LORAS COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW FACULTY

Loras College will welcome seven new faculty members to campus when classes resume on August 31. 
 
Christina Edwards, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
Most recent experience: visiting assistant professor of chemistry, Loras College
Will teach: General Chemistry I, Quantitative Analysis, Junior Seminar
 
Steffanie Schilder, Ph.D., LMHC, assistant professor of psychology
Most recent experience: assistant professor/department chair of psychology, Upper Iowa University
Will teach: Abnormal Psychology, Helping Relationships
“I chose Loras because the College encompassed where I want to spend my career. I am excited to be able to share my clinical knowledge with students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
 
Thomas Carstens, Ph.D., assistant professor of engineering
Most recent experience: lecturer, department of engineering physics, University of Wisconsin Platteville

William Kanyusik, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
Most recent experience: visiting assistant professor of English, Franklin College
Will teach: Critical Writing, The Novel, American Literature: Modern Prose 1900-1945

Luke Tyler, D.A., assistant professor of music
Most recent experience: adjunct music faculty, Taylor University
Will teach: Music Theory, Applied Piano
“I chose Loras because I have a strong passion for the liberal arts model of higher education and teaching undergraduates. Additionally, I look forward to teaching core courses to non-music majors. I will have the opportunity to not only inform students about music; I can help foster an appreciation for the arts that will hopefully continue throughout their lives.”
 
Joseph Abisaid, Ph.D., assistant professor of public relations
Most recent experience: visiting assistant professor, Northern Illinois University
Will teach: Public Speaking, Public Relations Writing
“I chose Loras because of the liberal arts tradition that allows me to work closely with students and the ability to have a direct and meaningful impact insider and outside of the classroom. I also chose Loras because working at a Catholic liberal arts schools allows me to examine issues in the classroom from different ethical, moral, religious, and social justice perspectives that are often absent in many classroom discussions. Finally, Loras appealed to me because of the strong faculty and programs as well as for the city.”
 
Molly McDonald, assistant professor of athletic training
Most recent experience: Adjunct Athletic Training Instructor, Clarke University
Will teach: Athletic Training Clinical I and II
“I chose Loras because the growth of the Athletic Training Education program at Loras in recent years is incredibly admirable. I am privileged to join a program that continues to evolve and strives to offer their students first-class educational opportunities. The transition to a master’s level degree program is exciting and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I also strongly believe in Loras’ mission, vision and strong Catholic liberal arts education.”

Steven M. Grives, D.M.A., assistant professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities
Most recent experience: Director of Choirs, North Central College
Will teach: Applied Voice and conduct Loras College Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Bella Voce and Con Brio
“I chose Loras because of the size, because it is a Catholic-affiliated school, and because of the warm reception I received from my future colleagues and students at my interview.”