Arts & Humanities


Our Arts and Humanities faculty members are strong pedagogues with stellar educational backgrounds from a variety of public and private institutions. This means they're extremely talented—and you'll have a front-row seat in which to learn from each of them!

Donna Bohn

Donna M. Bohn

Chair, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Professor of Music

DMA; Performance, 1994, University of Alabama
MM; Performance, 1989, Wichita State University

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Tyler Blake

Tyler Blake

Professor of English

PhD ; Interdisciplinary Studies: American literature and American history, 1998, University of Missouri Kansas City  

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Luke Johnson

Luke D. Johnson

Director of Bands and Music Education
Assistant Professor of Music

D.M.A.; Wind Conducting, University of Kansas, 2015
M.M.; Band Conducting/Music Education, Kansas State University, 2008

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Brian Merriman

Brian Merriman

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

MA; Printmaking/Drawing, 1983, Emporia State University
BFA; Printmaking/Drawing, 1981, Emporia State University

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Cindy Petersen

Cynthia Peterson

Professor of Communication

PhD; Communication Studies-Organizational Communication, 2005, University of Kansas 

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Christopher Smith

Christopher M. Smith

Director of Choral Activities
Assistant Professor of Music

DMA; Choral Conducting, 2016, University of Kansas
MM; Choral Conducting, 2013, East Carolina University

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Dr. Shanti Thomas

Shanti Thomas

Professor of English

PhD; 1992, University of Bombay 
MEd; 2001, MidAmerica Nazarene University

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Adjunct Faculty

Tom Becker, PhD - Applied Guitar

Matthew Bradford, MME - Music, Media & Technology

Elaine Fox, MM - Applied Voice

Kelley Freund. MA - Theatre Workshop/Technical Director

Gina Hart-Kemper, DMA - Applied Flute

Dietrich Koch, DMA - Applied Oboe

Jessica Koebbe, DMA - Keyboard Skills/Applied Piano

Kimberly Krutz, MM - Applied Bassoon

Kendra McCloud, BA - Ceramics

Brian Merriman, MA - Drawing/Color/Screen Printing

Johne Richardson, MFA - Painting

Andrea Stanton, MM - Applied Horn

Tim Timmons, MM - Applied Saxophone

Heather Tinker. MA - Directing & Play Prod./Theat. Director

Sharra Wagner, DMA - Applied Clarinet

Christopher White, DMA - Applied Trombone, Tuba

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