Faculty

Concordia University Texas prides itself on the quality and excellence of its faculty.  With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, students have a real opportunity to get to know their professors and benefit from their knowledge and experience.  You can read it straight from one of our students: 

 

 "The professor that impacted me the most was Dr. Meissner (biology/environmental science).

However, since all the professors at CTX are caring and encouraging, it is hard to pick just one."

 

Justin Roland
Sophomore, Mathematics
 

Concordia University 2012-2013

Full-Time Faculty

 

Brandy B. Alba (Assistant Professor, English)
Concordia University Texas, Austin, TX, B.A., 2008; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, M.A., 2011.  At Concordia since 2012.

DeEadra F. Albert-Green (Assistant Professor, Education)
Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, B.S., 1994; Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, TX, M.A., 1996; Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D., 2005.  At Concordia since 2011.

Michael D. Aldridge (Assistant Professor, Nursing)
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, B.S., 1997; M.S., 2004.  At Concordia since 2010.

Debra J. Allen (Professor, History)
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, B.A., 1979. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, M.A., 1982. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Ph.D., 1992. At Concordia since 1993.

Joanne Antrim (Assistant Professor, Education)
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, B.S., 1969; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, M.Ed., 2001; Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, Ph.D., 2007.  At Concordia since 2008.

Sarah Jean Baker (Assistant Professor, Education)
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, B.A., 2002; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, M.Ed., 2009.  At Concordia since 2010.

Connie E. Beran (Registrar; Instructor)
Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX, B.A.S. 2001; University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, M.S., 2004.  At Concordia since 2006.

Matthew D. Bloom (Assistant Professor, History)
Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH, B.S., 2003; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, M.A., 2005; Ph.D., 2009.  At Concordia since 2010.

Elise A. Brazier (Assistant Professor, Business)
Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK, B.A., 1989; M.B.A., 1997; The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, Ph.D., 2009.  At Concordia since 2011.

Allen R. Brown (Assistant Professor, Education)
Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, TX, A.A., 1971; Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, B.A., 1973; Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, M.A., 1983; Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, Ed.D., 1990.  At Concordia since 2011.

Trey M. Buchanan (Associate Professor, Psychology)
Baylor University, Waco, TX, B.A., 1986; University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, M.A., 1989; Ph.D., 1992.  At Concordia since 2011.

Paul D. Buchheimer (Assistant Professor, Education)
Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, A.A., 1966; Concordia College, River Forest, IL, B.A., 1968; Nova Southeastern, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., M.S., 1988; Ed.D, 2001.  At Concordia since 2007.

Brent A. Burgess (Assistant Professor, Political Science)
West Texas A&M University,  B.S. Political Science, B.S. History, 2001; West Texas A&M University, M.A., 2005; University of Arkansas, Ph.D., 2008.  At Concordia since 2011.

Patricia Griggs Burnham (Assistant Professor, Music)
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, B.S., 1987; Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, M.M.Ed., 1990; M.M., 1992; The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., D.M.A., 2000.  At Concordia since 2008.

Grant E. Carey (Assistant Professor, Religious Education)
Concordia University, Irvine, CA, B.A., 2001; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, M.A., 2007.  At Concordia since 2012.

Thomas E. Cedel (President)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, B.S., 1971; Ph.D., 1979. At Concordia since 2002.

Joshua Chai (Assistant Professor, Music)
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, B.A., 2001; California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, M.M., 2007.  At Concordia since 2009.

Cari A. Chittick (Assistant Professor, Education)
Concordia College, Seward, NE, B.S., 1995; Concordia University, Irvine, CA, M.A., 2002.  At Concordia since 2010.

Nickles I. Chittester (Assistant Professor, Psychology)
Arizona State University West, Phoenix, AZ, B.A., 1999; Washington State University, Pullman, WA, M.S., 2003; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Ph.D., 2007.  At Concordia since 2007.

Donald A. Christian (Associate Professor, Business)
Concordia University, River Forest, IL, B.S.Ed., 1981; College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, M.M., 1986; University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, D.M., 2007.  At Concordia since 2005.

Robin L. Cook (Assistant Professor, Nursing)
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON Canada, B.Sc.N., 1996; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, M.S.N., 2010.  At Concordia since 2012.

Mary L. Darden (Assistant Professor, Education)
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX, B.A., 1975; Baylor University, Waco, TX, M.S.Ed., 1991; Ed.D., 2006.  At Concordia since 2010.

Clyburn Duder (Professor, English)
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, B.A., 1968; Concordia Seminary, Springfield, IL, B.D., 1968.;Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, M.A., 1972.; Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, M.Div., 1979; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, Ph.D., 1980.  At Concordia since 1987.

Alexandra R. Fitterer (Assistant Professor; Dean, Online Center)
Gonzaga University, Spokake, WA, B.A., 2007; National University, La Jolla, CA, M.S., 2011.  At Concordia since 2012.

James Michael Gardner (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology)
University of Houston, Houston, TX, B.S., 1975; M.Ed. 1987.  At Concordia since 1999.

Sandra H. Gaskin (Assistant Professor, Nursing)
Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, B.S., 1970; The University of Texas, Austin, TX, M.S.N., 1975.  At Concordia since 2011.

Curtis P. Giese (Professor, Theology)
Concordia College, St. Paul, MN, B.A., 1984. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div., 1989; S.T.M., 1990. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH, M.Phil., 1994; Ph.D., 1999.  At Concordia since 2004.

Lynette Gillis (Assistant Professor, Business)
Baylor University, Waco, TX, B.B.A., 1998; University of Texas, Austin, TX, Ph.D., 2008.  At Concordia since 2008.

Erik W. Green (Assistant Professor, Communication)
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, B.A., 2002, M.A., 2004.  University of Texas, Austin, TX, Ph.D., 2012. 
At Concordia since 2011. 

Joel D. Heck (Professor, Theology)
Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, IN, B.A., 1970; Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL, M.Div., 1974; Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, Th.M., 1975; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, Th.D., 1984.  At Concordia since 1998.

James Ronald Hilliard (Assistant Professor, Nursing)
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, B.S.N., 1972; The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, M.S.N., 2006.  At Concordia since 2011.

Philip J. Hohle (Assistant Professor, Communication)
University of Texas, Austin TX, B.A., 1979; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, M.S., 1987.  At Concordia since 2007.

Jacob D. Hollatz (Assistant Professor, Education)
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, B.A., 2000; Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, M.A., 2004.  At Concordia since 2011.

Donna M. Janes (Associate Professor, Biology)
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, B.S., 1985. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, M.S., 1994. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, M.S., 1998; Ph.D., 2004.  At Concordia since 2004.

Mary Kay Johnston (Assistant Professor, Biology)
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, B.S., 2000; M.S., 2004; The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, Ph.D., 2011.  At Concordia since 2011.

Gregory Jones (Instructional Faculty, Education)
Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, B.A., 1974; University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX, M.S., 1987; University of Houston, Houston, TX, Ed.D., 2002.  At Concordia since 2009.

Kristi D. Kirk (Assistant Professor, History)
Concordia University at Austin, Austin, TX, BA, 1995; The University of Texas, Austin, TX, M.A., 2000.  At Concordia since 2008.

Deborah C. Koeck (Assistant Professor, Chemistry)
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, B.S., 1988; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Ph.D., 1994.  At Concordia since 2011.

David P. Kroft (Professor, Fine Arts)
Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.S., 1970; University of Texas, Austin, TX, M.F.A., 1985.  At Concordia since 1985.

Jonathan T. Leonard (Associate Professor, Education)
Concordia University –Chicago, River Forest, IL, B.A., 1979; Minnesota State University-Mankato, MN, M.S., 1987; Ball State University, Muncie, IN, Ph.D., 1993.  At Concordia since 2011.

Renae A. Lister (Assistant Professor, Business)
University of Houston, Houston, TX, B.S., 1993; M.S., 1998.  At Concordia since 2012.

Robert W. Malzahn (Assistant Professor, Education)
Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.S.Ed., 1971; Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, M.S., 1976; North Texas State University, Denton, TX, M.Ed., 1980; Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ed.D., 1999.  At Concordia since 2009.

James H. McConnell (Associate Professor, Education)
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, B.A., 1971. Concordia University, Irvine, CA, M.A., 1995; Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, DCE Certification, 1977; Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, Ph.D., 2004.  At Concordia since 2000.

Laurence L. Meissner (Professor, Biology)
Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.S., 1968; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, M.S., 1973; University of Texas, Austin, TX, Ph.D. 1987.  At Concordia since 1973.

Michael A. Moyer (Professor, Biology)
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, B.A., 1981; University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Ph.D., 1997,  At Concordia since 1998.

Paul E. Muench (Professor, Communication)
Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, IN, B.A., 1968; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div., 1972; School of World Mission - Fuller Theological Seminary, Th.M., 1981; Ph.D., 1984.  At Concordia since 1999.

Elizabeth A. Nurmi (Assistant Professor, Nursing)
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, B.A., 1992; B.S.N., 1992; San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, M.S., 2005.  At Concordia since 2012.

Meredith L. Oltmann (Assistant Professor, Biology)
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, B.S., 2001; University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Ph.D., 2009.  At Concordia since 2010.

Thomas R. Pate (Professor, Physical Education)
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, B.S., 1972; Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, M.S., 1978; University of Texas, Austin, TX, Ph.D., 1995.  At Concordia since 1997.

Bruce A. Peffer (Assistant Professor, Theology)
Concordia College, Seward, NE, B.A., 1982; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div. 1986; Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX, D.Min., 2001.  At Concordia since 2003.

Joy H. Penticuff (Professor, Nursing)
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, B.S.N., 1968; M.S.N., M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1976.  At Concordia since 2008.

Richard A. Potts (Instructional Faculty, Political Science)
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, B.A., 1997; George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, M.A., 2006.  At Concordia since 2012.

Paul J. Puffe (Associate Professor, Theology and Hebrew)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S., 1975; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div., 1979; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, M.A., 1983.  At Concordia since 1984.

Keith Ellen Ragsdale (Professor, Nursing)
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, A.A.S., 1971; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, B.S., 1973; University of Colorado, University Medical Center, Denver, CO, M.S., 1974; Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ed.D., 1994.  At Concordia since 2009.

Jose Ramos (Assistant Professor, Education)
University of Texas at San Antonio, B.A., 1978, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, M.B.A., 1984,  University of Texas at San Antonio, M.A., 1995, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D., 2001. At Concordia since 2011.

Charita Ray-Blakely (Assistant Professor, Business)
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, B.A., 1991; Webster University, St. Louis, MO, M.A., 1999; Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D., 2011.  At Concordia since 2011.

Karen L. Rhynard (Assistant Professor, Mathematics)
West Texas A & M, Canyon, TX, B.S., 1968; Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, M.Ed., 1979; Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D., 1990.  At Concordia since 2011.

Thomas E. Rosenwinkel (Assistant Professor, Mathematics)
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, B.S., 2005; University of Texas, Austin, TX, M.S., 2007.  At Concordia since 2008.

R. Abigail Pfiester Rue (Assistant Professor, Communications)
Baylor University, Waco, TX, B.A., 1999. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, M.S., 2001, University of Texas, Austin, TX, Ph.D., 2009.  At Concordia since 2009.

Alan P. Runge (Associate Professor, Provost)
Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.A., 1987. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, B.S., 1989. Miami University, Oxford, OH, M.S., 1991. DeVry University, Kansas City, MS, M.B.A, 2003. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, M.S., 1994; Ph.D., 1997. At Concordia since 2007.

Marchelle A. Scarnier (Assistant Professor, Psychology)
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, B.A., 1999. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, M.A., 2003; Ph.D., 2007. At Concordia since 2007.

Philip J. Schielke (Assistant Professor, Computer Science)
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, B.S., 1993; Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, M.Div., 2009; Rice University, Houston, TX, Ph.D., 2000.  At Concordia since 2011.

Kenneth Schmidt (Professor, Fine Arts)
Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.S. Ed. 1967; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, M.A., 1971; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, M.F.A. 1977; The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, Ph.D., 1991.  At Concordia since 2006.

Ann Schwartz (Associate Professor, Sociology)
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, B.A., 1992. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, M.A., 1996. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX., Ph.D., 2005. At Concordia since 1996.

Jason Shurley (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology)  University of Texas, Austin, TX, B.S., 2003; Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, M.S., 2007.  At Concordia since 2008.

Shane M. Sokoll (Assistant Prof., Human Resource Mgmt.)
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, M.B.A., 2002; At Concordia since 2008.

Wayne B. Sorensen (Associate Professor, Healthcare Admin.)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, B.S., 1965; Baylor University, Waco, TX, M.H.A., 1979; The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Ph.D., 1985.  At Concordia since 2010.

Woodard R. Springstube (Associate Professor, Business)
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, B.S., 1972. University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, M.B.A., 1985. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, M.A., 1990. University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Ph.D., 1998. At Concordia since 1996.

John M. Stanford (Professor, Physical Science)
Rice University, Houston, TX, B.A., 1982. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Ph.D., 1991. At Concordia since 2007.

Eric J. Staron (Assistant Professor, Mathematics)
The University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, B.S., 2006; University of Texas, Austin, TX, M.A., 2010; Ph.D., 2012.  At Concordia since 2012.

James N. Stevenson (Associate Professor, Chemistry)
Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE, B.S., 1964. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, M.S., 1967; Ph.D., 1973. At Concordia since 1992.

Tammy A. Stewart (Assistant Professor, Education)
The  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, B.S., 1996; Concordia University Texas, Austin, TX, M.Ed., 2003.  At Concordia since 2009.

Claudia A. Teinert (Professor, English)
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, B.S., 1976; Ph.D., 1992. Creighton University, Omaha, NE, M.A., 1979. At Concordia from 1989 to 1996 and since 2002.

Carl C. Trovall (Associate Professor, Theology)
Concordia College, St. Paul, MN, B.A., 1983; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div., 1987; Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, Ph.D., 2010.  At Concordia from 1997-2002 and since 2006.

Michael G. Wallace (Assistant Professor, Education)
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, B.S.Ed., 1975; Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, M.A., 1976; Baylor University, Waco, TX, Ed.D., 1998.  At Concordia since 2007.

Samuel C. Whitehead (Assistant Professor, Environmental Science)
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, B.S., 2000; M.S., 2002; Ph.D., 2012.  At Concordia since 2012.

Janet S. Whitson (Associate Professor, Biology; Dean, College of Science)
Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL, B.A., 1971; University of California, Irvine, CA, Ph.D., 1991.  At Concordia since 2012.

Kristie L. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Nursing)
University of Louisiana, LaFayette, LA, B.S.N., 2000; The University of Texas, Austin, TX, M.S.N., 2005.  At Concordia since 2012.

Chris Winkler (Assistant Professor, Education)
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, BS; 1985; University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, M.Ed., 1992, Ph.D., 2008.  At Concordia since 2009.

Jacob L. Youmans (Assistant Professor, Education)
Concordia University , Irvine, CA, B.A., 1997; Concordia University, Seward, NE, M.S., 2003; George Fox University, Newberg, OR, D.Min., 2009.  At Concordia since 2009.

Kenneth M. Zawilinski (Associate Professor, Business)
University of Texas, Austin, TX, B.A. 1978; M.A., 1982; Ph.D., 1991.  At Concordia since 2004.

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