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

Dr. Eric Boos

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Boos Contact Information/Bio Page

B.S. Philosophy, 1986
M.A. Applied Philosophy, 1988
Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University, 1996
J.D. Law, University of Wisconsin, 2002
LL.M. International Law, University of Wisconsin, 2003
Graduate work in Theology, Education, African Studies

Philosophy, religion (particularly mission work in developing countries), globalization issues, law, political philosophy, legal history, educational theory, philosophy of sport, recreation and/or leisure, ethics, sustainability and organic farming, Wisconsin legal history, economics and development, European Union law and economics, relationship of Church and State.

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)