Fred M. B. Amram, M.A., University of Minnesota, is a professor emeritus in General College at the University of Minnesota. He has been head of the Division of Arts, Communication, and Philosophy, as well as director of academic affairs. He has won the Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and has taught courses in the areas of speech communication and creativity. Professor Amram is an author of books and articles about creativity, invention, robotics, and communication, and curator of several exhibitions displaying the achievements of women inventors. He has provided worldwide consulting services to industry, government agencies, and educational institutions.
Michael Andregg, Ph.D. in genetics, University of California, Davis. He founded and directs a nonprofit education group called Ground Zero Minnesota, dedicated to "education for informed democracy and human survival." He has published numerous articles in drosophila and human genetics, a study guide on nuclear issues, and papers on advanced technology and contemporary social problems. He also has produced 48 educational videotapes on a wide range of subjects and his award-winning book, On the Causes of War, was released in November 1997.
Jennifer (Jen) Caruso, Ph.D. in comparative literature, with an emphasis on European modernism and critical theory. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Liberal Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. From 2007-11, Jen Caruso taught at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she was assistant professor of English and department chair of Cultural, Media, and Gender Studies. She teaches cultural studies, American literature and culture, and contemporary women’s writing. Dr. Caruso has current research and writing projects on globalism, consumer culture, and fashion, 9/11 themes in literature and film, and "future-present" science fiction.
Patricia Casello, D.C.M., B.S., human biology, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, Minnesota. Patricia Casello is a speaker, writer, educator, and holistic practitioner. She is an assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University and a national online instructor for Argosy University. In addition to her clinic, HealthSpirit Holistic Services, she provides instruction, presentation seminars, and retreats to organizations and individuals.
Barbara is a senior fellow and director of the Reflective Leadership Center at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, U of M. She has written extensively about leadership, women in public positions, media and public policy, and planning. She is a published author, contributor for national journals, and winner of a Terry McAdam Award from the Nonprofit Management Association. She holds a Ph.D. in leadership studies, with a concentration in political philosophies, international relations, social movements, and intercultural communication.
Stephen Daniel, Ph.D., interdisciplinary humanities, Emory University, has worked as a hospital chaplain and as an education director for several medical organizations. He has written and lectured on various topics about the interface of health care, literature, religion, the fine arts, and philosophy.
William Dikel, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and is on the faculty of the Hennepin-Regents psychiatry residency training program. He is the psychiatrist representative on the State Mental Health Advisory Council. Dr. Dikel provides clinical services at Pilot City Mental Health Center and Family and Children's Services community mental health clinics. He also consults to professionals in the Twin Cities and in greater Minnesota who provide services to children and adolescents with mental health problems, in the social services, corrections, and educational systems. He has provided consultation to the state departments of Children, Families and Learning, the Department of Human Services, and to the State Mental Health Ombudsman's Office.
Margot Galt has a Ph.D. in American studies, University of Minnesota. Professor Galt teaches courses for the U of M Independent and Distance Learning program, Metro State University, and Hamline University's Graduate Liberal Studies Program. She also teaches at The Loft and The Grand Marais Art Colony. She has published poetry and creative prose about Italian art, family history, and travel including numerous articles on art, and five books of prose and poetry. One of her books is Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art, an Oral History Memoir of Minnesota Ojibway artist George Morrison (1998). Professor Galt's writing has won grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Loft, Jerome Foundation, and the Center for Arts Criticism. Her most recent collection of poems is entitled Between the Houses (2004).
Anita is a teaching consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota. For the Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership program, she designs and teaches interdisciplinary seminars with a focus on contemporary culture and multicultural studies within an international context. Anita earned her master’s degree in art history from the University of Michigan and has a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota. Her current research includes 20th- and 21st-century American culture, comparative ethnic studies, critical theory, and interdisciplinary pedagogy.
David Husom, M.F.A., University of Minnesota; photography, film, art history. He is the lead instructor for the U of M's Web Designer Institute and teaches creative photography for General College. David has taught imaging, photography, and design courses in various local colleges and schools, and has held numerous exhibitions.
Jeremy Iggers, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Minnesota. He is an adjunct professor for the Department of American Studies and a staff writer with the Star Tribune covering restaurants and food. Iggers has written about ethics and public journalism, and has taught courses entitled Press Ethics and Responsibility, Ethical Inquiry, and Existentialism. He is a recipient of the 1997 Minnesota Book Award.
Jack Johnson has an M.A. in educational psychology and a Ph.D. in education, University of Minnesota. His special interests include cognitive development, higher education policy and administration, museum studies, and military history.
April Knutson, Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Minnesota, recently retired as a senior lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at the U of M. She taught French language, literature, and culture, as well as literature courses for Women’s Studies and culture courses, focused on the Caribbean and North Africa, for Global Studies. She has led study-abroad seminars in France and Haiti. She also participated in many resistance struggles, including the anti-war movement and the civil rights movement.
Araela Kumaraea, M.A. Human Development, Certification: Creative Studies and Social Entrepreneurship. Araela mentors emerging leaders, teachers, and cultural creatives and is an adjunct professor at St. Mary's University in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Master in Education programs. She has designed and led visionary initiatives for a variety of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions and was awarded the 2004 Community Partnership Award for Exceptional Service and Support for her innovative work in arts programming. Araela is a Twin Cities artist and the founder of the Girlhood Wisdom Project, supporting girls' creative voices.
Roseann Lloyd, M.A. in Scandinavian language and literature, University of Minnesota. She has completed subsequent academic work in English literature and poetry and has received an American Book Award in 1991 for Looking Home: Women Writing about Exile from The Before Columbus Foundation. Professor Lloyd has taught writing, poetry, and language courses at the Loft, Augsburg College, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is a recipient of the 1997 Minnesota Book Award.
John Logie, Ph.D. in English, Pennsylvania State University. John's research is focused on the first rhetorical canon, Invention, and involves investigations of rhetorical and literary treatments of authorship and intellectual property. He has a particular interest in Internet-related issues and has recently published Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: The Rhetoric of the Peer-to-Peer Debates. His scholarship has also been published in First Monday, Computers and Composition, KBJournal, Rhetoric Review, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
John Marboe, Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology, is a Lutheran minister, convener of interreligious dialogues, teacher, and writer. His interest is in story-making and storytelling, especially those stories considered in any culture to be (or have been) sacred.
Julie Neraas, Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary; Certificate in Spiritual Direction, The Shalem Institute Washington D.C.; Certificate in Organizational Development, University of Minnesota. Julie works with approximately two dozen organizations each year, most of them in the non-profit and religious fields. She is skilled at group processes and at creating learning environments in which people can discover their own wisdom and the group's wisdom on a given topic. Her areas of specialty include work and vocation, work-life balance, and the many social and spiritual dimensions to the concept of money.
Virajita is the Assistant Vice Provost, Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota. She is also a senior research fellow in the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) and adjunct assistant professor in the School of Architecture, College of Design at the U of M. She recently conducted design thinking workshops for communities in MN, ND, and SD to assist them in envisioning local and sustainable foods futures, and she's working with Hennepin County to redesign its homeless shelter delivery system. She also leads CSBR's sustainable Design for Community Resilience program that engages students to assist communities in taking sustainable action. Her passions lie in areas of social justice, culture, sacred spaces, and the arts. She's a Collection-in-Focus guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Arts of China collection and pursues her own art practice. She has a B.A., architecture (Mumbai, India); and an M.A., architecture (U of M); and is LEED accredited.
Sheila is the executive director for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts where she provides leadership for statewide membership, maintains and strengthens strategic relationships, and works with the board to develop and implement public policy initiatives. She has served on numerous nonprofit organizational boards and worked for a variety of legislative committees including the state government division of the Finance Committee. Sheila was the recipient of the Conservation Leadership Award and the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award (both in 2009). She earned her master’s degree in arts administration from St. Mary’s University and completed the Renewing Community Leadership program at the University of St. Thomas. In addition to her work with the Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership program, she is an adjunct professor for the Master’s of Advocacy and Political Leadership program at the University of Minnesota–Duluth.
John Tomsyck, MLS, IS certificate from the U of M; B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. He is a curriculum consultant and lecturer in the Innovation Studies (IS) certificate program. John is partner with the Ronin Advisory Investment Management firm, an independent personal financial service firm focused on developing and maintaining individual support systems. John combines a strong background in financial market analysis, technology, and new business development, and his expertise extends across research and development, strategic planning, knowledge management, forecasting, business intelligence, and futurism methodologies. He has an extensive record of advising 3M Company senior management and served as chief knowledge officer with the Johnston Group.
Roslye is an assistant professor of art history on the Graduate School core faculty and director of Internship Programs for the M.A. in Graduate Liberal Studies program at Hamline University, and is an independent curator/consultant. She has been a presenter at the National Conference for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, as well as the Women's Art Caucus National Conference. She has been on panels, lectured, and presented on topics related to art and art history, and she has curated many exhibitions around Minnesota and the United States. She has an M.A. in art history, American University.