Inquiry & Expression  
 

Faculty

 
Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil

Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 632-2872
E-mail: gretchen.rumohrvoskuil@aquinas.edu

Twitter: @RumohrVoskuil

Office: AB 309

>Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil is an Associate Professor of English and serves as director of the Inquiry and Expression program. She earned her B.A. from Hope College, her M.Ed. from Aquinas College, and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. Dr. R-V teaches composition, literature, literature methods, and writing methods at Aquinas. Her research involves the history, rhetorical force, and application of the term "best practice;" rhetorics of motherhood; the relationship between state-mandated standards (CCSS) and first year composition; writing center pedagogies; and creating safe reading/writing spaces for victims of sexual assault. Dr. R-V's scholarly work has appeared in Language Arts Journal of Michigan, Teaching Literature in Virtual Worlds: Immersive Learning in English Studies (Routledge 2011), and The Doctoral Degree in English Education (Kennesaw 2009), but she is most proud of her four young daughters.

 
Dan Brooks

Dan Brooks, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 632-2068
E-mail: brookdan@aquinas.edu

Office: AB 359

Daniel J. Brooks, Ph.D. is director of the Humanities Program and Professor of English at Aquinas College. In addition to Humanities, he has taught in the freshman year Inquiry and Expression program and a variety of English courses, including 20th century British, Irish, and American literature, the Grammar of Modern English, and several introductory survey and genre courses. Brooks earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University (NY) in 1988 and joined the faculty at Aquinas in 1989. He is also the faculty advisor for The Saint.

 
Brent Chesley

Brent Chesley, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 632-2830
E-mail: cheslbre@aquinas.edu

Office: Holmdene 311

Dr. Chesley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty of Aquinas College in 1987. Dr. Chesley teaches 17th- and 18th-Century British Literature and Creative Nonfiction. He is known around campus for his belief that Pride and Prejudice is the best novel ever written in English. He also has a special interest in helping students to prepare their creative nonfiction for publication. When he is not busy writing his own creative nonfiction, Dr. Chesley follows the fortunes of his favorite automotive racing team, Ferrari.

 
Melissa Coll-Smith

Melissa Coll-Smith

E-mail: mmc004@aquinas.edu

 
 
Gary Eberle

Gary Eberle, M.A.
Phone: (616) 632-2829
E-mail: eberlgar@aquinas.edu

Office: Holmdene 309

Gary Eberle, professor of English, is the author of several books, including The Geography of Nowhere: Finding One's Self in the Postmodern World (Sheed & Ward, 1994); Angel Strings, a novel (Coffee House, 1995); A City Full of Rain, short stories (Xlibris, 2001); Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning (Shambhala, 2003); and Dangerous Words: Talking About God in the Age of Fundamentalism (Boston: Shambhala/Trumpter, 2007). His most recent book is Aquinas College: The First 125 Years, a history of Aquinas College. Eberle has twice been selected by the Student Senate as outstanding faculty member of the year, and in 1994 he received an award from the Aquinas College faculty for outstanding scholarship. He developed the Insignis Program for Honors Students in 1985 and directed it for 12 years. His journalism and fiction have won awards locally and nationally, and his novel Angel Strings was named a "best book" by the New York Public Library in 1997. Active professionally, he has been president of the Mid-East Honors Association, the Michigan Honors Association, and was an officer of the Michigan Association of Departments of English. In 2011-2012, he was Master of the Revels for Aquinas College's 125th anniversary celebrations. A more extensive biography and critical notes may be found in the online version of Contemporary Authors.

 
Rori Leigh Hoatlin

Rori Leigh Hoatlin, M.F.A.

E-mail: rlh002@aquinas.edu

Office: AB 309

Rori Leigh Hoatlin is a recent MFA graduate of George College & State University. Before coming to Aquinas, she worked as a Teaching Fellow, and Student Supervisor of the GCSU Writing Center. She is also a 2013 Lake Michigan Writing Project Teaching Consultant. Rori has published essays in Prick of the Spindle, Steel Toe Review, Superstition Review and Tampa Review Online, among others.

 

Michael Miller, M.A.

E-mail: mdm002@aquinas.edu

Office: AB 309

Michael Miller attended Western Michigan University and received his B.A. in Creative Writing with a double major in Medieval Studies.  He attended the University of Southern California where he earned his Masters of Professional Writing.  After USC he worked in Los Angeles and New York for the entertainment industry as a development assistant and writing collaborator and also as the director of operations for a Business Management CPA firm.  Michael has taught as an adjunct at Aquinas since the spring semester of 2010 and also teaches at Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art & Design.  When he isn't teaching he is an avid writer having published poetry, short fiction, and essays with numerous one-act play productions, awards, and several screenplays optioned for production consideration to his credit.

 
Francine Paolini

Francine Paolini

Phone: 616-632-2131

E-mail: paolifra@aquinas.edu

Office: By Appointment

Francine Paolini has been a professional librarian at Aquinas College since 1991.  She has been serving as Co-Director of the Grace Hauenstein Library since 2005.  She has a BA in History from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Library Science from Western Michigan University.  She has taught GE103: Beyond Google, for the past 13 years and is delighted to be teaching in both Inquiry and Expression and First Year Experience.

 
Molly Patterson

Molly Patterson, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 632-2841
E-mail: pattemol@aquinas.edu

Office: Holmdene 221

Molly Patterson joined the Aquinas faculty in fall of 2005. She completed her graduate work in political science at the University of California, Irvine. Her political science interests include participatory forms of democracy, citizen education and development, and issues of power and social justice.
 
Christina Radisauskas

Christina Radisauskas

Phone: 616-632-2124

E-mail: radischr@aquinas.edu

Office: By Appointment

Christina is a librarian here at AQ. Hired in 2006, she's taught the Library's Beyond Google class for eight years, and in the Inquiry and Expression program for two. She received her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from GVSU, and her Master's degree in Library Science from Wayne State University.
 
Julia Reynolds

Julia Reynolds, Ph.D.

Phone: 616-632-2055

E-mail: reynojul@aquinas.edu

Office: AB 224

Julia Reynolds, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Education (Literacy Studies) at Aquinas College (2006-2008, 2010-present). She is also the Director of Curriculum and School Improvement in Northview Public Schools, where she previously served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She has a B.A. in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University, a B.A. in English and Reading and an M.A.T. from Aquinas College, and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Literacy from Michigan State University. She has worked as a classroom teacher in Wyoming Public Schools and Forest Hills Public Schools, worked in curriculum development in Grand Rapids Public Schools, and worked as an adjunct instructor at Aquinas College (before becoming part of the faculty), Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, and San Diego State University. In literacy, she has served as president of both the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) and the Michigan Reading Association (MRA), written or co-written articles and book chapters on best practices in literacy instruction, and done extensive literacy consulting in the region. In her spare time, she loves reading (professional, personal, young adult and children’s books) and spending time with her husband, Billy, and their son, Liam.
 
Shelli Rottschafer

Shelli Rottschafer, Ph.D.

Phone: 616-632-2116

E-mail: rottsshe@aquinas.edu

Office: AB 9-A

>Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Dr. Shelli Rottschafer completed her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Contemporary Literature (2005).  Her dissertation focused on Chilean and Argentine Literature.  However, her current research emphasizes Chicano and Latino Literature, Film and Gender Studies.

 

During her undergraduate years, Dr. Rottschafer attended Hope College for her BA in Spanish and History (1996).  She completed her Masters in Spanish from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1999).  Additionally, she earned her teaching certificate from The College of Santa Fe, which is now known as the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

 

Shelli is an Associate Professor at Aquinas College. She teaches Spanish Language and Composition, Chican@ and Latin@ Literature, and Hispanic Film.  She also leads experiential and service learning courses for the Department of World Languages.

 

In addition to her work in the Department of World Languages, Dr. Rottschafer is also involved with Women's Studies. She was the chair for the Resourceful Women Conference in 2014, and has spoken on Feminist panels for the Women's Studies Club. Also, as of 2014, she has been nominated the in-coming Director of the Contemporary Writers Series, which is a lecture series inviting four acclaimed authors to Aquinas Campus. She also teaches Inquiry and Expression for the English Department.

 
Bradford Winkler

Bradford Winkler, J.D.
Phone: (616) 632-1997
E-mail: bradford.winkler@aquinas.edu

Office: AB 55

Bradford Winkler has been at Aquinas since 1979. He is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1996. He also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and Michigan State University in student affairs administration. He served in student affairs positions at Aquinas as Director of Residence Life from 1979-87, Associate Dean of Students from 1987-90, and Dean of Students from 1990-2008. Since 2008, Brad moved full-time to the faculty as Associate Professor In-the-College. He is a licensed attorney in the Michigan and federal courts. He teaches a variety of law classes in Political Science, Business Administration, Graduate Management, Education, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He also teaches a section of Inquiry and Expression and coordinates the Moot Court class in which students compete against other undergraduate students in appellate argument. He serves as an advisor to students preparing for legal careers and serves as advisor to the Pre-Law Club.