Dr. Christopher Fuller is an Associate Professor of Theology at Carroll College where he has served in this and other administrative roles since 2004. His Ph.D. is in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berekeley, CA. In his academic work and teaching he has blended historical studies, literary theory, and cinema studies for publications and classes on topics that range from The Godfather films to the Harry Potter novels. His approach to teaching emphasizes collaboration with students in the exploration of new insights.
Dr. Fuller brings to this seminar a strong background in interdisciplinary approaches to topics including his personal background in music and photography. In fact, his photography is featured throughout this web site. He looks forward to exploring with you the ways in which the humanities, in their varieties of expression, can inform our understanding of nature.
Dr. Edward Glowienka is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College, where he has taught since 2013. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University. His primary research interests are in 17th and 18th C. philosophy, with particular emphasis in metaphysics and moral philosophy. His work often forces him to think about how the scientific revolution impacted modern understandings of nature, human nature, and political organization. He is the author of Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Harmony.
Dr. Glowienka brings to the seminar expertise in the history of philosophical approaches to ethics, nature, and technology, as well as experience teaching in interdisciplinary settings. He brings a Socratic spirit of wonder and dialogue to all his teaching and he looks forward to discussing with participants both the promises and perils of contemporary approaches to nature.
Christina Torres is an eighth-grade English teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She is a writer for Education Week’s blog “The Intersection,” and her work as also appeared in “Teaching Tolerance” and PRX’s “On Being.” A scholar in our 2017 seminar, Christina will serve as our K-12 advisor where she will work with our attendees to share her experience implementing what she learned on the seminar as well as advise the them on pedagogy and curriculum and develop experiential learning opportunities.
Dr. Grant Hokit has taught biology and ecology at Carroll College for over twenty years. As a scientist, he acknowledges that “the human dimension is critically important in managing the landscape for future generations” and he very much wants to be involved in conversations that bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences.
Melissa Kwasny received her MFA from University of Montana; she is an adjunct professor at Carroll. She is an acclaimed poet, essayist and novelist who uses her medium to maintain an intimate and ongoing relationship with nature; she believes that seeing humankind and the natural world as a unified whole is key to understanding our existence.
Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant. Mike works at the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist. He has been working with Indian Education issues for the past 25 years and has teaching experience at both the K-12 and University level. He has a B.S. in History Education, a Master’s in School Administration and an Education Specialist Degree. In 2008, Mike was honored to be chosen as the Indian Educator of the Year by the Montana Indian Education Association. In the last 12 years, he has provided over 200 Indian Education workshops for over 3500 educators.
Shane Doyle, Ed.D. is a Crow tribal member who grew up in Crow Agency, and currently resides in Bozeman, MT. A singer of Northern Plains tribal style of music for 30 years, Shane also holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and completed a post-doctoral appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016. With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Doyle is a full-time educational and cultural consultant, designing American Indian curriculum for many organizations, including Montana public schools, the National Park Service, and the Museum of the Rockies. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman-based Extreme History Project, Hopa Mountain, and the Archaeological Conservancy, as well as serving on the Montana Arts Council culture and aesthetics committee and the Governors Parks in Focus Committee. Dr. Doyle was a founding member of the Montana Wilderness Association's Hold Our Ground Campaign in 2017, and speaks throughout the region on the topics of northern Plains Tribal culture and the importance of public lands in Montana. Dr Doyle was instrumental in the repatriation of the Anzick Clovis Child, and worked as a consultant and actor for the History Channel’s Lost Treasure of the Little Bighorn Battle, set to premiere in the fall of 2018. He and his wife Megkian are blessed with five children, ages 5 - 14.