Faculty


Antiochians are known for their resilience and adaptability. The Co-op program historically taught students to welcome challenge, take risks and-when finding themselves in unfamiliar settings and seemingly impossible situations-forge creative solutions that transform potential misfortune into an educational experience. This “opportunity in adversity”, as Photography Professor Dennie Eagleson calls it, defines how the Nonstop faculty view the conditions of “exile” created by the suspension of operations at Antioch College.

With the Antioch “bubble” broken and the Nonstop campus now the whole village of Yellow Springs-and beyond–faculty are setting up the foundations of an educational enterprise which utilizes these adverse conditions to continue an Antiochian education. For example, Media Arts Professor Chris Hill plans to use “unconventional production tools” such as cell phone cameras in face of the loss of the college’s media equipment. Her classes will “immerse students in a range of public issues such as the village’s economic development in the shadow of the suspension of the college.”

Nonstop faculty see further opportunity in being “liberated” from the yoke of Antioch University’s curricular intervention. For Co-op Professor Eric Miller/Susan Eklund-Leen, Nonstop opens up the way for “rebuilding the co-op program, taking advantage of the flexible and inventive nature of the Non-Stop to look at other ways work and experience can move to the center of inquiry.” Students will engage what Co-op Professor Kathy Scheltens’ calls a series of “experiential adventures.” Award-winning documentary filmmaker and Film Professor Anne Bohlen, at work on Toxic Tours, invites students to learn all aspects of production through assisting with her current documentary project, from fundraising and research to post-production. Anthropology Professor Beverly Rodgers aims to create an “anthropological field school opportunity for undergraduates working with the Native population in northeastern Oklahoma” and will guide students toward formulating the questions that produce meaningful research.

The academic freedom created by the Nonstop situation, has faculty working together to create multi-disciplinary courses reflective of the Antiochian view. According to Environmental and Creative Studies Professor Colette Palamar this perspective understands that “the problems we face as a society require interdisciplinary study if we hope to solve and understand them.” Examples of team-taught courses include: “Sustainable Communities,” blending Community Economics and Environmental Sustainability with the Village of Yellow Springs providing the case study materials; “Community Media,” a combination of film, photography, journalism and media studies in the context of national and local issues. For Visual Arts Professor Nevin Mercede, Nonstop offers the opportunity to refocus education “toward the interrelationships across disciplinary knowledge and lived experiences, thereby analyzing the diversity of fact and opinion on subjects of import locally and globally”

Nonstop faculty will carry on the Antiochian mission of educating socially responsible citizens, and empowering them to change the world. From courses that Mathematics and IT Professor CT Chen describes as “IT for education and enhancement of community,” to Professor Bob Devine’s objective to teach students the “use of democratic and participatory media for social change,” and Management Professor Hassan Rahmanian’s project to create a center for “the study and practice of social entrepreneurship,” the Nonstop curriculum is geared to prepare students to fulfill Horace Mann’s mission to win victories for humanity.

According to Theater Arts and Counseling professor Louise Smith, Nonstop’s non-conventional teaching environment will lead students and faculty alike to “explore embellish or challenge collective experience as individuals and in community.” Music Professor James Johnston declares trying to “tailor pedagogy to the individual needs and background of each students;” Nonstop will allow for even more tutoring in the dialectical context of the individual and her community. Dance and Somatics Professor Jill Becker’s classes “allow each student-no matter their age-to follow their own curiosity” as they pursue a diversity of dance studies.

Chemistry professor David Kammler aims to see his students “succeed beyond what was initially thought possible.” Just as Antioch College was more than just a college, NonStop will push the boundaries of education to challenge students beyond what traditional colleges offer. Academic excellence will be completed by real-life skills and a solid foundation in both local and global citizenship. Women and Gender Studies Professor Isabella Winkler wants for NonStop to “prepare students for the political challenges of the 21st century, not simply by teaching them how to convey their ideas but by emboldening them to invent new ones.”

Kabuika Butamina intends to continue teaching Chemistry in a “liberal-arts environment committed to upholding the principles of shared governance, social justice and experiential learning.” Preserving Antiochian values is one of the leading motivations leading for the former faculty of the College to take the leap of faith that is Nonstop. Jocelyn Hardman, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition, explains the faculty’s unwavering commitment: “After all, any of us involved in the current educational mission are here out of love…The simple act of teaching this year has been transformed into a public profession of faith, and I will not give it up.”