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Coming soon to the Monmouth College faculty

April 5, 2013

Terrance Gabel

Terrance G. Gabel, Ph.D. earned his BBA (Marketing) from the University of Iowa, his Masters of Science degree (Marketing, with international emphasis) from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. (Marketing, with a minor in Sociology) from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Gabel comes from a working-class background in SE Iowa and was the first member of his immediate family to attend college. He is a former (1) University of Iowa armwrestling champion, (2) boxer/kickboxer and (3) cemetery maintenance engineer.

Dr. Gabel’s research has been published in the Academy of Marketing Science Review, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Global Marketing and Advances in Consumer Research. He has presented research papers at numerous marketing-related and sociological conferences in the U.S. and Mexico.

“I understand the value of skills outside of business. It’s important for students to have broad skills, social skills, a broader background, and to learn to relate to people better. That’s part of what attracted me to Monmouth College’s liberal arts education. I’m an example myself of the liberal arts — along with marketing, I’ve studied literature and written poetry for the last five years. You’re better off in the long run when you have a broad background.”

Julie Rothbardt

Julie Rothbardt is a visiting assistant professor, Political Economy and Commerce. She received a BA in Chemistry with a Russian Language emphasis from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. She also has an MBA from The University of Iowa; DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) from St. Ambrose University and an SPHR certification (senior professional in HR).

“I value the liberal arts education that I received, knowing that I was encouraged to explore multiple interests that I had and discover how music, science, business, history and language all contribute to our world experience. I really think that this set me on a path of my own exploration, and coming to Monmouth was like coming home to my roots. It is great to be with colleagues who truly have the passion to develop students to their fullest potential. The students who I have been able to know so far (and I love getting to know my students – always welcome to stop by and say hello or chat) are curious, bright and full of that potential, and I’m excited to continue to not only help these students explore these relationships, but to continue my quest as well. Heck, when I saw the new building for science and business, and heard the focus that the school had to integrate these disciplines, I said with my degrees in chemistry and business, my chocolate finally found its peanut butter!”

David Wright

David Wright grew up in Central Illinois and attended Millikin University, a liberal arts college, where he studied both English and music and where he began writing poetry. His graduate studies took him to Truman State University in Kirskville, Mo. and then to Loyola University in Chicago, where he specialized in American literature and critical theory before taking a tenure track job at Richland Community College in Decatur.
After six years at Richland, he moved to Wheaton College where he taught American literature and creative writing for nine years. In that span, he began writing and publishing poetry in a more serious way, which resulted in a poetry collection, A Liturgy for Stones (Cascadia, 2003) and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry. After leaving Wheaton in 2010, he has spent the last three years teaching in the English department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he lives with his two children, daughter Hannah (17) and son Ethan (8). During that time, he also earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University (Ohio) and is looking forward to having a new collection of poems, The Small Books of Bach, published this fall by Wipf & Stock.

1) What about the Liberal Arts education attracts you to Monmouth College?

A liberal arts education offers students the chance to see themselves in relation to a long and deep tradition about what it means to be a human being. As a student, I loved receiving (and sometimes rejecting or revising) what I learned from studying literature, history, philosophy, science, religion the arts. It helped me consider and become who I am and to understand what I value. I would not have predicted the shape my life would take–both the things I’m proud of and the stuff I’ve failed at–but the capacities I have had to understand and creatively respond those experiences have grow directly out of what I learned as a college student. Monmouth values this liberal arts tradition of learning and the importance that has for people in all walks of life. I am eager to be part of that here.

Random facts: My mom is a Monmouth alum from, I think, the class of 1957. Also, though I have an impressive array of sweater vests, my vests can ‘t compete with Wilhardt’s
wardrobe.

Germain Badang

Germaine Badang is an assistant professor working in the Foreign Languages department, and currently teaches a Global Perspectives class as well. He is currently finishing his dissertation for his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

1) What about the Liberal Arts education attracts you to Monmouth College?

“I liked that Monmouth College was in a small town, I thought about how I wanted to have a real impact with my experience at a small liberal arts college. I think that as a teacher, the most important thing is not your research, but to have some impact on the lives of your students, to change them and inspire the next generation.”

2. What do you hope to bring that’s different to your classes, or improve on in the already existing curriculum?

“My personality, and how I make classes fun. But really, I want to bring the idea that nothing is impossible. Life itself is a challenge and I want to show a student in class, or on an assignment, that if at first it’s hard and you try, you’ll get it. Then in life, you will make mistakes at first, but if you learned not to give up, that will teach you a lot about yourself.”

Daniel Ott

Daniel J. Ott is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Monmouth College. He holds the Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University, the M. Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. His research interests include liberal theology in the twentieth century and Christian approaches to peace and nonviolence. He’s the author of several journal articles and review articles including his most recent, “Toward a Realistic, Public, Christian Pacifism” published in the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy.

Dan is currently working with C. Hannah Schell on an introduction to Christian thought in the U.S. He is also working on a series of papers that probe the meanings and origins of war and the inner dimensions of religious pacifism and nonviolence. Dan is married to the Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott (Monmouth College Chaplain) and they spend all of their “free time” with their son Isaac (5) and daughter Ella (3).

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