As the Honors Program’s Undergraduate Research Coordinator Brian Schill primarily assist seniors with their Senior Honors Theses, helping them transition out of undergraduate study and typically into graduate or professional school. He also teach several courses each semester and am involved in undergraduate research initiatives across campus. His academic and research interests include Literary Theory and Criticism, Media Studies, and issues in Healthcare history, policy, and administration. Brian will be teaching at ACN during the summer 2013 semester.
Robin David’s is the Associate Director of the University of North Dakota’s Honors Program. Her primary academic interest areas include refugee/immigrant integration, socioeconomic class, war, politics, and consumption. She teaches social science and humanities courses on these subjects, and frequently use service-learning in doing so. She also coordinates service-learning for the Honors Program and is responsible for general administration.
Outside of academia, Robin is the president of a grassroots non-profit organization which helps to foster the integration of resettled refugees in Grand Forks, ND. Robin and her husband, Brian Schill, are very much looking forward to teaching at ACN’s 2013 summer school.
Burt Thorp is currently Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Dakota where he has taught a variety of courses. Burt and his wife Melinda Leach previously taught at Americ
an College during the fall 2006 semester; their son Leo attended school in Moss during that time and also took music lessons from two excellent local teachers. This time Melinda has responsibilities at UND and Leo is at the University of Miami in Florida, but they plan to come for a visit. Burt earned his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed an interdisciplinary doctoral program focusing on the ancient world, South Asia, and History of Religions. A native of California and Los Angeles, Burt came to North Dakota in 1992; for a number of years he has been teaching ancient history courses. Burt enjoys interacting with Norwegian and international students and is interested to see how Moss and Norway have changed in recent years. His overall educational goal is to foster life-long learning in the liberal arts as well as to prepare students for higher education in the United States.
Kirby Lund is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of North Dakota. Currently, he is working on his Master’s degree in English literature. His research focuses on medieval literature with emphases on gender theory and spatial theory. These interests culminated in his Master’s thesis where he examined the Middle English poem Pearl. In the Fall 2013 semester, Lund will teach ENGL 227, a special topics course devoted to the Arthurian legends and their occurrence in modern culture.
In his spare time, Lund enjoys afternoons in his garage woodworking various projects. He creates decorative signs for friends and family, constructs and restores his own furniture, and even carves archery bows. He also enjoys watching movies of all genres, yet his favorites are the Lord of the Rings trilogy and anything set in the Middle Ages.
Dr. Adonica Schultz Aune has taught in China, Korea, Taiwan, Norway, in Native American schools, and in several American universities. She holds a Ph. D. in Teaching and Learning with a minor in English. Her second Ph. D. is in Mass Communication and Public Discourse with a cogate in Instructional Design and Technology. With her Master of Arts in Communication, she holds a minor in Educational Administration. Her Bachelor of Science major is English with minors in French and Mathematics. Besides her love of teaching and learning, special interests for Dr. Aune are traveling, golf, theater, writing, and film. She lives in The Village, Florida with her husband and has taught online courses for over a decade. Dr. Schultz Aune teaches Mass Communication and Interpersonal Communication at the American College of Norway.
Tito Correa is a lecturer at the American College, Kongsberg vgs. and at the University of Oslo. Tito has been teaching at the American College since 2008, lecturing religion and political science courses. Tito received his bachelor ‘s degree in history and religion from Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts, U.S.A., and his MPhil degree is from the University of Oslo. Tito is completing his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Tito grew up in Queens, New York, has two boys, Gabriel and Samuel, and is married to Lillian.
Abbey Schneider is a lecturer at the American College of Norway and Bjørnholt videregående skole in Oslo. She is from Washington, DC and taught history and social justice courses for several years in Maryland high schools, the American University and Georgetown University before coming to Norway as a Fulbright Roving Scholar in American Studies in 2007. She continues to work with the US-Norway Fulbright Foundation in Oslo when possible. Abbey is passionate about equity in education and the role of education in democracy. Outside of her professional interests, Abbey spends her time experimenting in the kitchen and playing with her daughter Olivia.
Dr. Jason Phillips, Ph.D., C.T.L. earned a Ph.D. in Management Science, Operations, and Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.B.A. from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Business Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University. His research has appeared in numerous prestigious international journals including the Journal of Business Logistics, the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, the Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, and the Transportation Journal. He has made presentations of his research at academic conferences in both Europe and the United States and has over a decade of experience consulting with government and business firms.
With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Dr. Phillips is currently a tenured Professor of Marketing at West Chester University where he was instrumental in achieving AACSB accreditation for the University’s School of Business. In addition, he has received a number of student-sponsored awards naming him an outstanding teacher and faculty member.
Dr. Phillips has developed and administered numerous highly successful student study tours, both international and domestic, using his extensive international experience and contacts from around the globe. He is also a PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver and has earned a number of PADI specialty certifications.
Kate Sweney is a Senior Lecturer at the University of North Dakota and Managing Editor of the North Dakota Quarterly. She has been a journalist, a technical writer, and an editor in addition to teaching various English and Humanities at UND. She taught at A.C.N. in 2007 and for the 2009-2010 academic year. Kate teaches Integrated Social Science & General Science as well as Integrated Cultural Experience: Drama & Poetry at A.C.N.
Errin Jordan is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of North Dakota. She is currently working on her doctorate in English Literature. Her research interests include contemporary American fiction, minority American literature, and American satire. She has a particular interest in political satire and pop-culture, focusing on television’s use of political satire in shows such as South Park and The Colbert Report. The spring 2013 ENGL 227 course, “Political Satire and Humor in US Fiction,” will focus on the way in which shows such as these implement the traditions of humor and satire for both political and entertainment purposes.
Luckily, Errin’s research areas work well with her hobbies outside the classroom. Her interest in satire and humor stems from the countless hours she spent as a young girl watching television shows, listening to comedians, and reading books that are generally considered wildly inappropriate for children. Her passion for everything funny and irreverent continues today. She also loves travelling and meeting new people, so she is very excited to come to Norway and meet all the ACN students and staff.
Beth Schoborg is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of North Dakota. She is currently working on her doctorate in English literature. Her research interests include modernism and epistemology, and she especially enjoys reading Robert Frost and Nikos Kazantzakis. She’s presented on both Frost and Kazantzakis at the University of Wisconsin’s MADLIT conference and at the 2011 Midwest Modern Language Association’s conference, respectively. At the University of North Dakota, Beth teaches Introduction to College Writing, Business and Technical Writing, and Research Writing. Recently, she taught a version of this fall’s Myth, Literature, and Film course that focused primarily on texts and films based on the United States. She’s excited to expand that course this year at A.C.N. to include more texts and films from outside the U.S. She will also be teaching a film course at A.C.N this fall that explores why and how reality is altered in films like Star Wars, The Matrix, and the Hunger Games.
When not researching or teaching, Beth enjoys fishing and camping. She makes a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota every year and almost never gets lost. She’s excited to hike and explore in Norway this fall, but is most excited about having some great conversations with her new students at A.C.N.