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Liberal Arts Major

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As a Liberal Arts major, you have the unique opportunity to learn from professors who span a wide variety of disciplines across the university. These are just some of the faculty members from whom you may be taking classes.

Associate Professor of History and Theology

Clint J. Armstrong

Degrees Earned

  • University of California, Irvine, CA, Ph.D. 2012
  • Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div. 2001
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO, M.A. 2001
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, B.A. 1996

Research Interests

  • Greek and Latin literature; epic; Augustan poetry, especially Ovid; history of literature; ancient history of Greece and Rome; mythology; New Testament

Teaching Interests

  • Greek and Latin language and readings; ancient history; mythology; social history; Bible; New Testament readings

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Florida State University, PhD. 2011
  • California State University Long Beach, MA 2006
  • Concordia University, Irvine, BA 2001

Research

Area of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Science

Areas of Competence

  • Philosophy of Biology Epistemology
  • Science and Religion
  • Logic and Critical Thinking

Teaching Experience

  • Florida State University: Instructor - Ethical Issues and Life Choices (Summer 2009)
  • Rio Hondo Community College: Instructor - Introduction to Philosophy (Summer 2006; Spring 2006)
  • Orange Lutheran High School: Instructor—Full Responsibility - Intertestamental Period and Old Testament Books, Sophomore Level (2001/2002)

Publications

Encyclopedia Article

  • "Darwin and the Levels of Selection" with Brian Hollis and Christopher Zarpentine, in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought. Edited by Michael Ruse. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

Book Review

  • Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion by Francisco Ayala, in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 2008, 30: 272-273.

Presentations

  • "The Unusual Relationship between Intelligent Design and Evolution; or Are Intelligent Design and Evolutionary Theory Kissing Cousins?" International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology: Brisbane, AUS; July 2009.
  • "Why Science and Spirituality Need Each Other: Toward a Theory of Dialogue" Zygon Student Symposium on Science and Religion: Chicago, IL; May 2009.
  • "Keeping It in the Family: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Intelligent Design and Evolution" Darwin's Legacy: Evolution's Impact on Science and Culture, UNCW; March 2009.
  • "Preliminary Remarks Towards a Complementary Model of Causation" Western Social Sciences Association: Denver, CO; April 2008.
  • "Modern Reflections on the Mind/Brain Problem" Western Social Sciences Association: Phoenix, AZ; April 2006.
  • "The Mind/Body Problem Revisited: A New Look at the Ontological Problem" with Paul Tang. Western Social Sciences Association: Albuquerque, NM April 2005.
  • "A Goodmanian Interpretation of the Verifiability Criterion: Paradox and Resurrection" Western Social Sciences Association: Salt Lake City, UT April 2004.

Awards and Honors

Fellowship

  • Integrated Training in Biology and Science (ITBaS), funded by the National Science Foundation through a grant from the History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering, and Technology Program (2009/2010).

Travel Awards

  • Student Travel Grants (2009, 2008)

Honors

  • Friends of Philosophy Scholarship for graduate studies in Philosophy (2004, 2003). Awarded by the Department of Philosophy, California State University, Long Beach.
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Biography

Rachel Hayes is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine, where she earned a B.A. in art and secondary education. After graduation, she taught K-8th art at the Crystal Cathedral Academy; junior high art at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Des Peres, MO; various college-level courses at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL; and high school art at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine,CA. She has also taught art in various non-profit settings in Orange County.

Rachel Hayes received her Master's of Fine Arts degree in 2007, specializing in drawing and textiles, from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She enjoys all types of art, but especially loves drawing, mixed media and textiles.

www.rachelchristinahayes.com

Education

  • B.A.: 2002, Concordia University, Irvine, Art: Secondary Education
  • M.F.A.: 2007, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Drawing & Textiles

Teaching

  • Painting I & II
  • Elements of Art
  • Experiences of Art
  • Design
  • Children's Art

Chemistry Department Chair

Dr. Lindsay Kane-Barnese

Dr. Lindsay Kane-Barnese (Ph.D.) graduated from Concordia University Irvine with B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kane-Barnese’s doctoral work and current research interests involve a protein involved in some cases of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She teaches a variety of classes, ranging from introductory to advanced biology and chemistry courses. Dr. Kane-Barnese also advises students in research pertaining to ALS or other biochemistry or molecular biology related research. She enjoys working with students to learn complex biological and chemical topics in their classes and research and helping them explore the intersection of faith and science in their chosen field.

Education

Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Assistant Professor of History

Degrees Earned

  • University of St Andrews, PhD, 2016
  • University of St Andrews, MLitt, 2010
  • Concordia University Irvine, BA, 2009

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Warfare, Strategy, Austrian History, British History, War of the Spanish Succession, Fiscal-Military State

Teaching Interests

  • Military History, European History, International Relations

Professor of Chemistry/Chemical Physics

Education

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Ph.D. 1979

Assoc. Professor of Psychology

Degrees Earned

  • University of California, Ph.D. 2007

Professor of Philosophy and Theology

Education

  • DPhil Oxford University, England, 2000
  • B.A. Concordia University, Irvine

Professional Experience

  • Union College, KY: Assistant Professor, 2001-2003
  • Colorado Christian University: Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Dean of Theology, 2003-2008
  • Trinity Lutheran College: Academic Dean and Professor of Theology and Philosophy, 2008-2012
  • Concordia University Irvine: Associate Professor, 2012 – 2016, Professor, 2016 –
  • Co-host, Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast, 2013-

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Reformation and Early Modern Thought
  • The History of Lutheran Education in America
  • Virtue Ethics and Christian Sexuality
  • Religion and Popular Culture

Recent Publications

  • Sexy: The Quest for Erotic Virtue in Perplexing Times (NRP, 2017).
  • Associate Ed., Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
  • “Scientology,” in The Christian Difference (CPH, 2017).
  • With Russell Dawn, “A Genealogy of Lutheran Higher Education,” in The Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach, Scott Ashmon ed. (CPH, 2015).
  • “How We Know,” in Learning at the Foot of the Cross: A Lutheran Vision for Education, Angus Menuge and Joel Heck eds. (Concordia University Press, 2012).
  • “Epistemology of the Cross: A Lutheran Response to Philosophical Theisms,” in Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology and its Defense Presented to Rod Rosenbladt, Adam Francisco, Korey Maas, and Steven Mueller eds. (Wipf & Stock, 2007).
  • Faith, Reason, and Revelation in Theodore Beza (1519-1605) (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Department Chair
Professor of Mathematics

Biography

Professor Julie Melberg joined the Concordia mathematics faculty in 2010, after teaching high school mathematics for several years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio; her Master of Arts in Mathematics degree from California State Fullerton and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Curtin University. Professor Melberg enjoys teaching mathematics at CUI, teaching Core Mathematics classes as well as courses for the Mathematics major. Her teaching and research focus on inquiry-based learning and encouraging students to develop life-long thinking skills.

Education

  • California State University, Fullerton, M.A. 2000
Norton, John

Professor of English
Lead Faculty Around-the-World Semester

Biography

Dr. Norton teaches courses in Shakespearean drama, 18th-century British literature, and American literature. He also teaches in the English core curriculum. Although primarily a Shakespearean, Norton’s academic interests are wide, and he enjoys uncovering and analyzing the life in Shakespeare and other literature in his classes and in his writing. Norton’s articles have appeared in Shakespeare, Early Modern Literary Studies, and Continuum Renaissance Drama. His most recent book (2018), Killing Physicians: Shakespeare's Blind Heroes and Reformation Saints (New Reformation Press), explores the influence of Reformation theology on Shakespeare's tragedies and late plays.

Norton is one of the leaders and developers of the Around-the-World Semester. He and his family- wife Erica, sons Jack and Sheffield, and daughter Naomi- launched and helped lead ATW teams in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Through his work with the ATW semester, Norton has helped to design the Global Cultural Studies Minor and the International Studies Major.

Some of Dr. Norton’s fondest memories at Concordia are from his years as head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams, 2005-2010.

Education

  • Ph.D. - English, Sheffield Hallam University
  • M.A. - California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A. - Point Loma Nazarene University

Teaching

  • Shakespeare
  • American Literature
  • Seminar in English
  • Core English
  • Writing and Research
  • Literary Theory
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Modern and Contemporary Novel
  • Creative Nonfiction

Read Dr. Norton's Blog

Professor of Anthropology

Jack Schultz

Degrees Earned

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology - 1995. University of Oklahoma. Specialized fields are anthropology of religion, American Indians (Southeastern and Plains), and anthropological theory.
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology - 1989. University of Oklahoma.
  • Bachelor of Arts - 1980. Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Concentrations in psychology and education.
  • Associate of Arts (with honors) - 1977. St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas. Concentration in education.

Professional Experience

  • July, 2003 to present: Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
  • July, 2009; July 2011: Guest Instructor Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • March, 2008 to July, 2008: Gastprofessor, Kulturwissenschaften Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg, Germany.
  • July, 1999 to July, 2003: Associate Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
  • July, 1998 to July, 1999: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
  • August, 1996 to July, 1998: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Oklahoma State University, Sociology Department.
  • August, 1995 to June, 1996: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
  • June, 1993 to August, 1995: Adjunct Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
  • July, 1993: Seminar Leader: Ethnic Diversity and Ministry Seminar, Argyle, Texas, presented by the Human Diversity Institute, Inc., Bedford, Texas.
  • August, 1989 to May, 1993: Graduate Teaching Assistant: Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
  • March, 1990 to April, 1991: Visiting Curator Creek Nation Council House Museum, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
  • September, 1989 to September, 1990: Staff Archaeologist Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman.
  • June, 1989 to August, 1990: Adjunct Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
  • June, 1989 to September, 1989: Research Assistant Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman.
  • August, 1988 to December, 1988: Laboratory Assistant Courson Archaeological Lab, Norman, Oklahoma.
  • June, 1987 to August, 1987: Living History Interpreter/Collections Expert Pawnee Bill State Park and Museum, Pawnee, Oklahoma.

Fieldwork Experience

  • 1990-1999: Seminole and Creek Communities
  • 1989-1990: Comanche Community
  • 1987: Pawnee Community
  • 1976: Navajo Community

Publications

  • In Press: “Relations Of Resistance And Accommodation: Negotiating Christian And Native Identities.” Proceedings from White-Indian Relations: Moving into the 21st Century. Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, Germany.
  • 2011: “Science and Theology: Two Ways of Knowing” Issues in Christian Education. Vol. 44, No. 2 Spring 2011.
  • 2009: “Culture and the Christian,” in Modern Reformation, Volume 18, No. 1 (January/February 2009).
  • 2008: Book Review: The Choctaws of Oklahoma: from Tribe to Nation, 1855-1970. Clara Sue Kidwell. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). Journal of American History, Volume 95, No. 1 (June 2008).
  • 2008: Book Review: The Preservation of Native American Practices in the United Methodist Church: A Case Study in Recent Protestant Missions, Leonard Ortiz (Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press). For Edwin Mellen Press.
  • 2006: Antropolgické pochopenie viery a kultúry. Niekol’ko myšslieknok pre krest’anov (An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture: Some Thoughts for Christians). Theological Papers, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • 2005: Young, Un-assimilated Hispanic Offenders: Absolutist vs. Relativist Cultural Assumptions. Sexuality and Culture. Co-authored with Roberto Flores de Apodaca, Amy N. Anderson and Martin D. McLennan.
  • 2002: Introduction to Anthropology for Missionaries. Pathways Missionary Training, Module C-5. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 2000: Book Review: Where the Two Roads Meet. The Journal of American History, September 2000:741. Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • 1999: The Seminole Baptist Churches of Oklahoma: Maintaining a Traditional Community. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman [released also in paperback fall 2008].
  • 1999: How Do I Observe Behavior, Analyze Data, and Use Cultural Consultants to Increase My Understanding of the Culture in Which I Live? Pathways Missionary Training, Module 10. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1998: What Can I Do to Ease My Culture Shock and Care for Myself Emotionally? Pathways Missionary Training, Module 2. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1996: Church: Seminole/Creek and Grave shed/camp houses in Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1992: The Use-wear Generated by Processing Bison Hides. Plains Anthropologist 37(141): 333-351
  • 1990: Video Script: Making Bows and Arrows. The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.

Manuscripts Refereed

  • 2007: “Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Emponvkv Hokkolat” Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
  • 2006: “Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Hokkolat” by Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, and Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
  • 2004: “Mvskoke Emponvkv: A Muskogee Textbook” by Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, and Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
  • 2004: “Enduring Faith: Native Christianity Since 1800” by C. Blue Clark, Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14, Southeast. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Expert Consultation

  • 2009: Round Table Moderator. Two Books, One Truth? Science and Theology Conference. Concordia University, Irvine.
  • 2008: Interview: Sieben Jahre unter Indianern, Lüneburg Landeszeitung, 6. Mai 2008.
  • 2004: Discovery Channel’s television program Unsolved Histories: Aztec Temple.
  • 2002: 3,000 Years of Life at Turtle Rock Exhibit. Concordia University, Irvine.
  • 1990: Women’s Work Exhibit. Plains Indian Artifact Replication. Omniplex Science Museum Oklahoma.
  • 1989: Oklahoma’s First General Store Exhibit. Plains Indian Artifact Replication. Stovall Museum, University of Oklahoma.
  • 1987: Southeast Indian Artifact Repair and Replication. Pawnee Bill State Park and Museum of Oklahoma.

Presented Papers

  • 2009: Keynote Address. Science And Theology: Embracing The Tension. Two Books, One Truth? Science and Theology Conference. Concordia University, Irvine.
  • 2009: Relations Of Resistance And Accommodation: Negotiating Christian And Native Identities. White-Indian Relations: Moving in to the 21st Century. Leuphana Universitaet. Lueneburg, Germany.
  • 2008: Religion in America. Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, Germany.
  • 2007: In This Enchanted Forest, the Giant Is Not Sleeping, It Is Believing: Social Implications of the Lutheran Doctrine of Vocation. Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association. Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 2007: “What is this thing called Culture?” and, “Lessons from the Field: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture. Some Thoughts for Christians.” Heart for the Harvest: 2007 Mission Training Conference, The Pacific Southwest District. Irvine, California
  • 2004: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture: Some Thoughts for Christians. Tuesday Lecture Series, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • 2004: A Sociological Theory of Religion: Religion, World Building, and World-Maintenance. Missiology Workshop, Petrzalka, Slovakia.
  • 2003: Mutual Conversion: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association. Providence, Rhode Island.
  • 2003: Lessons From the Field: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Culture and Faith. Some Thoughts for Christians. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Orange, California.
  • 2002: The Seminole Baptists: Culture and Faith. Peace Lutheran Adult Learners. Yorba Linda, California.
  • 2001: Culture and Faith. Missionary Teachers’ Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2000: The Tradition and Culture of Christian Ritual. Christianity in Focus Series. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Lake Forest, California.
  • 1999: The Interplay of Culture and Faith: A Response to Multiculturalism. Christianity in Focus Series. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Lake Forest, California.
  • 1998: The Cultural, Multicultural, and the Agricultural. Family Weekend Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Concordia University.
  • 1997: Last Lecture. Invited Series, United Ministry In Higher Education, Oklahoma State University.
  • 1997: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Invited Lecture, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.
  • 1996: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Invited Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
  • 1991: Aboriginal Roots Of Contemporary Practice in Seminole Baptist Churches. American Society for Ethnohistory Conference. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • 1990: The Use-wear Generated by Processing Bison Hides. Plains Anthropology Conference. Oklahoma City.
  • 1989: Some Inferences Based on Experimental Archaeology. Oklahoma City Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society.

Service

  • 2008-present: Faculty Advisor, Anthropology Club: Concordia University.
  • 2003-present: Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International: Concordia University.
  • 2003-present: Faculty Advisor, Native American Student Organization: Concordia University
  • 2000-present: Editorial Committee, Concordia Academic Press: St. Louis.
  • 2000-present: Advisory Board and Research Committee: Mission Research Center, Irvine.
  • 1999-2000: Acting Director of Director of Christian Education Program: Concordia University.
  • 1999-2000: Pro tem Diversity (Affirmative Action) Coordinator: Concordia University.
  • 1998-1999: Sociocultural Responsiveness Target Team Chair: Concordia University.
  • 1998-1999: Assessment Committee Member, Sociocultural Responsiveness: Concordia University.
  • 1998-2000: Human Subject Research Committee Chair: Concordia University.
  • 1997-1998: State Regent's Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, Chairman, Anthropology.
  • 1996-1998: Undergraduate Committee, Department of Sociology: Oklahoma State University.
  • 1996-1998: Preliminary Examination Committee, Methods, Department of Sociology: Oklahoma State University.
  • 1996-1997: State Regent's Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, Anthropology. Oklahoma State University.
  • 1985-1986: Evangelism Board, North Wisconsin District, LC-MS.
  • 1984-1986: Executive Board Member, Community Youth Action, Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin.

Professional Association

  • 1993-present: Advisory Board Member: Human Diversity Institute, Inc., Bedford, Texas.
  • 1999-present: American Anthropological Association, Religion Section, Member.

Honors and Awards

  • Professor of the Year Award, 2008-2009. Concordia University.
  • Gastdozentur aus Studienbeiträgen (Projektkategorie 14): Study contributions awarded by Leuphana Universitaet, May, 2008.
  • Retention Award, December, 1998. Concordia University.
  • Retention Award Nominations, January, 1999; December, 1999; February, 2000; September 2000. Concordia University.
  • Takvcvre Punfvyate Sepuyetsckat, 1994. University of Oklahoma Creek Language III Students.
  • Plains Anthropological Society Student Paper Award, January, 1991.

Special Studies

  • Pathways Writer’s Workshop, March 2-3, 1998, LCMS International Center, St. Louis, MO.
  • Advanced Listening Skills Training, February, 1984, L.E.A.D. Labs, Renoldsburg, Ohio.

Personal

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Married to Christine A. Crow. Three children: Joshua Daniel; Anna Rebekah; Abigail Jordin.

References

  • Morris Foster, Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Oklahoma, 455 W. Lindsey, Norman, Oklahoma 73019. (405) 325-2492 e-mail: morris.w.foster-1@ou.edu
  • Patricia Bell, Department of Sociology, Chair, Oklahoma State University, 006 Classroom Building, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078. (405) 744-6105 e-mail: pabz@okway.okstate.edu
  • Peter Senkbeil, Associate Provost, Concordia University, 1530 Concordia East, Irvine, California 92612. (949) 854-8002 e-mail: peter.senkbeil@cui.edu

Interim Communications Department Chair
Professor of English
Assistant Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Kerri Tom

Biography

Kerri (Thomsen) Tom holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts (1994). Her primary interest is the English Renaissance, and she has published articles on Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton. More recently, she contributed a chapter to The Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach, entitled, “Mirror, Imagination, and Creation: A Lutheran Approach to Literature” (CPH, 2015).

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English literature, May 1994.
  • M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English literature, February 1993.
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Honors in Literature / Creative Writing and College Honors, June 1986.

Courses Taught

  • CENG 201: World Literature to the Renaissance
  • ENG 341: American Literature I
  • ENG 361: English Literature I
  • ENG 391: Children’s Literature
  • ENG 451: Senior Seminar in English
  • ENG 461: Major English Writers
  • ENG 466: Shakespeare
  • WRT 333: Topics in Literature and Writing

Professor of Theatre

Education

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, MFA in Directing,
  • University of Louisville, B.A. in English and Theatre Arts, 
  • University of Birmingham's summer Shakespeare course in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Instructor, Concordia University, River Forest, IL 1992-1998
  • Co-Artistic Director, Circle Theatre, Forest Park, IL 1998-2000
  • Artistic Director, Theatre of Western Springs, Western Springs, IL 1998-2004
  • Producing Artistic Director, New American Theater, Rockford, IL 2004-2006
  • Concordia University since 2007

Biography

Tony has directed over 75 productions for professional, community, and university stages. Concordia directing credits include: Metamorphoses, Hamlet, Reckless, Pride and Prejudice and his own adaptation of the book Ten Days in a Madhouse. He is a 2011 recipient of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Education Award.

Previously, Tony was co-artistic director of Circle Theatre, a Chicago non-Equity professional theatre and artistic director of the Theatre of Western Springs, a large community theatre. Chicago-area credits include: Anna Karenina, The Tempest, Tartuffe, and American Buffalo. Later, he was producing artistic director of New American Theater (Equity SPT 7) where his credits included: Around the World in 80 Days, Bad Dates, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Locally, he has directed for the Chance Theater.

Tony is producing artistic director of Concordia’s professional theater, Looseleaf Theatre Co. (Equity, Guest Artist) where he has directed Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet.

Tony's teaching has also involved travel. He was a visiting professor (in 2014), and then full time professor (2016) on the Around-the-World Semester - teaching and serving in 10 countries over 20 weeks. Learn about Concordia’s Around the World semester.

Tony and his family attend St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange.

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