New Faculty and Staff


Dr. Robert Belton is joining the Biology Department as a developmental biologist who is taking over many of the courses that were taught by Dr. Thomas Froiland, who recently retired.  Dr. Belton has a B.A. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Before coming to NMU, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and Lecturer and Lab Instructor at Parkland College in Champaign, IL.  The focus of Dr. Belton's research has been on the ability of cells (and organisms) to sense and respond to changes in the environment through a process referred to as "signal transduction."  Dr. Belton also has shown a strong commitment to community service through participation in local youth development activities.

Dr. Brian Carver is coming to the Biology Department as a replacement for Dr. Brent Graves, who assumed a role in the AAUP, and Dr. John Bruggink, who will be going on sabbatical leave in the Winter Semester.  Dr. Carver has a B.S. in Biology (1997) from Freed-Hardeman University, an M.S. in Biology (2000) from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in Biology (2009).  He was an Assistant Professor at Freed-Hardeman University before coming to NMU.  The focus of Dr. Carver's research has been on small and medium-sized predators, such as opossums, raccoons, fox and coyote, but has most recently been involved with studying bats.  Not only has Dr. Carver's life changed in joining NMU, he and his wife are expecting a new addition to their family early this fall.


Mr. Eric Schacht has been hired as a special instructor on a one-year term.  He earned B.S. degrees in both Chemistry and Mathematics while at NMU and was the department's outstanding senior when he graduated.  As an undergraduate, Eric worked on an organic synthesis project that investigated optical properties of fluorescent chemicals.  He presented the results of this research at the national American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, California last March and plans on attending pharmacy school in the fall 2011.  Eric will be teaching primarily organic chemistry labs and intro chemistry discussions.  He is from Marquette and likes to hike, play ping pong and sauna in his spare time.

Communication and Performance Studies

Mr. Ansley Valentine is the incoming Director of Theatre at Northern Michigan University.  Coming to the Communication and Performance Studies Department after a brief stint at Kent State University, he holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University and a B.A. from Wabash College.  In addition, he currently serves as Co-Chair of Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  A seasoned actor, director and choreographer, his resume boasts work in professional and academic theaters across the country, including productions with the Indianapolis, Detroit and Alabama Symphonies.  Ansley's recent productions include Hello, Dolly!; Annie Get Your Gun; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The King and I; The Sound of Music; and Mrs. Warren's Profession.

Dr. Shuang Xie, holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Bowling Green University, an M.S. from Texas Christian University, and an M.A. from Sichuan University in the People's Republic of China.  Prior to completing her doctoral studies, Shuang was the International News editor for the Economic Channel of China Central Television headquartered in Beijing.  She has published several articles in the Journal of Communication and in the Chinese Journal of Communication, and her current research interests include international media studies and intercultural communication theory and practice related to the emergence of new media technologies.


Dr. Hugo Eyzaguirre joins the Economics Department on a tenure-track appointment.  After a brief transition period, Hugo will become the Director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Peru, an M.A. in Public Policy and Management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University, St. Louis.  At the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru, he has been a founding member of the Law and Economics Society, Director of the Master in Regulation, Director of the Center for Economic Education, and Dean of the Economics Faculty.  He has worked as a consultant and researcher on institutional analysis for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and international foundations; supporting also modernization of the state, decentralization, judicial reform, and competitiveness in Peruvian government programs.  In the fields of competition and regulation, he has worked in dispute resolution (competition, consumer protection, telecom regulation, among others) in the Peruvian competition authority, the telecom regulatory agency and as private arbitrator and Financial Ombudsman.


Assistant Professor Daniel Gocella moved to Marquette 20 years ago to attend NMU.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Conservation and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.  Dan's main area of study is nonfiction, in particular nature and environmental literature, a genre that allows him to blend creative writing with his scientific background.  Along with basic composition courses, he will be teaching both fiction and nonfiction workshops.  His weekends will be spent renovating a very old house.

Mr. Jason Markle is a product of Northern Michigan University having received all three of his degrees from this institution.  He holds a B.S. in History (2001) with a focus on Classical Antiquity, an M.A. in English Writing (2003), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (2007) with a dual focus in Fiction and Nonfiction.  Jason has been teaching at NMU as a teaching assistant and then as an adjunct since the fall of 2001.  His work has appeared in the North Atlantic Review.  Currently, he is composing and organizing a book of short stories drawn from his M.F.A. thesis titled, Stolen, which was inspired by his experience as an Army paratrooper.


Coming to us from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Susy Ziegler is an accomplished teacher and scholar who brings over a decade of experience to NMU.  She is an expert in the field of Biogeography, with interests in environmental science and policy, environmental alterations, human influence on the biosphere, geographic research, spatial thinking and geovisualization.  She has authored numerous scholarly articles in prominent national and international journals including Ecology; American Midland Naturalist; Global Ecology and Biogeography; Geographical Review; Physical Geography and Journal of Geography.  She has given over sixty invited lectures, workshops and professional presentations at regional, national and international meetings of scholarly organizations as well.  She has been author on a wide variety of textbooks and book chapters regarding Biogeography.  Recently, she co-authored a hugely popular book on the landscapes of Minnesota with John Fraser Hart, one of the most prominent geographers of the last half century.  She also brings a proven track record of grant funded research projects and has successfully advised three PhDs, two Masters and more than fifty Senior thesis projects.  Dr. Ziegler's accomplishments clearly indicate that she will bring a very high level of scholarly competence to Northern, especially in regard to teaching environmental courses within the Department of Geography.  She will strengthen the Environmental Science and Conservation programs and we look to her to continue to build bonds between the various departments that share a common focus on the environment, which is particularly relevant given the recent interest in developing an environmental institute at NMU.  She and her husband, Richard, and their two boys, Thomas and Timothy, look forward to enjoying the many outdoor opportunities the Marquette area has to offer.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mr. John Croze, formerly an adjunct faculty member in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, is joining the Department on a one-year term appointment.  He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University, his M.A. in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University, and his M.A. in Mathematics from Northern Michigan University.  Mr. Croze has been working for the Department as an adjunct instructor since January 2005.  He retired from the Ishpeming Public School systems where he taught Algebra and Pre-Calculus courses.  John also coached football at Ishpeming High for 15 years being a part of two state championships.  He enjoys spending time using statistical analysis on the outcomes in pro football, basketball and baseball. 

Ms. Roseanne Parks, formerly an adjunct faculty member in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, is joining the Department on a one-year term appointment.  She received her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Detroit and her M.A. in the Teaching of Mathematics from the University of Detroit Mercy.  Ms. Parks has been working for the Department as an adjunct instructor since January 2006 and just completed her first one-year term appointment during the 2009-10 academic year.  She retired from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan where she taught Advanced Placement Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra, and Geometry.  She enjoys hiking, snowmobiling, camping, travelling and chasing her four young grandchildren.

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. Maria Guadalupe Arenillas actually goes by "Lupe."  Just a few weeks ago (July) she successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Time Set in Stone: Memory and Space in Postdictatorship Argentina and Uruguay."  Thus, we can now say that she received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, to go with a pair of Masters degrees (Notre Dame), 2005, in Romance Languages and Literatures, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1997, in Applied Pedagogy) and a Bachelors in English Philology (Complutense de Madrid, 1996).  She also completed an intensive Portuguese language study program at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos in Rio de janeiro, Brazil, in 2009.  We catch a glimpse of her research interests in her dissertation title (The Intersection of Literature, Politics, Memory, and Space; Democratization, Nationalism, and Identity), but she also has an interest in translation theory and practice and has published both translations and original poetry.  She serves as editor of the poetry section of the Mexican publication Revista Letra en Ruta.  She has worked in both the publishing industry and in the secondary school system (with a focus on textbooks) in her native Argentina.  She has taught a wide range of courses at the university level, from beginning Spanish and Portuguese through upper division culture and literature.  She looks forward to continuing her research and teaching at NMU.

Native American Studies

Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan.  He is the owner and CEO of Reinhardt & Associates and an assistant professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University.  He is former research associate for the Interwest Equity Assistance Center at Colorado State University, the former vice president for diversity and research for Educational Options, Inc., the former director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, and the former director of Native American Programs at Central Michigan University.  He has taught courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology.  He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions.  Martin has previously served as a member of the Michigan Indian Education Council; Chair of the American Association for Higher Education American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus; Co-Primary Investigator for the Michigan Rural Systemic Initiative; and as an external advisor for the National Indian School Board Association.  He also holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Sociology.


Dr. Antony Aumann comes to us from Indiana University where he received his Ph.D. and minored in Religious Studies.  His area of specialization is Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy, and we look forward to Dr. Aumann, teaching courses in the Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics (especially the Philosophy of Literature), Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy and Medieval Philosophy.  His dissertation dealth with "Kierkegaard on the Need for Indirect Communication" and ties in the role of literary form.  He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and he has presented many philosophical papers throughout the Midwest.  Dr. Aumann has also taught at St. Olaf College, Ohio State University and at Indiana University.  Most recently he has been a postdoctoral fellow at St. Olaf College.

Dr. Charles "Zac" Cogley has been teaching at the University of California at Los Angeles where he was a visiting lecturer.  His roots are in the state of Ohio.  He recently received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University having written a dissertation titled "Responsibility and Manipulation."  We hope to hear more about these topics in the future.  His areas of competence and specialization are: Ethics; Political and Social Philosophy; Agency Theory; Philosophy of Law; Applied Ethics, especially Medical Ethics; and Feminist Philosophy.  Dr. Cogley will be teaching classes in Ethics and Logic.  His expertise in these fields of Philosophy will be greatly appreciated by his students.  He has presented over a dozen scholarly papers throughout the United States.  Besides being a Philosopher and welcomed addition to the Philosophy faculty, he is a marathon runner.