Archived Voice Articles
New Physics Professor Dr. Douglas Allen, previously a research physicist at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., has also been a research associate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; an adjunct physics professor at Wheaton College in Illinois; and a research scientist at the University of Chicago. He also worked as a guest graduate student at Argonne National Laboratory. Allen earned his Ph.D. in physics at Iowa State University. His work has been published in a dozen refereed academic publications, and he was co-author of a paper that received the Naval Research Lab’s Berman Award in 2003.
Mark Volkers is the new Electronic Media Production Coordinator and Instructor. He will teach communication courses and assist the admissions and advancement offices in the preparation of multi-media DVDs and CDs.
Volkers was previously Communications Director for Christian Reformed World Missions, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Reformed Bible College. He has filmed, written, and produced documentary films of cultures and peoples from around the world, and has received fifteen Telly Awards for his documentaries. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Wheaton Graduate School and is currently in a Ph.D. program at Wayne State University in Dearborn, Michigan.
In the music department, Dr. Robert Horton will be teaching courses in organ, worship and liturgy, and aural skills. Dr. Horton is an award-winning organist who received his D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in organ study at the University of Kansas. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University, Evanston, lllinois, and earned his Master of Music in Organ – Organ study at Cornell University. Dr. Horton also earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies – Organ and harpsichord study at Stanford Japan Center, Kyoto, Japan.
In the theater department, Dr. Teresa Ter Haar will fill a two-year sabbatical position. Ter Haar has a Ph.D. in theatre pedagogy and performance studies from Bowling Green State University, where she also earned her M.A. in theater. She has served as adjunct instructor in theater at Adrian College, Western Michigan University, and Calvin College, and most recently was assistant professor of communication arts at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.
Dr. Ed Starkenburg, new to the education department, was previously a professor of education, director of the teacher education program, and education department chairperson at Northwestern College in Orange City. An alumnus of Dordt College, Starkenburg earned his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa, and did post-graduate work in educational leadership and curriculum/instruction at the University of South Dakota. Starkenburg also brings to the position elementary classroom experience. Timothy Van Soelen was the principal at Calvin Christian School in Sioux Falls before accepting a position in the education department.
Van Soelen earned a master’s degree in educational technology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California. He is presently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Van Soelen was a middle school math/computer applications teacher at Redlands Christian School, Redlands, California, before becoming an assistant principal there in 1995.
Nick Breems has joined the computer services department. Breems worked for the Dordt College computer services office for two years following graduation before attending graduate school. He is currently in a doctoral program in computer science at the University of Illinois, focusing his research on software reliability and fault tolerance (that is, keeping things working even when they break down). While in residence at the University of Illinois, Breems was the half-time systems administrator at the lab where he also did his research.