Visiting Faculty - Summer 2019

Anne Bost, PhD (Vanderbilt University)

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Assistant Professor of Biology
Wabash College

Anne Bost is a faculty member in the biology department at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Her current interests in infectious diseases began at Rhodes College where she earned a B.S. in biology and interned at the SUNY Albany School of Public Health. Afterward, as a graduate student at the Lamb Center for Pediatric Research at Vanderbilt University, she obtained a Ph.D. in microbiology, focusing on replication of respiratory and gut viral pathogens. Anne then joined Eli Lilly in Indianapolis as a postdoc in the Infectious Diseases unit, investigating hepatitis C virus therapeutics.

Fast forwarding to 2019, she enjoys teaching (and learning) in a liberal arts environment, researching pathogen/host interactions, and advocating for multidisciplinary approaches to modern health problems.

Beyond campus she appreciates spending time with family and friends, being walked by her 60 pound dog, taking advantage of Crawfordsville’s lively music and theater scene, reading, and doing community work.

Judith A. Halstead, PhD (Indiana University)

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Professor Emeritus in Nursing, Indiana University School of Nursing; Visiting Scholar, University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines; Executive Director, National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation

Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is executive director of the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation in Washington, DC, a position she has held since July 2014. She has over thirty-five years of experience in nursing education with expertise in online education, nurse educator competencies, and evidence-based teaching in nursing education. She is co-editor of the widely referenced book on nursing education, Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty.

Dr. Halstead is the recipient of numerous awards including the MNRS Advancement of Science Award for the Nursing Education Research Section and the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Excellence in Education Award. She is a fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing. She served as the president of the National League for Nursing from 2011-2013.

In 1973 Dr. Halstead was a nursing student in the first cohort of nursing students to attend Harlaxton and served as faculty in the Harlaxton Summer Program in 2001. She is looking forward to returning to Harlaxton College this summer.

Cris Hochwender, PhD (University of Missouri-St Louis)

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Professor of Biology
University of Evansville

Dr. Cris Hochwender has taught at the University of Evansville since 2001. His focus involves teaching courses connected with biology and environmental studies. In addition, Dr. Hochwender conducts research in evolution, ecology, and restoration biology.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Hochwender has addressed ecological and evolutionary processes involving the interactions between terrestrial plants and their herbivores. Currently, Dr. Hochwender is investing in student-centered research, including the following three projects: (1) examining deer and pawpaws as agents of change in forest regeneration at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, (2) evaluating monarch host preference among milkweed species in order to use those milkweed species for public outreach and education, and (3) addressing differences in resistance among ash species to the invasive emerald ash borer.

His field efforts also include establishing a native plant garden in the Koch Center Courtyard at the University of Evansville. He hopes to use his expertise in research and restoration to extend Harlaxton College’s ecological and environmental efforts.

Kristina Hochwender, PhD (Washington University)

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Associate Professor of English
University of Evansville

Kristina L. Hochwender received her BA from Cornell College, and her MA and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Since 2007, she has taught literature at the University of Evansville, where she also currently serves as the Director of General Education.

Alongside her interest in literature for children, her research centers on the Victorian clerical novel, and particularly the ways in which the clergyman--in the words of Samuel Butler, "a kind of human Sunday"--mediates national and religious identities and crises in novels that captured the Victorian imagination throughout the latter 19th century.

Dr Hochwender teaches courses in the First Year Seminar sequence and in Children's and Young Adult literature, as well as courses in the British Novel, Eighteenth-Century literature, and Victorian literature. She received the Dean's Teaching Award in 2017.

Amanda Kerr, PhD (Clemson University)

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Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Evansville

Amanda Kerr is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Evansville. She received her PhD in Economics with concentrations in development economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics from Clemson University in 2017.

She had the opportunity to travel to India twice during her undergraduate career at the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on gender rights and child outcomes in China and India. In addition to teaching at the University of Evansville, she performs consulting work for the World Bank.

Michael Kerchner, PhD (Lehigh University)

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Associate Professor of Psychology
Washington College

Dr. Kerchner is a graduate of American International College with a B.S. degree in Psychology and a graduate of Lehigh University with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology. His dissertation research examined factors mediating chemical communication via pheromones on the social behaviors of mice. Subsequently, he taught as a visiting assistant professor of psychology at the University of the South (Sewanee, TN). He then held a 4 year position as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Ingeborg Ward at Villanova University where he engaged in research examining the effects of prenatal stressors on sexual differentiation of the brain and behavior in a rodent model.

Since 1991, he has been a member of the faculty at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, where he played a key role in developing their undergraduate program in behavioral neuroscience. In 1996, Dr. Kerchner was recognized by Project Kaleidoscope as a member of the Faculty for the 21st Century, and in 1998 was recognized by Washington College as a recipient of the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching.

During a sabbatical leave in 2002, Dr. Kerchner was a National Research Fellow at the Military Research institute for Chemical Defence (MRICD) in Aberdeen MD. From 2008-11, he was a one of three principal investigators on a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation of $500,000 in support of a three-year project, Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning. Included among the executive positions he has held are the President of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN), and currently serves as the Executive Director of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience.

Mari Plikuhn, PhD (Purdue University)

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Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Evansville

Dr. Mari Plikuhn received her PhD from Purdue University in 2010 in sociology with a graduate minor in gerontology. She also holds graduate degrees in sociology and marriage and family therapy. Her area of research specialization is in family sociology, specifically in the success of first- generation college students. Dr. Plikuhn teaches courses in Marriage and Family, Gender and Sexuality, and Death and Dying. Dr. Plikuhn was named the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, received the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Service in 2016, and was elected the Treasurer/Secretary of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society for the Social Sciences in 2017. She currently serves as the Director of the Gerontology Center and the Director for the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Evansville.

Dr. Plikuhn will be joined at Harlaxton by her husband, Eric, who (fortunately) shares her love of travel and learning. When not teaching or traveling, she enjoys photography and hiking.

Eric Renschler, MFA (University of Michigan)

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Associate Professor of Theatre
University of Evansville

Eric Renschler is a graduate of the University of Evansville with bachelors degrees in Theatre and Education, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design from the University of Michigan in 1989.

With over 300 stage designs to his credit, Eric’s work has been seen throughout the US, Europe, and Asia and has contributed to over 40 Broadway productions and tours. In 2006, after twenty years working on and off-Broadway, Eric returned to the University of Evansville where he teaches courses in Theatre Design and Collaboration, and currently serves as department chair.

A 2011 Global Scholar Award allowed him to expand his experience in the international design arena with a year-long comparative study of national design aesthetics as exhibited through theatrical scenography.

Gayle Roux, PhD (Texas Woman’s University)

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Professor of Nursing
University of North Dakota

Dr. Roux served as Dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines at University of North Dakota from 2014 - December 2018. She currently serves as Senior Associate to the Interim Dean. She is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

Over the last twenty five years Dr. Roux has developed a program of research on Inner Strength and survivorship in women living with chronic health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and depression. One outcome of the studies is the middle range theory on Inner Strength in Women. The qualitative findings of this research program have been used to develop items and conduct psychometric testing of an instrument, Inner Strength Questionnaire (ISQ). The theory and instrument have been used by other researchers nationally and internationally. Further information on the ISQ, a public domain instrument available for further research studies, can be found at The Repository @ TWU library.

Dr. Roux taught in the Harlaxton Summer Program in 2001. She is delighted to return and renew the wonderful experiences of the Harlaxton faculty and student learning community.

Mark Waters, PhD (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

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Professor of Religion
McMurry University

Dr. Mark Waters serves as Professor of Religion at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and directs McMurry’s Center for International Education. Previously, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Kentucky for 17 years and for another 7 years was the executive director of Just People, Inc., an Abilene nonprofit agency providing empowerment services for youth and adults in poverty. His research interests include religious studies, theologies of religion, interfaith understanding, the role of story/narrative in religious identity, and sociology of religion. His next research and writing project is on the role of story (narrative) in religious identity.

Mark earned his BA from Texas Tech University and later completed MDiv and PhD degrees in theology, homiletics, and pastoral care at Southern Seminary. He completed additional graduate study in church history and world religions at Baylor University. Mark has training in servant leadership learning communities through Ann McGee-Cooper and Associates in Dallas, leadership and organizational learning through the Society for Organizational Learning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and interfaith leadership through Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago.