Faculty Experts

Members of the media can find contact information and areas of expertise below for a wide range of Albion College faculty and staff. In most cases, names link to further information. Questions and interview requests can also be directed to the Office of Marketing and Communications, 517/629-0445, .

The list and accompanying drop-down menu are arranged by academic department or discipline.

Another resource for media to consider is the Albion College Faculty Publications blog.

Anthropology and Sociology

Brad ChaseBrad Chase

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., 2007, University of Wisconsin-Madison
517/629-0414,

Areas of expertise: archaeology, urban problems, ancient international relations, ancient technology

Scott MelzerScott Melzer

Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Riverside
517/629-0421,

Areas of expertise: men and masculinities, intimate partner violence, gun politics/NRA

Art and Art History

Bille WickreBille Wickre

Professor
Ph.D., 1993, University of Michigan
517/629-0375,

Areas of expertise: women artists; art in the Albion College collection, especially prints; modern and contemporary art

Biology

E. Dale KennedyE. Dale Kennedy

Professor; Director, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University
517/629-0297,

Area of expertise: birds

Ola OlapadeOla Olapade

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2004, Kent State University
517/629-0296,

Areas of expertise: microbiology, public health, environmental health

Bradley RabquerBradley Rabquer

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of Toledo
517/629-0633,

Areas of expertise: physiology, medical research, immunology, molecular and cell biology

Douglas W. WhiteDouglas W. White

Adjunct Assistant Professor; Associate Director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University
517/629-0266,

Areas of expertise: environmental sustainability, ecology, birds, ornithology, conservation

Chemistry

Craig Bieler, co-chair and professor of physical chemistry, Albion CollegeCraig Bieler

Co-Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1992, University of Pittsburgh
517/629-0295,

Areas of expertise: chemical analysis (especially spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry), instrument repair, van der Waals interactions, gas hydrates, chemical education

Andrew N. French, professor of organic chemistry, Albion CollegeAndrew N. French

Professor
Ph.D., 1992, University of Illinois
517/629-0250,

Areas of expertise: organic chemistry, hypervalent iodine chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, sustainability studies, teaching with technology

Lisa B. Lewis, professor of physical chemistry, Albion CollegeLisa B. Lewis

Co-Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1994, University of California, Irvine
517/629-0252,

Areas of expertise: science education, use of mobile devices and apps in teaching and learning, surface chemistry (especially semiconductor surfaces), laser desorption mass spectrometry, gas hydrates

Communication Studies

Andy BoyanAndy Boyan

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University
517/629-0345,

Areas of expertise: sports media, media process and effects, video games and interactive entertainment, social media

Karen ErlandsonKaren Erlandson

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara
517/629-0325,

Areas of expertise: nonverbal communication, emotions, interpersonal communication, gendered communication

Economics and Management

Gregory M. SaltzmanGregory M. Saltzman

Professor
Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin, Madison
517/629-0422,

Areas of expertise: union-management relations, health policy and insurance

Education

Kyle ShantonKyle Shanton

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona
517/629-0559,

Areas of expertise: teacher education, literacy, bilingual education

English

Ian F. MacInnesIan F. MacInnes

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1995, University of Virginia
517/629-0232,

Areas of expertise: Elizabethan literature and culture, technology in teaching

Helena MesaHelena Mesa

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2003, University of Houston
517/629-0340,

Areas of expertise: poetry (contemporary), creative writing

Environment/Nature/Sustainability

David GreenDavid Green

Director, Whitehouse Nature Center
B.A., 1989, Bluffton University
517/629-0582,

Areas of expertise: natural history of Michigan, flora and fauna, green initiatives (rain gardens, rain barrels, LEED), outdoor education, student farm/gardening

Timothy N. LincolnTimothy N. Lincoln

Co-Chair and Professor of Geology; Director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Ph.D., 1978, University of California, Los Angeles
517/629-0486,

Areas of expertise: hydrology and groundwater, environmental geochemistry and contamination, sustainability and sustainable living

Geological Sciences

Michael McRivetteMichael McRivette

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2011, University of California, Los Angeles
517/629-0275,

Areas of expertise: geology, GIS

Carrie A. MenoldCarrie A. Menold

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of California, Los Angeles
517/629-0312,

Areas of expertise: Himalayas/Tibet, geology, natural resources

Thomas I. WilchThomas I. Wilch

Professor
Ph.D., 1997, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
517/629-0759,

Areas of expertise: climate change, Antarctica, volcanic eruptions, natural disasters, geology

History

Marcy SacksMarcy Sacks

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1999, University of California, Berkeley
517/629-0298,

Area of expertise: U.S. race relations

Kinesiology

Heather BetzHeather H. Betz

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
Ph.D., 2011, Michigan State University
517/629-0327,

Areas of expertise: physical activity, exercise, childhood obesity

Scott D. MichelScott D. Michel

Visiting Instructor, Athletic Training
M.A., 2002, Western Michigan University
517/629-0597,

Areas of expertise: athletic injury and prevention, rehabilitation of injuries, leadership and administration of athletic training

Robert I. MossRobert I. Moss

Chair and Professor, Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Ph.D., 1988, Southern Illinois University
517/629-0548,

Areas of expertise: sports injury/muscle skeletal injury, kinesiology of sports injury, biomechanics of sports injury, anatomy and sports injury

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mark BollmanMark E. Bollman

Professor
Ph.D., 2001, Central Michigan University
517/629-0261,

Areas of expertise: mathematical and other aspects of gambling, mathematics education

Karla R. McCavitKarla R. McCavit

Adjunct Instructor; Director, Quantitative Studies Center
M.S., 1995, Michigan State University
517/629-0824,

Areas of expertise: first-year student issues, transition from high school to college, math learning and teaching issues

David A. ReimannDavid A. Reimann

Professor
Ph.D., 1998, Wayne State University
517/629-0426,

Areas of expertise: symmetry, M.C. Escher, mathematical art, Internet programming

Modern Languages and Cultures

Dianne Guenin-Lelle, professor of French, Albion CollegeDianne Guenin-Lelle

Professor of French
Ph.D., 1988, Louisiana State University
517/629-0335,

Areas of expertise: French/Francophone issues, post-Katrina New Orleans, international partnerships, Sister City developments

Kalen OswaldKalen Oswald

Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., 2001, University of Arizona
517/629-0369,

Areas of expertise: literature from Spain, contemporary Spanish culture, urban experience in Barcelona, Spanish detective fiction

Music

David AbbottDavid Abbott

Professor
D.M.A., 1995, Eastman School of Music
517/629-0483,

Areas of expertise: classical music, performing arts, piano

Jim BallJames Ball

Professor
D.M.A. (orchestral conducting), 1992, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri - Kansas City
517/629-0256,

Areas of expertise: music, arts advocacy, reviews (live performance, CDs, etc.)

Samuel McIlhaggaSamuel McIlhagga

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of Minnesota
517/629-0481,

Areas of expertise: music education, wind band/wind ensemble music, conducting

Philosophy

Jeremy KirbyJeremy Kirby

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2005, Florida State University
517/629-0353,

Area of expertise: science and religion (relationship between the two)

Bindu MadhokBindu Madhok

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1990, Brown University
517/629-0338,

Areas of expertise: medical ethics, environmental ethics, ethics and public policy, global development ethics (with a focus on India)

Physics

Nicolle ZellnerNicolle Zellner

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2001, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
517/629-0465,

Areas of expertise: women/girls in science, astronomy, NASA, planets, space in general

Political Science

Carrie Booth WallingCarrie Booth Walling

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota
517/629-0908,

Areas of expertise: human rights, United Nations Security Council, humanitarian intervention, international courts (human rights trials, truth commissions)

Dyron K. DabneyDyron K. Dabney

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2008, University of Michigan
517/629-0415,

Areas of expertise: Japanese politics, Japanese elections, U.S. elections, U.S. party politics

William D. RoseWilliam D. Rose

Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
517/629-0416,

Areas of expertise: Constitutional law and the Supreme Court (judicial politics), crime and punishment, politics of higher education

Psychological Science

Andrew ChristopherAndrew Christopher

Co-Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1999, University of Florida
517/629-0740,

Areas of expertise: psychology/organizational issues, Albion's business and organizations major, political ideology

Andrea Ploucher FrancisAndrea Ploucher Francis

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2010, Michigan State University
517/629-0279,

Areas of expertise: reflective learning, educational psychology

W. Jeffrey WilsonW. Jeffrey Wilson

Professor
Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Los Angeles
517/629-0393,

Areas of expertise: neuroscience, biology of sexual preference

Religious Studies

Jocelyn McWhirterJocelyn McWhirter

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2002, Princeton Theological Seminary
517/629-0268,

Area of expertise: Bible

Ronney B. MouradRonney B. Mourad

Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 2002, University of Chicago
517/629-0354,

Areas of expertise: philosophy of religion, faith and rationality, French Catholic mysticism

Peter ValdinaPeter Valdina

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2012, Emory University
517/629-0351,

Areas of expertise: religions of South Asia, Hinduism, Islam

John W. WoellJohn W. Woell

Associate Provost
Ph.D., 2002, Claremont Graduate University
517/629-0776,

Areas of expertise: religion and politics, liberal arts education, issues in higher education

Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Trisha FranzenTrisha Franzen

Professor
Ph.D., 1990, University of New Mexico
517/629-0535,

Areas of expertise: Anna Howard Shaw (biography published March 2014), suffrage, women's issues, gender issues, LGBT, sexuality, same-sex marriage