Speakers Bureau

John N. Short

Chief Executive Officer and Dean

Short Contact Information/Bio Page

Doctor of Arts, Lehigh University
Master's Degree., State University of New York at Albany
Bachelor's Degree, Penn State University

Richard Gustin

Professor, Communication & Theatre Arts

Gustin Contact Information/Bio Page

M.F.A., Wayne State University

  • Acting Workshops
  • Directing Workshops
  • Making it in Professional Theater
  • Auditioning Techniques 

Dr. Paisley Harris

Associate Professor, History

Harris Contact Information/Bio Page

B.A. Macalester College
J.D. University of Washington
M.A. University of Minnesota
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

  • US History
  • Women's History
  • Multi-cultural History
  • Legal and Constitutional history, especially Constitutional rights, civil rights, and women's rights

Dr. Khaled Hussein

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Hussein Contact Information/Bio Page

B.S., Al Najah National University
M.S., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Statistical Analyst 

Dr. Michael C. Jurmu

Associate Professor of Geography

Jurmu Contact Information/Bio Page

B.S., Northern Michigan University
M.A., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., Indiana State University

  • Wetland Streams
  • Weather & Climate
  • Landforms 
  • Physical Geography
  • General Geology
  • Service Learning

Dr. Sayeed Payesteh

Professor, Business/Economics

Payesteh Contact Information/Bio Page

B.A., Economics/Accounting
M.S., Management Science-University of Texas-Dallas
M.A., Political Economy-University of Texas-Dallas
M.A., Economics-Western Illinois University
Ph.D., Economics (International Finance) UW-Milwaukee

Development of the International Monetary System

Alayne Peterson

Associate Professor of English

Peterson Contact Information/Bio Page

MFA in Creative Writing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MA in English Literature, University of Toledo
BA cum laude in Philosophy and English Literature, Hiram College

  • Blues music/history
  • Science Fiction literature and film
  • Native American literature and film
  • Poetry (Romantic period through Modernism)
  • Creative writing

Carolyn R. Polodna, C.P.A.

Associate Professor, Business

Polodna Contact Information/Bio Page

B. S., Mathematics-UW-Parkside
M.S., Accounting-UW-Whitewater

  • Cooperative and Active Learning Strategies
  • Effective Methods for Teaching Accounting
  • Evaluation of Corporate Culture
  • Valuing Emerging Workplace Diversity
  • Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Budgeting and Financial Reporting for Non-Profit Organizations

Dr. Ron Theys

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Theys Contact Information/Bio Page

B.S., Chemistry, Marquette University
Ph.D., Organic/Organometallic Chemistry, UW-Milwaukee

Chemistry in Industry-A Personal Perspective

Lee Watson

Associate Professor of Physical Education and Athletic Director

Watson Contact Information/Bio Page

B.S., UW-Oshkosh (Exercise Science Major with Wellness Promotion Minor)
M.S., UW-La Crosse (Sports Administration)