Carroll College, Helena Montana

Faculty Development Committee

Faculty Development Committee

The FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE supports the professional lives of all faculty members of Carroll College.  Support may be monetary awards for conference travel or research, training on modern pedagogy, or programs such as the faculty mentorship program.  The goal of the committee is to encourage, support, and report on professional development within our faculty.  The current committee members are:

Dr. Leslie Angel

Dr. Leslie Angel is an Assistant Professor who completed her Ph.D. in Dr. Leslie AngelExperimental Psychology: Animal Behavior at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her interests include comparative metacognition, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive errors, such as irrational thinking, biases, and inaccurate memories. Courses taught: General Psychology, Learning, Cognition, Physiological Psychology, Brain & Behavior, Developmental Psychology, and Canine Science for the HAB program. Outside of work she loves to ride horses, hike with her human and canine family, camp, and travel.

"It is so much fun to share my love of psychology with the bright, motivated, and talented students at Carroll.  The close connection that exists between the faculty and students here is so unique among colleges and really makes for a special teaching and learning environment.  I find my students' love of learning and their energy to be inspiring."

Dr. Elvira Roncalli

Elvira RoncalliAssociate Professor and Department Chair, obtained her Ph.D. from the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium and her Laurea degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.  She was the recipient of an Erasmus scholarship to the Husserl Archives at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and of a Fulbright sholarship to Boston College and to the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Her special interests include the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist/Gender Theory and Ethics. Away from the classroom, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and travelling to Europe, especially to Italy. Courses taught: Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy and Gender, Ethical Theory, Philosophy Seminar: Phenomenology and Existentialism.

Cynde Watkins, MSN, FNP-C

BA in Nursing from Carroll College, 1992
MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 2006

Nursing experience: oncology, ICU, radiology/special procedures at St. Peter's Hospital, office nurse at cardiology clinic, ICU nurse at VA Montana Healthcare.  Special nursing interests: intensive care, oncology and patient advocacy in nursing.

Special Interests: Cynde is an avid reader and loves the outdoors and animals.  She and her husband have raised three boys and now share their home with an assortment of animals.

Dr. Marie Suthers, DVM

Dr. Suthers has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practice, academic and community education, and the study of human-animal interaction. She is a well-known national and international speaker on the relationship between people and animals including the impact of human-animal interaction on specific human populations and the well-being of animals employed in therapeutic interventions for humans.Dr. Marie Suthers

Prior to joining the Anthrozoology Program at Carroll College in 2012, Dr. Suthers served as Vice President of Human-Animal Interactions for the American Humane Association. In that capacity she oversaw the research, development and creation of programs and materials, including publications, classroom lesson plans and workshops on Humane Education, Animal-Assisted Therapy and The Link. She also worked with the veterinary community to support mutual efforts to promote public health, animal welfare and well-being.

Dr. Suthers has a son, Benjamin, and the rest of the family includes 2 horses, Buttercup and Scarlet; a Standard Poodle, Sunny; a barn cat turned house cat, Grandpa; and 2 parakeets.

Contact information:; (406) 447-4360

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