Honors Program Affiliated Faculty
Introducing the Spring 2018 Honors Program Affiliated Faculty
Associate Professor of French, Dr. Sherrie Fleshman has been teaching language acquisition, literature, culture, and foreign language pedagogy for the past 21 years at UND. She grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Niger. Her research interests include 19th century French narrative and African literature and culture with a healthy dose of teaching strategies thrown into the mix. In her free time she loves to read, cross-stitch, bake & cook, and watch her two sons in all of their exploits!
Dr. Bill Caraher is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. He blogs, is the publisher at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, and teaches historical methods and Western Civilization. In his spare time, he works as a field archaeologist in Greece and Cyprus and studies Early Christian Archaeology. He's also interested in punk rock music, workforce housing in the North Dakota Bakken oil patch, holding office hours, and his two dogs, Milo and "The Barge."
As a historian of modern France, Dr. Caroline Campbell focuses on modern continental Europe and French imperialism. All of her courses grapple with issues of political difference, race, gender, class, imperialism, and connections and divergences between people living throughout the world.
Professor Patrick Luber has been teaching sculpture at the University of North Dakota since 1991. Beyond contributions to the discipline of fine art, his work as a visual artist communicates and reflects ideas that exist within the culture at large. His current sculptural artwork draws upon traditional milagro forms through which he questions the validity and boundaries between disinterested, decorative, and devotional objects.
Professor Brad Reissig has been teaching scenic and lighting design in the Theatre Arts Department for over ten years. He also freelance designs around the country. Some of his productions include Angels in America, Ragtime, Hamlet, South Pacific, Falsettos, and The Secret Garden. In addition to frequenting theatrical performances, Professor Reissig enjoys playing golf and is a music and baseball enthusiast.
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Dr. Birgit Hans has been the heart and soul of the American Indian Studies Program for many years. But we all know who’s really in charge at home and that’s her beloved dog Chili. An avid researcher, Dr. Hans specializes in American Indian literature and oral traditions, but she also teaches writing and history courses and has an interest in popular literature. As a former German citizen, she is interested in, and has conducted long-term field research on European perceptions of American Indian cultures, resulting in her current book project on German Hobbyists. In her copious free time (ha ha!), Dr. Hans loves to cook and quilt (ask her about historical and contemporary star quilts) for her family and friends.
Biologist Dr. Mia Park joins us from the Integrated Studies Program. Her research background is in Entomology, the study of insects. “I have loved insects since I was little and happily found a career path that allows me to discover more about them and work towards their conservation. My publications focus on how wild bees – as opposed to managed honey bees – contribute to crop pollination and how we can ensure their survival within our agricultural landscapes.
When I am not working, I spend as much time with my husband Jay (professor in biology) and two kids, Luc (5) and Leina (2). I enjoy spending time in nature, appreciating and making art, and eating healthy food. I lived in Korea as a teenager and have loved traveling ever since.”
Dr. Thyra Knapp is an Assistant Professor of German Studies, who has been teaching at UND since 2011. In addition to teaching all levels of German language, literature, and culture, she is the Director of both the German Studies Program and the International Studies Program. Her research focuses on the interrelation of image and text in German literature of the twentieth century; more specifically, the ways in which visual art is perceived and interpreted in both prose and poetry. In her free time, Dr. Knapp enjoys creating culinary masterpieces and snuggling with her baby boy, Melchi.