Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD, has published two textbook chapters. "What do we do About Religious Disagreement?" has been published in Philosophy of Western Religions: An Open Educational Resource. "God, Morality, and Religion" has been published in Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource (jointly published in Religions).

Graceland University Professor of Art Julia Franklin, MFA, was elected to the Board of the Print Club at the Des Moines Art Center at the annual meeting in May. The Print Club operates as a nonprofit organization that supports education and conservation of works on paper, and they provide free lectures and workshops throughout the year.

Graceland University Instructor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands Melinda Leoce, MM, has been invited to teach snare drum and drumline techniques at the Cyclone Marching Academy at Iowa State University (ISU) June 14-15. There will be over 130 high school percussionists in attendance at this year's event, which is the seventh annual marching academy held at ISU.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD, was the invited speaker at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s History and Philosophy Convocation May 11. She addressed graduates earning bachelor's master's and doctorate degrees in history or philosophy from the University of Illinois. Seemuth Whaley earned her PhD from the University of Illinois in 2017.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Spanish Jonathan Montalvo, PhD, received the Graceland University Exceptional Service Award at the April 28, 2019, commencement ceremony, presented by Graceland President Patricia H. Draves.

Graceland University Professor of Art Julia Franklin-Jones, MFA, received the Graceland University Excellence in Scholarly Achievement Award at the April 28, 2019, commencement ceremony, presented by Graceland President Patricia H. Draves.