Endowed Professorships

Carroll is proud of our faculty...

and grateful to the many donors who support their work in classrooms, labs, in the field, and at conferences. The following endowed professorships highlight the excellent work of our faculty and students through the generosity of donors who have given to enhance scholarship at Carroll College.

Opportunity Bank Endowed Professorship for Finance

Julie Mull

Julie MullThe Opportunity Bank Endowed Professorship is an incredibly generous gift that has allowed me to further my professional development and research in the field as well as attend conferences. All of these very important endeavors provide me with additional resources and further develop my depth of expertise to bring back to the students in the classroom.

The finance major is the newest addition to the department and has grown significantly over the past few years. I am pleased and honored to be a part of such a dynamic program and initiative. This endowment allows me to participate in activities to help ensure our students are receiving the most relevant experiences and knowledge in the ever evolving field of finance. I am most grateful to Opportunity Bank for this thoughtful and supportive gift.

The Guido Bugni Professorship

Caroline Pharr, Ph.D.

Caroline PharrCaroline is originally from Moscow, ID, and is happy to be back in the west and back at Carroll!  Caroline attended Carroll College as an undergraduate student, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 2003.  She then moved to Madison, WI, where she attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and held a joint appointment between Dr. Robert McMahon and Dr. John Moore.  While at UW Madison, Caroline conducted research in a physical organic chemistry group (McMahon) where she studied the photochemistry of reactive intermediates.  She also conducted chemical education research (Moore) where she designed, developed, and implemented a website that introduces current science research into middle and high school classrooms.  Caroline graduated with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in May of 2008.  After taking the summer off to travel across the United States and to Europe with her husband Chapin, they moved to Erie, PA in August of 2008, where she joined the faculty at Mercyhurst College.  In the fall of 2011, Caroline came back to her alma mater, and is now a faculty member in the chemistry department. 

The Henry (Hank) Burgess Professorship in English

Deb BernardiDebra Bernardi

Because Carroll is small, I get to work with our students over a number of years, seeing them in several classes. This way I really get to see my students grow and develop intellectually.

Our students read their work, along with other students and professional writers, at the Carroll Literary Festival; they also can have their work published in our literary magazine Colors (there is usually a reading in town to celebrate the publication). I also encourage students to present their work more widely: this year a recent graduate and I are both reading our essays at a popular culture conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Sue A. Buswell Endowed Professorship in Nursing

Maria BrosnanMaria Brosnan, MSN, ACNP-BC

Maria is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Carroll College. She earned her Masters Degree in Nursing, specializing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Rush University of Chicago. When she is not teaching, Maria enjoys riding her horses, spending time with friends and being outdoors.

The Father Wiliam F. Greytak Endowed Professorship for History and Humanities

Elvira RoncalliElvira Roncalli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Elvira 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.

Monsignor Joseph Harrington Endowed Professorship for Nursing

Kim GarrisonKim Garrison, MN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor in Nursing, Kim earned her Masters in Psychosocial Nursing at the University of Washington and has been a Certified Biofeedback Therapist since 1985.

Her specialties include management of the stress response, biofeedback therapy, anxiety disorders, childhood trauma and client self-management of health concerns.

The Archbishop Hunthausen Professorship in Peace and Social Justice

Eric Hall, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric HallIf the life of the academic can oftentimes get focused on the self and one’s own projects, this Professorship has pushed me to refocus much of my work into the possibilities of others. Especially important to these funds as I’ve allotted them, is giving a voice to the voiceless, be that through offering a stage for the first peoples of Montana to express their maltreatment, or to give the chance for the recent environmental encyclical to be heard outside of the usual political punditry. I hope and intend for the fullness of the Catholic intellectual and justice tradition to emerge through this Professorship.

William J. Lannan Endowed Chair of Physics

Mary KeefeMary Keefe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Engineering, Dr. Keeffe received her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her research interests include semiconductor surfaces and interfaces. She also enjoys astronomy, rock collecting, and working with stained glass.

Courses Taught: Calculus I & II, Astronomy, Engineering Mechanics I: Statics, Engineering Mechanics II: Solids, and Engineering Physics I & II.

Joseph A. Maierle and Morrison-Maierle Endowed Professorship in Civil Engineering

Gary Fischer

Gary FischerBeing part of the Carroll College faculty is an honor in itself. Being recognized as a recipient for the Maierle and Morrison-Maierle Endowed Professorship has allowed my career at Carroll College to elevate to a level that encompasses recognition, integrity and the freedom to diversify my influence on students. With funding from the professorship, I have been afforded the freedom to pursue the development of a faculty-led course involving engineering and nursing in New Zealand, and an integrated learning course with the History Department for Water Development in the West. With regard to scholarship, myself and another local engineer were afforded the chance to prepare a professional continuing education course for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on Water Distribution Design. I am greatful to be able to be part of these new teaching avenues, which would not be possible without the professorship funding. It has opened up a spectrum of opportunities beyond my normal duties and has added variety that might not be possible without the added funding. My career and interaction with students has been expanded nd energized. I am doubly honored and greatful.

The Mandeville Endowed Professorship in Accounting

The Mandeville Endowed Professorship In Accounting has been instrumental in supporting accounting students in a broad variety of activities including student participation in the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for Public Trust (NASBA CPT) Ethical Leadership Certificate Program, student attendance at accounting conferences and networking events with the Montana Society of CPAs (MSCPA) and Helena Chapter of MSCPA, student access to FASB/GASB Codification for student research of current accounting issues, book scholarship awards for senior accounting students, and sponsorship of Carroll College Business Department lectures such as Cynthia Cooper, best-selling author, corporate whistleblower, and Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year, whose team unraveled the largest corporate fraud in history at WorldCom. None of these activities would be possible without the support of the Mandeville Endowed Professorship in Accounting.

James J. Manion Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences

Gerald Shields, Ph.D.

Dr. Gerry ShieldsIn the fall of 1999, Pat and I returned to Carroll (our second life here) to the part-time position of the James J. Manion Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences after a 25-year career in teaching and research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. This spring marks my 82th semester as a professor. So why do I "stay." I stay because I am able to positively affect the lives of many students through my research with undergraduates and teaching (Thesis Writing, Biology Senior Seminar, Evolutionary Analysis and Ornithology). I believe I am preparing Carroll students for the rigors of their future professional careers. I have had the good fortune to have had students in my Carroll classes who are now university researchers, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, teachers and other health-care providers. I marvel at their dedication, success, and contributions to society. My research students (now totaling beyond 30) have shared in many significant discoveries and many have joined me as co-authors on numerous scientific publications. Pat and I have been invited to their graduations from professional schools and even to their weddings. We thank Carroll, its friends, faculty, and students for the marvelous opportunity to be the Manion Chair. This position has allowed Pat and me to return to our native Montana and to share in the past, present and future of the Carroll family.

Margaret Perryman Endowed Professorship for Human Animal Bond Degree Program

Marie Suthers, Ph.D.

Marie SuthersDr. Marie 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.

She received the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award in 2006. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1982.

The Dr. Jerry Pohlman Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Business

Beth Schoyen

Beth SchoyenThis endowment has made an incredible difference in my department. As a result, the department has been able to financially support the annual Etiquette Dinner, put on under the aegis of the Career Center, which provides a free dinner for our senior students while instructing them on the finer points of dinner etiquette. We have also been able to send students to competitive events with these funds.

Additionally, I have used the funds to help pay for faculty development for all departmental faculty including: help funding necessary CPE credits, necessary for maintenance of professional certifications; help in funding some of the doctoral programs costs for Dr. Belle Marie and Julie Mull; help with the additional costs of attending conferences; and help in paying for memberships in professional associations. We are extremely grateful to our donor whose generosity has made a significant difference to our Business students and faculty.

Byron & Irene Roberts and Albert & Marie Nix Endowed Professorship in Engineering

John L. Scharf, Ph.D.

Dr. John ScharfThe Roberts-Nix Professorship in Engineering provides me with the support and capacity that I need in order to work most effectively in serving our Carroll students as the Director of Carroll's Engineering Programs and as the Lead Faculty Advisor for our Carroll Chapter of Engineers Without Boarders - USA. As Director of Engineering, my work focuses on providing nothing less than the best engineering education and professional opportunities for Carroll students and alumni. As Faculty Advisor for Carroll EWB, I am able to develop incredible educational, professional development and global service opportunities for Carroll students in engineering, as well as for those in many other disciplines. The Roberts-Nix salary stipend allowed me the time to devote a significant portion of my work toward successfully fulfilling both of these responsibilities. I am extremely grateful for the Roberts-Nix support I receive. With the work I am enabled to do, the Professorship translates directly into excellent support for, and service to Carroll students.

The Clarence A. (Bud) Ryan, Steve Ryan and Joe Pat Ryan Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry Endowment

Dan Gretch, Ph.D.

Dan GretchThe Ryan endowment in conjunction with start-up funding from the chemistry department has allowed me to create a student-centered research program here at Carroll. Without this funding, I would have been severely inhibited due to the large price tag of lab-based research. With this funding, I intend to (1) provide research opportunities for one to two students per semester, (2) report their research findings at scientific conferences (e.g. regional and national American Chemical Society meetings), and (3) submit their research findings to peer-reviewed journals for publication when the quantity and quality of findings provide a reasonable chance for acceptance. These goals are primarily in place to provide authentic research experiences for students at Carroll College, but presentations / peer-reviewed publications also benefits my professional development in terms of scholarship and establishing relevance in my field.

Dr. James and Joan Schneller Endowed Professorship in Catholic Mission and Identity

John Ries, Ph.D.

Dr. John RiesDr. Reis holds M.A. degrees in Philosophy from St. Louis University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also holds an M.A./S.T.L. and Ph.D./S.T.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His special interests include: systematic/fundamental theology, continental philosophy, philosophical and theological ethics, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics.

Courses taught include Theological Foundations, History of Christian Thought, Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, The God Question, Church and Worship.