Meet Our Faculty and Staff
John Caraher, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy John Caraher was among the original members of the Environmental Fellows Steering Committee. A graduate of the University of Michigan (with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees), his research specialty is in Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics, but his background includes three years of undergraduate studies in engineering, undergraduate majors in both philosophy and physics, and several years working in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) medical imaging research. At DePauw he regularly teaches Physics 110, "Physics and Society," and helped advise the first carbon footprint studies conducted by DePauw. Thanks to a Martha C. Reith Faculty Fellowship, Professor Caraher is working to include sustainability themes in standard calculus-based introductory physics courses, work inspired by his participation in both the second and third American Physical Society "Physics of Sustainable Energy" conferences. Away from campus, he enjoys exploring energy-efficient transportation and the Putnam County environment by bicycle, whether solo or with his wife, Lynn, on their tandem bike.
Jennifer J. Everett, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Jen Everett came to DePauw in 2006. She teaches courses in ethical theory, environmental ethics, animal ethics, and ethics and economics. From 2006-07 she served as DePauw's first Sustainability Programs Coordinator. She has published on sustainability in higher education, vegetarianism, and the significance of nonhuman predation in animal ethics. Her current research focuses on waste, consumption, and the ethics of stuff.
Environmental Fellows Program
Amber Hecko joined the staff at DePauw in 2014. She is a DePauw alum with a degree in English Literature. She has worked as a business owner and professional photographer with publications in Esquire and Downbeat magazines. Amber's interests include how environmental topics are explored through art and media along with education and community outreach.
Program Steering Committee
J. H. (Jim) Benedix Jr., Ph.D (Co-Director 2011-2015)
Winona Welch Professor of Biology
Jim Benedix came to DePauw University in 1993, and teaches courses in ecology, evolution, behavior and biostatistics. His research interests lie at the interface of evolution, ecology and behavior. His recent research focuses on frogs and crickets, though he has also worked on several species of small mammals as well as a variety of insects and plants. During his tenure at DePauw, he has done field research in Maine, Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Puerto Rico, and has had research collaborations with well over 50 students.
Anthony Baratta is a 2010 DePauw graduate and previously served as DePauw's assistant sustainability director. As an undergraduate, Anthony successfully co-led the effort for DePauw to sign the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, and was also the student founder for the innovative off-campus civic engagement program, DePauw Environmental Policy Project. Anthony advises the DePauw Environmental Club, oversees the campus farm, directs the Sustainability Leadership Program, and serves as a sustainability liaison to Facilities Management.
Harry J. Brown, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department
Harry Brown (Ph.D., Lehigh University) teaches early American literature, Native American literature, literature of the environment, game studies, and cultural analytics. His first book, Injun Joe’s Ghost (2004), examines the figure of the Native American mixed-blood in American writing. His second, Videogames and Education (2008) considers the relation between video games and the humanities. He has published articles on American literature and culture in The Journal of American and Comparative Culture, Studies in Medievalism, and Paradoxa, as well as original fiction in Blueline and The Mississippi Review. His most recent research involves environmental crisis narratives and American gravestone verse. His recent courses include "American Literature: Revolution and Renaissance," "Native American Literature," "American Literature and the Environment," and "First Year Seminar: Introduction to Ludology."
Tim Cope, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Geosciences
Dr. Cope is a geologist that came to DePauw from Stanford University in 2003. He teaches several courses in the Department of Geosciences, including Earth and the Environment, Introduction to GIS, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, and field geology courses during Spring and Winter Term. For the past 13 years he has conducted summer research with DePauw students in China, where he describes his fieldwork as “climbing mountains to read the rocks”. His most recent research project was funded by NSF with collaborators at China University of Geosciences and the University of Arizona, and involved unraveling the tectonic development of northeastern China.
Joe Heithaus, Ph. D.
Professor of English
Joseph Heithaus won the 2007 "Discovery"/The Nation Prize for a group of sonnets about poison plants that are now the central thread of his first book, Poison Sonnets (2012). Prof. Heithaus earned a Ph.D. and an M.F.A. from Indiana University and his work has appeared in numerous journals including Poetry, The Atlanta Review, The North American Review, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner. His poem "Indiana Flight" is etched in the stained glass mural of British artist Martin Donlin in the Indianapolis International Airport and with the other "airpoets", he is published in Rivers, Rails, and Runways (2008) and Airmail (2011). His poem, "What Grows Here" can be found painted on a barn just outside of Greencastle on West Walnut Street. He has taught literature and writing at DePauw since 1996.
Julianne Miranda, M., MM
Associate Dean of Academic Life, Associate Professor of University Studies
Julianne Miranda returned to DePauw in August 2014 as Associate Dean of Academic Life and Associate Professor of University Studies. As part of her responsibilities, she coordinates academic programming for students in their Junior and Senior years, oversees the Independent Interdisciplinary Major, and provides academic advising and coaching for all students. Prior to her recent appointment, she served as Director of Online Learning and Sr. Director of the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University. Julianne earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature from Indiana University and from 1994-2006 was a faculty member in the DePauw University School of Music.
Former Steering COMMITTEE Members
Michele T. Villinski, Ph.D. (Co-Director 2011-2014)
Professor of Economics and Management, Past Director of the Management Fellows Program
Michele Villinski has been at DePauw University since 2000 and was named the 2012 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She teaches courses on environmental and resource economics, applied game theory, international economics, and microeconomics. Her current projects include expanding her use of case studies in teaching and learning to use spatial analysis in research. She spent part of her 2008-2009 sabbatical in Surabaya, Indonesia on a Fulbright fellowship.
Rachel M. Goldberg, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Conflict Studies
Dr. Rachel Goldberg was originally trained as a mediator at Oberlin College, and has been active in the conflict studies field for many years. Her work and training background include: individual, organizational, and multi-party interventions; and working around controversial issues such as pro-life/pro-choice activism, police accountability, and Native American claim conflict. She has jointly founded one mediation center and coordinated two others. Dr. Goldberg is a longtime specialist and trainer in cross-cultural and diversity work, particularly at the group and community level. She has her own consulting business and is the coordinator of the DePauw Restorative Justice/Mediation Program.
Richard C. Martoglio, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Center
Rich Martoglio (Ph.D., University of Wyoming) came to DePauw University in 2002. He teaches courses in chemistry, primarily in the areas of analytical and inorganic chemistry. Rich also instructs courses that focus on quantitative reasoning and helps oversee DePauw's quantitative reasoning program. His research interests include understanding chemical reactions that take place at solid/solution interfaces and more recently, the development of techniques to detect certain neglected tropical diseases.
Marion (Marnie) McInnes, Ph. D.
Professor of English and Women's Studies
Marnie McInnes teaches courses on a range of topics at DePauw University. Last fall, she taught a first-year seminar called “Reflections on Photography,” an upper-level literature course on Walt Whitman, and two workshops for students who were applying for the Fulbright, Gates-Cambridge, Goldwater, Udall, and Truman Scholarships. Other special topics courses that Marnie has designed and taught recently include an Honor Scholar humanities seminar on Haiti, and a women and literature course titled “Science, Nature, Environment.” In January 2015, Marnie joined Kevin Kinney in the Biological Sciences department to offer one of DePauw’s new Extended Study courses. The course took place in the Galapagos Islands, where students studied, explored, and wrote about their experiences.
Marnie received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Yale.
Jeanette K. Pope, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Geosciences
Dr. Jeanette Pope joined the Department of Geosciences at DePauw University in 2002 and is now an Associate Professor and the Faculty Sustainability Coordinator. She teaches several environmental geoscience courses, including hydrogeology, geochemistry, and environmental science seminar. She hopes that her classes are pathways to more sophisticated understandings of the powerful, interacting physical and chemical systems that govern our planet. She is also working with DePauw students and the Big Walnut Creek Watershed Alliance to determine the effects of agricultural runoff on water quality.
Greg Schwipps, MFA
Associate Professor of English and Associate Chair of the English Department
Greg Schwipps received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his B.A. from DePauw University. He is the co-author of the second edition of Fishing For Dummies, and his novel, What This River Keeps, won a Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in 2010. He lives with his wife and two boys in Greencastle, Indiana.
Janet Vaglia, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Janet Vaglia joined the Department of Biology at DePauw University in 2002 and teaches courses in Evolution and Development, Developmental Biology and Cells, Molecules and Genes. She has an avid interest in how fluctuations in an organisms' environment impact developmental processes. Her current research is in deciphering how salamanders are able to continually grow their tails as adults. The hypotheses that ongoing growth of the body axis could be linked to regeneration helped secure NIH funding for her research in 2010. She has worked with several students on this research and they enjoy making connections between the small, focused projects and bigger picture questions and implications. She describes how it is fun to consider how the research contributes to the ongoing search for mechanisms and factors that could induce regrowth of tissue (e.g. nervous tissue) in organisms that have lost the lateral ability to regenerate.