The Dean's Office

Mike Hulsizer

Michael R. Hulsizer, PhD

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Acting Dean, School of Education

Michael (Mike) R. Hulsizer is the interim dean for the College of Arts & Sciences and the acting dean for the School of Education.

Hulsizer has been a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences since he arrived at Webster in 1997. He teaches introduction to psychology, social psychology, and biopsychology as well as applied psychology classes on topics such as motivation and emotion, prejudice and discrimination, and advanced statistics. He is also a fellow in Webster’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Hulsizer has written about various topics related to the teaching of psychology, research methods, peace psychology, social justice, hate groups and genocide. He is co-author, with fellow Webster professor Linda M. Woolf, of "A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices" (Wiley-Blackwell). He is a past recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and he has received or shared multiple awards for research and instruction from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Hulsizer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Arts and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University.

Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2008). Teaching statistics: Innovations and best practices. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2007). Understanding the mosaic of humanity through research methodology: Infusing diversity into research methods courses. In D. S. Dunn, R. A. Smith, & B. Beins (Eds.), Best practices for teaching statistics and research methods in the behavioral sciences (pp. 237-256). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Hulsizer, M. R. (2007). The Path from War to Peace: An Uneven Journey. [Review of Fitzduff, M., & Stout, C. E. (Eds.) (2006). The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace: Vol. 1-3. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International]. H-Net Reviews.

Hulsizer, M. R. (2007). Psychology of the seven deadly sins and heavenly virtues. Poster Presentation, Twenty-ninth Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology: St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2005). Psychosocial roots of genocide: Risk, prevention, and intervention. Journal of Genocide Research, 7, 101-128.

Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2005). Torture? But this is different! Peace Psychology, 14(2), 3-4.

Hulsizer, M. R. (2005). Wagging the dog: Teaching political psychology using social influence principles. Paper Presentation, 113th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Hulsizer, M. R. (2005). Web sites, Video games, chat rooms, and MP3s: The new face of hate in the digital era. Invited Presentation. Webster University, Vienna, Austria.

Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2005). Incorporating online hate sites into social psychology classes. Poster Presentation, Twenty-seventh Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology: St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2005). When hate groups arrive on campus. Roundtable Discussion, Twenty-seventh Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology: St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 202 / ISB 320
Phone 314-246-7835

Faculty Name

Kathryn (Katy) Watkins Wors

Dean's Assistant and Communications Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences

Katy Watkins Wors is a key contact at the College of Arts & Sciences for communication efforts and office management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology here, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Webster University.

After graduating with her BA in 2014, Watkins worked as a certified medical assistant, financial analyst and project coordinator, and as an administrative coordinator for a research lab at Washington University. She also brings with her experience in social media marketing from the private sector.

She enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, traveling, hiking, riding her bike, volunteering her time and living life to the fullest every day.


Phone 314-246-7160

Kim Jackson

Kimberly (Kim) Jackson

Director of Operations, College of Arts & Sciences

Kim Jackson is enthusiastic to return to her alma mater as the Director of Operations for the College of Arts & Sciences at Webster University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and her Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Jackson will work collaboratively with the Dean’s Office, the College and the University to support and manage their goals around operations and budget management. She is also excited to lend her expertise toward special events and projects for the College of Arts & Sciences.

In her spare time, her focus is on creating adventures, crafting and cooking for her daughter, family and friends.


Phone 314-246-7202

The College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board is made up of notable community leaders and alumni with special interest and expertise in various programs of the College.

By providing wise advice, opening important doors, and raising essential funds, these extraordinary individuals play a critical role in both the expansion and the academic improvement of the College.

College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Eve Coulson

Chair, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Eve Coulson received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Webster in 1973. Her work has spanned the public and private sector, as a vocational counselor, English as Second Language (ESL) teacher, bartender, customer service trainer at Bloomingdales, and writer. Currently she chairs the board of Lilith Magazine, an independent Jewish feminist quarterly magazine in publication since 1976. She is vice president of the Chinese National Aviation Corporation Association, a Post WWII reunion group (CNAC. org) for pilots, including her father, who flew cargo into China over “The Hump,” and for over 10 years she has been the editor of the organization’s newsletter, The Cannonball. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was appointed to the Zoning Board in 2015, and is also a board member of Sustainable Princeton, a non-profit that works closely with the municipal government and is dedicated to education and advocacy with regard to climate change, energy efficiency and waste management.

Justin Blandford

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Justin Blandford is the site manager for three state-owned historic sites in Springfield, Illinois, with historical connections to Abraham Lincoln: the Vachel Lindsay Home, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, and the Old State Capitol. He is responsible for a wide-array of public history programs that have attracted new audiences and new sources of funding to these historic sites, and is the driving force behind the initiative to restore the only remaining building that housed Lincoln's Springfield offices. Blandford earned his undergraduate degree in history from Webster in 1999 and is completing his master's degree in history at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Ann Walsh Bradle

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1995 and re-elected in 2005. A native of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Bradley received a bachelor's degree from Webster University in St. Louis. She was a high school teacher before entering the UW Law School, where she earned a law degree in 1976. Bradley was in private practice until becoming a circuit court judge in Marathon County in 1985. She is a winner of the American Judicature Society's Harley Award, a national honor that is reserved for judges whose outstanding efforts and long-term contributions have resulted in substantial improvements to the justice system.

Bradley is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a former associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, a former chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference, and a lecturer for the American Bar Association's Asia Law Initiative. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench Bar Committee, a member of the Board of Visitors of the UW Law School, a member of the Federal-State Judicial Council, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Commissioner of the National Conference on Uniform Laws. She also serves as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council.

Sara Govero

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Sara Govero earned a Master of Business Administration from Missouri Baptist in 2010 and Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Webster University in 2005. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Webster University with a minor in management in 2004 and graduated with departmental honors. While at Webster University, Govero served as secretary for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Club and was a coordinator/volunteer for the multi-cultural center and international student affairs. In 2005, Govero received the Webster University “WebsterLEADS” leadership certificate and medal and set a Webster University record for the youngest person to ever graduate with a master’s degree.

Upon graduation, Govero was employed at Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, PC where she did primarily commercial business litigation, product liability litigation and medical malpractice. Thompson Coburn offered Govero a position in February, 2007: She accepted, and performed Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) litigation and products liability defense work. In 2010, the partner Govero worked for at Thompson Coburn started the St. Louis office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP: She managed the St. Louis office for approximately five years until 2014 and then was promoted to a national operations/process improvement role from 2014-2017. In March, 2017, Govero accepted a position with Cosmich Simmons & Brown, PLLC to start their St. Louis office. She will be responsible for national revenue management, firm administration, office growth and client relations.

Between 2006 and 2012, Govero sat on the Paralegal Supervisory Board and taught Legal Research & Writing I and Legal Research & Writing II for Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. She taught two sections of each class per semester. Govero conducted round-table events with her students and members from various venders and the St. Louis Paralegal Association to get her students acquainted with contacts in the legal field such as court reporters, vendors, other paralegals and names of firm. She also created and implemented statistical data reporting for Lewis & Clark’s paralegal program to become American Bar Associate (ABA) accredited.

In her free time, Govero serves as president for a property management company she started in 2005. With respect to community involvement, Govero serves as the Associate Chair, Board of Directors at MindsEye, Treasure for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County and Director of Events for the Claims Litigation Management Alliance. She also takes in a few Cardinal games or Mizzou football/basketball games if time permits.

Bruce Hemming

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Bruce Hemming, PhD, is president, CEO and founder of Microbe Inotech Laboratories, Inc. (the MiL inc.), a contract research and sample testing company with over two decades of service providing environmental microbiology analyses in the marketplaces of food safety and nutrition, industrial manufacturing, agriculture and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and expert witness services. He is also the executive director of the Helix Center Core Laboratory, a satellite lab which serves the city and county in the pre-seed biotechnology business incubator for life science start-ups. He has, along with two other technology entrepreneurs, recently created a new start-up (June, 2013), named Microbe Scan LLC where he serves as a partner and CEO. He received a non-partisan gubernatorial appointment from Governor Mel Carnahan to serve on the first statewide biosafety committee as a result of the 9/11 terrorist plot.

Prior to these activities, Hemming worked in various capacities as a senior specialist in research for Monsanto Company. His career has included adjunct appointments in microbiology with the University of Missouri–St. Louis, St. Louis University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Hemming holds a Doctorate (1982) in Plant Pathology from Montana State University, a Master of Science (1977) in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University (BYU) with additional post-graduate work in biochemistry at the University of California–Riverside. His bachelor's degree in microbiology (1974) with minors in chemistry and German were also earned at BYU in Provo, Utah. In 1970, he served as a missionary for his church for two years in Austria. He is married to Sandi B. Hemming, a licensed and registered clinical dietitian, both originally from Idaho, having nine married children and 28 grandchildren in the family.

Cathy Marek

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Cathy Marek received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language (French) from Webster in 1971. After teaching French in Webster Groves School District for two years, Marek earned her master's degree in education (counseling) at St. Louis University in 1975.

During the course of her 20-year career with the Rockwood School District (St. Louis County), she held positions as a high school, elementary and middle school counselor. During her 15 years as a middle school counselor, Marek pioneered programs in career development, anti-bullying, prevention of mental health concerns and academic support. She was honored as Rockwood Middle School Counselor of the Year in 2007 and as St. Louis Suburban Counselor of the Year in 2008.

Since her retirement, she has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children (St. Louis Family Court). She also serves on the Board of the Springboard to Learning organization which provides learning programs which promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills for the children in the St. Louis area. She currently serves as co-chair of the Springboard’s Program Committee.

Marek is married and lives in St. Louis County with her husband Don Marek. They have two grown children: Angie, an immigration research specialist, and David, a media communications manager. Spending time with her two grandchildren is also a major current focus for Marek.

During the last 10 years, Marek has had the opportunity to travel extensively to countries around the world including: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, China, Cambodia, Cuba, France, Germany, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam. She credits Webster with sparking her passion for world travel and the study of cultures.

Marek is thrilled to serve as a consultant to Webster’s newly developed master's degree program in school counseling.

Al Merschen

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Al Merschen is the president and CEO of Myriad, a recognized specialist in the tourism industry providing strategic direction and tactical solutions for clients from around the world. Services include marketing and advertising, destination representation, public relations, and custom publishing and content creation.

Merschen is a native of Creve Couer, Missouri, and graduated from Maryville University with a degree in communications. He then enrolled at Webster, focusing on business communications while earning his independent Master of Arts. Merschen moved to Los Angeles after graduating, working at Saint Mary’s College of California and teaching at Santa Monica College.

Today Merschen uses his passion for travel to guide Myriad’s growth, and with offices in Los Angeles and New York, Myriad’s services make a quantitative difference for their clients across the globe.

Joy Miltenberger

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Joy Miltenberger is the president of LaFrance Manufacturing Company, a women-owned corporation in Maryland Heights, Missouri. LaFrance manufactures lubricants and coatings for metal casting operations, with an emphasis on specialty products for the die casting industry. A graduate of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, with a degree in liberal arts, she chose to return to school to further her education after several years in the business world. Webster University's advanced degree program offered challenging courses as well as convenient hours for her at that time as a single mother and full time employee. A Master of Arts degree with a concentration in marketing from Webster has served her well in her current position. She has served on the board as Vice-President of the Alliance Française de Saint Louis and was a board member of Saint Louis-Lyon Sister Cities. She currently is an officer and member of the board of two additional St. Louis-based companies as well as a member of the North American Die Casting Association.

Nancy Edmonds Paull

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

For more than 20 years, Nancy Edmonds Paull ('80) has served as executive director of Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR), a growing health care and social service agency serving southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

SSTAR provides a wide range of mental health and substance abuse treatment services to people in need, and the agency partners with academic centers to conduct clinical trials and research to develop better forms of treatment.

Under Paull's leadership, the SSTAR budget has grown from $800,000 a year to $22 million, and the agency now offers 30 different programs treating those suffering from issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV. The organization also runs a residential program for addicted pregnant women. In recent years, Paull has traveled to Egypt, China, Russia, the former Soviet states of Georgia and Armenia, and is working with the United Nations Treatnet program to share best practices in drug abuse and integrated treatment in underresourced communities.

Paull has received numerous honors and awards, including the College of Arts & Sciences' Distinguished Alumna Award in 2006. She is married to Jonathan Paull and the mother of three children.

Joan Ellyn Silber

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Joan Ellyn Silber, PhD is engaged in a wide variety of philanthropic, professional and personal projects, including teaching Meditation and Awareness Training, landscape photography, writing projects, international travel and volunteer work. She is a recipient of the Ellis Island Awards and a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad. Born and raised in St. Louis, Silber earned her bachelor's, teaching certificate and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Cinematic Techniques and Interpretations in Film and Television Adaptations of Shakespeare's Hamlet." She has studied extensively the practice and theories of self-acceptance training with Richard C. Olney, written and directed video training programs for persons with spinal cord injury, established and managed the Infertility Center of St. Louis, and initiated community service projects with Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) and Head Start. She serves now on the Executive Committee of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. Silber also serves on the boards of Scholarship Foundation, the St. Louis Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, Care and Counseling, the Newmark Institute for Human Relations, HateBrakers, and the St. Louis Symphony Friends Committee. Joan has also served on many other boards, including MICDS, Community School, Orthwein Theater, president of Aish Hatorah St Louis, and the Association for the Education of the Young Child.

Sherman Silber, MD

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Dr. Sherman Silber, a renowned pioneer in microsurgery and infertility, is considered one of the world's leading authorities on vasectomy reversal and tubal ligation reversal surgery, as well testicle and ovary transplantation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for men with no sperm, newer and cheaper and more successful methods of in vitro fertilization (IVF), ovary and egg freezing to preserve fertility in cancer patients and to extend the biological clock for reproduction in women.

Dr. Silber is the author of three medical textbooks, five best-selling books for the layman and more than 250 scientific papers on human infertility and reproduction in the most prestigious scientific and medical journals. He appears frequently in the media on Oprah, Donahue, Ted Koppel Nightline, Good Morning American, The Today Show, CNN news, ABC news, CBS news, NPR, Joan Rivers and has had two hourlong documentaries about his work produced by Discovery Channel.

Silber earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan (1966, English, Phi Beta Kappa), went to medical school at the University of Michigan, did post-graduate training at Stanford University, and then again at the University of Michigan. His primary medical infertility practice is one of the largest referral centers in the world for the most difficult cases, and infertile couples come to his clinic in St. Louis daily from all over the world. He is also a professor at the most prestigious Sun Yat Sen University medical school in Guanzhou, China and at the University of Amsterdam medical school in the Netherlands. He is a collaborating researcher at MIT Page Molecular Biology Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he collaborates with zoos all over the world for infertility problems in endangered species, and he is an avid wildlife videographer and researcher.

His patients include doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, teachers, professors, economists, CEOs, administrators, fruit pickers, laborers, princes and kings. He gives the credit for his enviable and remarkable surgical skills to the help of an African American janitor at the University of Michigan where he did much of his medical training.

David Whitehead

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

David P. Whitehead is responsible for leading all fundraising efforts for AARP and AARP Foundation. He has been a non-profit leader for over 30 years, having helped a number of national and international organizations become more effective through strategic investments and revenue growth. At AARP, he has tripled contributed support, raising more than $100 million annually. As its chief development officer, Whitehead led The Nature Conservancy’s Campaign for Conservation, a $1 billion effort to conserve 250 landscape-scale sites in the U.S. and 27 other countries. A five-year effort that began in 1998, the campaign concluded in September 2003 having raised over $1.4 billion. Whitehead was selected as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) D.C. Chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2011, and is a current member of the AFP International Board of Directors.

John A. Wright

Member, College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

John A. Wright is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of the St. Louis Public Schools. After graduation from Sumner High School, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Harris Teachers College (now Harris-Stowe State University) and his MEd and PhD from St. Louis University. He has done post-graduate studies as a Fulbright Scholar in India and at Harvard, Dartmouth College and Loyola University in Chicago, and as a trainee with the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Division, in Washington, D.C.

Wright has had a long and distinguished career as a St. Louis academic leader. His previous jobs include serving as the interim superintendent of schools for St. Louis Public Schools, interim superintendent of schools for the Normandy School District and assistant superintendent for the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Wright has been an engaged member of the education profession. He organized the first Teacher's and Principal's Academy for the Private School Federation in Bangkok, Thailand; established the first pre-teacher training program between a school district and St. Louis Community College (the first in the state); served as public hearing chairman for the Governor's Vocational Education Advisory Council; established the minority recruitment program for St. Louis County school districts; and organized the Missouri Education Policy Fellowship Program for the Institute of Educational Leadership, located in Washington, D.C.

Wright is an active member of the community and has served on numerous boards. He presently serves on the boards of the St. Louis World Trade Center, Alliance Français of St. Louis, Regional Arts Commission, and the St. Louis, Missouri-Senegal Sister Cities Committee. He has many other professional and community affiliations and and has received numerous awards. Wright also is the author of 13 books about regional history.


Biological Science Department Faculty and Staff

Faculty Name

Stephanie C. Schroeder, PhD

Department Chair, Professor, Biological Sciences

Susan Schroeder's main research focuses on how gene expression changes in response to environmental challenges in two model systems (Drosophila and Cancer). In Drosophila, Schroeder and her students have looked at conditions that increase the incidence of seizures, kidney stones and learning/memory (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, exposure to volatile anesthetics). The human cancer lines that students have explored are brain, breast, liver, melanoma, ovarian and stomach. They have analyzed the effect of various compounds on growth, viability and apoptosis. Schroeder welcomes undergraduate students interested in research to conduct independent research with her as early as their second semester at Webster. She also works with Nurse Anesthesia students in the DNAP program on how anesthetic and other clinical agents affect Drosophila at young and older ages.

David Lopatto 1, Anne G Rosenwald 2, , Stephanie Schroeder 63, , Sarah C R Elgin 73 (93 total contributors) Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience, J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2020 Feb 28 21(1): 21.1.6. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2005. eCollection 2020.

David I Hanauer, Mark J. Graham, SEA-PHAGES (222 contributors), Laura Betancur, Aiyana Bobrownicki, Steven G. Cresawn, Rebecca A. Garlena, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Nancy Kaufmann, Welkin H. Pope, Daniel A. Russell, William R. Jacobs*, Viknesh Sivanathan, David J. Asai*, and Graham F. Hatfull*. (2017) An Inclusive Research-Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. PNAS 114(51): 13531-13536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718188115. Epub 2017 Dec 5.

Elgin, SCR, (2017) The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends in Genetics. DOI information: 10.1016/j.tig.2016.11.004

Lopatto D,….. Schroeder SC…..Shaffer CD, Threlfall J, Elgin SCR. (2014) A Central Support System Can Facilitate Implementation and Sustainability of a Classroom-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in Genomics. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2014 Winter 13(4): 711-23. doi: 10.1187/cbe.13-10-0200.

Shaffer CD, Schroeder SC….Elgin SCR (83 authors). (2013) A Course-Based Research Experience: How Benefits Change with Increased Investment in Instructional Time. CBE – Life Sciences Education. 13(1): 11-130.

Christopher D. Shaffer, Stephanie Schroeder, and Sarah C.R. Elgin (80 authors) (2010) The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions. Cell Biology Education 9: 55-69.

Zhang L, Schroeder S, Fong N, and Bentley DL. (2005) Altered nucleosome occupancy and histone H3K4 methylation in response to 'transcriptional stress'. EMBO J. 24: 2379-90.

Schroeder SC, Zorio DA, Schwer B, Shuman S, Bentley D. (2004) A function of yeast mRNA cap methyltransferase, Abd1, in transcription by RNA polymerase II. Mol Cell. 13: 377-87

Licatalosi, D.L., Geiger, G., Minet, M., Schroeder, S., Cilli, K., McNeill, J. B., and Bentley, D.L. (2002) Functional interaction of yeast pre-mRNA 3' processing factors with RNA polymerase II., Molecular Cell 9: 1101-1111.

Office Browning Hall 342
Phone 314-246-7518

Faculty Name

Nicholas Frank

Department Coordinator



Office Browning Hall 305
Phone 314-246-7075

Nora Dunkel

Nora Dunkel

Chemical Safety Officer, Lab Manager, Biological Sciences



Office Browning Hall 314
Phone 314-246-2244

Victoria Brown-Kennerly

Victoria Brown-Kennerly, PhD

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Brown-Kennerly is an associate professor of Biological Sciences. She earned a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University, with postdoctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle and Washington University in St. Louis. Her past experiences include using genetics and biochemistry to study human genetic disorders of cognition, and developing mouse models to study human behavioral disorders. At Webster University, she and her students use ants as a model social system to investigate the genetics of sensory perception, learning, memory and other complex behaviors.

Carbery IC, Ji D, Harrington A, Brown V, Weinstein EJ, Liaw L, and X Cui, "Targeted Genome Modification in Mice Using Zinc Finger Nucleases" Genetics 2010186: 451-459

Sabina J and V Brown, "The Glucose Sensing Network in Candida albicans – A Sweet Spot for Hyphal Morphogenesis" Eukaryotic Cell 2009: 8: 1314-1320

Brown V, Sabina J, and M Johnston, "Specialized Sugar Sensing in Diverse Fungi" Current Biology 2009: 19: 436-41

Sexton JA, Brown V, and M Johnston, "Regulation of Sugar Transport and Metabolism by the Candida albicans Rgt1 Transcriptional Repressor" Yeast 2007: 24: 847-860.

Brown V, Sexton JA, and M Johnston, "A Glucose Sensor in Candida albicans Eukaryotic Cell 2006: 5: 1726-1737

Brown V, Brown RA, Ozinsky A, Hesselberth JR, and S Fields, "Binding Specificity of the Toll-Like Receptor Cytoplasmic Domains" European Journal of Immunology 2006: 36: 742-753

Brown V, Jin P, Ceman S, Darnell JC, O’Donnell WT, Tenenbaum SA, Jin X, Feng Y, Wilkinson KD, Keene JD, Darnell RB, and ST Warren ST, "Microarray Identification of FMRP-Associated Brain mRNAs and Altered Translational Profile in Fragile X Syndrome" Cell 2001: 107: 477-487

Darnell JC, Jensen KB, Jin P, Brown V, Warren ST, and RB Darnell, "Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein mRNA Targets Harboring Intramolecular G-Quartets Encode Proteins Related to Synaptic Function" Cell 2001: 107: 488-498

Ceman S, Brown V, and ST Warren, "Isolation of a FMRP-Associated mRNP and the Identification of Nucleolin and the Fragile X - Related Proteins as Components of the Complex" Molecular and Cellular Biology 1999: 19: 7925-7932

Lumeng CN, Hauser M, Brown V, and JS Chamberlain, "Expression of the 71kDa dystrophin isoform (Dp71) evaluated by gene targeting" Brain Research 1999: 830: 174-178

Office Browning Hall, ISB 333
Phone 314-246-8645

Andrew Elvington

Andrew Elvington

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Andrew Elvington, PhD, joined the Webster faculty in 2020 and has been a full-time faculty member in higher education since 2015. His teaching expertise spans many disciplines related to the biomedical sciences, principally immunology, cell biology, and human gross anatomy. In addition to teaching undergraduates, he also teaches for the Nurse Anesthesia and Biomedical Sciences graduate programs. With teaching, Elvington has a strong focus on conducting research and including students in these pursuits. His doctoral research investigated aspects of the immune system in injury and recovery in experimental stroke, and he then did post-doctoral research at Washington University, exploring how the immune system influences progression of cardiovascular disease. At Webster, his main research interests focus on investigating the modulation of effector functions of immune cells in different contexts. Beyond this main focus, other research interests may range from cell biology to anatomy to microbiology.

Baba O, Huang LH, Elvington A, Szpakowska M, Sultan D, Heo GS, Zhang X, Luehmann H, Detering L, Chevigne A, Liu Y, Randolph GJ. CXCR4-binding positron emission tomography tracers link monocyte recruitment and endothelial injury in murine atherosclerosis. 2020 Dec 17, Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. Online ahead of print. DOI:10.1161/ATVBAHA.120.315053.

Williams JW, Zaitsev, Kim KW, Ivanov S, Saunders BT, Schrank PR, Kim K, Elvington A, Kim SH, Tucker GC, Wohltmann M, Fife BT, Epelman, S, Artyomov M, Lavine KJ, Zinselmeyer BH, Choi JH, Randolph GJ. Limited proliferation capacity of aorta intima resident macrophages requires monocyte recruitment for atherosclerotic plaque progression. 2020. Nat Immunol. 21(10): 1194-1204. DOI:10.1038/s41590-020-0768-4.

Nie X, Elvington A, Laforest R, Zheng J, Voller T, Zayed MA, Abendschein DR, Bandara N, Xu J, Li R, Randolph GJ, Gropler RJ, Lapi SE, Woodard PK. 64Cu-ATSM positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging of hypoxia in human atherosclerosis. 2020. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 13(1): e009791. DOI:10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.119.009791.

Huang LH, Zinselmeyer BH, Chang CH, Saunders BT, Elvington A, Baba O, Broekelmann TJ, Qi L, Rueve JS, Swartz MA, Kim BS, Mecham RP, Wiig H, Thomas MJ, Sorci-Thomas MG, Randolph GJ. Interleukin 17 drives interstitial entrapment of tissue lipoproteins in experimental psoriasis. 2019. Cell Metab. 29(5): 475-487. DOI:10.1016/j.cmet.2018.10.006.

Williams JW, Martel C, Potteaux S, Esaulova E, Ingersoll MA, Elvington A, Saunders BT, Huang LH, Habenicht AJ, Zinselmeyer BH, Randolph GJ. 2018. Limited macrophage positional dynamics in progressing or regressing murine atherosclerotic plaques. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 38(8): 1702-1710. DOI:10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.311319.

Williams JW*, Elvington A*, Ivanov S*, Kessler S, Luehmann H, Baba O, Saunders BT, Kim KW, Johnson MW, Craft CS, Choi JH, Sorci-Thomas MG, Zinselmeyer BH, Brestoff JR, Liu Y, Randolph GJ. 2017. Thermoneutrality but not UCP1 Deficiency Suppresses Monocyte Mobilization into Blood. Circ Res. 121(6): 662-676. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311519.

Office Browning Hall 331
Phone 314-246-7530

Faculty Name

Walter Gavlick

Visiting Professor, Biological Sciences



Phone 314-246-7619

Ryan Groeneman

Ryan Groeneman, PhD

Professor, Chemistry, Biological Sciences

Research in the Groeneman group focuses on the chemistry of the organic state in terms of both photoreactivity and thermal extension within these molecular solids. The photoreaction we investigate is based upon the solid-state [2 + 2] cycloaddition reaction. They utilize this light induced reaction with the goal of synthesizing unique molecules that contain cyclobutane rings. Within the area of thermal expansion, Groeneman researches the ability to control the direction and magnitude of the tensors of expansion by varying the type and strength of non-covalent interactions that sustains these solids. In a similar manner, he also investigates the role of motion capable and incapable components play on the overall thermal expansion within these molecular crystals.

T.J. Dunning, D.K. Unruh, E. Bosch, and R.H. Groeneman, Controlling Topology within Halogen-Bonded Networks by Varying the Regiochemistry of the Cyclobutane-based Nodes. Molecules 2021, 26, 3152.

N. Juneja, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Positive thermal expansion facilitates the formation of argentophilic forces following an order-disorder phase transition. New Journal of Chemistry 2021, 45, 8898.

MA Sinnwell, R.H. Groeneman, B.J. Ingenthron, C. Li, and L.R. MacGillivray, Supramolecular construction of a cyclobutane ring system with four different substituents in the solid state.Communications Chemistry 2021,4, 60.

C.L. Santana, JD Battle, D.K. Unruh, and R.H. Groeneman, Honeycomb molecular network based upon a hydrate of 4,6-dichlororesorcinol and the photoproduct rtct-tetrakis(pyridin-4-yl)cyclobutane. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2021, C77, 111.

R.H. Groeneman, D.-K. Bučar, L.R. MacGillivray, and J.L. Atwood, Quasi self-inclusion of a 1-D coordination polymer within a 2-D hydrogen-bonded grid: a chaperone effect. Journal of Coordination Chemistry 2021, 74, 162.

MA Sinnwell, C.L. Santana, E. Bosch, L.R. MacGillivray, and R.H. Groeneman, Application of a tetrapyrimidyl cyclobutane synthesized in the organic solid state: a halogen-bonded supramolecular ladder. CrystEngComm 2020, 22, 6780.

X. Ding, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Controlling Thermal Expansion within Mixed Co-crystals by Tuning Molecular Motion Capability. Chemical Science 2020, 11, 7701.

S.M. Oburn, C.L. Santana, E. Elacqua, and R.H. Groeneman, A diamondoid net sustained by halogen bonds: employing a cyclobutane to generate a tetrahedral architecture. CrystEngComm 2020, 22, 4349.

E. Bosch, JD Battle, and R.H. Groeneman, Crystal structure and photoreactivity of a halogen-bonded cocrystal based upon 1,2-diiodoperchlorobenzene and 1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethylene. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2020, C76, 557.

S.J. Kruse, E. Bosch, F. Brown, and R.H. Groeneman, Incorporating Ester Functionality within a Solid-State [2 + 2] Cycloaddition Reaction Based Upon Halogen Bonding Interactions. Crystal Growth and Design 2020, 20, 1969.

Office Browning Hall 335
Phone 314-246-7466

Shannon Kispert

Shannon Kispert

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Shannon Kispert, PhD, is a passionate educator and has taught anatomy and physiology at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school level. Her research interests include the investigation of cigarette smoking and E-cigarettes on breast and bladder cancer development and progression. She specifically studies phospholipase-A2 pathways and their dysregulation in response to smoke exposure. Kispert serves as the club advisor for Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, as well as the Webster University PreMedical Society (WUPMS). She is also recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges as a prehealth advisor.


PhD, Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

BS, Biological Science, University of Tulsa

Kispert, S., Marentette, J., McHowat, J. Cigarette smoking promotes bladder cancer via increased platelet-activating factor. Physiological Reports. 2019.

Kispert, S., Marentette, J. Campian, C., Isbell, S., Kuenzel, H., McHowat, J. Cigarette Smoke-Induced Bladder Damage: The Impact of Cigarette Smoking on Urothelial Cell Integrity. Physiological Reports. 2017.

Kispert, S., McHowat, J. Recent insights into cigarette smoking as a lifestyle risk factor for breast cancer. Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy.

Kispert, S., Crawford, S., McHowat, J. In Vivo Effects of Long Term Cigarette Smoke Exposure on Mammary Tissue in Mice. American Journal of Pathology. 2017

Kispert, S., Schwartz, T., McHowat, J. Cigarette Smoke Regulates Calcium-Independent Phospholipase A2 Metabolic Pathways in Breast Cancer. American Journal of Pathology. 2017.

Office Browning Hall 329
Phone 314-246-7826

Ravin Kodikara

Ravin Kodikara, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physics, Biological Sciences

Ravin Kodikara is a physicist and my research interests are in the areas of physics education and physics of sports. His recent, ongoing projects involved developing new laboratory activities for college and university physics laboratory courses and also studying kinematics of soccer. Another area of interest is investigating behavioral patterns in the insect world. In the recent past Kodikara has supervised several student projects to study olfactory memory and responses to earth’s magnetic field in western harvester ants.

Past research projects with students:

  • The Science behind Flip-Throw, Seema Haridas and Ravin Kodikara, Buffalo Case Study Conference, July 2019
  • Short and Long-Term Olfactory Memory Retention in pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Laura Meyer and Ravin Kodikara, St Louis Area Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2018
  • Robotics in Undergraduate Physics Lab , Ravin Kodikara, American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, July 2018, DC
  • Improving Students Success with New Physics Labs, Ravin Kodikara, The Physics Teacher, August 2017
  • Kinematics with Robotics - Using an Arduino based robot to study motion in physics, Megan Brandt and Ravin Kodikara,Research Across Disciplines Conference, Webster University, May 2017
  • Magnetoreception in Western Harvester Ants, Beltran Torres, Laura Meyer, Victoria Brown Kennerly and Ravin Kodikara, National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Memphis, April 2017


Office Browning Hall 348
Phone 314-246-7184

Faculty Name

Nicole Miller-Struttmann, PhD

Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

*denotes undergraduate co-authors

Tipton, A, NE Miller-Struttmann, and C Galen (2016) Finding partners in a habitat mosaic: patch history and size mediate host colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Ecosphere (Accepted).

Gibb, H and NE Miller-Struttmann (2015) Map that find! An archaeological science investigation. Science and Children 53(4): 68-75.

Miller-Struttmann, NE, JC Geib, JD Franklin, PG Kevan, RM Holdo, D Ebert-May, AM Lynn, JA Kettenbach*, E Hedrick*, and C Galen (2015) Functional mismatch in a bumble bee pollination mutualism under climate change. Science 349: 1541-1544 DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0868

Warren AL, M Burfield, and NE Miller-Struttmann (2015) The power of water: Modeling change in human-environment interactions. Science and Children 52(8): 50-56. Miller-Struttmann NE and C Galen (2014) High altitude multi-taskers: Bumble bee food plant use broadens along an altitudinal productivity gradient. Oecologia 176: 1033-1045 DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3066-8

Hiltpold I, Bernklau E, Bjostad LB, Alvarez N, Miller-Struttmann NE, Lundgren JG, Hibbard BE (2013) Nature, evolution and characterisation of rhizospheric chemical exudates affecting root herbivores, in Advances in Belowground Insect Behavior and Physiology 45: 97–157. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-417165-7.00003-9

Miller-Struttmann NE (2013) Rarity and reproductive biology: Habitat specialists reveal a complex relationship. Botany 91: 349–359. DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2012-0274Norby RJ, Ledford J, Reilly CD, Miller NE, and O'Neill EG. 2004. Fine root production dominates response of a deciduous forest to atmospheric CO2 enrichment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101: 9689-9693

Norby RJ, J Ledford, CD Reilly, NE Miller, and EG O'Neill (2004) Fine root production dominates response of a deciduous forest to atmospheric CO2 enrichment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101: 9689-9693. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0403491101

Miller-Struttmann NE (2016) Where have all the flowers gone: complexity & worldwide bee declines. Ecology Community Blog, PLOS.

Miller NE (2009) Plant-pollinator interactions on prairies and glades: Implications for endemism. Missouri Prairie Journal 30: 12-15.

Office Browning Hall 346
Phone 314-246-7628

Mary Preuss

Mary Preuss, PhD

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Mary Lai Preuss, PhD, has a background in plant cell biology, exploring the mechanisms by which molecules move for cell growth to occur. Currently she has a diverse array of research interests, including microbial diversity in freshwater systems, duckweed-mediated bioremediation of water systems, and bacteriophage discovery. She earned her BS in Biology with an emphasis in Plant Biotechnology at Cornell University and her PhD in Plant Cell Biology at the University of California, Davis. She completed postdoctoral work at the Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Kuehm L, Khojandi N, Piening A, Klevorn L, Geraud S, McLaughlin N, Griffett K, Burris T, Pyles K, Nelson A, Preuss M, Bockerstett K, Donlin M, McCommis K, DiPaolo R, and Teague R. Fructose promotes cytoprotection in melanoma tumors and resistance to immunotherapy. Cancer Immunology Research. 2020; 12(16): 2326-6066. doi: 10.1158/2326-6066.CIR-20-0396

Lopatto D, Rosenwald AG, DiAngelo JR, et al. Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2020;21(1):21.1.6. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2005

Bolyen E, Rideout JR, Dillon MR, et al. Reproducible, interactive, scalable and extensible microbiome data science using QIIME 2. Nat Biotechnol. 2019;37(8):852-857. doi:10.1038/s41587-019-0209-9

Hanauer DI, Graham MJ; SEA-PHAGES, et al. An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(51):13531-13536. doi:10.1073/pnas.1718188115

Elgin SCR, Hauser C, Holzen TM, et al. The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends Genet. 2017;33(2):81-85. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2016.11.004

Fleischacker CL, Segura-Totten M; SEA-PHAGES 2016 Bioinformatics Workshop, et al. Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium Phage CrystalP. Genome Announc. 2017;5(28):e00542-17. Published 2017 Jul 13. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00542-17

Office ISB 344
Phone 314-246-4211

Faculty Name

David Reddy

Instructor, Biological Sciences

Dave Redd is the owner of REDDY Health & Performance, a fitness consulting and coaching business. He specializes in active adult and functional aging fitness, transitional training from rehab back into fitness, and youth athletic development. Redd mentors many EXSC students in their research, but focuses mostly on practical application, fitness business, and health coaching skills for his students studying to become physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and fitness gym owners.

Redd has been featured on local Channel 2 and 5, Fox and NBC affiliates, discussing functional aging fitness before and during Covid, and in the St. Louis Post Dispatch talking about technology in fitness. Redd has created a “Catholic FIT” curriculum where he consults both locally and nationally with grade school PE teachers helping them update their fitness and physical literacy curricula and family fitness programs. His areas of expertise include: exercise kinesiology & functional anatomy, coaching health & fitness, and business of fitness & personal training.

Reed received his BS in Biology |at UM – St. Louis, Missouri, and his MS in Athletic Training |at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Special Populations Specialist, NASM Certified Fitness Trainer, IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, and Functional Movement Systems FMS Level 1.


Phone 314-246-7611

Nigora Turaeva

Nigora Turaeva

Research Fellow, Biological Sciences

Nigora Turaeva has authored or co-authored three books, over 60 research articles, two chapters on theoretical aspects of radiation processes in condensed matter and biological systems, synergetics, nanoscience and catalysis. She reviewed research articles of Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. She is on the Editorial Board of Polymers. She reviewed PhD and DSc dissertations in Uzbekistan.

Turaeva's areas of expertise include nanoscience, biophysics, radiation physics of condensed matter, and self-organization in physics, chemistry and biology (synergetics). She earned her DSc from the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Uzbekistan, in 2006; her PhD from Institute of Nuclear Physics, Uzbekistan, in 1994; and her MS from Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan, in 1991.

Kulonov A., Mirzarakhmetova D., Turaeva N., Obtaining of bacterial polysaccharides, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 2020 (4), 63-67 (2021).

Turaeva N., Aripova N., Oksengendler B.L., Long-range correlations in Covid-19 growth, Europe PMC, Preprint from arXiv, 06 May 2020,

Turaeva N., Fushimi R., Yablonsky G., Kinetic expression for optimal catalyst electronic configuration: The case of ammonia decomposition, The journal of Physical Chemistry C 124(48), 26310-26319 (2020).

Oksengendler B.L., Turaev N.Yu., Turaeva N.N., Suleymanov S.X., Ashirmetov A.Kh., Iskandarova F., Auger-destruction of deformed quasi-one-dimensional molecular objects: features and applications, Doklady of Uzbek Academy of Sciences 3, 43-49 (2020).

Oksengendler B.L., Turaeva N.N., Nikiforova N.N., Minina M.V., Chechulina M.V., Iskandarova F., Hypothesis about the universal role of the Auger-cascade in the selection of the elemental composition and chiral dissymmetry of macromolecules in living systems, Russian Journal of biological physics and chemistry 5 (4), 571-579 (2020).

Turaeva N., Electronic model of enzymatic reactions, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry1180, 112827 (2020).

Turaeva N., Krueger H., Wolkenstein`s model of size effects in CO oxidation by gold nanoparticles, Catalysts 10(3), 288 (2020).

Turaeva N., B.L. Oksengendler, Non-Poissonian distribution of point mutations in DNA, Frontier in Chemistry 8, 38 (2020).

Phone 314-246-7626

Pearson House, 8260 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119
English Department Faculty and Staff

Murray Farish

Murray Farish

Department Chair, Associate Professor, English

Murray Farish's stories have been published in such journals as Epoch, The Missouri Review, Black Warrior Review, Phoebe, Low Rent, The Roanoke Review. Farish is the faculty advisor to The Green Fuse, Webster's student literary magazine. He was the winner of the Donald Barthelme Fellowship at the University of Houston. His first book, a collection of stories called "Inappropriate Behavior," will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2014.


Faculty Name

Karen Miller

Department Coordinator, English



Phone 314-968-7170

Faculty Name

Karla Armbruster

Professor, English; Coordinator, Professional Writing Program; Chair, Sustainability Studies Committee

Karla Armbruster is the co-editor of two collections of criticism: "The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place" and "Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism." She is also executive secretary of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, having held several other leadership positions within that organization in the past.

Most recently, she has become very interested in animal studies and is working on a book on literary and popular representations of dogs. This project combines personal narrative, literary and cultural analysis, and scientific information on canine behavior and genetics in order to examine the ways we position dogs on the border between culture and nature. In the process, it explores how our representations of dogs inform not only our relationships with real dogs but also our engagement with the wildness of the natural world. For a taste of this project, read a talk Armbruster gave on “Dogs, Dirt, and Public Space” at a gathering sponsored by the Animals and Society Institute at Duke University in 2009.

Armbruster's interests are also reflected in her courses; for example, her Perspectives course on Werewolves, Seal Wives, Grizzly Men and Other Metamorphoses (now offered as Human-Animal Transformations) won the 2011 Distinguished New Course Award from the Humane Society of the United States and the Animals and Society Institute. View the Global Thinking story.


Phone 314-246-7577

Faculty Name

Kimberly Grey

Visiting Professor, English



Sheila Hwang

Sheila Hwang

Professor, English

Sheila Hwang is currently working on a project entitled "The Watering Place in Jane Austen's Novels: Space, Language, Consumerism." In the past, Hwang has published on the impact of identity on choices in pedagogy as well as on the links between advertising and literature during the consumer revolution. In addition to sharing her scholarly work at academics conferences, she has welcomed opportunities to give presentations to the general public in conjunction with organizations such as the Dickens Universe, the Jane Austen Society of North America, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


Phone 314-246-7817

Anne McIlhaney

Anne McIlhaney

Professor, English

Anne Mcllhaney received her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia, where she completed her dissertation on 16th- and 17th-century British angling literature. She has published articles on women anglers in 17th-century British poetry and on Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler, and has presented her scholarly work on early modern angling at various regional and national academic conferences. She has also presented public lectures on gender in Shakespeare's plays at such venues as the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


Phone 314-246-7581

Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Faculty and Staff

Paula Hanssen

Paula Hanssen, PhD

Department Chair, Associate Professor, German


Elisabeth Hauptmann : Brecht's Silent Collaborator, New York University Ottendorfer Series, Neue Folge Band 46. Ed. Volkmar Sander. Bern : Peter Lang, 1995.

Articles in German:
"Elisabeth Hauptmann : Schriftstellerin , Dramaturgin , Muse"in "Was fur eine Frau !" Portraits aus Ostwestfalen­ Lippe. Ed. A.Brtinink , H. Grubitzsch. Bielefeld : Westfalen 1992, 245-56.
"Elisabeth Hauptmann" in "Bertihmte Frauen Kalender 1997." Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 1997.
"Elisabeth Hauptmann" in "300 Portraits beruehmter Frauen," Surhkamp, 2000.

Articles in English:
"The Indispensable 'Mitarbeiterin "' in Theater : Yale School of Drama 25, No. 2, 1994, 30-32.
"Elisabeth Hauptmann and Brecht's Chinese Poems" in The Brecht Yearbook 19(1994): 187-210.
"Prostitutes in Brecht's Dramas" in Prostitution in Modern German Literature. Camden House, 2000.
"Women in Exile: E. Hauptmann and M. Steffin in exile with Brecht'' in a forthcoming anthology (2006).

Reviews in various journals of:
Astrid Horst, "Prima inter pares" in the "German Quarterly" 66, 3 (Summer 1993), 396-98.
"Vol. 1, Journale" in "Bertolt Brecht: GroBe, kommentierte Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe, Vol. 26" in "GDR Bulletin"(Sp. 1996), 18ff.
Jan Knopf , "Gelegentlich: Poesie" in "Brecht Yearbook 22" (1997), 488f. Lyon, James. "Brecht Unbound " in "Monatshefte 89," (Winter 1997), 580.
Annedore Leber et al., "The Conscience in Revolt: Portraits of Resistance," in the "Journal of Women in Ger­ man" (1998).
Weeden, Chris. ''Postwar Women's Writing in German"in "The German Studies Review Vol. 21, No. 3," Oct. 1998 (661).

Office Browning Hall, ISB 411
Phone 314-968-7054

Sarah Navarrete

Sarah Navarrete

Department Representative



Phone 314-968-7047

Salim Ayoub

Salim Ayoub

Assistant Professor, French



Faculty Name

Elsa Fan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anthropology



Office Browning Hall, ISB 321
Phone 314-246-8082

Jong Bum (JB) Kwon

Jong Bum (JB) Kwon, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology



Office Browning Hall, ISB 327
Phone 314-246-7018

Silvia Navia Mendez-Bonito

Silvia Navia Mendez-Bonito, PhD

Professor, Spanish

Originally from Navia, a small town on the Northwestern coast of Spain, Silvia Navia Mendez-Bonito completed her Licenciatura in English at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain). She earned her PhD on Hispanic Literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a specialization in the literature of the Spanish American Colonial period. In addition, Navia is an invited lecturer and author on the history of the Kingdom of Quito (modern day Ecuador), with an emphasis in patriotic feelings surfacing in historical discourse. At Webster University, Navia is the Chair of the Department of International Languages and Cultures where she oversees the operational and educational goals of the department.

Teaching is Navia’s passion, inspiration, and vocation. She leads Spanish language courses, Span and Spanish America cultural courses, and advanced seminars on different topics. For her, teaching provides a window of opportunity to share her students adventure into learning, discovering, and experiencing others worlds, people, and cultures. She also is the faculty advisor for Latin American Student Organization.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 435
Phone 314-246-7879

Emily Thompson

Emily E. Thompson, PhD

Professor, French

Emily Thompson publishes in the field of 16th-century French literature. Her teaching interests include contemporary Francophone literature, children’s literature in French and comics journalism. She regularly teaches beginning French language courses and has been nominated twice for the Messing teaching award. She has served as Chair of the International Languages and Cultures department and has been a part of the Faculty Senate as well as co-chair of the Women’s Studies Committee.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 403
Phone 314-968-7050

Faculty Name

Dongling Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Sociology

Dongling Zhang is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Webster University. He earned his PhD in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. His research interests include university entrepreneurship education, micro-enterprise development program in China’s urban areas, social capital theories, feminist theories, and Chinese intellectualism.


Office Browning Hall 322
Phone 314-968-3263

History, Politics, International Relations and Religious Studies Faculty and Staff

Kristen Anderson Morton

Kristen Anderson Morton

Department Chair, Associate Professor of History

Kristen Anderson, PhD, is an associate professor of history. She specializes in 19th century U.S. social history, in particular the participation of immigrants in the Civil War and debates over slavery. She is currently working on a new book project examining how German immigrants remembered and commemorated their Civil War participation. Her publications include “Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in 19th Century America” (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016), “German Americans, African Americans, and the Republican Party in St. Louis, 1865-1872” in the Journal of American Ethnic History (vol. 28, no. 1), and “‘Wir auch im Süden halten Wacht’: Ethnic Germans and Civil War Commemoration in Nineteenth-Century Charleston,” in The South Carolina Historical Magazine (forthcoming). Dr. Anderson teaches a wide variety of classes on the 19th century United States, including courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. women’s history, St. Louis history, the history of the American West, the history of U.S. Slavery, and the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.


Office H. Sam Priest Center 204
Phone 314-246-7065

Faculty Name

Robbie O'Toole

Department Representative, HPRR



Office H. Sam Priest Center 208
Phone 314-968-7060
Fax 314-968-7403

Faculty Name

Dani Belo

Visiting Professor, HPRR




John Chappell

John Chappell

Professor, History



Office H. Sam Priest Center 216
Photo 314-968-7496

Lindsey Kingston

Lindsey Kingston

Associate Professor, Director of Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

Lindsey Kingston directs the university’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes overseeing the undergraduate human rights program and the research journal Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights. Kingston earned her PhD in Social Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she also earned an MA in Political Science. She holds an MA in Ethics and International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., as well as a BS in Journalism from Boston University.

Much of Kingston’s research centers on the concept of functioning citizenship, when a person enjoys an active and mutually-beneficial relationship with a government. She is a topical expert on the issue of statelessness, when an individual does not have legal nationality to any country, and her work has received special recognition from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her research interests also include forced migration, indigenous rights, genocide prevention, transnational social movements, and human rights education (HRE). Her work has been published in The Journal of Human Rights, Human Rights Review, The Journal of Human Rights Practice, Forced Migration Review, and BMC International Health and Human Rights. She is the book review editor for Human Rights Review.


Office H. Sam Priest Center 210
Phone 314-246-8794

Allan MacNeill

Allan MacNeill

Professor, Political Economy

Allan MacNeill, PhD, is Professor of Political Economy, with a joint appointment in the Departments of History, Politics, and International Relations and Business. He teaches a variety of courses in political economy and economic history, including International Political Economy, The Political Economy of Sex, Drugs, and Garbage, Gender and Globalization, Economic Development, and The History of Economic Crises. MacNeill received both the Kemper and Emerson awards for excellence in teaching in 2012. Since arriving at Webster in 1994, MacNeill has taught in the Netherlands, Thailand, China, and Russia.


Office H. Sam Priest Center 201A
Phone 314-968-7489

Faculty Name

Chris Parr

Professor, Religious Studies



Office H. Sam Priest Center 103
Phone 314-246-7739

Kelly-Kate Pease

Kelly-Kate Pease

Professor, International Relations, Director, Online Programs in International Relations

Kelly-Kate Pease, PhD, is Professor of International Relations in the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations and Director of the International Relations Program. She is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and the Master of Arts (MA) in International Nongovernmental Organizations. Dr. Pease is a noted scholar who has published extensively on international relations. Her book, International Organizations: Perspectives on Global Governance, is currently in its fifth edition, and the co-authored book The United Nations and Changing World Politics is in its seventh. Dr. Pease has published articles and chapters on human rights, foreign policy, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian assistance, and international law. She is currently writing a book on human rights diplomacy. Dr. Pease is passionate about teaching both graduate and undergraduate students, in a variety of formats.


Office H. Sam Priest Center 212
Phone 314-968-7083

David Pennington

David Pennington

Associate Professor, History

David Pennington, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History. His research focuses on how early modern England responded and adapted to economic change. He has published articles in Parliamentary History,Sixteenth Century Journal and The Seventeenth Century. His first book, “Going to Market: Women, Trade, and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns” (forthcoming from Ashgate), explores how market women exploited new economic opportunities and negotiated the gendered and social tensions which accompanied England’s transition toward a commercial society. His next project will investigate the role political conflicts in Elizabethan and early Stuart parliaments played in reshaping England’s political economy. Dr. Pennington enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses on early modern Europe, women’s and gender history, British history, and historical methodology. Selected to participate in a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Empires and Interactions in the Early Modern World, Dr. Pennington is currently developing new courses on world and global history.


Office H. Sam Priest Center 206
Phone 314-246-7562

Faculty Name

Leif Rosenberger

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, HPRR



Faculty Name

Warren Rosenblum

Professor, History

Warren Rosenblum is professor of history and chair of the History, Politics and International Relations Department at Webster University in St. Louis. He is the author of “Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Germany, 1850-1933,” which won the Baker-Burton Prize of the Southern Historical Association. He has also published essays on the history of disability, eugenics and euthanasia, and antisemitism in modern Europe. He is currently finishing a book about an antisemitic justice scandal in the Weimar Republic, and working on a major study of the treatment of the “feeble-minded” in modern Europe. Rosenblum serves on the Executive Committee of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis and is a fellow of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Webster. He has been a visiting professor at SUNY–Binghamton, Bowdoin College, and Deep Springs College and a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Washington D.C.


Office H. Sam Priest Center 213
Phone 314-968-7066

Faculty Name

Joseph Stimpfl

Professor, Religious Studies



Office H. Sam Priest Center 203
Phone 314-968-7135

Faculty Name

Keith Welsh

Professor, Religious Studies



Office H. Sam Priest Center 205
Phone 314-968-7182

Gwyneth Williams

Gwyneth Williams

Professor, Political Science



Office H. Sam Priest Center 209
Phone 314-968-7069

Law, Crime and Social Justice Faculty and Staff

Faculty Name

Robin Jefferson Higgins, JD

Department Chair, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies

Robin Jefferson Higgins is an assistant professor, chair, director, and associate professor for the Legal Studies Department at Webster University. She earned her BA in Economics, BA in Spanish, and MA in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law. Prior to her position with Webster University, she was a federal law clerk for Charles A. Shaw, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. After her clerkship, she joined the law firm of Lashly & Bear, P.C. where she practiced school law, administrative law, worker’s compensation, and employment law. She currently teaches a variety of courses for Webster University, such as Methods of Legal Research and Writing, Civil Litigation, Introduction to Legal Studies, American Constitutional Law, Anglo-American Legal History, School Law, and Legal Ethics.


Office Webster Hall 315
Phone 314-246-8724

Faculty Name

Gabrielle Halley

Department Coordinator, Law, Crime & Social Justice



Office Webster Hall 320
Phone 314-246-7068

Faculty Name

Anne Geraghty-Rathert

Professor, Legal Studies

Anne Geraghty-Rathert is a professor in the Legal Studies Department at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She also is on the Executive Committee and teaches in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. In addition to teaching full time, Geraghty-Rathert is an attorney in private practice. Her primary areas of practice and research deal with legal issues arising out of violence against women, including orders of protection, clemency, and commutation. Geraghty-Rathert is the director and attorney for the WILLOW Project, where she represents wrongfully convicted female clients, all of whom have lengthy sentences in prison.


Office Webster Hall 317
Phone 314-246-7827

Faculty Name

Allison Gorga

Assistant Professor



Phone: 314-246-5950

Faculty Name

Christine Hart




Office Webster Hall 318
Phone 314-246-7067

Faculty Name

Tracey McCarthy




Phone 314-968-5913

Faculty Name

Danielle MacCartney, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology

MacCartney, D. (in press). Monitoring the world society: LGBT human rights in Russia and Sweden. In V. Demos & M. T. Segal (Eds.), Gender panic, gender policy (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 24): Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Stotzer, R. & MacCartney, D. (2015). The role of institutional factors on on-campus reported rape prevalence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-21.

MacCartney, D. (2015). International LGBT rights. In S. Thompson (Ed,), The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. (Vol.1, pp. 476-483). Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield.

Kingston. L., MacCartney, D., & Miller, A. (2014). Facilitating student engagement: Social responsibility and freshmen learning communities. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 2(1), 63-80.

Woolf, L. M., & MacCartney, D. (2014). Sexual and gender minorities. In C. V. Johnson, H. Friedman, J. Diaz, B. Nastasi, & Z. Franco (Eds.), Handbook of social justice and psychology (pp. 155-176). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

MacCartney, D. (2013). The state of same-sex marriage in the United States. In L.P. Itaborahy & J. Zhu (Eds.). State sponsored homophobia: A world survey of laws, criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love (pp. 98-101). Brussels, Belgium: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 331
Phone 314-246-7516

Faculty Name

Joseph Zlatic

Associate Professor



Phone 314-246-5932

Browning Hall, ISB 101, 8274 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119

Students in the nurse anesthesia program benefit from highly knowledgeable science and anesthesia faculty who are specialists in their content areas. They share a passion for education and a commitment to learning and teaching in smaller class sizes. Basic science courses are taught by doctoral-educated full-time and adjunct faculty who are specialists in that content area.

Nurse Anesthesia Faculty and Staff

Jill Stulce

Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Anesthesia



Office Browning Hall, ISB 105
Phone 314-246-7846

Jamie Breuer

Jamie Breuer

Department Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia



Office Browning Hall, ISB 101
Phone 314-246-5927

Michael Burns

Michael Burns, CRNA

Assistant Professor, Anesthesia



Phone 314-246-5927

Vicki Coopmans

Vicki Callan, PhD, CRNA

Director of Education, Associate Professor, Anesthesia



Phone 314-246-5928

Nicholas Curdt

Nicholas C. Curdt, DNAP, CRNA

Assistant Professor, Anesthesia



Phone 314-246-7203

Martina Steed

Martina Steed, PhD, CRNA

Director Clinical Education, Associate Professor, Anesthesia



Phone 314-246-7765

Physical Address:
Interdisciplinary Science Building/Browning Hall
Room 407
8274 Big Bend Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63119

Mailing Address:
470 E. Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63119
Nursing Faculty and Staff

Jan Palmer

Janice Palmer, PhD, RN, CNE

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nursing

Janice (Jan) Palmer, PhD, RN, CNE is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Nursing. She has worked as an RN in many settings including acute care, outpatient surgery, home care and long-term care. From 1994 to 2000, as a research instructor, she worked in several roles at Washington University’s Memory Diagnostic Center, Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. Palmer served as a full-time faculty member at Saint Louis University School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016 which included time as the RN to BSN Option Coordinator from 2010 to 2016 and the assistant dean of special projects (with an emphasis on accreditation) from 2013 to 2015. She has been at Webster University since August 2016.

SmithBattle, L., Lorenz, R.A., Reangsing, C., Palmer, J.L., & Pitroff, G. (2018). A methodological review of qualitative longitudinal research in nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 25 (4): e12248

Bultas, M.W., Schmuke, A.D., Davis, R.L., & Palmer, J.L. (2017). Crossing the “line”: College students and academic integrity. Nurse Education Today, 56: 57-62.

Langan, J., Palmer, J.L., Christopher, K., & Shagavah, A. (2017). Joplin tornado survivors, hospital employees and community members: Reflections of resilience and acknowledgement of pain. Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing, 4(1): 57-65.

SmithBattle, L., Pohlman, S., Palmer, J.L., Lorenz, R.A., & Cibulka, N.J. (2016). Placebo and the healing process (Guest editorial). Clinical Nursing Research, 25(6): 587-589.

Palmer, J.L., Bultas, M., Davis, R.L., Schmuke, A.D., & Fender, J.B. (2016). Nursing examinations: Promotion of integrity and prevention of cheating. Nurse Educator, 41(4): 180-184.

Palmer, J.L., Lach, H.W., McGillick, J., Murphy-White, M., Carroll, M.B., & Armstrong, J.L. (2014). The Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative education program for acute care nurses and staff. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(9): 416-424.

Palmer, J.L., Langan, J., Krampe, J., Krieger, M., Lorenz, R., Schneider, J.K., Smith, J.M., & Lach, H. (2014). A model for risk reduction for older adults vulnerable to nursing home placement. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 28(2): 162-192.

Office ISB/Browning Hall 441
Phone 314-246-7488

Faculty Name

Theresa Altmann

Department Coordinator, Nursing




Stephanie Dribben

Stephanie Dribben, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Stephanie Dribben, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the Nursing Department. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Missouri–Columbia as well as her BSN and MSN from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. As a registered nurse, Dribben worked in emergency medicine, oncology and critical care. After attaining her MSN she began practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner in a surgical and trauma intensive care unit where she continues to work. She also taught medical-surgical and mental health nursing as an assistant professor at St. Louis Community College for three years before joining Webster University as a Hearst Fellow. She received her DNP at Goldfarb School of Nursing, and her research interests included violence prevention and burnout in critical care providers.


Office ISB/Browning Hall 433
Phone 314-246-7482

Susan McFarlan

Sue McFarlan, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Associate Professor, MSN Coordinator, Nursing

Sue McFarlan is a nurse with 33 years of experience in critical care, leadership and, since 2015, education. Her main area of interest is facilitating the development of nursing leadership at all levels. Her goal is to improve patient outcomes, strengthen and empower the nursing profession, and the healthcare system as a whole.

Bedside nursing care drives patient outcomes and the leaders providing management at this level are pivotal in achieving patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, retention, healthy work environments and all organizational outcomes. McFarlan's interest is in empowering nurses in leadership roles to be innovative and provide evidence-based leadership. From providing care at the bedside to implementing a Rapid Response Team, and being a nurse leader over several hospital units, McFarlan has sought to educate and empower nurses to practice to their greatest ability. McFarlan espouses that mutual respect, knowledge and an environment of collaboration are keys to creating an innovative and healthy nursing workforce.

McFarlan received the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. McFarlan has been an assistant professor at Webster University since fall 2015. As a nursing faculty person, she works with nurses taking leadership courses in the RN to BSN and the MSN programs. McFarlan is very interested in implementing interactive and engaging learning techniques with her students, helping them to apply new knowledge in their practice environments.


Office ISB/Browning Hall 437
Phone 314-246-7132

Faculty Name

Dorcas McLaughlin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, TEP

Professor, Nursing

Dorcas McLaughlin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, TEP is a professor in the Nursing Department at Webster University in St. Louis. She is board certified both as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) in psychiatric mental health nursing and as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. Joining the faculty at Webster University in 2014, McLaughlin teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses. Her areas of expertise include behavioral health, teaching, communication, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, family violence, psychodrama and the expressive arts. As an educator and psychotherapist for more than 30 years, McLaughlin has extensive clinical experience working with clients in private practice, acute care and community settings. Her research interest include psychodrama, complex trauma, mindfulness, intimate partner violence, teen mothers' mental health and education. In 2017, she became a fellow in the Global Leadership Academy at Webster University. In addition, McLaughlin provides psychodrama training and personal growth groups in the U.S., Asia and Europe.


Office ISB/Browning Hall 439
Phone 314-246-7179

Jody Spiess

Jody Spiess, PhD, RN, GCPH

Hearst Fellow, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Jody Spiess is a registered nurse with 20 years of experience. Her nursing history includes cardiac, mother/baby, public health nursing and nursing education. Her main area of interest is in the public health nursing specialty, and Spiess' passion is in helping underserved residents in the St. Louis community.

Spiess received an ADN from St. Louis Community College at Meramec, BSN and MSN from Webster University, a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Missouri Columbia and her PhD in nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Spiess' dissertation was on the disaster preparedness of community health nurse educators all over the United States.

Spiess is extremely honored to be a Hearst fellow and faculty member at Webster University.


Office ISB/Browning Hall 454
Phone 314-246-7003

Faculty Name

Melissa Spriggs, PhD

Assistant Professor, Nursing; Program Director, MA in Human Services

Melissa Spriggs has worked in the human services field for over 20 years in the areas of disabilities services, substance abuse, juvenile corrections, mental health, and several middle and high school settings. Spriggs has also been adjunct faculty at George Washington University, Trinity Washington University, McKendree University and Lindenwood University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Truman State University, a master's degree in counseling from Western Illinois University and a doctorate in counseling from George Washington University.

Spriggs is currently the director of the MA in Human Services program at Webster University in St. Louis. The program began in the fall of 2015 and is now offered both as a blended program to local students and also fully online. Spriggs enjoys educating, mentoring and advising her students as they progress and grow through the program and in their careers. Her current research interests are compassion fatigue, wounded healers and identity and career development of human services workers.


Office Human Services, ISB/Browning Hall 404
Phone 314-246-3197

Faculty Name

Cami Weber, MSN, MBA, RN

Assistant Professor

Cami Weber is an alumna of Webster University’s BSN (2004) and MSN (2007) nursing programs. She is working towards a PhD in Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is expected to complete her degree in Spring 2022. In addition to the previous academic accomplishments, Weber received her MBA from DeVry University in 2015.

Weber’s clinical nursing experience includes obstetrics, special care nursery and women’s health. Additionally, she has experience working in higher education publishing, nursing education and management. Her research interests include populations of women with substance use disorder and nursing education.

Weber’s personal interests include cooking, gardening and traveling with her husband and two daughters. Both daughters are graduates of Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.


Office ISB/Browning Hall 454
Phone 314-246-7988

Pearson House, 8260 Big Bend Blvd., 470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Philosophy Department Faculty and Staff

Faculty Name

Bruce Umbaugh, PhD

Department Chair, Professor, Philosophy

Bruce Umbaugh became a philosopher to try to understand everything. He works on issues about how various technologies embody values and on issues about human reason and knowledge. Courses he teaches include Critical Thinking, The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, Theory of Knowledge, Feminist Philosophy and Technology, Global Information Ethics, Making Decisions, and the Keystone Seminar Real World Survivor. He enjoys helping students discover new perspectives, make new intellectual connections, and formulate their own meaningful accounts of things.


Phone 314-968-7172

Faculty Name

Karen Miller

Department Coordinator, Philosophy



Phone 314-968-7170

Faculty Name

Don Morse, PhD

Professor, Philosophy

Don Morse's main interest is American Pragmatism, especially the philosophy of John Dewey. He is also interested in Phenomenology and Existentialism. Morse's work focuses on the ways in which concrete life—or what Dewey calls "primary experience"—is the source of meaning and value. He teaches courses in American Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Political Theory, and Aesthetics.


Phone 314-246-7737

Kate Parsons

Kate Parsons, PhD

Professor, Philosophy

Kate Parsons grounds her work in philosophy with a commitment to social justice. Her interdisciplinary teaching and learning connects her to a range of programs at Webster, including Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sustainability Studies, and International Human Rights. She teaches Feminist Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Contemporary Moral Problems, Global Ethics, Feminist and Gender Theory, and Human Rights and the Environment. Her current research grapples with ethical questions related to climate change, international travel, white anti-racist work and motherhood.


Phone 314-246-7887

Faculty Name

David Carl Wilson

Professor, Philosophy; Dean Emeritus, College of Arts & Sciences; Senior Advisor, Webster University

His current research interest is in the conceptual foundations of leadership, with ongoing projects on Machiavelli, women in leadership, and corporate social responsibility. He is also interested in philosophy and theater, currently serving as the staff philosopher for the St. Louis Tennessee Williams Festival. He teaches for both the philosophy department and the management department. Upcoming philosophy courses include political philosophy and a summer course in Florence, Italy on Machiavelli. His publications include "A Guide to Good Reasoning" (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1999) and articles on the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of religion and Wittgenstein.


Phone 314-246-7180

Professional Counseling Department Faculty and Staff

Molly Stehn

Molly Stehn, EdD, LPC

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, South Carolina

Molly Stehn is an associate professor and chair of the Professional Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds an Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and an Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati (both are CACREP accredited programs). Stehn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Missouri), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through NBCC. She received intensive training on the practice of dialectical behavior therapy from BehavioralTech. Stehn is a member of the ACA and several of its divisions, including the Association for Creativity in Counseling, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, ACA of Missouri, South Carolina Counseling Association, and NCACES. The high value Stehn places on student learning is evident in her relational approach to teaching, her scholarly activity, her professional development and her university service.

Prior to going into counselor education, Stehn trained for a career as a professional opera singer. During that stage in her life, she earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Thus, she thoroughly enjoys finding any means possible for incorporating her musical expertise into her teaching, research and clinical practice.

For fun, Stehn enjoys the performing arts, running, cooking and baking.


Location Webster Hall 304, Webster Groves, MO
Phone 314-246-8646

Faculty Name

Susan Spiess

Department Respresentative, Professional Counseling



Hasmik Chakaryan

Hasmik Chakaryan, PhD, LPC

Clinical Director, Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves

Hasmik Chakaryan is an assistant professor and clinical director for the Department of Professional Counseling at Webster University. She has obtained her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo under Dr. Martin Richie in 2013. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in social justice and human rights activism and advocacy. Among many projects, Chakaryan has also established a training program for counseling paraprofessionals in Mexico. She has presented in numerous state and national conferences. Her experience includes extensive work with marginalized populations and groups in Armenia, Romania, Mexico and the United States. Chakaryan has designed the first sexual assault and rape survivor group therapy in the Counseling Center of the University of Toledo.

Chakaryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) both in Ohio and Missouri and a Certified Trauma Specialist as well as a victim advocate. She specializes in multicultural counseling and supervision, as well as crisis, trauma and disaster mental health counseling. Chakaryan provides training for professionals on intimate partner violence, multicultural competence in counseling and supervision, working with refugee and immigrant populations, and working with victims of various traumas. Her current research focuses on internationalizing the profession of counseling and bringing awareness of mental health in East Europe.


Location Webster Hall 300, Webster Groves, MO
Phone 314-246-8217

Faculty Name

Stacy L. Henning, PhD, LPC, ACS

Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves

Stacy Henning is an associate professor in the Professional Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds a PhD and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education and Supervision from CACREP accredited doctoral and master’s programs, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through NBCC. Stacy is an active member in ACA Committees including former senior chair to the ACA Ethics Committee and member of the Public Policy and Legislative Committee; a Site Team Chair for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); an active member of University and department committees; and a practicing professional counselor in St. Louis. Current research includes women in life transition, neuroscience in clinical counseling, and couples counseling.


Location Webster Hall 302, Webster Groves, MO
Phone 314-246-8215

Faculty Name

Ryan Liberati, PhD, LPC, ACS, CCMHC, NCC

Associate Professor, School Counseling Coordinator, Professional Counseling, South Carolina

Ryan Liberati is an assistant professor of professional counseling at Webster University. His main research interests are intimate partner violence, competency with sexual minorities, and counseling adolescents and children. His clinical specialties are children, adolescents, and LGBTQ. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, as well as a National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. In addition, he has earned his Approved Clinical Supervisor credential through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Liberati also serves as Editor for the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling newsletter. He also is appointed by the Mayor of Fairview Heights, Illinois, as a committee member for the Americans with Disabilities Act committee.


Location Webster Hall 301, Webster Groves, MO
Phone 314-246-7624

Faculty Name

V. Muthoni Musangali, PhD, NCC

Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves

V. Muthoni Musangali is an associate professor in the Counseling Department at Webster University. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg College and a B.Ed. (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), North Central ACES, and the Association for Assessment in Counseling (AACE). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Musangali’s publications include a co-authored a chapter in ACA’s "Handbook on International Counseling" (2013), as well as an article in the Journal of Counseling & Development on the development of counseling in Kenya.


Office Webster Hall 307, Webster Groves, MO
Phone 314-246-8278

Faculty Name

Hemla D. Singaravelu, PhD, LPC

Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves

Hemla D. Singaravelu, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor and professor in the Department of Professional Counseling, Webster University-St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Prior to her role at Webster, she was an associate professor at Saint Louis University and served as the co-chair/director of the master's program. She was an assistant professor at Southwest Missouri State University and prior to this, the coordinator of Counseling, Career and Mentor Programs at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, USA. She received her doctorate in counselor education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, specializing in multicultural/diversity counseling and career development. She has been the editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the Career Development Quarterly (ad hoc), and the Journal of LGBT issues in Counseling. She has published and presented in the areas of multicultural counseling, career development of diverse populations, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual population. She has also published the book "A Handbook for Counseling International Students in the United States." She identifies as a Malaysian Indian.


Location Webster Hall 312, Webster Groves, MO
Phone 314-246-7569

Browning Hall 305 - Interdisciplinary Science Building, 8274 Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63119
Psychology Department Faculty and Staff

Eric Goedereis

Eric A. Goedereis, PhD

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Psychology


*denotes teaching-related publication/presentation
#denotes student co-author

McMullin, S.D.#, & Goedereis, E.A. (2014, May). Physiological stress responses to anti-obesity advertisement among overweight and obese women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Chicago, IL.

Theberge, K. #, Simpson, I. #, & Goedereis, E.A. (2014, May). E-Cigarettes: Is the 'E' For Emerging Adults? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Chicago, IL.

Goedereis, E.A., & Ayotte, B.J. (2014, February). Promoting gerontological scholarship in teaching-intensive institutions. Pre-Conference Institute presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Denver, CO.

Henrie, J., Patrick, J.H., Goedereis, E.A., & Steele, J.C. (in press). Religiousness and volunteerism among emerging adults. Journal of Adult Development.

McMullin, S.D. #, & Goedereis, E.A. (2013, October). Physical health and attitudes towards obese persons among emerging adults. Poster presented at the 6th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), Chicago, IL.

Goedereis, E.A., & Ayotte, B.J. (2013, October). Emerging adults in college and faculty scholarship: A convenient opportunity or just plain convenient? Paper presented at the 6th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), Chicago, IL.

Dowd-Higgins, C., Ballman, D., Goedereis, E.A., Harrison, J., & Fiske, S. (2013, July). Three men. Three Ages. One Job. Invited panelist for HuffPost Live conversation.

Portz, K. #, & Goedereis, E.A. (2013, May). Sexual harassment on campus: Age, living status, and students' experiences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Goedereis, E.A. (2013, February). Do changes in perceived control over short-term goal pursuits correspond to changes in physical activity and well-being during midlife? Invited colloquium presented at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

Nienaber, K.#, Goedereis, E.A., & Koepp, H.# (2011, March). Death anxiety and education: A comparison among undergraduate and graduate students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, OH.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 311
Phone 314-246-7513

Faculty Name


Department Representative




Faculty Name

Gloria Grenwald, PhD

Professor, Counseling Psychology and Family Therapy, Psychology


Grenwald, G. (2007). Using a narrative approach to internationalize the psychology curriculum. Symposium Presentation, 115th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. San Francisco, California.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2003). Assessing the benefit of internationalized psychology courses: Student outcomes. Symposium Presentation, 111th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2002). Relationship of current quality of life and family of origin dynamics for college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Paper presented at Family: Strengths and Cohesion Conference sponsored by the Institute of Sociology, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, Shanghai, China.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. 2002). Understanding and working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder children: Teachers and parents. Invited Workshop at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2002). Relationship between current quality of life and family of origin dynamics for college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Journal of Attention Disorders, 5, 211-222.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Global studies programs linked via the Internet. Panel Chair. International Studies Association Meeting, Chicago.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Must international studies be so darned international? Panel Chair. Title VI-A Project Directors meeting, Washington D.C.

Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Curriculum strategies. Plenary Presentation. Human Rights Education Workshop co-sponsored by United States Institute for Peace, Webster University.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 319
Phone 314-968-7073


Morgan Grotewiel

Morgan M. Grotewiel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Morgan Grotewiel is an assistant professor of psychology at Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri. Her specialties are counseling psychology, measurement, statistics, research methods, lifespan development, feminist psychology/gender concerns and positive psychology.

Grotewiel graduated with a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas CIty (APA-accredited) in 2016, after completing her predoctoral internship at the University of Iowa Student Counseling Service (APA-accredited). Grotewiel's dissertation was titled, "The Roles of Dispositional Flow, Dispositional Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in the Objectification Theory Framework," reflecting her interests in feminist and positive psychology. She serves as the newsletter editor and website coordinator for the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) within APA's Division 17, The Society of Counseling Psychology.

Watson, L. B., Grotewiel, M., Davids, C. M., Flores, M. J., & Howard, B. (in progress). Sexual minority men’s drive for muscularity: Examining the roles of sexual objectification and expectations of rejection.

Watson, L. B., Flores, M., Grotewiel, M., Brownfield, J., Aslan, S., & Farrell, M. (2018). How do feminist-identified women cope with discrimination? A feminist standpoint and grounded theory study. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43, 291-312. doi:10.1177/0361684318777722

Miller, A. D., Murdock, T. B., & Grotewiel, M. (2017). Addressing academic dishonesty among our highest achievers. Theory into Practice, 56, 121-128. doi:10.1080/00405841.2017.1283574

Watson, L. B., & Grotewiel, M. (2016). The protective role of commitment to social change in the relationship between women's sexist experiences and self-silencing. Sex Roles, 75, 139-150. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0594-1

Watson, L. B., Grotewiel, M., Farrell, M., Marshik, J., & Schneider, M. (2015). Experiences of sexual objectification, minority stress, and disordered eating among sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39, 458-470. doi:10.1177/0361684315575024


Grotewiel, M.(in press). Managing Test Anxiety. Prepared for the Doorway to College Foundation,

Book Chapter

Murdock, T. B., Stephens, J. M., & Grotewiel, M. (2016). Student dishonesty in the face of assessment: Who, why, and what can we do about it. In G. T. L. Brown & L. R. Harris (Eds.), Handbook of human and social conditions in assessment (pp. 1-39). New York: Routledge.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 316
Phone 314-246-7339

Gary Kannenberg

Gary Kannenberg, PhD

Professor, Psychology


Kannenberg, G.D. and Kannenberg, K.L. (2016) The Effects of Centrally Planned and Market Economies on Dependent and Independent Citizen Behavior (Presented at Associate for Advancement of Educational Research) - 2016)

Kannenberg, G.D. and Goedereis, Eric. (2015) The Use of Capstone Course in the Assessment of an Online Gerontology Graduate Program (Presented at the 13th Annual Conference Hawaii International on Education - 2015)

Kannenberg, G.D. (2014). The Relationship Between Relativism, Culture, Government and Human Behavior. (Presented at the AABSS Conference - 2014)

Kannenberg, G.D. (2013). The Consequences of Governments That Reward Economic Failure, Irresponsibility and an External Locus of Control. (Presented at the AABSS Conference - 2013)

Kannenberg, G.D. (2012). Government and Human Behavior. (Presented at the AABSS Conference - 2012)

Kannenberg, G.D. (2010). A Model for the Development and Implementation of Social Programs from a Human Behavior Perspective. (Presented at the AABSS Conference - 2011)

Kannenberg, G.D. (2009). The Exclusion of Christian Counseling in the Training of Mental Health Professionals. (Presented at International Conference - 2010)

Kannenberg, G. D. (1989). The Kannenberg Commitment Inventory (KCI). Copyright 1989.

Kannenberg, G. D. (1989). The Kannenberg Management Style Inventory (KMSI). Copyright 1989.

Kannenberg, G. D. (1989). The Kannenberg Stress Inventory (KSI). Copyright 1989.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 317
Phone 314-968-7071

Faculty Name

Heather Mitchell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology


Goedereis, E. A., & Mitchell, H. H. (2013). Thinking about thinking: Using metacognitive strategies in introductory psychology courses. In S. Baker and J. Holmes (Eds.), Excellence in Teaching Essays (pp. 33-36). Retrieved from

Graesser, A.C., Louwerse, M.M., McNamara, D., Olney, A., Cai, Z., & Mitchell, H.H. (2007). Inference generation and cohesion in the construction of situation models: Some connections with computational linguistics. In F. Schmalhofer and C. Perfetti (Eds.), Higher level language processes in the brain: Inferences and comprehension processes. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Graesser, A.C., Lu, S., Jackson, G.T., Mitchell, H.H., Ventura, M., Olney, A., & Louwerse, M.M. (2004). AutoTutor: A tutor with dialogue in natural language. Behavioral Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 36(2), pp. 180-192.

Louwerse, M.M., Graesser, A.C., Lu, S., & Mitchell, H.H. (2005). Social cues in animated conversational agents. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19, 1-12.

Louwerse, M.M. & Mitchell, H.H. (2003). Towards a taxonomy of a set of discourse markers in dialog: A theoretical and computational linguistic account. Discourse Processes, 35(3), 199-239.

*Mitchell, H.H. (2007). No laughing matter: The use of humor in texts. Information Design Journal, 15(1), 17-20.

Mitchell, H.H., Graesser, A.C., & Louwerse, M.M. (2010). The Effect of context on humor: A constraint-based model of verbal jokes. Discourse Processes, 47, 104-129.

Mitchell, H.H. & Kleinman, K. (in press).General education for psychology majors through a metacognitive lens. In J. Irons and R. Miller (Eds.), Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students. Society for the Teaching of Psychology ebook.

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Ugo Bruzadin Nunes

Visiting Professor, Psychology



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Faculty Name

Linda M. Woolf, PhD

Professor, Applied Experimental Psychology, Peace Psychology


Sveaass, N., & Woolf, L. M. (Under review). Human rights: A psychologist's path to "Do no harm." In N. Rubin, & R. Flores (Eds). Cambridge handbook on psychology and human rights. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Woolf, L. M. (In press). Peace and Social Justice. In M. G. Njoku, L. A. Jason, & R. B. Johnson (Eds.). Psychology of peace promotion. New York, NY: Springer.

Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (In press). Infusing Diversity Into Research Methods = Good Science. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Woolf, L. M. (In press). Review of the book, Mothers of massive resistance: White women and the politics of white supremacy. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2018). Peace psychology: A gateway and path to culture and diversity. In K. Keith (Ed.). Culture across the curriculum: A psychology teacher's handbook (pp. 427-446). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Woolf, L. M. (2017). Women and War. In K. Nadal (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (pp. 1795-1796). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Woolf, L. M. (2017). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual experiences of aging. In K. Nadal (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender(pp. 1046-1048). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Woolf, L. M. (2017). Psychology education. A path to human rights and social responsibility. In R. L. Miller & T. Collette (Eds.) Teaching tips: A compendium of conference presentations on teaching, 2015-16. Retrieved from

Woolf, L. M. (2016). Peace psychology: A tapestry in history. In W. D. Woody, R. L. Miller, & W. J Wozniak (Eds.). Psychological specialties in historical context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students. Retrieved from:

Woolf, L. M. (2016). Teaching psychology: Infusing human rights. Psychology Teacher Network, 26(1). Retrieved from

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