Passion for teaching is hard to quantify. But you’ll see it.
- Like when class ends, and your professor refuses to leave until you get it.
- Or when their lunch break becomes your mock interview.
- Or when you skip class and find a concerned email waiting in your inbox.
Passion is in their job description. It’s contagious. And it’s why our professors will encourage you as often as they challenge you. Their enthusiasm for your success in college and beyond makes Carthage a very special place. They cheer at athletic and cultural events, and will know you well enough to write stellar letters of recommendation to help you to that next step after graduation.
Meet some of our faculty members below, and then ask your admissions representative to introduce you to more professors during your campus visit. You can also learn more about our faculty by visiting our academic departments.
Eric Pullin, History and Asian Studies
Worried that she’d encounter a stuffy professor and somehow invoke his wrath. Amanda Reilly ’16 felt the nerves dissipate the minute she met Professor Eric Pullin.
“My nerves kept on building, but when I walked into the classroom, instead of seeing what I was expecting, I saw a man telling the punch line to some ridiculous joke,” she said. “I literally laughed out loud at myself for being so worried and sat down with such a huge grin.”
Don’t let Prof. Pullin’s spot-on impressions and affinity for assigning nicknames mislead you. He’s serious about history, and he’ll go the extra mile to convey its lasting messages.
Or the extra 4,000 miles. That’s roughly the distance to the beaches of Normandy, one of many stops on a study tour he leads to World War II landmarks in Europe.
Thomas Carr, Paleontology
While genetically modified dinosaurs rampage across movie screens, Professor Thomas Carr unearths the real science behind the captivating prehistoric beasts.
National reporters regularly turn to Prof. Carr, a vertebrate paleontologist, for insights into dino developments — especially anything related to T. rex and its closest relatives. But you don’t need to subscribe to National Geographic to learn from him.
Besides teaching biology classes, he regularly takes a group of students to the Hell Creek Formation in Montana to dig. Much of what they collect is prepared for display just up the road at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum.
Jennifer Madden, Management and Marketing
In a single year as a consultant, Professor Jennifer Madden helped nonprofits win $9 million in grant funding by creatively attacking “wicked problems” — the kind so complex that solving them often creates other obstacles.
She got a rude introduction to those earlier in her career, while working in economic redevelopment. Stunned by the rapid collapse of the housing market and its devastating impact, she went back to school to understand the bigger picture.
More importantly than her Ph.D., Prof. Madden came away with a strategy. Called business design, it hammers wicked problems from several angles. She’s proved it works for community groups, but you could easily apply it to almost any career.
Kevin Crosby, Physics
Under the guidance of Professor Kevin Crosby, space science students lose weight. All of it. For eight straight years, the Carthage Microgravity Team has been selected to fly experiments in zero gravity conditions aboard NASA aircraft. The research is real, with the latest fuel gauging study holding long-term significance for the design of spacecraft and satellite systems. Rather stay on the ground? Prof. Crosby also advises the Carthage RockSat team, which designs and builds flight experiments that are launched aboard a NASA sounding rocket, and leads research in computational physics.
Yuri Maltsev, Economics
Sure, Professor Yuri Maltsev has a Ph.D. in labor economics. But that’s not why you’ll want to learn from him. He’s lived at the epicenter of economic policy-making. Before defecting to the United States in 1989, he worked on Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s “perestroika” economic reform package. Later, he briefed U.S. Congress members on national security and foreign economic issues. Millions have seen Prof. Maltsev on CNN, Fox News, or PBS. Carthage students do one better, traveling through southern Africa with him during J-Term to study developing economies and soak in the natural beauty.
Kimberly Greene, Art
Yes, her biography is correct. Professor Kimberly Greene earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Then how did she end up teaching art? Well, after 11 years at IBM and other firms in the computer industry left her unfulfilled, she “retired” and went back to school to pursue her passion. Now she works to inflame that same passion in her students. She says creative ideas come easily to liberal arts students, because they’re always thinking in different ways. Specializing in ceramics, Prof. Greene continues to be a prolific artist. A few times each year, her work is featured in exhibitions from Pennsylvania to Texas.
Laura Huaracha, Communication and Digital Media
Communicators shouldn’t fear science; they should embrace it. Professor Laura Huaracha is adamant about that. Having grown up surrounded by 10 acres of maple trees, she believes design can connect people to the beauty of nature. An established photographer and graphic artist, Prof. Huaracha frequently team-teaches courses with science professors. Graphic design and biology students alike learn to join forces. Compelling visuals and text can educate the public about complex research topics better than mountains of data. Whether snapping photos in Arizona or working with a client from the community, students praise her “ability to bring what we learn into the practical world.”
Meet More Faculty
Visit our Academic Department websites to meet faculty members from every area of study. Click on the area you’re interested in, and then choose “Faculty” from the left navigation.