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Faculty

  • Karin Sconzert

    Chair, Education Department; Director, Broad Field Social Science Program; Associate Professor of Education

    Karin Sconzert was a 6-12 grade teacher of history, theater, and computer applications at the Latin School of Chicago, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Princeton Day School (NJ), and Forest Ridge Academy (IN) between 1987-1996. She conducted qualitative research with the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago from 1994-2001.

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  • Lara Christoun

    Chair, Master of Education Program; Assistant Professor of Education

    Lara Christoun received her B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1990, M.S. in Educational Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2005, and is an Ed.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Northern Illinois University.

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  • Jacqueline Easley

    Dean for the Division of Professional Studies; Professor of Education

    Professor Jacqueline Easley received her Ed.D. from Northern Illinois, M.A. from Concordia University, and B.A. from Concordia College. She joined the Carthage faculty in 2006.

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  • Michele Hancock

    Professor of Practice in Education; Director, Accelerated Certification in Teaching

    Michele Hancock’s research interests focus on teacher leadership in urban settings and how teacher leaders collaborate to recognize and challenge deficit thinking.

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  • Dennis Munk

    Professor of Psychological Science and Education, Director of the Teaching Commons

    Professor Dennis D. Munk teaches undergraduate courses in classroom management, educational psychology, and instructional methods for special education, as well as graduate courses in research methods. He has conducted research in the areas of functional assessment, grading practices, reading instruction, and inclusive practices.

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  • Patricia Rieman

    Associate Professor of Education

    Professor Patricia Rieman holds degrees in special education and curriculum and instruction, and was a special education teacher for more than 15 years in Oklahoma and Illinois. She teaches courses in education and society, characteristics of exceptional learners, and reading and language arts.

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  • Steven Rogg

    Associate Professor of Education — STEM

    Professor Steven Robert J. Rogg’s professional contributions are at the convergence of systemic reform of STEM education, professional teacher education, curriculum and program development, collaborative learning research, and mixed-methods program evaluation. 

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  • Jun Wang

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Prof. Wang was an English teacher in China for almost three years. Since she came to the United States, she has taught students with mild to severe disabilities, students who are struggling, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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  • Marilyn Ward

    Director of the Center for Children’s Literature; Professor of Education

    Professor Marilyn Ward teaches courses in creative arts and social studies in the elementary/middle school and children’s and early adolescents’ literature, and is the director of the Center for Children’s Literature.

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  • Nina Weisling

    Assistant Professor of Education

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  • Paul Zavada

    Professor of Education

    Professor Paul Zavada has an extensive background in education; he served 14 years as a superintendent of schools and spent 20 years teaching in public and private schools. He teaches education, special education, and educational administration courses.

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Looking to teach? Count on becoming a familiar face in local schools. Carthage students accumulate 135 hours in local classrooms before their student teaching semester. Make that 450+ for those entering our new urban teacher program.

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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