Faculty and Staff

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Professor/Dean, SAL
Department: SAL Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6173
E-Mail: Tostrand@css.edu
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Tammy Ostrander is currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters. She accepted this position after serving as Honors Program Director 10 years. She holds a PhD in Communication from The University of Missouri-Columbia specializing in persuasion, argumentation, and theatre. She also holds a BA and MA in English from Northeast Missouri State University (currently known as Truman State University) where she focused on dramatic literature and medieval literature.
For the CTA Department, Tammy teaches Persuasion, Argumentation, Directing, Film and Literature, and directs one play every academic year. Tammy is also a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Before working at The College of St. Scholastica, she worked at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  
In her free time, Tammy is dedicated to the arts: a musician (both a singer and a pianist), a director, and an actor. She also enjoys exercising, quilting, reading, cooking, and movies.

Position: Lecturer, ART/SAL
Department: Art
Phone:  
E-Mail: SBrokke@css.edu

Sarah Brokke Erickson grew up in Grand Forks, ND, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pre-Graduate Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Dance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her undergraduate work, she studied abroad in Birmingham, England and participated in an Art History Intensive in France. She received her Master of Fine Arts through a joint program between Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and Bowling Green State in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Sarah Brokke Erickson has taught  Modern Art History, Studio Art and Dignitas courses at  CSS since the fall of 2005. She also teaches painting and drawing at the Duluth Art Institute. Sarah is a working visual artist, who paints with a focus on the figure and portraits. Thematically, her work explores gender roles and traditions, relationships, and identity. She exhibits her work locally, as well as nationally and internationally.

Position: Assoc Professor, CTA
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 723-6144
E-Mail: NCarroll@css.edu
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Dr. Nathan Carroll
Education
 
                Ph.D. – Communication and Culture and American Studies
                Indiana University, Bloomington 2006
 
                Dissertation: 
Public Access, Private Archives: How DVDs Disrupted Film History
 
Committee: 
Dr. Joan Hawkins (Chair), Dr. Eva Cherniavsky, Dr. John Lucaites, Dr. Ted Striphas
 
M.A. – Philosophy (Aesthetics)
University of York, United Kingdom 1999
Thesis: The Enlightenment of Postmodernism: Lyotard, Foucault, and the Return of Kant
           
M.A. Credits in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis
 University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1997-1998
 
B.A. – Philosophy and Political Science
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota 1995
 
Teaching and Research Interests
 
Identity politics; archive theory; cult cinema; auteurs: esp. Altman, Bergman, Buñuel, Coens, Cronenberg, Dreyer, Fellini, Godard, Herzog, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Lynch, Scorsese, Powell, Spielberg; digitalization and new media; lost films; home movies; avant-garde, Nouvelle Vague; genres:  esp. documentary, propaganda, apocalyptic narratives, musicals, noir; postmodern cultural theory and sublime aesthetics
 
Publications
 
                “Chimes at Midnight.”
Quarterly Review of Film and Video 29.5
 
“Double Exposure:  Framing the Athletes of Marx & Coca-Cola at the Beijing Opening Ceremony.” 
 
 “Mitchell and Kenyon, Archival Contingency, and the Cultural Production of Historical License.” 
The Moving Image 6.2 (Fall 2006)
 
“Unwrapping Archives:  DVD Restoration Demonstrations and the Marketing of Authenticity.” 
The Velvet Light Trap 56 (Fall 2005)
 
Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures
 
“Relocating Metropolis
Introduction for Lost Shadows: Silent German Expressionist Cinema Film Festival, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, April 2012.
 
“Alien Body Panic:  On the Identity Politics of Body-Switch Movies”
Presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2010.
 
Daddy Longlegs:  The Long Way Home”
Invited introduction for Sound Unseen Film Festival, Zinema 2, Duluth, MN, June 2010.
 
“Obsessing About Cinema”
Video interview, study guide, and Introduction for Obsessed Cinema Film Festival, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, February 2010. 
 
“Introduction to American Cinema:  The Studio System and Censorship; American Film Genres; Outside Hollywood/Independent Film” (lecture series)
Invited lectures for the Annual Russian-American Language Camp, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, July 2011, July 2009.
 
          “Sublime Frames: The Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony
                Redefines the Cinematic”
Invited lecture for “Media, Sport, & Culture,” College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, April 2009.
         
          “Kant and Sublime Enlightenment”
                 Invited lecture for “Composition,” CSS, Nov 2008; April 2009.
           
                “Recycling De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves:  60th Anniversary”
Introduction for Italian Film Festival, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, Oct 2008.
           
                “The Auteur & the Opera:  Herzog, Nietzsche,
                and the Wagnerian Sublime”
Presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2008.  Panel Chair.
 
               “Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue Series”
Introduction for The Decalogue Film Festival, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, February 2008.
 
               “Autumn Sonata as Chamber Drama”
Introduction for Ingmar Bergman Film Festival, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, Dec 2007.
 
Wild Strawberries as a Road Trip Movie”
Introduction for Ingmar Bergman Film Festival, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, December 2007.
 
                “The French New Wave”
Invited lecture for “French Culture Through Film,” College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, March 2007.
 
“Digital Disruptions:  DVD and Cultural Archives”
Presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 2006.  Panel Chair.
 
“Lost:  Digital Contingency and the Archival Production of Cultural Context”
Presented at Archival Bodies Conference (Milwaukee Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, February 2006.
 
“Waiting for Godard:  Archiving H/histories du Histoire(s) du Cinema
Presented at Back to Zero:  Jean-Luc Godard Film Festival and Symposium, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, December 2005.
 
“Unwrapping Archives:  DVD Restoration Demonstrations and the Marketing of Authenticity”
Presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, University of London, United Kingdom, April 2005.
 
“There’s No Place Like Home:  The American Gothic Prairie and Contemporary Film”
Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2003.
 
“Analyzing a Scene and Writing about Film”
Invited lecture for “Homeland and Emigration in the Sagas of Icelanders,” University of California, Berkeley, CA, October 2002.
 
“Pop Will Eat Itself:  Self-Cannibalism and the Politics of Absence in Todd Haynes’ Superstar:  The Karen Carpenter Story
Presented at the Outside(r) Hollywood Conference, Department of Comparative Literature Cinema Studies Colloquium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 2000.
 

Honors and Awards
 
Film Concentration approved in the Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art in Fall 2011.
 
Promoted to Associate Professor Fall 2011.
 
Received tenure beginning Fall 2012.
 
Small Grant Award from The College of St. Scholastica for attendance at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2010.
 
Small Grant Award from The College of St. Scholastica for attendance at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
 
Faculty Development Research Grant from The College of St. Scholastica for developing the research project “The Auteur & the Opera:  Cinema’s Pet Project,” 2007.    
 
Small Grant Award from The College of St. Scholastica for attendance at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, 2007.
         
                Communication and Culture Pedagogy Certificate, IUB, 2006.
 
Department of Communication and Culture Travel Grant from Indiana University for attendance at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, London, UK, 2005.  
 
Distinction on M.A. Thesis at the University of York, UK, 1999.
 
Service
 
Academic Program Review Committee (2010-2013)
Academic Leadership Group (2008-2010)
Chief Marshal, Fall and Spring Commencement (2009-2010)
Communication, Theatre, and Art Dept. self-study (2012-2013)
Faculty Assembly, Chair (2009-2010)
Faculty Assembly, Vice-Chair Elect (2008-2009)
Faculty Job Search, Chair, Communication, Theatre, & Art (2008-2009)
Film Society, Faculty Advisor (2008-2010)
Film Festival (Lost Shadows:  Silent German Expressionist Cinema)
         Co-Coordinator (April 2012)
Film Festival (Ingmar Bergman), Co-Coordinator (Nov. 2007)
Film Festival (Italian Cinema), Coordinator (Oct. 2008)
Film Festival (Kieslowski's Decalogue), Co-Coordinator (Feb. 2008)
Film Festival (Obsessed Cinema), Co-Coordinator (Feb. 2009)
Film Festival (Sound Unseen), Twin Ports:  Invited film introduction and publicity (June 2010)
Languages & Intl Studies Restructuring Task Force, Chair (2009)
Mitchell Auditorium Advisory Council (2009-2012)
President’s Leadership Group, (2009-2010)
Processional Marshal, Fall and Spring Commencement, (2008-2009)
School of Arts and Letters Colloquium, Coordinator (2007-2012)
School of Arts and Letters Vision Statement Committee, (2006)
Steering Committee, (2008-2010; Chair 2009-2010)
Sub-Committee Co-Chair, 2012 Re-accreditation Team
        (Criterion Four: “Acquisition, Discovery, and App of Knowledge”)
WellU Academic Integration Committee, (2007-2009)
 
Professional Affiliations
 
            Educational Testing Service 
                        GRE essay rater, 2003-2012
           
            Culture, Theory and Critique (Rutledge)
                        Reader reports:  2012, 2008
           
            Society for Cinema & Media Studies (member)
                        Reader reports for Cinema Journal:  2010, 2009
                       
 

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Position: Assoc Professor, CTA
Department: Art
Phone: (218) 723-6273
E-Mail: Pkosuth@css.edu
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Po-Lin Tong Kosuth was born and raised in Hong Kong, China.  She attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and received both BFA and MFA degrees in painting.  She is an Associate Professor at the College of St. Scholastica and the Program Coordinator for the Art Program.

She teaches Drawing, Painting, Color Theory and Art Major/Minor Capstone. As an artist, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. She received many fellowships and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.  She has given many presentations of her art work in colleges and universities in the United States and China.  She has also participated in numerous higher education art conferences.  As her hobby, she likes to knit in front of the television.
 

Position: Asst. Professor, CTA
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 723-6719
E-Mail: RLarson4@css.edu
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Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art

The College of St. Scholastica

@roblarson1979

www.facebook.com/robertdlarson

Phone: 218 723 6719

Office: Tower Hall, Room 4407

Position: Lecturer, CTA/SAL
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone:  
E-Mail: KMullan@css.edu
Position: Lecturer, CTA/SAL
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 723-6701
E-Mail: sobst@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, CTA
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: (218) 723-6171
E-Mail: ESmith@css.edu
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Ed is the coordinator for the Photography Minor, has a BA from the University of Minnesota–Duluth in Speech Communication with a minor in Journalism and a MA in Communicating Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Superior.

One of Ed’s areas of expertise is photography, as he is a photographer himself. He is also very knowledgeable and passionate about news media ethics and media law, which is why Mass Media Law and Ethics is his favorite class to teach.

After graduating from UMD, Ed worked at Channel 10 news, starting as a part-time newscaster and becoming News Director. After making it to the top at Channel 10, Ed decided to come to CSS because of the great opportunities the College had to offer.

In his free time, Ed likes to travel: to Ireland (which he loves because of its great photo opportunities), Germany (he has friends there and speaks the language), the Caribbean, and San Francisco (his two sons live there). Ed also enjoys reading (fiction and non-fiction), boating, riding his motorcycle, and visiting his cabin in Douglas County, WI.

Ed enjoys spending time with his three kids. His sons, Stuart and Ian, graduated from CSS and live in San Francisco; his daughter, Shannon, graduated from CSS in 2008 and was highly active in the theatre program, appearing in many plays including Antigone and Three Sisters. Ed’s wife, Debra Smith, is a 1977 graduate of the CSS Nursing Program.
 

Position: Asst Professor, CTA
Department: Communication, Theater and Art
Phone: 733-2278
E-Mail: MVaughan@css.edu

Dr. Merry Renn Vaughan is the director of the CSS Theatre program and the CTA department chair. She has a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis on directing and producing, a self-designed MA in Theatre Arts, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (her dissertation is titled There's More to Seuss Than Meets the Eye: The Social and Political Vision of an American Icon). Dr. Vaughan teaches Human Communication, Acting for the Stage, Introduction to Theatre and directs a production each year for the CSS Theatre. She is also active in the CSS First-year Program, Dignitas, serving on the Advisory Board and teaching in the program.