Academic Departments and Programs of Study

Art and Archaeology Department

Professor: Frederick Bohrer, Joyce Michaud (Director of the Graduate Ceramic Arts Program), Jennifer Ross (chair)

Assistant Professors: Martha Bari, Gary Cuddington (Studio Arts Coordinator), Tammy Krygier (visiting), April Morris

Gallery Curator: Lisa York

The Department of Art and Archaeology offers a range of studio art, art history, film, art education and archaeology courses that prepare the student for graduate study or for a career in various professions. In addition to concentrations in art history, archaeology, studio art and art education, the department also offers four minors, three graduate programs, and contributes to the graduate program in the Humanities.

Art and archaeology faculty are active professionals who frequently participate in conferences, symposia, archaeological projects and regional, national and international exhibitions. The department is closely linked to the community of Frederick and to the cultural centers in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York. Invitational art exhibits are held throughout the year in Hood’s Hodson and Whitaker Art Galleries, bringing to campus professional work from a variety of artists and representing a wide range of media from fine arts to communication arts to computer-generated art. In addition, the galleries provide space for a variety of exhibitions of student work.

Facilities: Art classes are held in the newly renovated Tatem Arts Center, which provides studios for design, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.  Seniors with a studio art concentration are provided a studio space apart from the classrooms, with 24-hour access.  A darkroom houses color and black and white developing equipment for film. A computer lab provides classroom and work space for digital photography, digital art and photojournalism. The ceramic arts facility consists of a handbuilding/sculpture studio, a wheel room, lecture area, plaster mixing room and cone-6 glaze lab, kiln room with a variety of electric kilns, five full-size and three test kilns. The Hodson Ceramic Studios provide studio space for graduate students, a graduate-level classroom and a cone-10 glaze lab. Gas-fired kilns are located in the kiln yard outside the Hodson Ceramic Studios.

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Biology Department

Professors: Ann L. Boyd, Drew Ferrier, Ricky Hirschhorn, Craig Laufer, Oney P. Smith

Associate Professors: Michael Alavanja, Eric Annis, Susan Carney, Kathy Falkenstein (chair), Eric Kindahl, Jeffrey Rossio

Assistant Professors: Rachel Bagni, April Boulton, Tiziana Cavinato, Steven Giardina, Georgette Jones, Peter Vos (visiting)

The Department of Biology offers two programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and two programs leading to a Master of Science degree. A biology minor, a coastal studies minor and an environmental science minor are also offered.

The undergraduate major in biology leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Biology majors also may earn secondary teaching certification.

The environmental science and policy major is an interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, administered by the departments of biology; chemistry and physics; economics and management; and political science. Students who choose this major take a common core of environmental studies, natural sciences and social sciences courses, then concentrate in environmental biology, environmental chemistry or environmental policy. Each area of study is structured to meet the particular goals of that program. There is ample freedom in the course selection, however, to allow for programs tailored to individual needs.

The Master of Science degree is offered in biomedical science and in environmental biology.

Facilities: The department is housed in the Hodson Science and Technology Center. All laboratory facilities are either completely new or newly renovated. Lecture and lab classrooms have the latest in multimedia classroom presentation hardware. Specially designed and equipped labs for molecular biology, microbiology, physiology and animal behavior are available for course work and student and faculty research. Additional facilities such as dark room, cold room, tissue culture lab, fluorescence microscopy and an environmental analysis lab are all available for teaching and faculty and student research. Students can conduct environmental analyses using high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, atomic absorption and other analytical instruments. A greenhouse, environmental chambers and aquatic laboratory are available to grow and study plants and animals. Other major instrumentation includes a scanning electron microscope, ultracentrifuge and automated DNA sequencer. Along with the new teaching labs and classrooms, specially designed laboratories for student and faculty research enhance the opportunities for students to join with the faculty in pursuing work from the biochemical to the ecological.

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Chemistry and Physics Department

Professors: Susan Ensel, Allen Flora

Associate Professors: Kevin Bennett, Dana Lawrence (chair), Christopher Stromberg

General Chemistry Coordinator: Nicholas Kettenhofen

Chemistry Lab Technician: Christina Orcutt

The department offers two undergraduate majors: chemistry and biochemistry. The major in chemistry consists of a core of chemistry courses with some work in physics and mathematics.

The major in biochemistry consists of a combination of chemistry and biology courses, also with some work in physics and mathematics.

Chemistry majors may earn secondary teaching certification. Minors in chemistry and physics are offered, as well as an environmental chemistry concentration in the environmental science and policy major.

The chemistry and physics faculty are active professionals and scholars. 

Facilities: Chemistry and physics teaching laboratories are equipped with computer-controlled data acquisition and analysis systems. Chemistry students use instruments such as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; a GC-Mass spectrometer; a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer; a visible and ultraviolet spectrophotometer; a SPEX fluorimeter; a Raman spectrometer; high performance liquid chromatographs; a capillary electrophoresis system; and calorimeters. Research laboratories contain additional specialized equipment. Our historic Williams Observatory houses an Alvan Clark telescope as well as spectroscopes, telescopes and other equipment used regularly by students in astronomy courses.

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Computer Science and Information Technology Department

Professor: Elizabeth B. Chang

Associate Professors: John Boon (co-chair), George Dimitoglou, Aijuan Dong, Xinlian Liu (co-chair), Ahmed Salem

Assistant Professors: Khalid Lateef, Steve Penn, William Pierce

Technical Coordinator: Atsuko Crum

The Department of Computer Science offers an undergraduate major in computer science (B.S. degree), graduate programs in computer science (M.S. degree), information technology (M.S. degree) and the management of information technology (M.S. degree), and a graduate certificate in cybersecurity. 

Facilities: The College maintains Windows-based microcomputer laboratories in several academic buildings on campus with software tool suites installed to support course instruction. In addition, in the Hodson Science and Technology Center, the department maintains dedicated general-purpose and special-purpose servers, a Linux lab, and an advanced Information Assurance lab for use by computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity students.

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Economics and Business Administration Department

Professor: Anita Jose

Associate Professor: Sang W. Kim (chair), Tianning Li, Jerrold Van Winter

Assistant Professors: Michael Coon, Erin George, David Gurzick (M.B.A. director), Shelley Reid (visiting), Glenn Weaver

The Department of Economics and Business Administration offers two bachelor of arts degrees, economics and business administration, plus the master of business administration.

The department offers courses and programs of study that are concerned with people in various social and organizational contexts.

Majors in economics and business administration have pursued graduate study in economics and business administration and have entered careers in business, as well as social and governmental agencies. While there are required courses in both undergraduate B.A. majors, there is flexibility in selecting elective courses. Students select concentrations of courses that focus on specific education and career interests, and may even pursue a double major when it serves their career needs.

The graduate program in business administration is designed to increase career mobility and to improve management skills for those in, or seeking to enter, management positions.

The economics and business administration faculty represent a variety of backgrounds including economic theory, economic development, environmental economics, international economics, econometrics, finance, accounting, public administration, marketing, international business, personnel, organization theory and strategic management.

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Education Department

Professor: Kathleen Bands

Associate Professors: Jennifer Cuddapah, John George, Christy Graybeal, Ellen G. Koitz, Judy Sherman (chair)

Assistant Professors: Carmen Constantinescu, Francine Johnson, Tricia Strickland, Marisel Torres-Crespo

Visiting Instructors: Kate Powell, Roger Stenersen

Clinical Instructors: Debra Hanley, Debra Smith

Coordinator  of Educational Assessment: Tanya Williams

Professional Development School Director, ECE and Elementary/Special and Secondary Education PDS Liaison: Paula Gordon

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The Department of Education offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher education programs in early childhood education, dual certification in elementary and special education, and eight secondary education certification programs in the subject areas of art (preK-12), biology, chemistry, English, French (preK-12), history, mathematics and Spanish (preK-12).  Master of Science degrees are offered in Educational Leadership, Reading Specialization, and in Curriculum and Instruction, with concentrations in elementary education, elementary school science and mathematics, secondary education and special education. All Hood College Education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and meet the Title II requirements of the Higher Education Act.  In addition, all programs are based conceptually on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards and adhere to the national standards for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Education faculty are active in national professional organizations and in local schools as supervisors of students, consultants and researchers. Hood’s full-time faculty is supplemented by adjunct faculty who are recognized as distinguished educators.

Facilities: Several facilities on campus serve as laboratories or curriculum materials centers for the teacher education program. The Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School, founded in 1929, serves as a nursery school for 3- and 4-year-old children. Students observe and teach in the O.P.C.D.L. School. An elementary science and mathematics classroom and the instructional technology classroom are available to students. In addition, many courses are taught in the Tatem Art Building’s “Smart Rooms,” which are equipped with instructional technology. Area school districts work cooperatively with the education department in offering numerous field experiences to teacher education students through Professional Development School (PDS)partnerships. Education students are engaged in continuous and extensive field experiences in the PDS and the O.P.C.D.L. School beginning with their first education course and continuing through program completion.

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Our Vision as a Department

The education department envisions developing well-educated and well-prepared teachers and educational leaders who are self-actualized in both intellectual pursuits and pedagogical applications.

Mission Statement

The mission of the education department is to prepare academically competent and professional educators who are committed to facilitating learning in a culturally diverse society. This mission reflects a commitment to providing a technologically enhanced environment in which to nurture highly skilled educators who have a broad base in the liberal arts, are active learners and are reflective practitioners. Inherent in our mission is the awareness that education is a scholarly pursuit, a science, an art and a profession. In order to meet our vision and mission statements, the education department has framed seven Institutional Outcomes (IOs) that all candidates must meet. These IOs are assessed at various points in the programs of study.

Institutional (Department) Outcomes

We believe that the education department at Hood College prepares educators who:

  1. Demonstrate the subject matter content, pedagogical knowledge, teaching skills and professional dispositions necessary to ensure that all of their students and clients learn. (CONTENT KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS)

  2. Use their knowledge of diversity to create learning environments that support the belief that all students can learn. (DIVERSITY)

  3. Use assessment data to guide practices that support the belief that all students can learn. (ASSESSMENT)

  4. Use technology to enhance learning. (TECHNOLOGY)

  5. Communicate effectively with students, families and colleagues in order to facilitate learning. (COMMUNICATION)

  6. Reflect on their practice and are committed to continued professional growth. (REFLECTIVE PRACTICE)

  7. Demonstrate ethics and integrity to show respect for the profession. (ETHICS and INTEGRITY)

The education department envisions developing well-educated and well-prepared teachers and educators.

English and Communication Arts Department

Professors: Donna Bertazzoni (director of the Communication Arts program), Amy Gottfried (director of the Creative Writing concentration), Carol Kolmerten, Mark Sandona (chair)

Professors Emeriti: Courtney Carter, Aldan Weinberg

Affiliated Professor: David Hein

Associate Professors: Elizabeth Atwood, Trevor Dodman, Elizabeth Knapp

Assistant Professors: Joe Brady, Alan Goldenbach, Heather Mitchell-Buck, Katherine Orloff

Instructors: Vincent Kohl, Janie O’Neal

The Department of English offers majors in English, Communication Arts, Integrated Marketing Communication and seven minors.

Secondary education certification is also available for the major in English.

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Foreign Languages and Literatures Department

Professors: Lisa Algazi Marcus (chair), Roser Caminals-Heath, Didier Course, Scott Pincikowski, Maria Griselda Zuffi

Associate Professor: Donald Wright

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers French, Spanish, French-German, German, Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies majors. The department also offers minors in French, German, French-German, Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies.

Unless a student plans to teach or continue with graduate studies, the department encourages double majors in languages and another discipline.

Department offerings include, in addition to traditional language and literature courses, introduction to translation and interpretation, cross-cultural courses, language skills for the world of work and internships. Chapters of national honor societies for French and Spanish students have been established on campus.

Language Residences: As part of its educational program, the department operates three small residences—a French, a Spanish and a German house, each under the leadership of a resident director who is an assistant in the department and a native speaker of the language. While in residence, the students are expected to speak French, Spanish or German exclusively. 

Study Abroad: The department requires students to spend a semester studying abroad through Hood’s affiliation with programs in Seville, Spain; Munich and Mainz, Germany; Egypt; Jordan; and Toulouse, Nice and Paris, France, Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico. Language majors who do not go abroad at least one semester will spend two years in a language house on campus.

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History Department

Professors: Emilie Amt (chair)

Assistant Professor : Jay Driskell, Jay Harrison

Instructor: Maryanne Farrell

The Department of History offers a bachelor of arts degree in history. History majors may earn secondary education certification.

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Honors Program

The Hood College Honors Program is a four-year program of coursework, co-curricular events and extracurricular activities. Academically exceptional first-year students and transfer students are encouraged to apply to the program. Honors courses, which are designed to cultivate students’ ability to examine our complex world, are interdisciplinary in approach and are often team-taught. Classes are small, discussion-oriented and enhanced by guest speakers and field trips.

Mathematics Department

Professor: M. Elizabeth Mayfield

Associate Professor: James Parson, Ann Stewart (chair)

Associate Professor Emeritus: Douglas Peterson

Assistant Professors: Sara Malec, Jill E. Tysse, Gwyneth Whieldon

Senior Lecturer: Martha Meadows

The Department of Mathematics offers a bachelor of arts degree and a minor in mathematics.

In conjunction with the education department, the mathematics department also offers a minor in mathematics education, a post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary mathematics education and a master’s degree in mathematics education. With the economics and business administration department, the mathematics department coordinates a new minor in actuarial science.

And with the other science departments, the mathematics and computer science departments offer a major in computational science.

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Music Department

Professor: Wayne L. Wold (chair, music theory, composition, organ, harpsichord)

Associate Professor: Noel Verzosa (music history and literature, world music, appreciation)

Instructor: Lynn Staininger (choral activities, conducting, appreciation, fundamentals)

Adjunct Instructors: Jan Aaland (voice), Anna Claire Ayoub (bassoon), Lisa Dodson (voice), David Duree (clarinet and saxophone), Lynn Fleming (string bass), Brian Hinkley (brass and wind ensemble, conducting), Alison Bazala Kim (cello), Noel Lester (piano, piano ensemble, concert manager), RoseAnn Markow Lester (violin, viola, string ensemble, director of preparatory music), Kevin Lewis (jazz ensemble), William Powell (piano), William Simms (guitar, early music ensemble), Leroy Smith (gospel ensemble), Barbara Spicher (flute), Ed Stanley (oboe and English horn)

Music is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education and, as such, Hood offers majors and minors in music history and literature, performance, and a certificate in piano pedagogy. The music curriculum has the following objectives: development of the enjoyment of music, proficiency in the art of music, guidance in the understanding of music, preparation for a career in music, and preparation for graduate school.

Most members of the department are concert artists, some of whom have performed nationally and internationally. Several are recording artists, as well.

Facilities: Hood’s facilities for the study of music include eight practice rooms with Yamaha studio upright pianos, teaching studios with grand pianos (mostly Steinways), a large pipe organ, a practice organ, a harpsichord, a music-lab computer station and several performing venues: Brodbeck Music Hall, Hodson Auditorium, and Coffman Chapel. Hood also boasts an excellent collection of books, music, CDs and DVDs in the Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center.

Performances: Students have many performing opportunities through participation in honors recitals; performance labs; choir; chamber singers; the piano, wind, string, jazz, early music and gospel ensembles; and other smaller chamber groups. The choral groups perform several times each semester, including the annual “Messiah” performance, Candlelight Vespers, and the other ensembles present end-of-the-semester concerts each term. Numerous concerts each year by distinguished guest artists and faculty artists are also held.

Credit by audition: Students who have a substantial background in applied music may apply for credit for that study by arranging an audition with the department. A maximum of 4 credits will be awarded, based on the audition.

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Applied Music

Hood offers individual instruction in piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, English horn, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, all brass instruments, voice, guitar, composition, and conducting. Beginning instruction in all areas is available with consent of the Department. In all instrumental areas except piano, organ, and harpsichord, students are expected to provide their own instruments.

Students may take applied music with or without earning credits. Normally, a student would need to practice about five hours a week for one half-hour* lesson, and eight hours a week for two half-hour lessons. Two half-hour lessons may be combined into one hour lesson each week at the discretion of the instructor. One hour* of credit will be awarded for a semester of weekly half-hour lessons.

Students taking applied music for credit must attend three department-approved concerts each semester and are expected to participate in performance labs scheduled throughout the semester. Applied music credits are based on reasonable progress, successful completion of a departmental exam, and fulfillment of the concert and performance requirements. Students must take a departmental exam in each applied area of study every semester, following two semesters of study.

There is a modest fee for lessons and use of the practice rooms; several scholarships are available. A maximum of 4 credits by examination may be earned by students with an extensive background in applied music.

For detailed, up-to-date information on the applied music program and policies, please consult the Applied Music Handbook.

*Hour and half-hour are interpreted in terms of the 50-minute class.

Music Ensembles

Students may elect to enroll in a music ensemble for credit regardless of their field of study. Music majors and minors have specific requirements regarding specific ensembles and number of credits required.  Students earn one-half credit for each semester of ensemble and may earn up to six credits during their Hood careers.

Note: in all cases, the appropriate director must approve placement in music ensembles.

Nursing Department

Assistant Professors: Carolyn Albright, Kelly Watson, Carol Snapp (Director)

The nursing program at Hood College is designed to provide knowledge and skills to meet the increasing complexity of health care in the 21st century. This is accomplished by a foundation in liberal arts and nursing education focused on the health needs of the individual, family, and community. The students also develop competency in leadership, evidence-based practice, nursing theory and communication necessary for professional nursing practice. Two tracks are available that lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree: the BSN Pre-licensure Program and the BSN Completion Program. The BSN program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Professor: David Hein, Karen Hoffman (chair)

Associate Professor: Stephen Wilson

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers two majors: religion and philosophy. The department also offers minors in ethics, religion, philosophy and women's and gender studies. Five minors are co-sponsored by the department: African Studies, Classical Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies. The solid liberal arts foundation provided by either of these majors is a good beginning for a career in almost any field, including law, medicine and business.

Philosophy and religious studies faculty are distinguished scholars and teachers who have extensive knowledge of the history of philosophy and religious studies, philosophical and religious ethics (theoretical and applied), the religions of Asia, comparative religion, American religious history, the Bible and the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as the impact of philosophy and religion on culture, politics and public life.

Writing across the departmental curriculum: Departmental faculty strongly believe that students who take religion and philosophy courses should not only increase their knowledge but also improve their writing skills. Reading, thinking, writing and intelligent discussion are the principal means by which students engage with the subject matter of courses in religion and philosophy. In their written work, students will reflect clear thinking in clear writing. What students say cannot be separated from how they say it. Faculty, therefore, will assess students’ papers on the basis of style and grammar as well as content.

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Physical Education Department

Assistant Professor: Paul Soong (chair)

At a time when the nation is witnessing an obesity epidemic and has an aging population at risk for falls, and the population enjoys watching sports more than playing sports, health science and sport science bring together individuals with backgrounds in physiology and wellness and health education to work on these and many other important public health problems.

The Department of Physical Education offers course work directed at increasing student awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity and at gaining the skills and understanding basic to a lifetime of wellness. Students have the opportunity to complete lecture classes focusing upon sports science and health education, as well as activity classes focusing upon physical fitness, creative expression, risk-taking and sports skills.

Facilities: The College’s sports facilities include Gambrill Gymnasium which houses a dance studio, gymnasium floor, aerobics room and yoga room; Hodson Fitness Center with treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bicycles, as well as weight machines and free weight equipment; Hood Tennis Complex with six tennis courts; Huntsinger Aquatics Center; and Thomas Athletic Field.

Political Science Department

Professor: Hoda Zaki, Janis Judson

Associate Professors: Paige Eager (chair), Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs

Assistant Professor: Teresa Bean, Carin Robinson

The Department of Political Science offers bachelor of arts degrees in global studies, political science, law and criminal justice, and environmental science and policy. Environmental Science and Policy is offered jointly with the Department of Biology.

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Psychology and Counseling Department

Associate Professors: Ingrid Farreras (chair), Shannon Kundey, Terry Martin, Wanda Ruffin

Assistant Professor: Andrew Campbell (visiting), Elizabeth MacDougall, Diane Oliver, Jason Trent

Professor Emerita: Linda J. Scott

Senior Lecturer: Daniel Robinson

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a B.A. degree in Psychology, a minor in Psychology and an interdisciplinary minor in Gerontology.

At the graduate level, the department offers M.A. degrees in Thanatology and Human Sciences, an M.S. degree in Counseling and graduate certificates in Thanatology and Gerontology. The thanatology offerings prepare individuals for careers in research, administration, or service with the terminally ill and bereaved as well as to provide education on death and dying. The gerontology offerings expose students to the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging necessary to work with older adults in the community. The Human Sciences degree provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human experience and complexity and the problems of the world we live in.

The Psychology faculty’s areas of expertise are in clinical psychology, gerontology, thanatology, comparative cognition, social/personality, developmental psychology and history of psychology.

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Sociology and Social Work Department

Professors: Joy Swanson Ernst, Roger Reitman, Lynda Sowbel, Kerry Strand

Associate Professors: Laura Moore (chair), Jolene Sanders

Assistant Professors: Malikah Marrus

The department offers two majors—sociology and social work—and minors in sociology, criminology and delinquency, pre-professional practice in social work and social science research. In addition, courses are offered in anthropology.

Facilities: Facilities include the Center for Social Science Research and a computer lab.

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