Faculty & Research



Featuring faculty books and recent faculty articles from all academic departments and disciplines, the document below shows the many ideas that enrich the classroom experience at Hanover College.

Browse Faculty Research and Scholarship

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Committed to academic excellence, Hanover annually presents the Baynham Award and the Karns Award to its top faculty members. Learn more about these awards and view past winners.



Art & DesignEngineeringMedieval & Renaissance Studies
Art HistoryEnglishMusic
BiochemistryEnvironmental SciencePhilosophy
BiologyFrenchPhysics & Astronomy
BusinessGender StudiesPolitical Science
Classical StudiesGermanSociology
Computer ScienceInternational StudiesTheatre
EconomicsKinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyTheological Studies


Occupational TherapyPhysical Therapy


John Ahrens

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

  • Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism, Textualism, and the Rule of Law
  • The First Amendment and Religious Freedom
  • The Second Amendment and Gun Control
  • The Philosophy of the American Revolution: John Locke and Natural Rights
  • Markets and Morality: The Political Philosophy of Adam Smith

Dustin A. Bailey

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education

  • Special Education and Teachers
  • Classroom Management and Behavior
  • School Law and Teacher Liability
  • LBGTQ Issues in Education

Dominique Battles

Professor of English

  • “Castles in Medieval England: – Not the Fairy Tale You Thought.”
  • “A Professor’s Take on Home Schooling”
  • “Telling Her Story One Stitch at a Time: Needlework in Literature”

William R. Bettler

Professor of Communication

  • Popular Culture
  • Popular Music
  • Jazz
  • Classical Music
  • Film
  • Television
  • Media Studies – esp. Rhetorical or Persuasive Aspects of the Media

Rachel D. Davidson

Associate Professor of Communication

  • Women in the Media
  • Motherhood and Caregiving
  • Rhetorical Leadership (Using Persuasive Language for the Betterment of Society)

Stephen Dine Young

Professor of Psychology

  • Issues regarding film (or popular culture in general) and Psychology

Jennifer Duplaga

Archives and Public Services Librarian

  • Hanover College Archives and Collections
  • Guarding your Treasures: Preservation of personal family history collections
  • Learn how to preserve your historic family treasures. This workshop will discuss techniques for the handling and storage of photographs, scrapbooks, and printed materials.
  • Scanning 101: Digitization standards and best practices for preservation of family history collections. Learn how to use digitization as a preservation tool for your historic family treasures. This workshop will look at best practices and discuss some of the issues related to digitization, storage, and access.
  • Using manuscripts for family history and genealogy research.

John H. Krantz

Professor of Psychology

  • Human-Computer Interactions
  • Human-Machine Interaction (Human Factors of ergonomics)
  • Human Sensory Abilities
  • Neuroscience
  • Human Cognition (including decision making)

Diane L. Magary

Assistant Professor of Business Scholars Program

  • Marketing/Marketing Strategy
  • Strategy Development
  • Basic Financial Management
  • Science-Related Careers in Business

Daniel L. Murphy

Professor of History

  • American History
  • Military History
  • Great Writers

Sean O’Neill

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

  • “The Wonders of Roman Alexandria: A Motley Mosaic on the Egyptian Coast”
  • “The Roman Emperor as Pharaoh: Propaganda and Resistance in Early Imperial Egypt”
  • “The ‘REAL’ Story of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood”
  • “Archaeology at Eleutherian College: Gazing at the 19th Century in Southeastern Indiana”

Sara Patterson

Associate Professor of Theological Studies

  • Religious Freedom; Religion in the United States; Mormonism; Sacred Spaces
  • Religion and Material Culture

Sara Patterson

Associate Professor of Sociology

  • Gender (LGBT Issues, Transgender Issues, Intersex Issues, Gender Issues; Bender in Cross-cultural and Historical perspective)
  • Race/Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Environmental Sociology (food security, sustainable agriculture)
  • Community and Urban Sociology (Neighborhood Design, Walkability, Place-Making)

Kay Stokes

Special Assistant and Associate Professor of English

  • Higher education student success, transition to college, psychology of success
  • College-level time management and study skills, college-level academic expectations, etc.

Mi Yung Yoon

Professor of International Studies

  • Gender and Politics
  • Challenges to America in the 21st Century
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Today

Valerie J. Young

Associate Professor of Communication

  • Health Communication
  • Health Promotion
  • Personal and Mediated Health Messages
  • The Dynamics of Health Communication
  • In-law Relationships


The designation of Emeriti is bestowed upon retired faculty who served the College for ten years or more. Click below to view the full list.

Faculty Emeriti

Luis Aguilar-Monsalve, Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish

John H. Ahrens, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Kathy Barbour, Professor Emerita of English

Joseph L. Barnett, Instructor Emeritus of Education

Michael L. Beitzel, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Health and Fitness

Paul R. Blume, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration

Steve Boone, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Walter J.C. Bruyninckx, Professor Emeritus of Biology

J. David Cassel, Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies

Jeffrey B. Conner, Associate Professor Emeritus of Business Scholars Program

Miryam Criado, Professor Emerita of Spanish

Sue Dewine, President Emerita

Celia J. Dollmeyer, Professor Emerita of Spanish

Paul R. Ellefsen, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Thomas G. Evans, Professor Emeritus of Theatre

Stephanie J. Funk, Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology

Barbara Garvey, Professor Emerita of Communication

Patricia D. Goldberg, Assistant Professor Emerita of Education

Eugene O. Harris, Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration

Paul Hildebrand, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre

C. Kimm Hollis, Professor Emeritus of Music and Artist in Residence

Paul C. Macmillan, Professor Emeritus of Biology

John F. Martin, Professor Emeritus of Art History

Robert McClew, Registrar Emeritus

Dennis L. McDonald, Professor Emeritus of Biology

C. Eugene McLemore, Director Emeritus of Admission

J. Carl Metz, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

David Mruzek, Professor Emeritus of Music

Russell L. Nichols, President Emeritus

George D. Nickas, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Craig C. Philipp, Professor of Chemistry

Brigitte Randall, Professor Emerita of German

José Manuel Reyes, Professor Emeritus of Spanish

Bonnie H. Reynolds, Professor Emerita of Spanish

Eduardo G. Rivera, Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration

Judith C. Roberts, Instructor Emerita of Education

Nancy M. Rodgers, Professor of Mathematics

Jonathan C. Smith, Professor Emeritus of English

Jan A. Smucker, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Stephen A. Steiner, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Darryl L. Steinert, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Larry P. Thornton, Professor Emeritus of History

Margot L. Tomsen, Professor Emerita of English

Stanley M. Totten, Professor Emeritus of Geology

Robert G. Trimble, Professor Emeritus of Spanish

Ruth H. Turner ’73, Professor Emerita of Political Science

Henry G. Van Leeuwen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Kay L. Williams, Associate Professor Emerita of Education Peter A. Worcester, Professor Emeritus of Geology