2008-2009 Programs of Instruction

Arts & Sciences | Business | Education | Nursing | International Travel/Study | ROTC

Westminster’s instructional programs are characterized by an experienced and available faculty and staff; liberal arts, interdisciplinary and professional programs emphasizing both theoretical and practical learning; an administration committed to academic excellence; a genuine concern for each student’s plans and aspirations; small classes that encourage involvement and active learning; and a diverse and friendly student body.

The college welcomes students from all backgrounds and ages, and believes that the knowledge and discipline acquired through the rigors of higher education will lead to new and expanded opportunities.

The college’s instructional programs are organized and administered through four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business; the School of Education; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Students choose majors in schools that will best assist them in achieving their academic goals and career interests, and they take courses through the other schools to ensure a balance in their academic endeavors. Close working relationships among the faculty in all four schools are of utmost importance to the college in assisting its students.

Each school is directed by a dean and has its own faculty. Instructional programs and procedures are recommended by the faculty members of each school and approved by the entire college faculty. The four academic deans and the provost and vice president for academic affairs constitute a Council of Deans who are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the instructional programs.

Westminster’s academic calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters, followed by a four-week May Term and the annual commencement exercise. One eight-week undergraduate summer term is also offered. The MBA, MED, MAT, MPC, MPH, MSPC, MSN, MSNA and MBATM graduate programs hold a twelve-week summer term beginning in May.

During May Term, undergraduate students concentrate on one or two offerings in a more time-intensive experience than would occur during the rest of the academic year. Some of the May Term courses are offered abroad, with past May Term study experiences including Mexico, Asia, Australia, France, England, China, Greece and Italy.

The instructional programs and faculty of Westminster’s four schools, as well as the independent ROTC programs, are listed and described on the following pages. Courses listed are subject to change following normal academic procedures that call for action by each school and by the entire college faculty. Additions, deletions, or changes effected since the publication of this academic catalog are on file in the Office of the Registrar.

School of Arts and Sciences

Mary Jane Chase, Dean
Carolyn Connell, Associate Dean


Lawrence Anderson, Professor (Biology)
Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, Assistant Professor (Spanish)
Brian Avery, Associate Professor (Biology)
David Baddley, Associate Professor (Art)
Richard Badenhausen, Professor (Honors), Kim Adamson Chair
Michael Bassis, President; Professor (Sociology)
Bonnie Baxter, Associate Professor (Biology)
Laura Bennett-Murphy, Associate Professor (Psychology)
Karlyn Bond, Associate Professor (Music)
Bradford (Bill) Bynum, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Dan Byrne, Associate Professor (Computer Science)
Mary Jane Chase, Associate Professor (History)
Christine Clay, Assistant Professor (Environmental Biology)
Christopher Cline, Associate Professor (Physics/Chemistry)
Carolyn Connell, Professor (Mathematics); Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences
Peter Conwell, Assistant Professor, (Physics)
Susan Cottler, Professor (History)
Jonas D’Andrea, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Alan Davison, Professor (Spanish)
Gary Daynes, Associate Professor (History)
William Deutschman, Associate Professor (Chemistry)
Georgiana Donavin, Professor (English)
Lesa Ellis, Associate Professor (Psychology)
Fred Fogo, Professor (Communication)
Gregory Gagne, Assistant Professor (Computer Science)
Craig Glidden, Associate Professor (Art)
Peter Goldman, Associate Professor (English)
David Goldsmith, Associate Professor (Geology)
Susan Gunter, Professor (English)
Scott Gust, Assistant Professor (Speech)
Elree Harris, Professor (English)
Stephen Haslam, Assistant Professor (French)
James Hedges, Assistant Professor (Speech/Communication)
Elizabeth Herrick, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Angela Hicks, Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Helen Hodgson, Professor (Communication)
Paul Hooker, Associate Professor (Chemistry)
Helen Hu, Associate Professor, (Computer Science)
Robyn Hyde, Associate Professor (Chemistry)
Rebecca Johnston, Assistant Professor, Temporary (Communication)
Catherine Kuzminski, Professor (Art)
Christopher LeCluyse, Assistant Professor (English)
Frank Lynch, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Michael Markowski, Professor (History)
Jeffrey McCarthy, Associate Professor (English)
Nicholas More, Associate Professor (Philosophy)
Fatima Mujcinovic, Associate Professor (English)
Bridget Newell, Associate Professor (Philosophy)
Lance Newman, Assistant Professor (English)
Jeffrey Nichols, Associate Professor (History)
Kristjane Nordmeyer, Assistant Professor (Sociology)
Allan Patenaude, Associate Professor (Justice Studies)
Michael Popich, Professor (Philosophy)
Cathleen Power, Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Paul Presson, Associate Provost; Associate Professor (Psychology)
Christopher Quinn, Professor (Music)
Sean Raleigh, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Judith Rogers, Professor (Biology)
Mark Rubinfeld, Associate Professor (Sociology)
Natasha Saje, Director Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series; Associate Professor (English)
Colleen Sandor, Associate Professor (Psychology)
Christine Seifert, Assistant Professor (Communication)
Tricia Shepherd, Associate Professor (Physics/Chemistry)
Gretchen Siegler, Professor (Anthropology/Sociology)
Jennifer Simonds, Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Barbara Smith, Coordinator of Learning Communities; Associate Professor (Psychology)
Charles Tripp, Professor (Political Science and Psychology)
Michael Vought, Associate Professor (Theatre)
Nina Vought, Assistant Professor (Theatre)
Janine Wanlass, Professor (Psychology)
Richard Wellman, Associate Professor (Mathematics)
Janine Wittwer, Associate Professor (Mathematics)
Rulon Wood, Assistant Professor (Communication)
Joy Woolf, Assistant Professor (Spanish)
Kimberly Zarkin, Associate Professor (Communication)
Michael Zarkin, Associate Professor (Political Science)

The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse of the four schools at Westminster. Programs range from the traditional arts and sciences to professional offerings such as communication and computer science. Most of the college’s liberal education courses are offered through the School of Arts and Sciences.

The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the instructional offerings listed below:


Justice Studies

Art and Fine Arts


Arts Administration









Computer Information Systems


Computer Science

Political Studies

Earth Systems Science


Engineering 3-2




Environmental Studies


Film Studies

Religious Studies


Social Sciences

Gender Studies




Honors Program

Speech and Theatre Arts


Master of Professional Communication

  Master of Science in Professional Counseling

See individual programs in Arts and Sciences to determine whether a B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. degree is conferred.

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

John Groesbeck, Dean


Shannon Bellamy, Associate Professor (Management)
Gaylen Bunker, Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance)
Richard Chapman, Professor (Economics)
Richard Collins, Associate Professor (Economics and Finance)
Gerald R. Fairbairn, Professor (Aviation)
Michael J. Glauser, Assistant Professor (Management)
John D. Groesbeck, Professor (Economics and Finance)
Jennifer Harrison, Assistant Professor, Temporary (Accounting)
Ryan G. Hessenthaler, Assistant Professor (Finance)
Dara A. Hoffa, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Stephen S. Hurlbut, Assistant Professor (Management)
Brian Jorgensen, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Michael A. Keene, Assistant Professor (Technology Management)
Melissa M. Koerner, Assistant Professor (Management)
Michael Kraus, Associate Professor (Aviation)
Aric W. Krause, Associate Professor (Economics)
Lauren Lo Re, Assistant Professor (Finance)
Michael Mamo, Assistant Professor (Economics)
Kenneth Meland, Professor (Management)
Alysse Morton, Associate Professor (Management)
William Ogilvie, Instructor (Aviation)
Robert Patterson, Assistant Professor (Finance)
Alan Rogers, Professor (Accounting)
Donald R. Saxon, Assistant Professor (Accounting and Financial Services)
Nancy Panos Schmitt, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Larry P. Schumann, Distinguished Executive-in-Residence Assistant Professor (Accounting)
James E. Seidelman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor (Economics)
Michael JD Sutton, Assistant Professor (Management)
Christopher S.P. Tong, Professor (Economics)
Jerry Van Os, Professor (Accounting)
John P. Watkins, Professor (Economics)
Joel Watson, Assistant Professor (Marketing)
Kirk Wessel, Associate Professor (Management)
Georgia White, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Vicki R. Whiting, Associate Professor (Management)
Maria Wrotniak, Professor (Economics)

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing distinctive academic programs based on the integration of business and liberal arts education. This integration in both curriculum and delivery systems is requisite to prepare our students for life-long learning and to aid their adaptation to changing social, technological and economic conditions. This integration enhances the capabilities of our graduates in written and oral communication, computing and technology, international dimensions, critical thinking, ethics, social responsibility, and team effectiveness.

Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the programs of the Gore School of Business reflect Westminster College’s continuing commitment to provide a student-oriented learning environment and innovative education of exceptional quality. The integration of business and liberal arts education contributes to students’ effectiveness as citizens and agents of change. Whether students are preparing for entry-level or mid-career qualifications, the programs of the Gore School of Business offer a solid foundation of business knowledge and understanding of the complexity of organizations as they function in a global environment. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The school also develops and presents non-credit classes, seminars, institutes, and workshops to meet the training and professional development needs of local businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and community groups.

Undergraduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business*

Accounting (B.A. & B.S.):

Finance (B.A. & B.S.)

Aviation Studies:

Financial Services (B.A. & B.S.)

Flight Operations (B.A. & B.S.)

International Business (B.A.)


Aviation Management (B.A. & B.S.) Management (B.A. & B.S.)


Marketing (B.A. & B.S.)

Business Minor

Professional Bachelor of Business Administration (PBBA)



Economics Option (B.A.)

*See also the interdisciplinary programs Computer Information Systems and Arts Administration in the Arts and Sciences section.

  Business Option (B.S.)
  Pre-Law Option (B.A.)

Graduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration in Technology Management
Graduate Business Certificates:




Business Economics

Financial Planning




All programs within the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are accredited by ACBSP with the exception of the Flight Operations major of the Aviation Studies program, and the B.A. Economics program.

School of Education

Robert Shaw, Dean


Margaret (Peggy) Cain, Associate Professor; Director of MED Program
Timothy Carr, Instructor
Janet Dynak, Professor
Nancy Giraldo, Assistant Professor
Peter Ingle, Associate Professor
Carolyn Jenkins, Associate Professor
Kristi Jones, Associate Professor
Shamby Polychronis, Assistant Professor
Lorel Preston, Associate Professor
Joyce Sibbett, Associate Professor
Tracy Stevens, Associate Professor
David Stokes, Associate Professor
Heidi Van Ert, Associate Professor

Teacher Education

Lorel Preston, Director

The Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or Special Education; or completion of requirements for Secondary Licensure leads to satisfaction of the requirement for the Utah Level I Teaching License.

The School offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education, as well as preparation for Secondary Teaching Licensure, to accompany a variety of teaching majors and minors.

Master of Education

The Master of Education Program has an instructional focus and is offered for licensed teachers in a public or private school or those who teach adults.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The college offers graduate teacher education programs leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and teaching licensure. This program is specifically designed to better prepare teacher candidates to serve the diverse populations of students in culturally rich schools. Individuals must be interested in pursuing an advanced degree that is demanding in its focus upon teacher preparation, in exploring issues of cultural diversity, applications of technology for teaching, and research upon their own professional practices. Commitment to professional growth is a prerequisite.

Endorsement Programs

The college offers programs that lead to a state endorsement in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities, and English as a Second Language instruction. Students may enroll in these programs for an endorsement-only undergraduate minor or as part of the Master of Education (MED) or Master of Arts in Teaching programs.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

TBA, Dean


Julie Balk, Assistant Professor
Diane Forster-Burke, Professor
Carol Jeffers, Assistant Professor
Han Kim, Assistant Professor
Ronda Lucey, Assistant Professor
Marsha Morton, Professor
Gail Nelson, Assistant Professor
Robert Nicholes, Assistant Professor
Renee Sale, Assistant Professor
Sheryl Steadman, Assistant Professor
James Stimpson, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Stock, Assistant Professor
Sheri Tesseyman, Assistant Professor
Diane Van Os, Professor
George L. White Jr., Professor
Stephanie Zimmer, Assistant Professor

The Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. The undergraduate program prepares students to begin practice as professional nurse generalists. The program is designed for all qualified applicants including high school graduates, transfer students, those with degrees in other fields, and licensed practical nurses.

The Bachelor of Science program and the Master of Science programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). All programs are approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option

Master of Science in Nursing Education

Nurse Educator Certificate

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Master of Public Health
  Certificate in Public Health

Undergraduate Programs

Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Human Performance and Wellness

International Travel/Study/Service/Work Programs

Westminster College offers three main options to study/work/travel internationally. Most students take advantage of the May Term trips that faculty lead each year. Space is limited, so look for information about the options for the upcoming May Term as early as November. A few students complete internship overseas. Please contact the Career Resource Center if you are interested in an international internship. Finally, a number of students spend an entire semester studying abroad. The Office of Student Life counsels and assists interested students and has the paperwork needed to ensure the credits (and sometimes financial aid) will transfer. These forms must be completed before one leaves on any international experience.

Westminster College is also a member of the Utah Asian Studies Consortium. This consortium consists of all the universities and colleges in Utah, and it exists to promote connections between faculty and students in Utah and businesses and schools in Asia. The consortium offers May Term trips, internships, semester study abroad programs, and other opportunities in several Asian countries for Westminster students. Scholarships are available (through the consortium) for most of these activities. Please see Assistant Professor Steve Hurlbut in the Gore School of Business for more information.

Reserve Officers Training Corps Programs

Westminster offers students an opportunity to participate in the ROTC programs of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy through cooperative programs at the University of Utah.

ROTC programs offered through Westminster College appear as a complete unit in the listing of instructional programs. Students are advised to contact the personnel listed under the appropriate military program for detailed information.