|High School Teacher|
|High School or Middle School Principal|
|Middle School Teacher|
|Teaching English as a Second Language|
|Writers, Editors, Program Specialists, Public Relations Representatives|
|Law Firms in the Metro Area|
|North Dakota State University|
|Public, private, and parochial schools in the Tri-county area, greater Michigan, out-of-state, and overseas.|
|Eastern Michigan University|
|Michigan State University|
|Ohio State University|
|University of Detroit Mercy Law School|
|University of Minnesota|
|University of Notre Dame|
|Wayne State University|
Enjoy the personalized academic advising and mentoring from our caring staff and faculty, who will guide you through the program and help you shape your career goals. Expect rigorous academic work in small classes, where classmates and professors know your name. If you choose to combine the English major with teacher education certification, you will receive 150 hours of clinical field experience, to ensure you're well-prepared for your capstone student teaching assignment. Along with teaching on the secondary level, the program prepares you for graduate work in English, law, and for any career that values critical thinking and effective communication.
Laura Haldane, '14, earned a double major in English and environmental science. The instruction she received through Madonna’s English program prepared her for graduate study at The University of Toledo. As an undergraduate, Laura found a way to combine her two passions and discovered her field of interest: environmental criticism and ecofeminism, which explore the human/nature bond and the way literature portrays this connection. The English program allowed Laura to further develop her writing and critical thinking abilities, skills she can apply to future work in either the sciences or the arts. Madonna’s nurturing atmosphere and the close relationships she developed with faculty from across the disciplines helped her become the successful and confident writing teacher she is today.
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Offering a comprehensive art education with a focus on career preparation in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Art History, and teacher preparation.
From your beginning Production Class to your Capstone Film Class, you will be given the knowledge and tools to become a modern day storyteller.Learn More
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This program provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of critical reading, writing and communicating.
Ph.D., Marquette University
M.A., College of St. Catherine
B.A., College of St. Scholastica
Ian Bell, Ph.D., joined Madonna in 2022 as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after 15 years as a Professor of Religious Studies during which he taught courses on Scripture, spirituality, theological ethics, and religion in film. His career in higher education has been marked by a keen interest in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of exploring questions of meaning and purpose in the context of a college education.
His research has focused primarily on the connection between spirituality and justice, especially within the framework of the theological method of the Jesuit theologian, Bernard Lonergan. More recently, he has been drawn to the writings of Henri Nouwen and studying biblical Hebrew and Greek.
Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Western Washington University
Jeffrey Cordell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language, Literature, Communications, and Writing. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2013 from Alma College. He completed his doctoral degree in 2008 at the University of Virginia. He teaches American and British literature.
His interests include medieval and Renaissance English literature and classical backgrounds to British and European literature. His publications include work on the idea of Christian charity in shaping Francis Bacon's Advancement of Learning and, as a contributing author, an award-winning study of undergraduate library research methods.
Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.A., Central Michigan University
B.A., Wayne State University
Dr. Kathleen M. Edelmayer is a Professor of Communication. She joined Madonna University in 2003 after having been the Chair of the Humanities Division at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University. Previously, she was Director of Debate at Illinois State University, Assistant Director of Forensics at St. Olaf College, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Albion College. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication and a B.A. in Economics from Wayne State University. Her M.A. in Communication is from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Edelmayer teaches interpersonal communication, argumentation and persuasion, small group communication, and political campaign communication. Her research areas are religious and political communication, teaching methods, and administrative issues. She is very involved in Madonna University’s Study Abroad program, having led programs to Ireland and Poland/Prague.
She is very active in the professional community. She currently serves the National Communication Association as a member of the legislative assembly and the leadership team of the Undergraduate College and University Section of NCA. She has served as president of the Religious Communication Association, executive board member of the Central States Communication Association, and finance committee chair of the American Forensics Association.