
Instructor of Mathematics

BSED - Secondary Mathematics, Northern State University
M.S. - Teaching and Learning, Northern State University

M.S. - Mathematics Education, University of Texas Arlington

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 229
Phone: 605-626-3296
E-mail: jennifer.dolejsi@northern.edu 
     

     
     
 

Dr. A. Elkhader
Professor of Mathematics

 

M.S. Southern Methodist University

Ph.D. Arizona State University

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 216
Phone: 605-626-2456
E-mail: elkhadea@northern.edu
     

     

Dr. Raymond Jensen
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

 

BS. Biology/Chemistry Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.S. Chemistry Carnegie Mellon University

B.S. Mathematics University of Pittsburgh

M.A. Mathematics University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. Mathematics University of Notre Dame

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 217
Phone: 605-626-3298
E-mail: raymond.jensen@northern.edu
     

     
     

Dr. Ricardo Rojas
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

BSc. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Office: MeWaldt-Jensen 213
Phone: 605-626-2468
E-mail: ricardo.rojas@northern.edu 
     

     
     
History, Sociology, Political Science and Geography
 
     
Dr. Steven Usitalo 
Associate Professor of History
Department Chair

B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Carleton University
Ph.D. McGill University
Office: Technology Center 369
Phone: 605-626-3224
E-mail: steven.usitalo@northern.edu 
     

Steven Usitalo is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, the history of science, and the history of film. A recipient of several research grants, Dr. Usitalo has co-edited an anthology on Russian history and published a monograph on the Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov. At present his research focuses on Russian/Soviet and Armenian film. 
 
     
     

     
Geography Faculty
     

Dr. Erin H. Fouberg
Professor of Geography

B.S.F.S. Georgetown University

M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Office: Technology Center 361
Phone: 605-626-3456
E-mail: ehfouberg@northern.edu 
     
Erin Fouberg is a political geographer with research interests in sovereignty and in geography education. She received the NSU Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011 and is director of the Northern State University Honors Program. Dr. Fouberg is co-author of two college geography textbooks published by John Wiley & Sons. Dr. Fouberg regularly teaches world regional geography, physical geography, political geography, geography of South Asia, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and human geography.
     

 History Faculty    
     
  Dr. Ric Dias
Professor of History

B.A. Sonoma State University
M.A. University of California, Riverside
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Office: Technology Center 370
Phone: 605-626-7795
E-mail: diasr@northern.edu 
     
Ric Dias is a specialist in 20th-century U.S. history, concentrating on the American West. Dr. Dias is co-author of Power to Spare Was Not Enough (SAE, 2006). He received NSU’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1998, NSU’s Student Organization Advisor of the Year in 1998 & 2000, and the Williams Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Award in 1998 & 2003. Dr. Dias is the advisor to Student Ambassadors.
     

     

Dr. David Grettler
Professor of History

B.A. Pennsylvania State University
M.A. University of Delaware

Ph.D. University of Delaware

Office: Technology Center 364
Phone: 605-626-7798
E-mail: grettled@northern.edu
     
David Grettler is a specialist in colonial and 19th-century U.S. history. He is also a historical archaeologist interested in social and environmental history. Dr. Grettler received NSU’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1996, the NSU Honors Program Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999 & 2002, and NSU Student Organization Advisor of the Year in 2002.
     

     
Dr. Art Marmorstein
Professor of History

B.A. Stanford University
M.A. California State University, Sacramento
Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Personal Page
Office: Technology Center 363
Phone: 605-626-2608
E-mail: marmorsa@northern.edu
     
Art Marmorstein is a specialist in ancient history and is currently conducting research on Christian, Jewish and Muslim apologetics. Dr. Marmorstein was the recipient of the CAS Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000. He is advisor to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
     
     

     
Political Science Faculty
     

Dr. Ken Blanchard
Professor of Political Science

 

B.A. University of Arizona

Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School

Office: Technology Center 357
Phone: 605-626-7796
E-mail: blanchak@northern.edu 
     

     
Dr. Jon Schaff
Professor of Political Science


B.A. St. John's University
M.A. University-Chicago
Ph.D Loyola University-Chicago
Office: Technology Center 356
Phone: 605-626-2356
E-mail: schaff@northern.edu 
     
Jon Schaff teaches courses on the American political institution, American Political Thought, and Politics and Religion. His main areas of scholarly interest include the political thought and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the idea of progress in the American mind, and other issues in the field of American Political Development.
     
     
     
Sociology Faculty
     
     

Dr. Daryl Kosiak
Instructor of Criminal Justice

B.A. Concordia College

J.D. University of North Dakota

Office: Technology Center 350
Phone: 605-626-7793

E-mail: daryl.kosiak@northern.edu 

     

     
Dr. James Seeber
Associate Professor of Sociology
Coordinator, Gerontology Program

B.A. Simpson College
M.A., Ph.D, Kansas State University

Office: Technology Center 355
Phone: 605-626-3433

E-mail: seeberj@northern.edu 

     
Dr. Seeber teaches courses in sociology, social work and gerontology, and directs the Gerontology Studies program at NSU. His primary interests include gerontology education for non-traditional students and healthcare and community service delivery in rural America. With other NSU gerontology faculty, he is writing an introductory textbook for gerontology students.
     

     
Dr. Teresa Stallings
Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., M.A., Clemson University
Ph.D., Texas A & M
Office: Technology Center 352
Phone: 605-626-7801
E-mail: stallint@northern.edu 
     

     

Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg
Assistant Professor of Sociology

 

B.A., Psychology, University of Kentucky
M.S.C.J., Criminal Justice, University of Alabama
Ph.D., Criminology, Florida State University

 

 

Office: Technology Center 349
Phone: 605-626-2355

E-mail: c.waidlindberg@northern.edu

Dr. Waid- Lindberg has taught courses in introductory criminal justice, criminology, corrections, delinquency and juvenile justice, and advanced criminological theory. She has been involved in several funded, policy-oriented research projects. Her current research interests include historical perspectives of correctional practices, the culture of control, the subculture of the prison, school crime, issues in juvenile justice processing, punitive attitudes of the public, and the fear of crime.
     

     
Dr. Mary Warner
Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Southwest State University
M.A., Central Michigan
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Office: Technology Center 354
Phone: 605-626-7797
E-mail: warnerm@northern.edu 
     
     
     
Languages, Literature and Communication Studies Department
     

Dr. Ginny Lewis
Associate Professor of German

Department Chair

 

 
B.A., Auburn University

 

M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

 

MORE about Dr. Lewis

 

Office: Technology Center 249
Phone: 605-626-7696
E-mail: ginny.lewis@northern.edu 
     
     

 

   
 

Mary Kost
Humanities Department Secretary
Office: Technology Center 261
Phone: 605-626-2404
E-mail: kostm@northern.edu
     

     
Communication Studies Faculty
     
 



Ms. Jennifer Ell
Instructor of Speech

 

B.A., M.A., South Dakota State University

M.F.A., University of Las Vegas

Office: Technology Center 262
Phone: 605-626-2929
E-mail: jennifer.ell@northern.edu
     

     
 

Dr. Anne Holmquest
Associate Professor of Speech

 

B.F.A., Drake University

M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Office: Technology Center 264
Phone: 605-626-7700
E-mail: holmquesta@northern.edu 
     

     

Dr. Anthony M. Wachs
Assistant Professor of Speech

 

B.S. Black Hills State University; M.A. Kansas State University;

Ph.D. Duquesne University

Office: Technology Center 351
Phone: 605-626-7706
E-mail: anthony.wachs@northern.edu
     

     
English and Linguistics Faculty
     
     

Dr. Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen
Professor of English 

 

B.A. Chatham College

M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University

Office: Technology Center 373
Phone: 605-626-7698
E-mail: benkertl@northern.edu 
     

     
     

Dr. Andrzej Duszenko
Professor of English

 

M.A. Wroclaw University, Poland; Ph.D. Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Office: Technology Center 254
Phone: 605-626-7703
E-mail: duszenko@northern.edu
     

     

Dr. Elizabeth Haller
Assistant Professor of English

 

B.A. University of Northern Colorado

M.A. Central Michigan University Ph.D. Kent State University

Office: Technology Center 371
Phone: 605-626-7705
E-mail: elizabeth.haller@northern.edu
     

     

Dr. Pen Pearson
Professor of English

 

B.A. Briar Cliff College

M.A., South Dakota State University

Ph.D. University of South Dakota

Office: Technology Center 259
Phone: 605-626-2405
E-mail: pearsonp@northern.edu 
     

     

Dr. Peter Ramey
Assistant Professor of English

 

B.A. Westmont College

M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri

Office: Technology Center 255
Phone: 605-626-7699
E-mail: peter.ramey@northern.edu 
     

   
     

Dr. Patrick Whiteley
Professor of English

 

B.A., M.A., California State University - Long Beach

Ph.D. University of California - Riverside

Office: Technology Center 256
Phone: 605-626-2241
E-mail: whitelep@northern.edu 
     

     
Modern Languages Faculty
     

Dr. Casey Black
Professor of French

 

B.A. Northwestern University M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas

Office: Technology Center 250
Phone: 605-626-7697
E-mail: blackc@northern.edu 
     

     

Dr. Juan Gonzalez
Assistant Professor of Spanish

 

B.A., M.A., University of Utah; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Office: Technology Center 249
Phone: 605-626-3352
E-mail: juan.gonzalez@northern.edu