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Carthage Faculty: Devoted to Teaching

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

Eric Pullin in Normandy during J-Term 2016

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

Professor Thomas Carr teaching

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

Professor Jennifer Madden

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

Professor Yuri Maltsev

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.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

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

    • Our athletes rank up some impressive stats. So does our fitness center. The N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (better known as the TARC), is home to a 16-lane swimming pool, 200-meter indoor track, two racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

    • Carthage fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, and water polo. Our varsity teams play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin — regularly taking home hardware from one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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. 11 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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