It is a pleasure to have the opportunity once again to contribute some words of commendation for Carroll’s faculty in the fifth annual Faculty Accomplishments brochure. This is also an opportunity for me to thank the faculty members on the Faculty Development Committee—their good work has been instrumental in producing this publication and in supporting faculty in many other ways.
It has been an exciting and exhilarating year at Carroll. With a new president on board, there is a kind of new beginning for the college. But the faculty remain the heart and soul of Carroll, and their continued excellence in all they do is clearly reflected here. Their active engagement in scholarship and creative works continues to take many forms and is manifest in a wide variety of venues locally, nationally, and globally. Many are sharing their talents and accomplishments by including their students in their research and supporting research initiated by their students. The effectiveness of the Carroll faculty in the classroom is due in large part to the passion they have for their areas of expertise, and their willingness to share their knowledge and insights with Carroll students. Their generosity of spirit is shown by their active engagement in many forms of service.
The excellence of the Carroll faculty is also manifest in the awards and honors they have received for their leadership and in the many grants they bring into the college. The college is greatly enhanced by grants from institutions such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, Youth Connections, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Humanities Montana, the BACCHUS Network, the Forest Service, and several family foundations.
It continues to be a pleasure and an honor to work with the faculty at Carroll, and I look forward to celebrating their future accomplishments.
—Paula McNutt, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Mr. Ralph Esposito
To say that Mr. Ralph Esposito is an accomplished artist does not begin to reflect his impassioned generativity. His artwork has been featured in over 150 shows including 30 national and international competitive juried exhibits. He has contributed his artistic and teaching expertise not just in Helena, but globally, most recently as the recipient of two rare and prestigious invitations to teach abroad. In 2008, Professor Esposito was awarded a Fulbright-Hays summer seminar in Greece and Bulgaria where he studied art, history, and culture in the two countries for six weeks. In 2012, he was selected to serve as a Visiting Artist in Jingdezhen, China, through the University of West Virginia. He spent several months in Jingdezhen and visited Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing where he lectured and exhibited his artwork. Back at home, Professor Esposito contributes broadly to the Carroll and local communities through his development and maintenance of the Carroll Art Gallery, serving as the Chair of Fine Arts since 2011, as both a devoted and engaging teacher, in courses such as Drawing, Ceramics, Acrylic Painting, and Watercolor Painting, as well as through his participation in a variety of spectacular off-campus exhibits through the Holter Museum, the Archie Bray Foundation, and many others. Professor Esposito is an active member of these organizations, as well as the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association of Montana and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts. He epitomizes Carroll’s faculty mission of teaching, scholarship, and service locally, nationally, and abroad. If you have yet to see his beautiful, captivating, and thought-provoking artwork, treat yourself to one of his exhibitions.
Dr. Gerald Shields
While scholarship, teaching and service have characterized the work of Dr. Gerald “Gerry” Shields during his fourteen years at Carroll College, equally commendable is that he is fondly regarded as a friend to so many faculty, staff, and students across campus. Appointed James J. Manion Endowed Chairman of Biology at Carroll College in 1999, Dr. Shields has published what would be considered an impressive number of scholarly articles by anyone’s standards, in research topics ranging from the nucleotide sequence of Northern Asian Aboriginal populations, mitochondrial phylogeny of brown bears, moose, and geese, comparative avian genetics, chromosome change in black flies, and even the mitochondrial sequence of a 33,000-year-old woolly mammoth, just to name a few. He has presented his work nationally and internationally, speaking in over fifteen countries throughout his career. Dr. Shields is a beloved and sought-after teacher of courses ranging from Molecular Evolution to Biology Senior Seminar, and he recently developed and taught a popular special topics course in Ornithology. He also regularly invites students to work with him in his lab and directs numerous student research projects and honors theses, regularly inspiring the next generation of scientists. In fact, a number of his students have gone on to become accomplished scientists in their own right. Dr. Shields is a prolific and accomplished researcher and professor who lives the Carroll mission by invigorating his colleagues and students with his contagious enthusiasm for scholarship, teaching, and service.
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The Fall Faculty Retreat will be held at Kleffner Ranch on August 16th! In response to prior attendees, we are pleased to offer a closer and hospitable venue this year.