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Academics - Fall 2023

December 19, 2023 | Jennifer Smith

Having set sail for the 2023-24 academic year, we are thrilled to introduce Graceland’s NEWEST FACULTY MEMBERS AND NON-FACULTY APPOINTMENTS.


With their academic credentials, professional accomplishments, and demonstrated leadership in their fields of work and interest, they bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the University. We are excited about the success stories they will write with our students inside and outside Graceland’s classrooms, studios, and labs!

This new class of faculty bring a wealth of academic experience. I’m so thrilled to see how they have quickly embraced Graceland and are pushing the students in their programs toward new ways of thinking.”

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty



Lamoni Campus Faculty

Arup Ghosh
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

BT, West Bengal University of Technology
MS, University of Trento
PhD, Ajou University


Austin Harrington
Assistant Professor of Humanities

BA, Grand View University
MFA, Lesley University
PhD, Iowa State University


Aryn Kruse
Assistant Professor of Education

BS, MEd, PhD, Iowa State University



Jake McGinnis
Assistant Professor of Humanities

BA, Northland College
MA, University of Idaho
PhD, University of Notre Dame


Layne Nowlin
Instructor of Health & Movement Science

BA, Graceland University
MS, University of Wisconsin La Crosse


Cara Phipps
Assistant Professor of Theatre

BA, University of Portland
MFA, The University of Texas at Austin


Shaen Polasky
Assistant Professor of Education

BA, Simpson College
MS, Walden University
EdD-ABD, Drake University


Iqra Shagufta Cheema
Assistant Professor of Humanities

BA, University of Central Punjab
MA, MPhil, Government College University
PhD, University of North Texas



James Redmond
Director of Academic Support Labs & Tutoring

BA, Western Michigan University
MFA, University of Michigan
PhD, University of North Texas


Parker Worden
Director of University Bands

BSEd, BA, BS, Northwest Missouri State University




Felipe de Paula Nogueira Cruz, Assistant Professor of Biology (January 2024)
BA, Mogi das Cruzes University; MS, Federal University of ABC; PhD, Federal University of Sao Carlos


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