The Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center  




Amy Dunham Strand

Amy Dunham Strand, Ph.D.

Director, Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center

Phone: (616) 632-1992


Amy Dunham Strand came to Aquinas in fall 2006 with long-time interests in gender and women’s studies. She has taught across disciplines at Aquinas since fall 2006 - in the Women’s Studies Program, where she has developed special topics courses on Women and the Environment and Women’s Political Writings in the U.S., as well as in the English Department, Insignis Honors Program, Humanities, and Inquiry and Expression Program. She has also taught in the University of Cincinnati’s Honors Scholars Program and at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in 19th- and 20th-century American literature and composition and rhetoric. Dunham Strand’s book, "Language, Gender, and Citizenship in American Literature, 1789-1919" (Routledge, 2009), uses an interdisciplinary, historical approach to explore intersecting ideas about language, gender, and citizenship in American literature and culture, mirroring her interest in linking the study of language, literature, and culture in the classroom. Dunham Strand’s further pedagogical interests in service learning and community engagement can be traced to her undergraduate years at Wittenberg University, where she received her B.A. in English. She has presented on subjects ranging from the rhetoric of women’s petitioning in the U.S. to women’s writing instruction in American settlement houses, and she has published articles on topics ranging from Catharine Sedgwick’s novel Hope Leslie to the study of American dialect. 

Elizabeth K. Chamberlain, M.A.


Elizabeth Chamberlain is an Aquinas College alumna, and has been an adjunct Lecturer of history since 2009. She earned her Master’s in history from Central Michigan University and is currently a doctoral student at Wayne State University. She has taught Modern American history, world history, and women’s history at Central Michigan University and Wayne State University. Her research interests are women and war, and conservative women and sexual violence. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family, two dogs, Bella and Z, and her cat, Max.


Rebecca Coogan

Rebecca J. Coogan, Ph.D.

Phone: (616) 632-2833


As member of the English Department, Dr. Coogan teaches courses in her specialty areas of medieval literature and women's writing, as well as courses in fiction and composition. Her primary research interests are the Paston letters and Chaucer. A lover of travel, Dr. Coogan has studied in England and Austria and has enjoyed a semester as faculty director of the Ireland Program. Before coming to Michigan in 1989, she lived and studied in upstate New York. She has taught at Grand Valley State University and joined the Aquinas faculty in 1991. 

Michelle DeRose

Michelle DeRose, English, Ph.D
Phone: (616) 632-2826
Michelle DeRose joined the English Department full-time in August 1999 to use her specialty in post-colonial literature and theory to teach the world and African-American literature courses. She is also the director of the Insignis Program for Honors Students, advisor for the Novel Experience, and an active poet. Her publications include both original poetry and scholarly work on poetry. She earned her Ph.D. with a focus on Caribbean epic poetry from the University of Iowa in 1996, where she learned to imagine ocean waves in the undulations of the cornfields and to love bicycling alongside those cornfields. Besides teaching, writing, and bicycling, Michelle loves any outdoor activity that requires neither motor nor ball and spends most of her free time hiking, canoeing, backpacking, camping, or cross-country skiing with her husband Myron, son Parker and their two dogs.

Susan Haworth-Hoeppner

Susan Haworth-Hoeppner, Sociology, Ph.D.

Phone: (616) 632-2974


Susan Haworth-Hoeppner is Associate Professor of Sociology at Aquinas College and Chair of the Department of Sociology. She received her doctorate in Sociology from Wayne State University in 1996 in Detroit . Her areas of specialization are gender studies, medical sociology, social psychology, and qualitative methods and she has taught in these areas for over 15 years. She currently teaches (SY201) Social Psychology, (SY312) Social Stratification, (SY305) Sociology of Gender, (SY311) Sociology of Women, and (WS100) Introduction to Women's Studies. Professor Haworth-Hoeppner's research interests include body image, eating disorders, and women and leadership. She has published articles in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Journal of Marriage and the Family, and Symbolic Interaction, among other scholarly journals, and she is currently working on a book on eating disorders. When not working on her book, she can be found digging in her garden in the summer.
Madeline Kaczmarczyk Madeline Kaczmarczyk, Art
Phone: (616) 632-2412
Madeline Kaczmarczyk has been a member of the AQ faculty since 1999 where she currently teaches Ceramics and the study of women in ceramics. Her formal education includes Aquinas College, Michigan State University and Pewabic Pottery. She has been a studio potter for more than 30 years exhibiting nationally through galleries and shows, including The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, The Detroit Institute of Arts and The American Craft Museum in NYC. Recently completed local installations can be viewed at Saint Joseph the Worker Church, Holy Name of Jesus Church and The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Kaczmarczyk lives in Rockford with artist husband, Jerry Berta. Their two art- raised children grew up to be scientists!
Kathy Kremer

Kathy S. Kremer, Sociology, Ph.D.

Phone: (616) 632-2078

Dr. Kremer is Dean of Curriculum in the Office of Academic Affairs at Aquinas College. She was previously Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, and continues to teach the Capstone and Community Sociology courses and serves as Faculty Representative for Alpha Kappa Delta. Her previous academic positions were at Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Iowa State University. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from Minnesota State University-Mankato, a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Iowa State University, and worked in community organizations and community development from 1982-1997.


Dr. Kremer has many peer reviewed publications and papers, and has served on the boards of many local, state and national organizations. A Minnesota native, Dr. Kremer enjoys river kayaking, biking, and international travel.

Dr. Swithina Mboko Dr. Swithina Mboko, Business Administration, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 632-2119

Dr. Swithina Mboko joined Aquinas College faculty in 2009 where she teaches courses in the Business Administration Department. Dr. Mboko studied for her PhD in Entrepreneurship and Strategy with Umea University, Sweden and The University of Zimbabwe. She holds an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of South Africa. Prior joining Aquinas College Swithina had a joint appointment between the Departments of Management and Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota where she taught a variety of classes, including International Business, Principles of Management, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Women and Business, and Gender and Globalization.


Dr. Swithina Mboko, who is from Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, has also been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in the School of Commerce, with teaching responsibilities in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has worked for The Small Business Development Corporation. Her international background includes practical management experience, consultants, management development training, and small business development. Through PriceWaterhouse Coopers Swithina's consultants portfolio has included Southern Africa Regional clients such as Government of Namibia Department of Public Service, Botswana Power Corporation, Barclays Bank Int'l, and  Coca Cola Central Africa.


Swithina’s research interests are in Entrepreneurship and Women in Business, an area in which she has several conference papers and publications.


Molly Patterson

Molly Patterson, Political Science, Ph.D.

Phone: (616) 632-2841


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. She uses feminist theory in her work on democracy because it provides some of the most interesting insights for thinking about how power operates and how identities and ideologies are formed and maintained. Her class on Sexism and Power looks at different ways that feminism has thought about the nature of sexism and power in order to help students formulate their own understandings of these concepts, critically reflect on the role of gender in their own lives and values, and develop their own visions of political change and a more just world.


Renee Beth Stahle, Communication, Ph.D.

Phone: (616) 632-2497


Renee Stahle earned her BA in Sociology from Saginaw Valley State College, her MA in Sociology from Michigan State University, and a Dual Ph.D. in Communication and Sociology from Michigan State University.  Renee is currently a Professor of Communication at Aquinas College where she teaches courses on family communication, gender communication, group communication, interpersonal communication and organizational communication.  Her research interests include interpersonal conflict and  men and women in cartoon humor.  Renee is the author of a textbook on organizational communication.  Her nonacademic life includes entertaining her cat, reading, tennis, cross country skiing and enjoying the winter, water wonderland that is the great state of Michigan.

Deborah Wickering

Deborah Wickering, Sociology, Ph.D.

Phone: (616) 632-2075


Dr. Wickering is a cultural anthropologist. Her research among Bedouin women in the Sinai desert of Egypt lead to her interests in gender, indigenous peoples, oral culture and tourism. Dr. Wickering joined the faulty of Aquinas College in 1999. She teaches anthropology, women's studies, and writing.