About Us

College Mission

The teachers, scholars, and writers of CLAS collaborate with peers and students in free inquiry to create new knowledge and provide transformative learning experiences, leading students to become engaged, informed, creative, and adaptive contributors to the local and global society.

Administrative Personnel

Doug McMillen, Dean
Wiekamp Hall 3300C
Phone: (574) 520-4222 
Email: dmcmille@iusb.edu

Kyoko Takanashi, Associate Dean
Wiekamp Hall 3300F
Phone: (574) 520-4802
Email: ktakanas@iusb.edu

Henry Scott, Associate Dean
Wiekamp Hall 3300G
Phone: (574) 520-5527
Email: hpscott@iusb.edu

Clerical Personnel

Linda Schultz-Heidrich, Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Wiekamp Hall 3300D
Phone: (574) 520-4290
Email: lschultz@iusb.edu

Jules Descoteaux, Assistant to the Associate Deans of CLAS
Wiekamp Hall 3300A
Phone: (574) 520-5520
Email: edescote@iusb.edu

Victoria Pontius, Administrative Assistant, Advising Center and Student Services
Wiekamp Hall 3189
Phone: (574) 520-4214
Email: sbadvise@iusb.edu

Department Chairs and Program Directors

Kirk L Mecklenburg, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Northside Hall 132A
Phone: (574) 520-4808
Email: kmecklen@iusb.edu

Matthew Marmorino, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Northside Hall 067
Phone: (574) 520-4254
Email: mmarmori@iusb.edu

Dana Vrajitoru, Chair, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Northside Hall 337
Phone: (574) 520-4525
Email: dvrajito@iusb.edu

Stacie Merken, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
Wiekamp Hall 2171
Phone: (574) 520-4468
Email: smerken@iusb.edu

Elaine Roth, Chair, Department of English
Wiekamp Hall 3133
Phone: (574) 520-4224
Email: elaroth@iusb.edu

Lisa Zwicker, Chair, Department of History
Wiekamp Hall 3269
Phone: (574) 520-4231 
Email: zwicker@iusb.edu

Yi Cheng, Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Northside Hall 321
Phone: (574) 520-4519
Email: ycheng@iusb.edu

Lyle Zynda, Chair, Department of Philosophy
Wiekamp Hall 3277
Phone: (574) 520-5512
Email: lzynda@iusb.edu

Monika Lynker, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Northside Hall 363
Phone: (574) 520-5513
Email: mlynker@iusb.edu

Steven Gerencser, Chair, Department of Political Science
Wiekamp Hall 2189
Phone: (574) 520-4514
Email: sgerencs@iusb.edu

Kathy Ritchie, Chair, Department of Psychology
Wiekamp Hall 2131
Phone: (574) 520-4889
Email: kritchie@iusb.edu

David Blouin, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Wiekamp Hall 2285
Phone: (574) 520-4501
Email: dblouin@iusb.edu

Matt Shockey, Sustainability Studies
Wiekamp Hall 3281
Phone: (574) 520-5545
Email: shockey2@iusb.edu

Christina Gerken, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Wiekamp Hall 2259
Phone: (574) 520-5509
Email: cgerken@iusb.edu

Tammy Fong-Morgan, Chair, Department of World Language Studies
Wiekamp Hall 3225
Phone: (574) 520-4852
Email: bfong@iusb.edu

Hossein Hakimzadeh, Director, Informatics Program
Northside Hall 336
Phone: (574) 520-4517
Email: hhakimza@indiana.edu

Joshua Wells, Director, Master of Liberal Studies
Wiekamp Hall 2271
Phone: (574) 520-4434
Email:  jowells@iusb.edu

Liqiang Zhang, Director, Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Program
Northside Hall 331
Phone: (574) 520-4297
Email: liqzhang@iusb.edu

Hayley Froysland, Director, General Studies Program
Wiekamp Hall 3257
Phone: (574) 520-4266
Email: hfroysla@iusb.edu

Shawn Nichols-Boyle, Director of the ESL Program
Wiekamp Hall 3183
Phone: (574) 520-4360, 
Email: sfnichol@iusb.edu

Diane Economakis, Director of First Year Writing
Wiekamp Hall 3144
Phone: (574) 520-4159
Email: deconoma@iusb.edu

Chu He, Director, Master of English
Wiekamp Hall 3135
Phone: (574) 520-4149
Email: chuhe@iusb.edu