SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS -
Ms. Amy Dewald
Lecturer in Biology, has taught at Eureka college since 1998. She is an alum of the college, graduating with a B.S. in biology. She received her M.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield and continued her studies in the areas of microbiology and immunology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Ms. Dewald enjoys bringing the "real world" applications of biology to the classroom, incorporating issues encountered everyday in the news with their scientific origins. email
Dr. Marcia A. Miller, D(ABMM)
Adjunct professor of medical microbiology collaboratively teaching with Dr. Small, providing medical aspects of various courses, both in lecture and laboratory. Professor Miller is an Emeritus of Microbiology, University of Illinois College of Medicine-at Peoria where she taught for 35 years core courses in medical microbiology and microbiology/infectious diseases in the organ segments, pharmacology of antimicrobial agents and pathology of infectious agents. She was often called upon throughout the USA to lecture on antibiotics/infectious diseases for hospital grand rounds as sponsored by various pharmaceutical firms. Her research centered in two major areas of 1) antibiotic resistance and 2) role of endotoxin in polycystic kidney disease. The latter area included genetic aspects with Dr. Paul Small of Eureka College. Dr. Miller served on National Board of Medical Examiners certifying licensure of medical students. She remains board certified in medical microbiology and public health (American Society of Microbiology). She has taught at the ISU graduate programs and the University of Edinburgh Medical School (Scotland) for 8 years. Dr. Miller also currently teaches as an Honorary Professor of Microbiology, Bute Medical School, St. Andrews, Scotland.email
Dr. Paul Small
Professor of Biology and division chair, teaches courses in Microbiology, Genetics, Embryology, Anatomy and Physiology. He is often called to edit textbooks in these areas. For many years now he has served as a reader for Advanced Placement Biology exams. He has also taught for Methodist College of Nursing and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He is also proud of his service to the Board of Directors of Peoria Hebrew Day School. B.Sc. in Microbial and Cellular Biology from University of Calgary; M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of Cincinnati. email
Dr. Michael Toliver
Professor Mike Toliver, Professor of Biology, is an entomologist and evolutionary biologist interested in the ecology and evolution of butterflies. His current research involves sexual selection in Hackberry Butterflies, and variations of individual behavior in the Olympia Marble butterfly. He contributed most of the butterfly chapters to Fred Stehr's Immature Insects and is the primary author of a book on the butterflies of New Mexico. He is past editor of the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society and is currently one of the Lepidoptera editors for Zootaxa. He is the Secretary of the Lepidopterists' Society, an international science society dedicated to the study and conservation of butterflies and moths. In addition to his work on butterflies, he often writes and speaks about his experience as a marine in an infantry battalion during the Viet Nam War. B.S., biology, University of New Mexico, M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology, University of Illinois. email | website
CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Dr. Elizabeth Curry
A Eureka native, she earned her BA in Chemistry from Concordia University, Chicago, a MS in Plant and Soil Sciences at SIU followed by a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the U of I. Her research focus was originally on plant (corn) pathogenesis due to fungi and later soilborne pathogens of turfgrass and their impact on carbohydrate portioning in zoysiagrass. Dr. Curry has begun development of an online series of courses in turf and ornamental education aimed at providing continuing education opportunities to professionals in the Green Industry. She enjoys teaching and has taught both the plant and physical sciences at ICC, SIU, UIUC, ISU, and Eureka College. email
Dr. Kevin Stillman
Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry. After completing a BS in chemistry from Seattle University and a MS from University of Utah, he worked for both Weyerhaeuser and Microsoft for a couple of years. Following his industrial experience, he returned to academia and taught at the University of Iowa for nearly a decade. He then completed his PhD at the University of Wyoming, conducting theoretical studies of the bonding in new hydrodesulfurization catalysts, which are used in removing sulfur from crude oil during the refining process. His research interests are in continuing to study both actual catalysts and catalyst models in the energy field (both traditional and alternative) from a theoretical viewpoint. email
Dr. Yuxiang Zhao
Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. Dr. Zhao earned a MD degree from Capital University of Medical Sciences, and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University. She worked as the Technical Director in a local pharmaceutical company in Florida. She then taught organic chemistry as Assistant Professor at Ball State University, Indiana. Her research interest is in anti-cancer and antiviral drug design and synthesis.
Dr. Keith Tookey
Professor of Computer Studies, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, two Master's Degree in Computer Science, and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. His specialty is educational applications of computers. He has taught at two other liberal arts colleges before coming to Eureka. He now teaches most Computer Science and Business Information Systems classes. email | website
Dr. Kanaka Vijitha-Kumara
Professor of Computer Studies and Director of the Eureka College Computer Services. He has in his time here made significant improvements to the computer science curriculum and the campus computing environment. B.S. University of Sri Lanka; M.A. Bowling Green State University; Ph.D. Iowa State University.
Dr. Youngju Son
Lecturer in Computer Studies, received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University. She now teaches a database course. Her research focused on database, data mining and bioinformatics. She also has several years of work experience as a system engineer in the area of Information Technology. email
Ms. Patricia McGrady
Lecturer in Earth Science and Astronomy, Ms. McGrady has a B.S. in Professional Geology from Bradley University. She completed a National Science Foundation course on teaching Astronomy at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as well as completed field work in Illinois, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming through Western Illinois University. email
Dr. Renée B. Mullen
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. She teaches Environmental Studies and Biology courses and coordinates the Environmental Studies major. A microbial ecologist by training, with strong interests in the conservation of biodiversity, Dr. Mullen began her career as a biology professor at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Wanting to experience conservation “on-the-ground”, she then worked as a scientist and educator for the global conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and in the Yunnan Province of China from 1999-2008. In China she drew upon her previous alpine ecology research and led a team of researchers in assessing biodiversity status and land use change in the alpine ecosystems of northwest Yunnan. Dr. Mullen enjoys bringing the interdisciplinary study of the environment to students and helping them to discover their own interests and strengths. In their spare time, she and her husband grow much of their own food behind their house in the Mackinaw valley near Congerville, IL.
B.A., Biology, Wake Forest University, 1985, Ph.D., Microbial ecology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1995. email
Mr. Kevin Brucker
Lecturer in Mathematics, came to Eureka College in 2004. His teaching focuses on Statistics and Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from McKendree College and an M.A.S. (Master of Applied Statistics) from The Ohio State University. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Brucker works as the Teacher Education Assessment Coordinator and Transfer Advisor.
Mrs. Elisha VanMeenen
Lecturer in Mathematics. Mrs. VanMeenen received her B. S. in Mathematics from Illinois Wesleyan University, M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, M.S. in Mathematics from Illinois State University, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Illinois State University. She teaches full time at ISU, and is in her third semester teaching part-time general education mathematics for Eureka College. She is interested helping students learn and understand mathematics in order to achieve their goals and earn a college degree.
Mrs. Rachel Gudeman
Lecturer in Mathematics. Mrs. Gudeman received her B. S. from Illinois State University, and is currently attaining her M.S. in Mathematics from Illinois State University. She has taught all levels of high school mathematics especially for the home-schooled population. She has taught at Eureka College since Fall 2012. Mrs. Gudeman enjoys teaching and helping students learn and understand mathematics in order to achieve their goals and earn a college degree.
Dr. Richard Hasenauer
Assistant Professor of Mathematics received a B.S. in Mathematics from Mesa State College and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from North Dakota State University. His research interests include commutative algebra and number theory. In particular he is interested in factorization properties in non-Noetherian domains. He enjoys teaching and looks forward to students coming to his office to discuss mathematics. email
Dr. Prabhu Venkataraman
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received a B.S. in Mathematics from Truman State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Florida. His field of study is algebraic geometry, in particular nonabelian cohomology and higher category theory. He is also interested in all aspects of mathematics education and teaching, and especially the preparation of teachers for levels K-12. He is happy to guide students who wish to engage in an independent study of any of these mathematical/educational areas. email