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John earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Moorhead State University. His M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction was earned at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. John taught elementary students in the towns of Wabasso and Northfield, MN. He also completed advanced studies in Educational Leadership through the University of St. Thomas. John teaches in the School of Education, the Dignitas program for First-Year students, and serves as chair of the SOE Undergraduate Admissions Committee, long-standing member of the Mission Integration Advisory Board, Chair of the Catholic Studies Advisory Board, and many other ongoing capacities. He has been blessed by interactions with Sisters from the St. Scholastia Monastery throughout his entire life. In his early years of Faith formation, Sister Caprini Beauvais served at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ely, MN.. Sister Sara Smedman helped him find his calling as an educator during his time at Moorhead SU. Sister Mary Rochefort & Sister Clare Marie Trettel were instrumental in his transition into and growth at the College. He is thankful for the ongoing mentorship of the Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery in his understanding of the Benedictine tradition. His passions include his family, Faith, teaching, reading, music, and numerous outdoor activities.
Sarah Brokke Erickson received her BFA in Pre-Graduate Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her time there, she studied abroad in Birmingham, England and participated in an Art History Intensive in France. She received her MFA through a joint program between SACI in Florence, Italy and BGSU in Ohio.
Brokke Erickson has taught Studio Art, Art History and Theory, Honors and Dignitas courses at CSS since the fall of 2005, and has been the Art Program Director since 2015. She also directs the Mural Initiative Project, which is in its fourth year. This project has created collaborative community murals with local schools and non-profits, each of which have been supported by Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grants, and has brought visiting Artists to the college.
She is also a visual Artist. Thematically, her work explores gender roles and traditions, relationships, and identity. She exhibits her work locally, as well as nationally and internationally. Brokke Erickson is a 2015 and 2018 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Award, as well as a 2017 Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Fellowship. Her published work Portrait of an Artist received an Honorable Mention by the NEMBA, and a documentary of the same name was produced in 2017 by SHOOK productions.
I am a cultural sociologist with interests in education and criminology. My research focus is on teenagers' transitions in and out of educational and carceral systems. I study how daily interactions reproduce or disrupt inequalities. Currently, I'm writing about how high school students make post-secondary decisions (such as where and whether to go to college). This research is based on more than six years of NSF-funded qualitative research in New Jersey high schools. I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of Sciences. Before coming here, I was visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College. I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, with a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, and my BA in philosophy and sociology from Seattle University.
I primarily teach Statistics and General Sociology, with Dignitas, Self & Society, and Critical Criminology when scheduling permits. Find out more about me at audreydevineeller.com.
Stephanie Johnson is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty in 2010, she taught at the University of Puget Sound and Valparaiso University, where she also held a Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship. She teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, literature by women, and poetry, and co-leads the Arts and Culture study abroad experience in London every other year. Her publications include articles on Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, and she is currently working on a book project that examines Rossetti's theology of the body as shaped by her poetry and prose.
Jessica Johnston coordinates programming related to academic success at the Duluth campus and veteran initiatives across all campuses. Jessica earned a Bachlor of Arts in Psychology from St. Scholastica in 2008 and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2016.
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art
The College of St. Scholastica
Phone: 218 723 6719
Office: Tower Hall, Room 4407
Dr. Sarah Ludwig is Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Music Education at The College of St. Scholastica. She holds a BA in Vocal Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, MA in Music Education with a Choral Conducting concentration from the same institution, and DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University.
At St. Scholastica, Dr. Ludwig directs the Women’s and Men’s choirs and co-directs the Concert Choir. She teaches courses in conducting, music education, freshman first-year common course (Dignitas), and supervises vocal music education student teachers. In the Duluth community, she is the Assistant Chorus Master of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Associate Artistic Director and Prelude Program Director of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, and sings with the Twin Ports Choral Project.
Prior to her appointment at CSS, Dr. Ludwig taught public school in Minnesota, specializing in changing adolescent voices, and was Artistic Director of the St. Cloud State University Cantabile Girls’ Choir. Choirs under her direction have performed nationally at the Organization of American Kodály Educators conference (2011), regionally in Chicago Symphony Hall (2014), and locally at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic (2013). Dr. Ludwig is an active clinician throughout the state and currently serves ACDA-MN as R&R Chair for SSAA choirs in Minnesota, sits on the 20/20 in 2020 Task Force, and collaboratively serves with her LSYC colleagues as the Youth Choir Coordinator and R&S Chair for the North-Central Division of ACDA. She holds memberships in ACDA, NAfME, NCCO, and The VoiceCare Network.
Jess McCullough is a historian and archaeologist. A Saint Scholastica alumnus, he enjoys working with students at the college to help them appreciate and take advantage of the opportunities the college can offer. He has taught Dignitas since 2016.
Jess's research is on medieval Europe and particularly the VIking Age. Outside of research and teaching Jess enjoys exploring various trails, lakes, and streams.
Joelle McGovern, MEd, has been teaching for the Dignitas program since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and her master’s degree in education from The College of St. Scholastica. In Joelle’s 16 plus years of working with college students at CSS, she has gained experience in online instruction, strategic planning, project management, residential life and academic advising. Currently she serves as an adjunct instructor for the Computer Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica.
Joelle's inspiration for designing Star Wars and Servant Leadership comes from various professional development training opportunities received while working as a student affairs professional along with Matt Stover's book adaptation for Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Joelle’s teaching style is influenced by the work of Geneva Gay's research on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Joelle agrees with Gay's theory that students need to experience a safe and inclusive learning community that offers students opportunities to connect new information to their own lived experiences. This includes providing students access to course materials through multiple forms of presentation and designing learning activities that allow students the freedom to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking through various mediums. Students can expect to feel comfortable, challenged, and receive prompt, yet formative feedback.
Joelle's goals for the students enrolled in her class are that they will apply key principles of servant leadership into their daily lives and begin to recognize moments of authentic joy.
Office Hours: by appointment
Dr. Morgan has taught Russian language and culture for many years. He's particularly interested in cross-cultural issues and has explored in a variety of ways the experience of American and Canadian Finns in Soviet Russia. He also co-authored an advanced grammar of English (in Russian) that was published in Russia in a second edition in 2001. (The first edition was published in 1997.)
Dr. Morgan founded and directed (with Russian colleagues) a series of summer language camps for college students. The camps are held in Russia for American students and at St. Scholastica for Russians in alternating years. The program marked its 26th year in 2015 and is now directed by Dr. Karen Rosenflanz.
Dr. Morgan has a strong interest in the international aspects of peace and justice issues. He was involved in the development of the Duluth International Peace Center, a citizens' group that functioned for many years in the 1990s to foster international cooperation and peacemaking at the grass roots level. And he was a charter member of the Duluth City Cities Commission. He currently is involved in helping to develop a relationship with citizens in a city in northern Iraq and is currently president of Duluth Sister Cities International.
Courses that he regularly teaches include Rusian literature classes, honors courses with a peace and justice theme, philosophy and a course on peaceful resolution of international conflict.
Dr. Morgan is the director of the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace & Justice, which regularly brings nationally known speakers to campus. Topics that the Center has addressed in the past few years include issues connected with food, energy, the environment, wealth & poverty, war & peace, democracy and the media. Dr. Morgan also coordinates a new major in Peace & Justice Studies.
Favorite free-time activities include biking, tennis and dog walking.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Superior, and a Masters Degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Over the last 20 years, she has directed theatre productions at UW-Superior, Renegade, The Duluth Playhouse, Marshall and Denfeld High Schools, Tugboat Children's Theatre, The Underground, Twin Ports Stage, and most recently, The College of St. Scholastica. Additionally she coached the high school speech team at Marshall. Kelly has also been very involved in the local community through Mentor Duluth, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (Young Leaders Fund), PAVSA, and formerly co-chaired the Board of Directors for the Women's Community Development Organization. Her passions include advocacy and service, particularly related to issues of gender and violence in our community.
Randall A. Poole (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1996) is Professor of History at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He teaches in the Department of History and Politics, in the Health Humanities Program, in the Honors Program, and in the Dignitas First-Year Program. His research areas include Russian and European intellectual history, the history of ideas, and the history of philosophical and religious thought. He is the translator and editor of Problems of Idealism: Essays in Russian Social Philosophy (Yale University Press, 2003); co-editor (with G. M. Hamburg) of A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity (Cambridge University Press, 2010, 2013); and co-editor (with Paul W. Werth) of Religious Freedom in Modern Russia (forthcoming in the Kritika Historical Studies series at the University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.
Poole is a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Fellow of the International Center for the Study of Russian Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor of Russian Intellectual History at the University of Toronto. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New York University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and elsewhere. Over the past twenty-five years he has presented about seventy-five papers and lectures at academic conferences and universities in the United States and abroad. His CV and many of his publications are available at https://css.academia.edu/RandallAPoole and at http://philosophy.spbu.ru/rusphil/1558/15339.
Peter Spooner teaches studio art and education courses for The College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and University of Minnesota Duluth, in addition to working as a freelance curator, writer, and appraiser. He earned a BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin Stout, and MS and MFA degrees in painting and drawing from Illinois State University. He has held positions as an educator, museum educator, museum curator, non-profit gallery director, and self-employed art appraiser. Spooner has served as an exhibition juror and grant review panelist for numerous institutions, including the Illinois Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Current and recent community involvement includes board service for the Duluth Arts Commission, Duluth Public Library, Chester Bowl Improvement Club and The Artists Fund, a non-profit serving regional artists with emergency funding. In curatorial positions at Illinois State University (1988-92) and the Tweed Museum of Art (1994-2012), he organized scores of exhibitions on contemporary art, including solo exhibitions on Frank Big Bear, Wanda Gag, Frances Myers, Dennis Oppenheim, Philip Pearlstein, Rudy Autio and Truman Lowe. He has developed exhibitions and publications rediscovering 19th century American artists, among them Gilbert Munger, David Ericson, and Knute Heldner, and has organized the travel of the Tweed Museum’s French Barbizon and American collections to Japan and Italy. In 2014, Spooner guest curated the exhibition Sister Mary Charles: Engagement and Transcendence for the Tweed Museum of Art, and a co-authored the book Saved By Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McGough for St. Scholastica Monastery.
Dr. Merry Renn Vaughan is the director of the CSS Theatre program and teaches in the CTA department. 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 about Dr. Seuss). 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.
Julie Zaruba Fountaine is the Wellness Coordinator and Dignitas Faculty member at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Julie’s leadership philosophy is to be known for being data driven, deliberately collaborative, and strategically results oriented so that she can deliver superior health and wellness initiatives that result in improved morale, well being, and a positive financial outcome.
As the Wellness Coordinator for the College of St. Scholastica Julie manages the operations of a multiple wellness initiatives serving approximately 500 employees and 4,000 students. She works collaboratively with others on campus and in the community to provide health outreach to students, faculty and staff. She strives to utilize data to inform and educate others from all cultural and international backgrounds with regard to personal health development and its relationship to the functioning of the larger community.
As a Dignitas faculty member at the College of St. Scholastica Julie is able to develop health and wellness curriculum supported by theory, research, and real life experience.
Julie is also active in the Duluth community and nationally. Locally, she is a member of multiple community organizations such as Leadership Duluth, Tri Campus and Community Coalition and the Community Coordinated Response Team. Nationally, Julie is a member of the American College Health Association, WELCOA, Health Promotion Advocates, and the American Council on Exercise. Through her activity in the local and national organizations Julie has been able to present at national and local conferences on the topics of health, wellness and health promotion.
She received her Master’s Degree in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science from North Dakota State in Fargo, North Dakota and her MBA in Leadership and Change from the College of St. Scholastica. Julie has furthered her professional development by attaining WELCOA faculty status, being named one of WELCOA's Top 100 health promotion professionals, receiving her personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise , attending Tobacco Cessation Specialist Training at the Mayo Clinic and attending the Professional Development Institute in Boston, MA. This enables her to promote well being, prevent disease, and provide education as a faculty member and Wellness Coordinator through strategically implementing data driven wellness initiatives.