Mark Allen
Lead Ballantyne Technician
319-398-5899 Ext. 4331
336 Cedar Hall

  Jessica Altfillisch
Adjunct Faculty, Viola

  Rick Anderson
336 Cedar Hall

Tony Arduini
Professor, Communication
319-398-5899 x5914
Benton Hall 310

A.A., Sauk Valley Community College B.S., M.A. & Ph. D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale: Tony teaches Fundamentals of Communication and helps advise Phi Theta Kappa the honor society for community colleges. His academic interests include communication theory, relational communication, communication education, and performance studies.

Arbe Bareis
Assistant Professor, Art
319-398-5899 x5704
322 Nielsen Hall

M.A. & M.F.A., University of Iowa: Arbe Bareis Teaches drawing, painting, and art history at Kirkwood in addition to curating art for new building projects. He received his MFA at the University of Iowa and exhibits both nationally and internationally.

  Rose Bishop
336 Cedar Hall

Jennifer Bradley
Executive Dean
336/3049 Cedar Hall

B.A., Simpson College M.A. & Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Jennifer works with students and faculty members studying and teaching in all of the Arts and Humanities disciplines. She also does some teaching, and has taught Encounters in Humanities, College 101, Form of Literature: Story Cycle, and Forms of Literature: Fiction. She serves on numerous college committees and is the administrative adviser to the Honors Committee and Phi Theta Kappa.

Jacki Brucher-Moore
Professor, Speech
319-398-5899 x5313
Cedar Hall 1017

B.A., Simpson College M.A., University of Northern Iowa: Jacki teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication and Public Speaking. Her interest areas are rhetoric feminist theories and gendered communication. Her courses focus on applying communication theories to everyday life.

David Bullwinkle
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Iowa City Campus Room 102

B.A., Brown University M.A., & Ph.D., Northwestern University: David teaches philosophy, Ethics, Basic Reasoning, Social and Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Education, and Culture and Technology. He also co-leads the Study Abroad program in Costa Rica, which examines the ethics and science of biodiversity and sustainability. He is interested in food, gardening, farming, and rural communities around the world. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and two sons.

Natalia Cherjovsky
Assistant Professor, Communication
319-398-5899 x4249
Cedar Hall 1019

B.A., Hunter College, City University of New York M.A., Rollins College PhD., University of Central Florida: Natalia teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication in all its formats (face-to-face and Distance learning) and Public Speaking. She is also the contact advisor for Alpha Eta Rho, a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges. Her research interests include new media and culture, gender studies, perception and identity. Apart from working on papers for conferences, Natalia writes fiction, which she has a published in journals and magazines. Her passions, other than teaching and writing, are learning and traveling the world.

  Spencer Cleland
Lead Studio Tech
Art & Theatre Annex 104

Cindy Cochran
Professor, Communication
Iowa City Campus 343

Cindy is a process oriented, hands-on instructor who focuses on group interaction and team building in the classroom. She teaches Public Speaking, Group Communication and College 101. She has taught Fundamentals of Oral Communication and Introduction to Theater.

Jennifer Cunningham
Associate Dean
336 Cedar Hall

B.M. & M.M., University of Arkansas; D.M.A. University of Iowa: Jennifer works with students and faculty in the Arts and Humanities disciplines. In 2009, she was a winner of the National Flute Association Piccolo Masterclass Competition and performed at the annual convention in New York City. Jennifer coordinates the Liberal Arts program and teaches courses in Music Appreciation, Encounters in Humanities, Performance Seminar, and Applied Flute.

  John Engelbrecht
336 Cedar Hall

  Christine Flavin
Assistant Professor, Photography

B.A. University of California, Berkeley; M.F.A. University of Iowa- Christine Flavin’s photography explores history and culture combining digital technology with historic photographic processes. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in permanent collections at several galleries and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Flavin published two photographic manuals for students and teachers, has lectured at museums and universities on the history of photography.

Matt Hagele
Associate Professor, Religion
Nielsen Hall 330

B.A., Wheaton College M.A., Florida State University Ph.D., Florida State University: Matthew teaches a variety of courses on the world’s religious traditions. His interests focus on the intersections between religion, philosophy, and politics. He is currently working on a manuscript about religious forms of reasoning in democratic discourse, engaging primarily with the thought of John Locke.

Kristin Hanson
Professor, Humanities
319-398-5899 ext. 5339
Cedar Hall 1020

B.A., University of Iowa Ph. D., Louisiana State University:  Kristin teaches Encounters in Humanities and Popular Culture. Her academic interests focus on gender, sexuality and their representation in culture. She enjoys teaching at Kirkwood and introducing students to new ideas and experiences. Each summer she volunteers for local theatre groups as a costumer.

  Andy Harris
Adjunct Faculty, French Horn


Lydia Hartunian
Professor, Humanities
319-398-5899 x5707
Nielsen Hall 329

Ph.D., Philosophy, The Graduate Center, City University of New York: Lydia teaches Culture and Technology, Working in America, and Encounters in Humanities. Her classes are discussion/debate oriented and emphasize understanding human behavior via how genetics and environment play roles in shaping who we are, and why we believe what we do.

  Richard Heath
Associate Professor, Spanish
Iowa City Campus Room 131

B.A., University of Kansas M.A., Indiana University: Richard teaches both elementary and intermediate Spanish classes. His interests include Latino literature for youth and children, applied linguistics, Spanish historical linguistics, task-based instruction and implicit grammar activities with culture topics as the focus. In addition to teaching all levels of Spanish, Richard also teaches Language and Society, an introductory course in sociolinguistics. He is currently serving as faculty advisor for the Spanish Club. He also serves as one of the Phi Theta Kappa advisors at the Iowa City Campus.

Claudio Hidalgo
Professor, Spanish
319-398-5899 x5915
Benton Hall 310

B.A., M.A.(Political Science) & M.A. (Spanish), University of Iowa: Claudio received his M.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa in 2003 and will continue to work towards his doctorate. Also, he has done post-graduate work in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University and the Bologna Center (Italy). He has been an adjunct instructor at Mount Mercy University and Coe College. Claudio enjoys life with his wife and their four children. His interests include global literature and film, jazz and world music, soccer and politics. Claudio was born in Chile but has lived in the U.S. for the past 30 years with the exception of a year in Europe.

Beth Hoffman
Adjunct Faculty, Violin
Cedar Hall 365

B.M. Oral Roberts University M.A. University of Iowa: Beth Hoffman has been a performer in Iowa since the late 80s and has taught at Kirkwood since 1994. She has held leadership positions in several orchestras and is currently co-concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Muny Opera Orchestra in St. Louis. She has also taught at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City and Coe College.

Allison Holmes-Bendixen
Voice Faculty
Cedar Hall 364

B.M., Simpson College M.M., University of Illinois Ph.D., University of Iowa: Allison is an active performer and pedagogue who specializes in classical vocal technique. She enjoys working with singers of all ages and ability, and is dedicated to helping each student discover their natural voice. A coloratura soprano, Allison has been featured as an opera singer and concert soloist in the United States and abroad.

Peter Jauhiainen
Professor, Religion
319-398-5899 x5709
Nielsen Hall 330

B.A., Wheaton College M. DIv. Princeton Theological Seminary Ph. D. University of Iowa Peter teaches Religion in the U.S., Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Introduction to Islam, and Religions of the East. He specializes in American religious history and Christianity, and has published articles on Samuel Hopkins and the New Divinity. He is also interested in current trends in American religion.

  Benjamin Jensen
Art & Theatre Annex

  Tonya Kehoe
Art Faculty
Iowa City Campus Room 343

M.A., University of Iowa Tonya creates post-pop multi-media acrylic paintings known for their bright messages and masterful use of vintage and contemporary imagery. She favors strong, culturally smart, sexy, playful compositions that express her ideas about human relationships.

Art Khaw
Professor, Communication
398-5899 x5825
Cedar Hall 2033
Art teaches Communication Skills courses. His academic interests include leadership studies, organizational communication and health communications. Art is also a Certified Training Consultant (CTC) which he received from Ball State University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Resources and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Art grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. He spends most of his time on the tennis courts where he competes in regional tennis tournaments. He is an active member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
  Seong-Sil Kim
Adjunct Piano Instructor
336 Cedar Hall

Fred Kiser
Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Activities
Cedar Hall 380

B.M., Bradley University M.M.; University of Missouri – Columbia; D.M.A., University of Iowa: Dr. Kiser directs the award winning Jazz Transit, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches courses in Music Fundamentals and Film Music. He also serves as musical director for Kirkwood theater productions. Fred previously served as director of Fine Arts at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri and has held teaching appointments at Coe College, Cornell College and the University of Northern Iowa. He is an active performer, adjudicator, and clinician. Fred’s research interest is 17th century Italian Vespers music.

Florencia Lynch
Associate Professor, Spanish
319-398-5899 x5710
Nielsen Hall 314

B.A., Universidad Catolica La Plata M.A., University of Northern Iowa: Florencia teaches all Spanish levels. Her classes are full of energy and enthusiasm. She believes that to know a new language it is not only important to add another asset to your resume, but also opens your mind to new dimensions. All language classes are focused on grammar, listening comprehension, reading, writing and culture.

Bridget Malone
Professor, Spanish
Iowa City Campus 344

B.A. & M.A., University of Iowa Bridget began at Kirkwood in 1993. She enjoys teaching all levels and watching the students’ language abilities grow. Many of her students have gone on to minor or major in Spanish. IBridget has done five Kirkwood Study Abroad trips to Cuernavaca, Mexico with students. What she loves most about her job is that if you really want something to happen, Kirkwood people will help you make it a reality!

Chris McCord
Professor, Philosophy
319-398-5899 x5713
Benton Hall 309

B.A., Middle Tennessee State University M.A., University of Memphis Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chris teaches Philosophy, Ethics, Basic Reasoning, Philosophy of Human Nature and Working in America. He is an advisor for the Kirkwood Philosophy Club and has a passion for existentialism, particularly the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. He has published “Teaching Ethics with Scrooge,” and “Frankenstein Meets Kant,” in Teaching Philosophy.

Mark McCreary
Associate Professor, Philosophy
319-398-5899 x5404
Benton Hall 309

B.A., Samford University M.A. & Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago Mark teaches philosophy courses such as Ethics, Basic Reasoning and Introduction to Philosophy. His primary interests are ethics and philosophy of religion, and his research centers on the works of Søren Kierkegaard. He published articles in Philosophy Compass, The Journal of Religious Ethics, and Religious Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

  Dennis McPartland
Adjunct Faculty, Music


  Emily McWorthy

  Greg Morton
Adjunct Faculty, Double Reeds

University of North Texas University of Iowa Performance Certificate, Northwestern University Greg Morton (bassoon, contrabassoon), is a member of Orchestra Iowa and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. Dr. Morton has also performed with the Dubuque, Des Moines, and Quad-City Symphony Orchestras, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. He has served on the faculty at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lutheran Summer Music and the Iowa All-State Music Camp and has participated in the Great Music West Festival. As a member of WiZARDS! he performed at 6 International Double Reed Society conventions. Of his original compositions and over 40 arrangements, several have been recorded and may be found on the 5 WiZARDS! CDs. Many of these arrangements are now available for purchase from him.

Lena Nichols
Adjunct Faculty, Piano

M.F.A., University of Iowa: Lena has taught piano in Russia, Norway and the United States. International experience enables her to teach a broad spectrum of international and domestic students. Her teaching style combines elements of Russian, European and American schools of piano performance. Lena creates individual study programs for all levels of piano performance and prepares advanced students for auditions and recitals.

  Joe Perea
Assistant Professor, Director of Instrumental Music
B.M., University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music M.M., University of North Texas Joe is the new Director of Instrumental Music at Kirkwood Community College. A seasoned community college instructor, he has joined the music faculty after previous appointments at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California and the Dallas County Community College District. He is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician. He has performed in symphony orchestras and wind bands throughout the United States, including the University of North Texas Wind Symphony directed by Eugene Corporon and the Dallas Wind Symphony directed by Jerry Junkin and the late Frederick Fennell.
Scott Samuelson
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Iowa City Campus Room 346

Scott teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Basic Reasoning, Social and Political Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy and Working in America. He also runs the Philosophy Forum on the Iowa City Campus. He’s published in many venues, including the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. His article “Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers” in The Atlantic has been widely circulated.  In 2014 he was named Distinguished Humanities Educator by the Community College Humanities Association.  In 2015 he won the prestigious Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Scott is the author of The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone (University of Chicago Press, March 2014).

Karla Scriven
Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
336 Cedar Hall

A.A., Santa Monica College B.A., UCLA Karla works with students and faculty in the Arts and Humanities disciplines. Her background includes performance art, performance theory, cultural studies, and world art. She is a trained dancer in Flamenco, Ballet Folklorico, Ballet and Modern Dance techniques.

Kevin Shroth
Instructor, Communication
Iowa City Campus 253

Kevin teaches courses in the Communication Studies and Speech program on both the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids campuses. His main areas of scholarly interest are applying language and linguistics-centered theories of communication to mass media, comparing and contrasting academic approaches to popular culture, and the rhetoric and philosophy of education. Kevin grew up on the south side of Chicago, which means he is honor-bound to support the White Sox, but his true passion is Arsenal FC in the English Premier League (go Gunners!).

Clark Skaggs
Professor, Communication
319-398-5899 x5963
Cedar Hall 1018

B.A., Southwest Baptist M.A., University of Central Missouri Clark teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Public Speaking and Encounters in Humanities. Clark believes in keeping communication skills sharp by participating in his area of interest. He regularly appears as a speaker and actor at area arts events.

Greta Songe
Assistant Professor, Digital Art, Drawing, Design
Nielsen Hall 322

B.F.A., Louisiana State University M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa Greta Songe is a native of South Louisiana. She teaches Design Fundamentals, Drawing, Art Appreciation, and Digital Art. She is an artist, illustrator, and surface designer.

Bill Stephens
Professor, Anthropology
319-398-5899 x5341
Cedar Hall 1020

B.A., University of Texas-Austin M.A. & Ph.D., University of Oregon Bill teaches Cultural Anthropology, Indigenous Central America and Working in America. He has conducted long-term anthropological research in a highland Mayan community in Chiapas, Mexico, where he worked primarily with indigenous healers who were dealing with the problems of hope, suffering, and well-being, in an increasingly “global” age.

  Susanne Sudmeier
336 Cedar Hall

  Dan Towey
Adjunct Faculty, Guitar
Cedar Hall 368

B.A., University of Iowa Dan teaches guitar and audio recording classes. He stresses the importance of versatility in guitar playing and puts great emphasis on both technical skill and the understanding of music theory principles. He especially enjoys recording live performances and loves the detail work of editing and mixing.

Rich Underwood
Professor, Communication
Cedar Hall 1017

B.A. & M.A., Purdue University: Rich teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Public Speaking and College 101. Rich was named a Professional Development Fellow in 2012. Rich was also elected as the first President of the Executive Board of the Iowa Region of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two year colleges.

Jeanette Welch
Adjunct Faculty, Bass

B.A., University of California- San Diego M.A., University of Iowa Jeanette Welch, a native of Berkeley, California, made her way to Iowa in a circuitous fashion; Huntsville, Alabama, to New Hampshire, Munich, Germany, returning to New Hampshire, and finally settling in Iowa in 1996. All along she has pursued a wide range of performance opportunities, mostly classical but also other styles, including jazz and rock. In Iowa, she performs with Orchestra Iowa, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony and performs occasionally with the Quad Cities Symphony. She is currently on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Kirkwood Community College, along with St. Ambrose University and Black Hawk College. She also performs with Bossa Maior, a bossa nova/samba band, House of Escher, a funky blues band, and the Doug Langbehn Trio (jazz).

  Bruce Western
Adjunct Faculty, Saxophone

M.F.A., University of Iowa Bruce has long been principal saxophonist and a frequent soloist with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and has also performed in the Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities Symphonies on numerous occasions. He has extensive experience in big band jazz, currently playing in Kirkwood's CR Jazz Big Band.

  Anissa White
Art Studio Technician

  Cindy Wilhelm
Department Assistant
336 Cedar Hall

  Lisa Wissenberg
Adjunct Faculty, Clarinet


  Zach Wollert
ATA 110