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Social Science

Faculty Information

Laura Dull, Associate Professor

Office: G-106
Phone: 989-686-9005

Laura Dull

B.A.- Central Michigan University, Master’s in Theological Studies-Weston Jesuit School of Theology, M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval History-University of Notre Dame
Courses Taught: HIS 111 and 112 (Early and Later Western Civilization), HIS 225 (History of Women and Gender), HIS 240 (Renaissances and Reformations in Early Modern Europe)
Historical Areas of Interest: Late Medieval Europe, Gender History, Religious History, Comparative History
Pedagogical Styles: Informal lecture with ongoing question and answer, small and large group discussions, hands-on learning projects

Amy French, Instructor

Office: G-103
Phone: 989-686-9132

A.A.-Delta College, B.A.-University of Michigan, M.A.-Central Michigan University, Ph.D.-Wayne State University
Courses Taught: HIS 221 and 222 (Early and Recent American History), HIS 215 (Recent African-American History), HIS 225 (History of Women and Gender), HIS 237 (History of Michigan)
Historical Areas of Interest: Labor History, Gender History, Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States, and the long Civil Rights Era
Pedagogical Styles: Conversational lecture style with a great deal of student engagement and interaction, small and large group discussions, in-class activities

Sarah Wiley, Associate Professor

Office: S-043
Phone: 989-686-9134
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B.A.-University of Alabama, M.A.-University of Montana
Courses Taught: HIS 111 (Early Western Civilization), HIS 221 and 222 (Early and Recent American History),

Deven Bissonette, Adjunct Faculty


Education: B.A. –Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D.-Binghamton University, NY
Courses Taught—HIS 112 (Later Western Civilization) Online
Historical Areas of Interest: 19th and 20th century US cultural and political history, media history and theory, cultural studies, visual culture.
Pedagogical Styles: Emphasis on interdisciplinary work and the use of cutting-edge technology like virtual discussion boards and Twitter. Use audiovisual materials to encourage discussion. Close readings and in-class discussions of primary and secondary sources to encourage intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, showing students the value of a diversity of perspectives in understanding the past and exploring its relevance to the present. Detailed and encouraging feedback on students’ written work.

Katherine Ellison, Adjunct Faculty


Education: B.S. in Education-Central Michigan University, M.A. in US History-Central Michigan University, Ph.D. in Modern US Political History- Western Michigan University
Courses Taught: HIS 235 History of Michigan, HIS 222 Recent American History Historical Areas of Historical Areas of Interest: The American Presidency, the Cold War Era, Judicial Behavior on the US Supreme Court, Federalism, and the US Constitution.
Pedagogical Styles: Informal lecture utilizing multimedia elements with ongoing question and answer, group discussion, hands-on learning projects, student debate.

Patrick Kirkwood, Adjunct Faculty


  Education: B.A.—University of Strathclyde (in Glasgow, Scotland, UK), M.A.—(Joint) Central Michigan University/University of Strathclyde.
Courses Taught: HST 112 Later Western Civilization.
Historical Areas of Interest: Imperialism, Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States, Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, Early Twentieth Century Political and Racial Thought, and Diplomatic History.
Pedagogical Styles: Mixture of traditional lecture, small and large group discussions, and structured in-class debates.

Terry Miller, Adjunct Faculty



A.A. Delta College, B.S. Central Michigan University, M.A. Central Michigan University, M.A.T. Saginaw Valley State University Courses Taught: HIS 111 and 112 Early and Later Western Civilization;and  HIS 222 Recent American History Historical Areas of Interest: Big History; Environmental History; and Greco-Roman History Pedagogical Styles: Traditional lecture supplemented with multimedia, learning modules, and ongoing question/answer/discussion


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