Could Mars Support Life?
A collaborating scientist on a NASA project, Manning is analyzing data from the Curiosity rover to learn more about the Red Planet’s atmosphere.
A Grammy-Winning Composer
Clausen is a nationally known composer who has written more than 100 commissioned compositions. Recently, a recording of Clausen’s choral works won three Grammy awards.
Telling the Stories of Fire Fighting
In partnership with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, Olsen spent a week chronicling the war on wildfires in the western United States.
A Focus on You
Classes are small at Concordia, with a student-faculty ratio of only 12:1. Your professors help you discover your strengths and connect your passions to your life’s work.
That personal approach has a lasting effect: more than 60 percent of Concordia alumni are still in touch with at least one professor years after they graduate. What’s more, 97 percent of graduates cite “quality of instruction” as the hallmark of a Concordia education.
Learn from the Best
Concordia faculty members bring a world of experience to the classroom. As researchers, artists, musicians, scholars and authors, they’re widely respected in their fields and regularly contribute to new knowledge.
Dr. Jennifer Bath, for example, is currently developing a new vaccine for hookworms. Christian Boy recently served as scenic designer for the Kennedy Center’s Spring Gala. A recording of Dr. René Clausen’s choral compositions won three Grammy Awards. And Dr. Heidi Manning is analyzing data from Mars in an effort to determine whether the planet was ever habitable.
Concordia faculty members regularly involve students in their research as creative thinkers and co-authors — doing the kind of work that graduate students usually do. In collaboration with faculty, Concordia students have searched for a new vaccine, studied contemporary art in South Korea and built a miniature Modular Neutron Array Detector on campus.
Working side-by-side with our accomplished faculty, you are sure to gain considerable advantages as you compete for prestigious graduate school placements and career opportunities.
Dr. Mikel Olson
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Dr. Olson strives to provide a learning environment where students participate in diverse and dynamic classroom conversations about the impact faith has on their area of study.Video Profile
What's kept me here for 27 years is the students. They keep me energized and passionate about my own work as an artist. They've kept me young.
Dr. Kirsten Theye
Assistant Professor, CSTA
The backbone for most of my classes is ethics and that's something I think that sets us apart from many other communication programs.
Dr. Julie Mach
Associate Professor, Chemistry; Program Director, Neuroscience
Becoming responsibly engaged in the world happens in chemistry because we're teaching students to be scientists who think critically and use the scientific method. Our job as scientists is to communicate that information. The two go hand in hand.
Dr. Susan Larson
I am particularly interested in providing students with opportunities for experiential learning. I have a really strong passion for teaching students how to do research and engage in the research process.
Dr. Amy Watkin
Associate Director, English
We teach the whole student. With the way our world and economy is right now - graduates need to be prepared for any number of outcomes and any number of opportunities.