Ave Maria University’s


Our highly qualified faculty and staff are here to help every member of the AMU family flourish. We seek out the very best in academia to serve as our professors, and over 90% of our faculty have terminal degrees. This means that, along with a Christ-centered formation, you’re receiving an education that you can be proud of, and your instructors can be trusted as experts in their field. Meanwhile, our experienced staff are excited to make your college experience a memorable one, accompanying you every step of the way.

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Fr. Romanus Cessario, S.T.D.

Adam Cardinal Maida Professor of Theology

Pablo Licheri, M.B.A.

Adjunct Instructor of Economics

Dianne Fabii, PH.D. LPC, NCC, MCC

Adjunct Professor of Education

Dayami Abella, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Modern Language (Spanish)

Peter Adamic, Ph.D., ACIA, P.STAT.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Tracy Ahern, D.N.P. (candidate)

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Isabelle Aubin, M.M.

Staff Collaborative Pianist

Tony Barbosa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Zachary Bartsch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Deana Basile Kelly, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Literature and Modern Languages (Italian)

Paul Baxa, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Agnes Berki, Ph.D.

Chair of the Biology Department; Professor of Biology

Jacob Blanchard, M.A.

Instructor of Biology

Mary Blanchard, D.Phil.

Chair of the History Department, Assistant Professor of History

Gerald Boersma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Justin Bonanno, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communications; Internship Coordinator and A/v Studio Director

Michael Breidenbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Rodney Burton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Janice Chik Breidenbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Kathy Christensen, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

John Colman, Ph.D.

Professor of Politics; Director of Honors Program

Jamon Copeland, M.S.

Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Physiology

Alex Crawford, PH.D., FSAScot

Assistant Dean of Student Success, Instructor of History

Daniel Credeur, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Physiology

Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.

Dr. Paula Ines Castagnet Chair of Biological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biology

Travis Curtright, Ph.D.

Chair of the Humanities Department; Professor of Humanities & Literature; Director of Shakespeare in Performance

Michael Dauphinais, Ph.D.

Chair of the Theology Department; Fr. Matthew L. Lamb Professor of Catholic Theology; Professor of Theology & Humanities

Barry David, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Daniel Davy, Ph.D.

Dean of Faculty; Associate Professor of History

Andrew Dinan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Classics

Richard Dittus, Jr., M.M.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

Richard Dittus, Sr., Ed.D.

Chair of the Mathematics Department; Instructor of Mathematics

Denise Donahue, Ed.D.

Adjunct Instructor of Education

DiAnn Ecret, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Maria Fedoryka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Brett Feger, M.S., M.A.

Instructor of Biology; Faculty Athletics Representative

Taylor Ferranti, D.M.A.

Chair of the Music Department; Associate Professor of Music

Ronald Freeze, Ph.D.

Instructor of Chemistry

Abigail Fuller, Ed.D.

Chair of the Education Department; Assistant Professor of Education

Fr. Robert Garrity, S.T.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Brice Gerlach, Ph.D.


William Gonch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literature

Tyler Graham

Adjunct Professor of Education

Daniel Guernsey Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education, Director of M.Ed. in Catholic Educational Leadership

Alexander Heatherly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology

Patrick Hillesheim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Patricia Hojnowski-Diaz, M.S., M.B.A., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Keith Houde, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Mary Hunt, Ph.D. (candidate)

Assistant Professor of Business & Psychology

Gavin Hurley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communications and Literature; Director of the Writing Program

Timothy Iijima, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Business & Finance

Beata Jadaszewski

Lab Coordinator

John Jasso, Ph.D.

Chair of the Communications And Literature Departments; Associate Professor of Communications

Gaston LeNotre, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Seunghee Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music

Daniel Lendman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology

Steven Long, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology

Fr. Joseph Lugalambi, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor of Theology

Fr. Guy Mansini, S.T.D.

Max Seckler Chair of Theology

Anne Marchetti, D.B.A.


Michael Marsalli, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Gabriel Martinez, Ph.D.

Chair of the Economics Department; Associate Professor of Economics; Director of Online Education

Thomas Maurer Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

John May, M.B.A.

Chair of the Business Department; Executive-in-Residence

Mark Miravalle, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Constance Schifflin Blum Chair of Mariology

Stefanie Morris, Ph.D.

Chair of the Psychology Department, Associate Professor of Psychology

Eugene Munin

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Roger Nutt, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Provost; Professor of Theology

James Patterson, Ph.D.

Chair of the Politics Department; Associate Professor of Politics

Saverio Perugini, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science

Timothy Reilly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Bradley Ritter, Ph.D.

Chair of the Classics and Early Christian Literature Department; Associate Professor of Classics

Daniel Sadasivan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Jessica Schnepp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literature

Samuel Shephard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Aileen Staller, D.N.P.

Chair of the Nursing Department; Assistant Professor of Nursing

Seana Sugrue, D.C.L.

Ambassador Michael Novak Chair of Politics; Professor of Politics

Stephen Thong, Ph.D.

Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department; Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Sandra Tirado, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Joseph Trabbic, Ph.D.

Chair of the Philosophy Department; Associate Professor of Philosophy

Alex Tsai, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor of Physics

Dario Valdebenito, Ph.D.

Assistant of Mathematics

T. Adam Van Wart, Ph.D.


Jeffrey Walkey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Neil Watson

Director of Marketing; Adjunct Professor of Business

Peter Whalen, Ph.D.

Ungarino Associate Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Stephen Wirick, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise Physiology

Lidiya Zubytska, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Politics


Ave Maria University strives for a strong Catholic identity by offering a liberal arts curriculum that forms men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the faith.