Division of Humanities
Associate Lecturer of History
Humanities Division Chair
M.A. – Ball State University
B.S. – Indiana University
Office: WA 150
Mr. Marsh has had a wide-ranging career, though teaching is his greatest passion. He joined the Academy faculty in 2006, and absolutely loves working with these amazing students. His previous teaching experience was with Ball State University and the University of Indianapolis. He has taught American History, Western and World Civilizations, Public History, Government, and Religious Studies. His History of World Religions course is a favorite at the Academy, and his May Term courses are creative, interactive projects such as the construction of ancient Egyptian tombs or famous prehistoric caves. Mr. Marsh was the recipient of the inaugural Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award in 2018. He was chosen by Academy students in 2016 to receive the Dean Roy Weaver Award, and he was also selected twice by Ball State students for a University Professorship Teaching Award.
Mr. Marsh and his wife won the national McLaren Comedy Festival Award in 2014 for a play they wrote. He also co-authored a musical play which was produced in Branson, Missouri, during which time he served as Vice-President of Marketing and Production for the theatre, and also performed as on-stage host.
From 1995-2006, Mr. Marsh was the Executive Director of the Grissom Air Museum. During his tenure, the historic aircraft collection, exhibits, educational programs, and funding grew substantially, while annual museum visitation more than tripled. Other endeavors include writing an op-ed column for the Indianapolis News and other papers, as well as authoring articles for history and general interest publications. Early in his career, Mr. Marsh founded a burglar and fire alarm company in Muncie which he operated for seven years. He has a business degree from Indiana University, and a Master’s degree in history from Ball State University.
John Marsh News
- Academy Instructors Receive Lilly Endowment Fellowships
- Academy Instructor Premieres New Play
- Teaching During a Pandemic – a Century Ago by Mr. John Marsh
- Academy Instructors Receive Bell Education Grants
- John Marsh Named Recipient of Inaugural Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award
- Explore the “Cave of Time” at the Indiana Academy
- Indiana Academy Instructors Awarded Robert P. Bell Education Grants
Dr. Phillip Lobo
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
English Department Head
Ph.D. – University of Southern California
B.A. – Tufts University
Office: EL 008 D
Dr. Lobo began teaching at the Academy in the fall of 2019. He majored in English as an undergraduate at Tufts University, before going on to receive his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. His research interests include the modern novel, games, formal realism, and the part all three play in the production of identity and subjectivity. He has been published in journals such as Postmodern Culture, Game Studies, and Chiasma, on subjects ranging from ecocriticism to Japanese film. His teaching career includes Comparative Literature, Women Writers, World Culture and Writing Composition. At the Academy he teaches English courses, including American Literature, World Literature, Creative Writing, and Junior Colloquium. He maintains an interest in the way the literary and the ludic converge to create new possibilities, and how they might make room for new voices and new forms of self-expression.
Phillip Lobo News
Assistant Lecturer of English
M.A. – Marquette University
B.A. – Ball State University
Office: EL 007 B
David Haynes has been an Instructor of English at the Academy since 2008. He has taught American and World Literature, Creative Writing, Junior and Senior Colloquium, and the Victorian novel. David received his Masters degree from Marquette University and did three years of doctoral work in literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has taught composition at Marquette, Ball State, and UIUC, where he also served as a graduate assistant in several literature courses. He has authored an article on an Irish film, which appeared in the New Hibernia Review in 2002. His graduate work focused on British and Irish modernism and Victorian literature.
David Haynes News
Associate Lecturer of English
Inclusive Excellence Coordinator
M.Ed. – East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania
B.A. – Calvin College
Office: EL 008 C
Stephanie Nagelkirk joined the Academy in the fall of 2005. She earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and worked in the law enforcement field for several years before returning to school for a master’s degree in English education. Currently ABD in literature, her doctoral research focuses on African-American and Postcolonial difference feminisms. In her tenure at the Academy, Ms. Nagelkirk has taught the following literature courses: American, World, African-American, Women’s, Utopian, and Holocaust, as well as Creative Writing, AP English Language and Composition, Writing Lab, and the Colloquia series. Additionally, she has developed an International Exchange Program with Sankt Afra School in Meissen, Germany into a bi-annual project and cultural collaboration that enables Academy students to travel to Germany during the spring semester for deep dive work into various content areas. In 2020, Ms. Nagelkirk moved to the newly-formed position of Inclusive Excellence Coordinator, which works to improve inclusivity and diversity at all levels of the Academy. As both the English department head and the Humanities Division Chair, Ms. Nagelkirk has a widely varied set of responsibilities, but she also prioritizes distance running, attending her children’s sporting events, international travel, and advocating for underrepresented groups of people, both within and outside of the Academy.
Stephanie Nagelkirk News
Dr. Sean Scott
Associate Teaching Professor of History
Social Studies Department Head
Ph.D. – Purdue University
M.A. – Ball State University
Office: WA 149
Dr. Sean A. Scott joined the Academy history faculty in August 2015. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University in 2008. Since receiving his doctorate he taught history at Ouachita Baptist University and American studies at Christopher Newport University. He also served as an assistant editor with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project, conducting research at the National Archives. A specialist in the study of religion during the Civil War era, he has authored A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2011) and several peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals.
Sean Scott News
Dr. Tom Arnold
Associate Teaching Professor of History
Ph.D. – Ohio State University
B.A. – Oberlin College
Office: EL 008 F
Dr. Thomas F. Arnold has taught history at the Academy since 2004. He received his B.A. with High Honors from Oberlin College in 1985, and earned his Ph.D. in early modern and military history at the Ohio State University in 1993. Following his Ph.D. work, from 1993 to 1994 he held a post-doctoral research position in International Security Studies at Yale University. From 1994 to 2001 he was an Assistant Professor of History at Yale University. In 2001 he became Program Manager for Teaching at the Alliance for Lifelong Learning in New York City, an online consortium of Oxford, Stanford, and Yale Universities. He is the author of several articles on aspects of early modern military history, and the book The Renaissance at War (2001 and later editions), currently published by HarperCollins/Smithsonian press.
He enjoys teaching at the Academy, and the chance to work with motivated, gifted and talented young people who are just realizing their opportunities. Most May Terms Dr. Arnold leads a small group of students on a “history and hiking” trip to Europe. Past destinations have included Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, and Germany.
Tom Arnold News
Dr. Mark Myers
Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Studies
Ph.D. – West Virginia University
M.A. – East Tennessee State University
B.A. – Bluefield State College
Office: EL 009 D
Dr. Myers has been an instructor of history at the Academy since the Fall 2006 semester. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Bluefield State College in West Virginia, a Master’s Degree in U.S. History from East Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Appalachian Regional History from West Virginia University, where he wrote a dissertation titled, “Deindustrialization and the Decline of Community in the Coalfields: McDowell County, West Virginia, 1950-2000.” From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Myers taught history part-time at West Virginia University while working on his doctorate. He has also taught history at East Tennessee State University, Fairmont State University (WV), Bluefield State College, Ball State University, and Ivy Tech Community College. Along with the Foundations and American History core classes, Dr. Myers also teaches advanced reading courses in Appalachian History, American Working Class History, Native American History, the History of Science and Technology, and US History from 1920-1945. Dr. Myers is the author of “Depression, Recovery, Instability: The NRA and the McDowell County, West Virginia, Coal Industry, 1920-1938,” published in Coal, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia: Essays in Honor of Ronald L. Lewis (Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2009), as well as numerous encyclopedia entries and book reviews. Dr. Myers is currently working on a project on Dr. Henry Hatfield, the Progressive era governor of West Virginia.
Associate Lecturer of Russian and German
World Languages Department Head
M.A. (Russian Language and Literature) – Purdue University
M.A. (German) – Indiana University
Office: WA 152
Mrs. Rogers has taught Russian language at the Indiana Academy since it opened its doors in the fall of 1990. Over the years she has also taught Russian literature at the Academy and German language both at the Academy and at Ball State University, as well as served as an English/Russian translator for Ball State University and around the community of Muncie. Mrs. Rogers holds a Masters Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Purdue University in West Lafayette and a Masters Degree in German from Indiana University in Bloomington, where the focus of her graduate work was on historical linguistics and old Germanic languages. In her free time, Mrs. Rogers is active with volunteer work for Muncie Community Schools and for First Presbyterian Church in Muncie and enjoys traveling with her husband, two daughters and her beagle.
Heather Rogers News
Assistant Lecturer of Spanish
M.A. (Transatlantic Cultural Studies in Spanish), B.S. (International Business/Spanish) – Illinois State University
Jason Fetters graduated from Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Spanish and a Master of Arts in Transatlantic Cultural Studies in Spanish. Before joining the Academy, Mr. Fetters spent nearly 20 years in higher education teaching all levels of Spanish while also coordinating Spanish language programs, first at Purdue University and then later at Indiana Wesleyan University. His affection for the Spanish language and its many people groups around the world began in high school. That affection has only grown through the years, with him taking advantage of every opportunity to speak the language as possible. Some of his personal, immersive language experiences include study abroad in both Mexico and Spain, humanitarian trips to Mexico, and teaching alongside Spanish speakers from all over the world. Some of his most memorable courses taught include Cuba: From Colony to Castro, The Religious World of Latin America, Spanish in Medical Contexts, Women Writers of Spain through the Centuries, Culture & Civilization of Spain, and Culture & Civilization of Latin America.
Dr. Jeongsoo Pyo
Assistant Teaching Professor of World Language
Ph.D. (TESOL) – The Ohio State University
M.A. (French Linguistics) – Ewha Woman’s University (Korea)
M.A. (TESOL) – New York University
Dr. Pyo teaches Korean courses and ESL academic composition courses at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities at Ball State University. She has previously taught Korean at the Korean American Community School of Central Ohio and online Amazing Talker company and ESL courses at Urbana University and Asian American Community Services. She holds her M.A. in French linguistics from Ewha Womans University in Korea and her M.A. in TESOL from New York University. She earned her Ph.D. in TESOL from the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on multiliteracies in foreign and second language learning.
Dr. Maria Slocum
Assistant Teaching Professor of French
Ph.D., M.A. – University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. – Albion College
Office: WA 151
Dr. Slocum teaches French courses at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and the Humanities at Ball State University. She has previously taught French at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her minor in the department of Theatre and Drama. Her research focuses on twentieth century French literature and theatre.
Division of Natural, Physical, and Computer Sciences
Associate Lecturer of Physics
Sciences Division Chair
M.S. – Indiana Univesity / Purdue University at Indianapolis
B.S. – Purdue University
Office: WA 145 A
Stephen Schuh has been with the Academy since the 2000-2001 school year, and has been selected for local and regional meritorious teaching awards over 20 times. He is a consultant for the College Board and has facilitated 60+ summer workshops for national and international AP Physics instructors. Mr. Schuh has taught for Ball State University, Indiana University, and Purdue University, and has extended experience with 600-level courses in Physics, Mathematics, Biophysics, Education, and Psychology. Having logged over 3000 hours of studio time, Mr Schuh has taught students across the state, country, and beyond. In 2012, he was one of 12 consultants across the globe invited to participate in the first year of the College Board’s new Physics curriculum, and has taught all levels of physics, research, and colloquium for the Indiana Academy.
Associate Lecturer of Computer Science
M.B.A., B.S., Continued graduate studies in Industrial Technology – Ball State University
Office: EL 007
Ms. Cunningham was appointed Instructor of Computer Science in 1996 at the Indiana Academy. Currently, she teaches AP Computer Science A/Java, Introduction to Programming/C++, Visual Programming/Python, Virtual Reality, Web Page Design and Personal Finance. Since the summer of 1997, Ms. Cunningham has also taught summer workshops for teachers and elementary through high school students. During the school year, she is also active in presenting computer technology Saturday programs for elementary through high school students. She is an AP Computer Science A Consultant for the College Board and AP Reader for AP Computer Science A tests.
Before coming to the Indiana Academy, she was Departmental Manager for various computer departments at Ontario Systems Corp. in Muncie, Indiana. She has experience as a Software Project Manager/Systems Analyst at Conseco, Inc. (Carmel, IN) and started as a Programmer Analyst at Ball Corporation in Muncie, Indiana. While attending Ball State University as an undergraduate, she was a programmer consultant for the Charles A. Beard School Corporation in Knightstown, Indiana and was instrumental in setting up their first computer labs. She has also taught night classes at Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, IN. Currently, she is an independent contractor for various programming projects.
Ms. Cunningham is a former member and officer (serving 3 terms) on the Board of Directors for Heritage Place in Indianapolis, Indiana, former member of the Indianapolis Computer Society, former member of the Network of Business Women in Indianapolis, former member of Toastmasters, former member of Sigma Iota Epsilon (Ball State) and has served on the YMCA Programs and Activities Committee, Muncie, IN. In 1989, she was in the Who’s Who Among Women Executives.
Susie Cunningham News
Assistant Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy
Office: EL 027
Adjunct Lecturer Emeritus of Life Sciences
M.S. – University of Michigan
B.Ph. – Grand Valley University
Office: WA 147
Mr. Mayfield teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Introduction to Microbiology, Introduction to Zoology, Botany, Humanity/Biotechnology, and Social Issues and Research. Additionally, he serves as the sponsor of the Environmental Club, Speech and Debate Team, and Envirothon Team. Mr. Mayfield is an evolutionary biologist who is doing his dissertation research on evolutionary relationships in orchids. He has published articles in the fields of systematic botany and entomology.
Michael Mayfield News
Assistant Lecturer of Chemistry
M.A. – Indiana Wesleyan University
B.A. – Indiana University
B.S. – Trine University
Office: EL 009 G
Chris Norton joined the Academy in the fall of 2018 teaching General Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Her philosophy on education is that it is not a spectator sport; students must be engaged in what they are learning and be provided with opportunities to apply what they have learned in novel situations. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and continues to seek better and more engaging methods to the classroom. Chris received her Master’s in Science Education from Indiana Wesleyan and has begun work on her Master’s in Chemistry where she will continue her focus on Chemistry Education. She holds a BA from Indiana University in Sociology with a concentration in Psychology and a BS from Trine University in Chemistry Education and a concentration in Mathematics.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Smith
Director Emeritus of Academic Affairs
Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma
M.S., B.S. – Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Office: WA 172
Dr. Smith has been a consultant for College Board for AP Biology since 1996. He participates in the essay exam reading each year and has held various leadership positions such as Question Leader and Table Leader. Dr. Smith teaches one-day AP Biology workshops for teachers as well as several AP Summer Institutes. He was part of the team that developed portions of the new AP Biology curriculum that launched in the Fall of 2012.
Dr. Smith is a leading expert on African violets. He and students at the Indiana Academy have received grants and published several articles on the genetics, biochemistry, and taxonomy of these plants. Several of his hybrids have been released to the public for commercial sale. Dr. Smith has authored a chapter on hybridizing African violets that was published in “Breeding Ornamental Plants” from Timber Press.
Dr. Smith has received several teaching awards, including: the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Gold Medal, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Indiana, and the Tandy Scholar Award from RadioShack.
Dr. Godfrey Walwema
Assistant Teaching Professor of Physics
Ph.D. (Curriculum & Instruction) – University of Wyoming
M.S. (Physics) – Western Illinois University
B.S. (Physics & Mathematics) – Makerere University (Uganda)
Office: EL 008 E
Dr. Godfrey Walwema is thrilled to join The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities as a Physics Instructor. Godfrey has taught physics for over 15 years at the International Baccalaureate and Advanced levels as well as high school. Prior to joining Ball State University, Godfrey taught physical science to preservice teachers at the University of Wyoming. He has also taught physics in Uganda, Kenya, Eswatini, and Botswana.
Godfrey believes that students should find the learning of physics interesting and exciting because the application of physics principles is evident all around them in real-life situations. He contends that naturally, students are likely to be interested in exploring and learning about what happens around them. For instance, they would want to know how the microwave oven functions, the principle behind the GPS, the most efficient way to conserve energy, and the technology involved in computers and cellphones. To this end, Godfrey’s research interest is to investigate teaching strategies that would make the learning of physics interesting and exciting to students.
Godfrey earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Makerere University, an M.S. in Physics from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education from The University of Wyoming. In his spare time, he reads about the latest innovations in the field of science and technology.
Dr. Godfrey Walwema News
Dr. Donald Winslow
Assistant Teaching Professor of Life Sciences
Ph.D. (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior – Indiana University
M.S. (Zoology) – Michigan State University
B.A. (Zoology and Psychology) – Indiana University
Office: EL 021
Donald Winslow grew up in Indianapolis and studied at Indiana University and Michigan State. His dissertation project addressed the effects of forest management practices on breeding birds in southern Indiana. He has also studied birds in the field in Michigan, Saskatchewan, California, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Dr. Winslow has taught biology and environmental science at Indiana University, Michigan State University, St. Gregory’s University and Rose State College in Oklahoma, Ivy Tech, and the Indiana Academy. He lives with his wife, two sons, and three cats in Hagerstown.
Division of Mathematics
Associate Lecturer of Mathematics
Mathematics Division Chair
M.S., B.S. – Ball State University
Office: WA 153
Since beginning at the Academy in 1991, Ms. Foltz has enjoyed teaching courses in Algebra, Precalculus, Finite Mathematics, Statistics, Calculus, and AP Calculus. She believes that “mathematics is not a spectator sport,” and so she seeks to engage students in the course topics, encouraging them to think like mathematicians in the process. She is also the instructor for the AP Calculus courses that are available through the Indiana Academy Online. Ms. Foltz has led Outreach summer workshops and school in-service sessions on the use of technology in the secondary classroom. She also currently serves as a Faculty Consultant in AP Calculus for the College Board, leading one day and weeklong sessions, and has been a Reader and Table Leader for the College Board in AP Calculus.
Ms. Foltz was the chief developer of educational materials for the web-based Get-A-Five, an online provider of calculus video tutorials, diagnostic questions, and practice AP exams. She was part of the team that prepared materials for the training manual used by AP Calculus consultants. Previously, she was a contributing author for the Kaplan AP Calculus AB & BC study guide and was a member of a project team that completed a National Science Foundation calculus curriculum grant at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Ms. Foltz was the recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Outstanding High School Teacher Award, the Radio Shack National Teacher Award, the Sigma Xi (Ball State University Chapter) Teacher of the Year Award, the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement – Teacher Award for the State of Indiana, and the Dean Roy Weaver Indiana Academy Outstanding Contributor Award.
Assistant Lecturer of Mathematics
M.A. – Ball State University
B.A. – Olivet Nazarene University
Office: WA 152
Jessica Edrington joined the faculty of the Indiana Academy in 2018 after teaching mathematics at Lowell Senior High School in Lowell, Indiana, for eleven years. Ms. Edrington earned her M.A. in Mathematics from Ball State University in 2016, B.A. in Mathematics from Olivet Nazarene University in 1998, and graduated from the Indiana Academy in 1994. She enjoys the opportunity to teach at her alma mater.
Jessica Edrington News
Dr. Michael Pilla
Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics
Office: WA 151
Associate Lecturer of Mathematics
M.S. – Michigan Technological University
B.S. – Cornerstone University
Office: WA 150
Joshua Ruark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Math and Social Studies in Secondary Education from Cornerstone University in 1999. In 2011, he earned a Master’s in Discrete Mathematics from Michigan Technological University, where he stayed on for the 2011-12 year as an instructor before joining the faculty at the Indiana Academy in 2012.
In addition to teaching classes ranging from Pre-Calculus to Differential Equations, Mr. Ruark coaches both the Quiz Bowl and Academic Superbowl teams.
On a personal note, Joshua is an avid game player, with Scrabble, Dominion, and 7 Wonders among his favorites. He also is a fan of all things Star Trek, and although he doesn’t own a costume from any of the series, he can identify almost any episode of ST:TOS and ST:TNG by title.