Carroll College, Helena Montana

Faculty Achievements

Carroll College Faculty Accomplishments 2015–2016

Faculty AchievementsThe Faculty Development Committee is proud to present the eighth edition of the Faculty Accomplishments brochure. Teaching, scholarship, and service are the cornerstones of a faculty member’s career. These areas are marked in both personal and professional milestones. The interaction between the student and the teacher is a facet of our careers that we all enjoy. That interaction is what makes Carroll the special place it is. We, also, enjoy our interactions with our academic peers and our larger community. This larger community continues to involve those outside of the boundaries of the United States. During the 2015 calendar year, Carroll faculty visited a multitude of countries, traveling to places such as Canada, France, Mexico, and Saint Lucia for both scholarly and service work. We advised student honors theses in topics ranging from aerobraking asteroids to the propensity of evil. We attended and presented at national and international scholarly conferences while finding time to make public presentations to community members in cities throughout Montana, the US, and the world. We won teaching awards and recognition from colleagues and professional organizations around the country. We published articles, reviews, book chapters, and poems. We sought and received $1,003,897 in external grants and awards. We continued to donate our time, support, and expertise to a variety of service endeavors, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Boy Scouts of America, St. Peter’s Hospital, and Engineers without Borders.

As members of the Faculty Development Committee, we are grateful for the opportunity to highlight our colleagues’ achievements and proud to work among such dedicated, talented, and generous professionals. We wish to acknowledge and thank several individuals who made this year’s brochure possible, including Dr. Tom Evans, President of Carroll College, Dr. Colin Irvine, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Cathy Day, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose offices provide the generous financial support necessary to produce this publication; Dr. Jerry Berberet, former Vice President for Academic Affairs, who emphasized the need for such a publication highlighting Carroll’s faculty and provided the impetus that originally made its creation possible; Dr. Dawn Gallinger, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, for assisting us each year in gathering the information necessary to create this brochure; and Laura Ottoson, in the Marketing and Communications Office, for overseeing the brochure’s layout and design. It would not be what it is without her remarkable talents. Finally, we wish to recognize and thank our colleagues who took time to share their accomplishments with us so that we, in turn, could share them with you.

Faculty Spotlights

Kelly Parsley

M.S. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (Non-tenure Track Professor, 1996)

Kelly ParsleyKelly Parsley has earned a Masters of Arts in English and a Masters of Public Health, and has been working in the field of public health and women’s safety since she moved to Helena, Montana, in 1994.

As a victim’s advocate for the past twenty years, Parsley helps to support the healing of those harmed by sexual violence. In 2006, she wrote the field guide that Montana law enforcement use to respond to sexual assaults, and 2008 she completed the field guide law enforcement use to respond to domestic violence.

Professor Parsley also speaks nationally on violence prevention. This fall, she will be presenting two workshops at the National Sexual Assault Conference (Washington, DC) on topics ranging from community-based violence prevention to Title IX and mandatory reporting requirements. She currently chairs Carroll’s Health Sciences Department and serves on the Montana Campus Compact Committee and the St. Peter’s Hospital Board of Directors.

In 2011, she was named Outstanding Prevention Professional of the Year by the national organization Everfi, and she was given the National Visionary Voice award in 2015. In 2015 she was also chosen as one of 38 to serve on the White House Think Tank on College Sexual Assault, she presented to the Montana Senate Judicial Committee on ways to address sexual violence, and in the spring of 2016, she was appointed to the Board of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her most recent work focuses 6 Faculty Spotlights on exploring sexual violence in the Bakken oil fields.

"I consider myself the luckiest person in the world! I have the opportunity to work with incredibly motivated and socially conscious students, and I get to be a part of their process of ‘coming alive’ to public health issues and the complex answers to them. As a professor, I have the privilege of watching students mature from freshmen to seniors and to ‘own’ their place in the web of answers to public health problems like access to clean water and adequate food, access to quality health care, and access to prevention tools that keep our communities safe.

"I also consider myself blessed to be able to work in a place that has been tremendously supportive of our flourishing Health Sciences Department. Health Sciences has grown from 30 students in 2009 to over 160 this year; that makes us the fasted growing and second largest program at Carroll. Without support from Carroll’s faculty and administration, none of this growth could have been possible!"

Erica N. Feuerbacher

Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Assistant Professor, 2014)

Dr. Erica FeuerbacherDr. Erica Feuerbacher earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2015 in Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab. While at UF, She also completed her clinical hours working with children with autism and developmental disabilities to earn her board certification in behavior analysis (BCBA-D). At UF and Santa Fe College, she taught classes in psychology and behavior analysis. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked as a professional dog trainer and behaviorist at a humane society in California. Her teaching interests focus on learning in humans and nonhuman animals, especially companion animals, and canine behavior. She says this is one of the reasons she loves her job at Carroll so much—it is a unique position that allows her to talk dog behavior and learning all day long.

Dr. Feuerbacher is the author of eight peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her research has focused on dimensions of the dog-human relationship, including what human interactions dogs prefer, which can be used as reinforcers for training, and the prevention and treatment of separation anxiety in dogs. Her goal as a researcher is to help enhance the lives of domestic dogs and the people who love them by better understanding the dog-human dynamic, and by improving outcomes for shelter dogs. She sees research as a highly effective teaching tool for students to learn critical thinking skills, principles of behavior, and dog training. Her goal is to provide a dynamic and collaborative research experience for undergraduates at Carroll and is excited to be offering a class this summer at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, in which students will be involved in collaborative research with Arizona State University on shelter dog welfare and will engage in service learning. She is also currently collaborating on canine cognition research with Dr. Leslie Angel and they plan to continue to expand their research program.

"The most rewarding aspect of my experience at Carroll has been interacting with students, sharing my enthusiasm for dog cognition and behavior with them, and helping them find their own niche where their passion flowers. One of the great things about the Anthrozoology students is how committed and enthusiastic they are about the program and its content. I get messages from students when they have a training breakthrough or see someone else training an exotic animal the way we train. It’s great to see them engaged with their world and taking what they learn at Carroll and applying it outside the classroom. The Anthrozoology program is really unique in the amount of hands-on learning students experience. While you can read about the dog-human relationship or how to train a dog in a book, the immersive experience of fostering a shelter dog and training it gives the students so much more knowledge, understanding, and actual skill in interacting with dogs. Although we are training dogs, this is really a microcosm of how people interact with their world in general—much of our society is based on punishment, threats, and other aversives and can be quite unpleasant. In class, we only use force-free training and rely primarily on positive reinforcement; this is a different way of effecting behavior change and can lead to much happier and more pleasant interactions with other individuals. My hope is that our students, regardless of whether they go into animal training, take this knowledge of compassionate and kind (but effective!) interactions towards other beings forward into the world in whatever career they pursue."

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Fall Faculty Retreat

Thank you to all of those who helped us prepare for the Fall Faculty Retreat on August 18th, 2015, as well as our speakers, session leaders, and participants!  What a wonderful (albeit chilly) day!  We will follow-up with the discussions about Global, Interdisciplinary, and Undergraduate Research initiatives on campus, so check back here for more information.  Contact Leslie Angel ( to share ideas generated from the retreat and/or feedback about the retreat itself.  We're always looking for ways to improve your Fall Faculty Retreat!

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