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    Theatre
  • John Anderl
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    Communication Studies
  • Experience: Alicia Andre has been teaching English, Reading, and English to Speakers of Other Languages for more than 23 years at the Community Colleges in Minnesota. She has been teaching full-time in Century’s ESOL Department for the past five years. Before coming to Century College, she taught at Minneapolis Community College (MCTC) for 18 years. She teaches all courses: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and pronunciation.
    Teaching Approach: “For me, teaching involves a collaboration between the teacher and students. I believe that teachers are responsible for planning interesting and engaging content that keeps students informed and challenged. I like to give students a lot of independence and try to encourage them to actively participate in class. I think of myself more as a coach. I believe that my job as an instructor is to provide the following: an environment that is conducive to learning; knowledge that will help students be successful in achieving their academic goals; materials, opportunities, and feedback that will motivate students to learn, and help them to be successful in their studies and professional life.”
    Education: A B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota in Technical Communications (1998), and an M.A. degree from San Francisco State University in English and English to Speakers of Other Languages.
    Notable: Alicia has acted as department chair at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She has received two Teaching Excellence awards in the development of hybrid courses in listening, speaking and pronunciation. She assisted in the development of a college success course.
    Hobbies: Tennis, movies, travel, and baking bread.
    Alicia Andre
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    Bio
    ESOL
  • Kevin Asauskas
    Faculty
    Emergency Medical Services
  • Rebecca Barger
    Faculty
    Cosmetology
  • Experience: Dr. Bell has been teaching biology courses at Century College since 2011. Dr. Bell has worked to develop programs and strategies to incorporate primary research experiences for students early in their academic careers. These strategies include both laboratory based and literature based research in and out of the classroom. Her collaborative work has led to a primary author publication in educational pedagogies and presentations by her and her community college students in local and national forums. Dr. Bell has established and maintains fundamental STEM collaborations with neighboring institutions including being a Partner Instructor in Tiny Earth. Dr. Bell’s primary research focuses on antibiotic resistance.
    Education: PhD, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota; BA, Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College
    Jessica Bell
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    Bio
    Biology
  • David Blackburn
    Faculty
    Chemistry
  • Alicia Boehne
    Faculty
    Radiologic Tech
  • Melissa Bordenave
    Faculty
    Nursing Program
  • Mary Bratager Fernandez
    Faculty
    English
  • Lisa Breger
    Faculty
    Economics
  • Experience: Jill Cadwell has been teaching college-level English courses for over 20 years, and has been teaching at Century since 2002. She also consistently participates in administrative work on campus, whether as English Department Chair, MSCF Union Local Executive Committee Officer, or working on other initiatives important to Century College’s mission and for the benefit of students. As time permits, Jill likes to write nonfiction personal essays and read literature about the environment. She is an advocate for understanding and slowing climate change.
    Teaching Approach: “I see each student as an individual, and I’m excited about what strengths he/she/ze already brings to their writing. I have the expertise and experience to diagnose weak spots and work kindly with students to improve those areas. I really like working with people on their writing and thinking! I follow a simple personal mission in my work: Today is my opportunity to… be kind; focus on what really matters; ask thoughtful questions and listen carefully; help someone learn; uphold high standards, compassionately; and do a good job.”
    Education: 2017 Institute for Culturally-Responsive Pedagogy - Completed Semester-Long Training; 2002 Masters Degree in English (Teaching College English) from Saint Cloud State University; 1999 Baccalaureate of Arts Degree from Saint Cloud State University, Major: English, Minor: Human Relations
    Notable: 2020 MinnState Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator2010 Century College Student Voice Award Recipient2009 Century College Student Voice Award Nominee2008-2009 Award for Excellence Grant Recipient - Writing Across the Curriculum Project2006-2007 Award for Excellence Grant Recipient - Converting Composition I and Composition II Courses to Online Courses
    Hobbies: writing, reading, playing with my kid, and walking my dogs
    Jill Cadwell
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    Bio
    English
  • Erin Carter
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Ricci Casa De Calvo
    Faculty
    Orthotics Technology
  • Carl Chung
    Faculty
    Philosophy
  • Thom Costa
    Faculty
    Cosmetology
  • Patrick Cramer
    Faculty
    Heating,Ventilation/Air Cond
  • Experience: Cathy began teaching in Reading and Student Success at Century in 2007. She also teaches in the English department and facilitates workshops for the college on equity, diversity, and inclusion such as SEED and ICRP. Cathy began her career teaching middle school English/language arts.
    Teaching Approach: “I work with students to help them develop the skills they need to succeed here at Century as well as in their future goals. Grades are my least favorite part about school; I try to emphasize student reflection and learning above all else.”
    Education: Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Thomas University; Masters Certificate in Reading Instruction from University of Minnesota; Masters Certificate in Teaching Writing from Minnesota State University Mankato
    Notable: Cathy has been involved in numerous campus committees and projects. She received Century’s PRIDE award in 2019.
    Hobbies: Metalsmithing/jewelry making, knitting
    Cathy Crea
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    Bio
    Reading/Student Success
  • Corey Culver
    Faculty
    Sociology
  • Julie Daniels
    Faculty
    English
  • Christina Davis
    Faculty
    Education
  • Jermaine Davis
    Faculty
    Communication Studies
  • Toni Degen
    Faculty
    Emergency Medical Services
  • Experience: Dr. Diji has been teaching psychology since 2004. She taught six years at Covenant University, Nigeria, two years at the University of Northwestern, Minnesota, and has been at Century College since Spring 2012. In addition to teaching, she has experience in the “Read Right” instruction, which is a unique reading improvement methodology (brain science) that helps struggling readers become excellent readers. Likewise, she is involved in students’ assessment at various levels and regularly participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) research program. Dr. Diji has also been active in the K-12 education system, including being an advocate of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) model designed to close the achievement gap and help students with high academic potential prepare for college/university. She is also a founding member and the current chair of a new PreK-12 charter school (Innovation science and technology Academy) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The goal of this unique charter school is to develop at an early age, globally conscious student innovators, and agents of change.
    Teaching Approach: Dr. Diji’s passion for teaching comes from a deep desire to contribute to students’ success. She continuously seeks to inspire students through interactive learning and equips them with tools and strategies that promote personal growth and the fulfillment of their educational goals. Dr. Diji loves teaching and learning from various students’ perspectives. The experiences she gained while working at a psychiatric hospital has deepened her love for humanity. Hence, she strives to be a better person to those around her each day. She has some publications on students’ examination cheating attitude and behavior, workplace absenteeism, and leadership escalation behavior, but student success is truly her calling. She’s just what you can call a Generalist Psychologist.
    Education: BS, Psychology, University of Ibadan-Nigeria; MS, I-O Psychology, Covenant University-Nigeria; Ph.D., I-O Psychology, Walden University
    Hobbies: Research, reading, and singing
    Bimpe Diji
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    Bio
    Psychology
  • Emmanuel Doh
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    English
  • Experience: Susannah Dolance grew up in Dallas, Texas and discovered her passion for Sociology early in her undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University, where she earned a BA in Sociology in 1997. She earned her Master’s degree and PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Susannah moved from Michigan to Minnesota in order to teach Sociology and Gender Studies full-time at Century College. Her areas of interest are gender, sexuality, race, education, and social change. She lives with her partner in Northeast Minneapolis, where in her free time, she enjoys reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), biking, and cooking and eating good food.
    Teaching Approach: See bio above
    Education: BA, Sociology, Texas Tech University; MA & PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan
    Hobbies: See bio above
    Susannah Dolance
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    Bio
    Sociology
  • Kelly Donahue
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    English
  • Experience: Martha has taught at Century College in the ESOL Department since 2003. She also taught in the Reading Department from 2004-2010. She was teaching at the U of MN before that at the Minnesota English Center, which was an English language center for students coming to the university from other countries.
    Teaching Approach: “My favorite quote about teaching sums up my approach: “None but the humble become good teachers of adults…Indeed, in some of the best adult classes it is difficult to discover who is learning most, the teacher or the students.” Eduard Lindeman (as quoted in “The Adult Learner” by Malcolm S. Knowles, p. 109).”
    Education: MA in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from University of MN; Secondary credentialing in Reading
    Martha Dornbush
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    Bio
    ESOL
  • Paul Dykes
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    Biology
  • Julia Ehrlich
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    Music
  • Kelley Emerson
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    Human Services
  • Experience: Dr. Engelen-Eigles has been teaching at the college level for over 25 years. Prior to joining the faculty at Century in 2004, she taught at the University of St. Katherine, St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota. From 2013-2015, she co-directed the task force that designed a comprehensive Honors Program for the College and brought it to the eve of implementation. Dr. Engelen-Eigles has extensive experience teaching online and blended courses, and currently mentors other faculty in online teaching strategies.
    Teaching Approach: “I believe every student benefits from exposure to a broad range of ideas–in terms of subject matter as well as viewpoints. It is my hope that students leave my classes feeling like they have been challenged to think in new ways, to question taken-for-granted knowledge about the world around them, and to not just state–but to support–their arguments in discussions and essays.”
    Education: Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Minnesota; MS in Consumer Studies, Virginia Tech; Graduate Certificate in European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles; BA in Studio Art, Wesleyan University.
    Notable: 2011-2012 Fulbright Research Scholar, Seoul, Korea “Women with Disabilities in Korea: Experiences with Health Care”; “Why Honors is a Hard Sell in the Community College” (with Jan Milner), published in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2014, Volume 15, Number 2, https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/nchcjournal/437/.
    Hobbies: Learning languages, fitness, water sports
    Debbie Engelen-Eigles
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    Bio
    Sociology
  • Experience: Taddese Erba has 3 years of experience as high school physics and math teacher. He has a 1.5 year experience as Graduate assistant as and 1 year of experience as computer science teacher.
    Teaching Approach: “I prefer a student-centered approach to teaching. I believe that students can learn independently with enough systematic intervention to provide them with the necessary guidance.”
    Education: Bachelor’s degree in physics from Addis Ababa University. Master’s degree in computer science from Saint Cloud State University.
    Hobbies: Biking, Athletics, Reading, Computing, etc
    Taddese Erba
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    Bio
    Computer Science
  • Kathy Fabro
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    Nursing Program
  • Experience: Amy Fladeboe has been in education for 15+ years—tutoring, facilitating a learning center, training ESOL and English teachers and professors in developing countries, teaching English language learners abroad and in the US, and teaching English at Universities and Community Colleges. At Century College, she teaches composition and creative writing and coordinates the creative writing certificate program. Amy also teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and The Loft Literary Center. She directs and curates the Century Speaker Series and co-hosts a literary radio program, Write On Radio on KFAI. She’s a poet, essayist, novelist and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) 2008-2010—Albania.
    Teaching Approach: Amy is enthusiastic about seeking new material and discovering new voices in emerging literature and her students. There’s no formula for what a student looks like, where they come from, or how they best learn, so she’s always up for the awesome challenge of helping students tell their stories. And then, she listens.
    Education: MFA, Creative Writing, Minnesota State University-Mankato
    Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Traveling, Cribbage
    Amy Fladeboe
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    Bio
    English
  • Tony Fruci
    Faculty
    Prosthetic Technology
  • Eric Gadbois
    Faculty
    Criminal Justice
  • Cheryl Gfrerer
    Faculty
    English
  • Shelly Graening
    Faculty
    Nursing Program
  • Jennifer Greger
    Faculty
    Nursing Program
  • Scott Gregg
    Faculty
    Reading/Student Success
  • Nicole Gresczyk
    Faculty
    Dental Assisting
  • Experience: Dr. Gryczman, born and raised in Poland, has 21 years of teaching experience and 27 years of experience as a nurse in variety of nursing settings & specialties such as: geriatrics, adult med-surg, telemetry, adult orthopedics, neurology, rehabilitation, epilepsy, oncology, behavioral health (adolescence, adult and geriatric), pediatric neurology, pediatric med-surg, orthopedics and pediatric med-trauma. Dr. Gryczman is board certified as an advanced holistic nurse, nurse educator, and public health nurse. She works at the point-of-care at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare to stay current in clinical practice. Her special interests include clinical nutrition, holistic health and healing, nursing simulation and genetics.
    Teaching Approach: “I like to help shape students’ lives, teaching them safe nursing practice that is based on evidence and delivered in a holistic manner. I like to role-model and teach them what holistic nursing is all about, how practice based on best evidence can change clients’ outcomes; how our being with another offers hope and gives new meaning to all that is lost and seems unbearable. I believe that by teaching nursing I can reach more patients and have a more tangible presence in the community. I am a strong patient advocate, student advocate, and a leader in the nursing profession.” Currently, I teach clinical simulation and nursing lab. I believe that clear expectations and well organized course, with clearly stated objectives, are essential to students’ success. I combine structure and intentionality with flexibility in both planning and leading the class. I am clear about the course objectives but remain flexible and open to various ways of achieving them. My aim is to have students achieve the level of confidence and competence to engage in safe nursing practice. I teach students what critical thinking is all about and how to apply it to arrive at sound clinical judgment when making clinical decisions. As a holistic nurse educator I believe that safe learning environment, respect, and unconditional acceptance of all students are as fundamental to good teaching as knowing your subject, and knowing yourself. I feel privileged to teach at Century College.
    Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice from Metropolitan State University; Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Minnesota; Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Metropolitan State University
    Notable: March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award nomination Award of Excellence– for the development of on-line “ Basic Concepts of Clinical Nutrition” module Perkins Grant recipient for the development of on-line pharmacology module Presidential Innovation Grant recipient for the development of lab simulations on “ Pediatric Head Trauma” and “Post-op Patient Care” Work-Study Scholarship recipient for the 2006 AHNA Conference “Johnson and Johnson Campaign for the Nursing Future” grant recipient to establish “Ellie Slette Holistic Nursing Scholarship” to help nursing students at Century CollegeListed in “Who is Who: Americas Best Teachers” / nominated by nursing studentsOutstanding Student Award – Metropolitan State University Academic Achievement Award – Metropolitan State University
    Anna Gryczman
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    Bio
    Nursing Program
  • Experience: Captain Hager has served in Law Enforcement for the past 22 years as an Officer, Detective, School Resource Officer, DARE Officer, Canine Handler, Narcotics Investigator, Sergeant and Captain for the State of North Dakota, the City of Lino Lakes, the University of Minnesota Police Department and, most recently, for the City of White Bear Lake. He has taught in higher education since 2015.
    Teaching Approach: “My servant-teaching style focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to, not only succeed in their selected fields, but also to recognize their unique ability to move their professions forward. I attempt to impart any wisdom, learned from both successes and failures I’ve experienced, to students in an attempt to encourage them to recognize their own potential and opportunities for growth. Specifically unique to policing, my wish is to leave the profession better than how I found it and in the better prepared hands of our future leaders.”
    Education: MA, Emergency Management, Walden University; BA, Metropolitan State University
    Hobbies: Family & Basketball
    Dale Hager
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    Bio
    Criminal Justice
  • Joe Haker
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    History
    651-779-3425
  • Jason Hankes
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    Physical Education/Health
  • Eric Harmon
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    English
  • Beth Hentges
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    Mathematics
  • Experience: I teach courses in child development, adolescent development, adulthood, aging and death, lifespan psychology, general psychology, social psychology, sensation and perception and statistics. My areas of specialty are children’s cognitive development and early childhood education. In addition to teaching college courses, I provide workshops on child and adolescent development to children, parents and educators. While these workshops span many topics, I have a particular love of teaching children and adolescents about how their brains work so that they can better understand their minds and bodies.
    Teaching Approach: “I employ an asset-based pedagogical model in my classroom instruction and curriculum. This method involves spending the first week of class getting to know every students’ personal interest in the course, and adapting the curriculum to both reflect those interests, and to incorporate any relevant expertise individual students can bring to the course. A related goal of mine as an instructor is to help students make connections between course content and real life. To do so, I use a variety of in-class activities to both assist students in learning the material, and prompt the understanding that what they’re learning in the classroom has important real-world applications. I love teaching and I hope my students also love coming to class.”
    Education: PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Hobbies: Enjoying life
    Katherine Herold
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    Bio
    Psychology
  • Courtney Hickey
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    Biology
  • Experience: Bruce H. Hinrichs has taught psychology and film studies for many years and was previously a high school counselor and math teacher. Bruce is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota in Psychology, and was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Teacher/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois, and a member of the Editorial Board of the NEA higher education journal, Thought & Action. Mr. Hinrichs has published articles on psychology, art, and film, and is the author of a textbook of general psychology, books on cognitive neuroscience, film and art, brain science, and short stories. His essay on the philosophy of mind appears in the college philosophy textbook, Voices of Wisdom. Bruce is also an artist (glass blowing and painting) and was a musician in the Minneapolis bands The Fables and The Necroids.
    Teaching Approach: “Student-oriented lectures and small group discussions with passion, encouragement, clear explanations, great examples, dynamic audio-visual material, and engaging presentations of scientific psychology.”
    Education: MA, University of Minnesota
    Bruce Hinrichs
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    Bio
    Psychology
  • Nicole Hinrichs
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    Humanities
  • Experience: In addition to 20+ years of experience teaching mathematics. Mr. Hunt has programmed professionally using Java and Javascript.
    Teaching Approach: “It is much more important that a valid method was used to solve a problem than it is that the answer is right. Humans are not computers and silly mistakes are easy to make. I care more about the idea than minutia.”
    Education: Master’s Degree, Mathematics, Purdue University
    Stewart Hunt
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    Bio
    Mathematics
  • Brian Jenson
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    Mathematics
  • Experience: Robert Jersak has been teaching Communication coursework in the Minnesota State college and university system for over 15 years. His professional areas of interest and study include cross-cultural empathy, deliberative dialogue and audio documentary interviewing. He is currently pursuing a certificate in documentary studies at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC. Robert has also taught storytelling, creative writing and podcasting workshops across the Twin Cities metro area.
    Teaching Approach: “I believe that Communication Studies is a field of praxis - with roots in the Humanities and the Social Sciences - and that all students benefit from an understanding of theory as well as how these theories actually function in our personal and professional lives. That means that I’m always learning as I teach, and that my students are often teaching me (and others) as they learn. I believe in support, guidance, mentoring and potentially-transformative active learning experiences.”
    Education: MA, Communication Studies, Minnesota State University - Mankato
    Hobbies: Filmmaking, Podcasting and Writing
    Robert Jersak
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    Bio
    Communication Studies
  • Yanmei Jiang
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    English
  • Jackie Johnson
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    Dental Assisting
  • Experience: Megan Arney Johnston is an independent curator, museum specialist, and educator who utilizes socially engaged curatorial practices centering on fundamental question about art, its display and mediation. She has taught for six years at various institutions, including Century, Concordia St Paul, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Arney-Johnston is a noted specialist in museums, curating, and socially engaged practices, coining Slow Curating in 2011. She will be receiving her PhD in Museology and Curatorial Practice from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2019. Curatorial appointments include institutions in Europe and the U.S.A, where she has produced more than 300 exhibitions over her 20-year-career. She has written dozens of exhibition catalog essays and academic journals in addition to presenting on social practice and radical museology at numerous international conferences.
    Education: BA, Art History; MA, Visual Culture
    Megan Johnston
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    Bio
    Art
  • Daniel Jones
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    English
    651-779-3436
  • Jay Kam
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    Physical Education/Health
    651-779-3320
  • Rahul Kane
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    Biology
  • Gene Kath
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    Cybersecurity, Forensics and Information Assurance
    651-773-1787
  • Joanna Kenton
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    Prosthetic Technology
  • Laura Kindelberger
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    Radiologic Tech
  • Mary Kinder
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    Accounting
  • Mohamed Kishawy
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    Computer Science
  • Joe Klein
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    Nursing Program
    651-747-4014
  • Bob Klindworth
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    Physics
  • Jeffrey Korpik
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    Biology
  • Dwight Kotila
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    Physical Education/Health
  • Tom Kriesel
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    Facilities Maintenance Engineer
  • Edward Kruszka
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    Mathematics
  • Tracy Kuny
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    Dental Hygiene
  • Experience: Shari Lambrecht attended 916 Vocational Technical College and received her diploma as a Medical Assistant in 1984. She is certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and has maintained current through continuing education. Shari worked in an ambulatory care facility as a Certified Medical Assistant for 20 years and provided clinical, laboratory and x-ray skills to patients before coming to Century College. In fall semester 2005, she started working as a CLA 2 and became an Instructor in spring semester 2006. Shari teaches hybrid courses in Clinical and Laboratory courses as well as Administrative Procedures, which is taught on campus.She has completed the Teacher Education Series (TES) in the spring of 2008 at the University of Minnesota. Courses included: Introduction to Vocational Teaching, Foundations of Instructional Methods, Course Development, Student Assessment and Philosophy and Practice of Career and Technical Education.
    Teaching Approach: “As an Instructor, my goal is to create a learning environment that is beneficial to active and engaged learning. I strive to create a safe space for learning and to make the educational experience fun. My style of teaching is practical and occasionally humorous, which i believe leads to a collaborative learning process that benefits everyone involved.”
    Education: AA Degree, Century College; Medical Assistant Diploma, 916 VoTech
    Hobbies: Gardening
    Shari Lambrecht
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    Bio
    Medical Assisting
  • Mark Larson
    Faculty
    Automotive Body Technology
  • Thanh Le
    Faculty
    Economics
    651-779-3424
  • Michelle LeBeau
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Dana LeMay
    Faculty
    English
  • Experience: Brian Lewis has 25 years as an instructor of composition and American Literature. 15 years as instructor of Gender Studies. Editor of MCTE Journal, three years. Current Assistant Chair of TYCA-Midwest.
    Teaching Approach: “I use a very interactive teaching approach. My writing classes are taught in a computer lab, so students can do writing in class and share their work with each other. My literature courses include a lot of discussion and presentation. And my gender studies courses include a social activism project in which students do work in their communities related to gender studies issues.”
    Education: BA, MA, English, Wayne State University; PhD, Critical Studies in the Teaching of English, Michigan State University
    Hobbies: Reading (especially memoirs), writing, working out, eating good food, listening to 80s music
    Brian Lewis
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    Bio
    English
  • Kristy Livingston
    Faculty
    Cybersecurity, Forensics and Information Assurance
  • William Lombard
    Faculty
    Heating,Ventilation/Air Cond
  • David McKay
    Faculty
    Geography
  • Experience: Dr. Mekala has 23 years of Research and Development in chemical engineering from 3M company ranging from Magnetic tape to Fuel Cell technology to a Aluminum Composite Conductor. He has been teaching in ENGR and MATH departments since Fall 2012. He loves to train motivated students to pursue engineering studies.
    Teaching Approach: His instruction style is old- i.e. “face-to-face” class instruction with extensive home work, and many exams and quizzes. Class projects are usually “Hands-on” projects that are of value to the community.
    Education: Bachelor Degree, Chemical Engineering, IIT, Chennai, India; PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
    Hobbies: Church activities, Jogging and Tennis
    David Mekala
    Faculty
    Bio
    Engineering
  • Sharon Mensah
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Crystalyn Morton
    Faculty
    Nursing Program
  • Chad Mueller
    Faculty
    Emergency Medical Services
  • Gerry Naughton
    Faculty
    Mathematics
  • Mathew Nyamagwa
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    Computer Science
  • Experience: Steve has been teaching Philosophy at Century College for 15 years. His area of specialization is in Ethics; more specifically, Virtue Ethics. Outside the classroom he serves as the student advisor for the Alpha Omega Christian club at Century.
    Teaching Approach: Dr. Odmark has three goals for every course he teaches. First, to love students and genuinely seek their good for their own sake. Second, to help students be rational; he always reminds them to ask “what is it rational for me to believe?” Third, to teach the subject matter in a way that is applicable and memorable.
    Education: PhD, Philosophy, University of Nebraska; MA, Philosophy of Religion, Talbot School of Theology; BA, Communication, University of Utah
    Hobbies: Watching Soccer and Brewing Beer.
    Steve Odmark
    Faculty
    Bio
    Philosophy
  • Joe Osborn
    Faculty
    Earth Science
  • David Paehlke
    Faculty
    InterNetwork Emerging Technologies
  • Chuck Paulson
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Experience: Dr Pfeiffer has been teaching chemistry since 1996. She taught 3 years at the University of Wyoming, 5 years at Hamline University, and has been at Century College since Fall 2004. In addition to teaching, she is Century’s site coordinator for the North Star STEM Alliance, funded by the National Science Foundation and 3M. The goal of this program is to increase underrepresented student success in obtaining bachelor degrees by providing them with professional development opportunities, introducing them to research and career opportunities in STEM, and helping them transfer to a four-year school. Dr Pfeiffer has also been active in the MN Section of the American Chemical Society since 1999, serving in many roles, such as Chair, Secretary, External Communications Committee Chair, and National Chemistry Week Coordinator.
    Teaching Approach: “I believe students should actively learn during class time. About half the classes consist of my short lectures, followed by problems the students work out individually or in groups. The other half of the classes students work in small groups, where they are presented with data or information to interpret, then are asked questions designed to guide them toward formulation of their own valid conclusions. Through this method, students construct their own understanding of the material while developing skills such as information processing, communication, critical reading and thinking, and problem solving.”
    Education: PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA, Chemistry, College of St Benedict
    Hobbies: Aerobics instructor, Birdwatching, MN Master Naturalist
    Joann Pfeiffer
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    Bio
    Chemistry
  • David Pierce
    Faculty
    Emergency Medical Services
  • Padma Ramlall
    Faculty
    Accounting
  • Steve Ramsey
    Faculty
    Business Mgmnt
  • Mike Raney
    Faculty
    Mathematics
  • Amy Rawson
    Faculty
    Communication Studies
  • Kurt Reedich
    Faculty
    Mathematics
  • Paul Roach
    Faculty
    Anthropology
  • Teaching Approach: “I provide a challenging and supportive learning environment so all students can achieve or exceed their academic goals.”
    Education: Certificates: Literacy Education, U of Wollongong; Postsecondary Reading & Learning, CSU Fullerton
    Jennifer Robey
    Faculty
    Bio
    Reading/Student Success
  • Dawn Saks
    Faculty
    Art
    651-779-3966
  • Susan Salazar-Kleiner
    Faculty
    Spanish
  • Matthew Sanders
    Faculty
    Computer Science
  • Kwabena Sarpong
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Katherine Saylor
    Faculty
    English
  • Marsha Shoquist
    Faculty
    Nursing Program
  • Don Simmel
    Faculty
    Automotive Service Technology
  • Angela Simons
    Faculty
    Mathematics
  • Larry Sklaney
    Faculty
    English
  • Experience: Lynn Smaagaard is a graduate and alumni of Century College. Lynn comes from a long line of Century College educators. Her mother, Mary, taught in the Business Department and her father, Paul, taught in Continuing Education. Lynn has worked with the Minnesota State Colleges for over twenty-five years. She has eighteen years’ teaching experience and seven years’ experience as a Customized Training Consultant. Her direct marketing experience includes sales, merchandising, advertising, sales promotion and project management.
    Teaching Approach: Two of Lynn’s favorite quote are, “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away” and Mary Oliver’s, “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Lynn’s teaching philosophy reflects these quotes. She approaches teaching holistically, with a focused approach to encouraging students to develop as a whole person, to discover and uncover their unique strengths, abilities and to develop a plan to pursue their own individual goals, aspirations and dreams. As well as a teacher, Lynn considers herself a coach, a cheerleader, and a life-long learner. She wholeheartedly believes an education is one of the best investments a person can make for themselves and their future. Lynn learned this from the great teachers she has had the pleasure to know and has been inspired to model this at Century. In the words of the late, great John Lennon, “Well we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun!” So, rock on and shine on.
    Education: 916 Area Vocational Technical Institute in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
    Hobbies: Drawing Jewelry making Writing and illustrating children’s books Cooking Knitting Traveling Lynn’s goal is to try one new thing
    Lynn Smaagaard
    Faculty
    Bio
    Marketing Program
  • Mark Smeltzer
    Faculty
    Communication Studies
  • Chad Smith
    Faculty
    Orthotics Technology
  • Garett Smith
    Faculty
    ESOL
  • Robbie Spencer
    Faculty
    Art
  • Karla Steele
    Faculty
    Nursing Program
  • Education: B.A. degree in Biomedical Science from St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN; Secondary Teaching Degree in Biology, Portland State University, Portland, OR; M.S. degree in Biology from Portland State University, Portland, OR
    Pamela Thinesen
    Faculty
    Bio
    Biology
  • Lori Thrun
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Kavi Turnbull
    Faculty
    Business Mgmnt
  • Roger Wagner
    Faculty
    Prosthetic Practitioner
  • Bernard Walker
    Faculty
    Philosophy
  • Experience: Gail Wilbur has 18 years of experience working with college students to achieve academic and personal success. She spent 9 years at the University of St. Thomas as the Assistant Director of the Reading and Study Skills Center and as an Academic Counselor before teaching full time at Century and Normandale.
    Education: MS, Reading, University of St. Thomas; MA, Leadership in Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas
    Gail Wilbur
    Faculty
    Bio
    Reading/Student Success
  • Experience: Ruth Wollersheim teaches Humanities, Film Studies, and Gender Studies, and is the current Gender Studies Program Director at Century College. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in an interdisciplinary program called Modern Studies where her areas of concentration were feminist film and media studies, feminist theory, and cultural studies. Her dissertation examined the popularity of the desperate housewife character in innumerable films, television shows, and cooking blogs. Ruth has been teaching at Century for over 10 years.
    Teaching Approach: Ruth’s philosophy for teaching and learning comes from her strong commitment to social justice and equity as well as her background in interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the broader humanities, such as in film and critical media studies, gender studies, and English literature and composition. In other words, she believes in the transformative power of storytelling across disciplines, identities, and cultures. She also considers teaching and learning a matter of continual trial and error. Ruth loves the energy of the classroom and is always concerned when you are not there. Additionally, she really, really, really wants you to succeed and find strength in your journey and your unique identity.
    Education: PhD, Modern Studies, (focused on culture, media, and theory); Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate
    Hobbies: Her other passions include craft beer, saunas, lake swimming, canoes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, vintage dresses, and human rights.
    Ruth Wollersheim
    Faculty
    Bio
    Humanities
  • Stacey Wollschlager
    Faculty
    English
  • Colleen Wood
    Faculty
    Political Science
  • Chi Deuk Yoo
    Faculty
    Physics
  • Experience: Mr. Young has taught mathematics and statistics at Century College since 2001. In addition, he has taught at Normandale College, University of Minnesota, and Owens College in Toledo, Ohio. During his tenure at Century he created the math department’s calculus-based statistics course.
    Education: MS, Mathematical Statistics, Minnesota State-Mankato; MS, Mathematics, Ohio University; BA, Mathematics, University of Minnesota
    Hobbies: running, biking, and watching sports (hockey and football)
    William Young
    Faculty
    Bio
    Mathematics