Faculty

Hans Nickel

Hans Nickel 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Sport Management
 

Nickel is a former Sterling College student that has experience working in the sport business field at the youth, scholastic and collegiate levels. Having professional experience in a variety of sport management positions gives Nickel an eclectic background of real world experience to share with students in the classroom.

Dr. Brad Nix

Brad Nix 2012
Position: 
Associate Professor of Music; Director of Keyboard Studies
 

Brad Nix currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Music Department Chair at Sterling College.  His responsibilities include overseeing the department, teaching applied and group piano, music theory, aural skills and arranging. He has also taught music appreciation, music history, piano literature and piano pedagogy.

Dr. Jacob Shatzer

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Position: 
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies; Co-Chair of the Theology & Ministry
 

Jacob teaches Bible and theology at Sterling. Born in Idaho and raised in Iowa, he has since attended school in Tennessee, Kentucky and Wisconsin. He has served as a youth pastor in Baptist churches and was ordained in 2007. While studying theological ethics at Marquette, he published articles and book reviews on biblical interpretation, theology and ethics. Jacob is excited to help students connect the Bible and theology to church and life.

Dr. Felicia Squires

Felicia Squires 2012
Position: 
Professor of Language & Literature; Chair of the Language & Literature Department
 

Squires models continuous knowledge and growth in the field of language and literature for her students.

Gentry Sutton

Gentry Sutton 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Language and Literature, Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
 

Daniel Swartz

Daniel Swartz 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Art, Department Chair of Art & Design
 

Daniel Swartz is a working freelance illustrator and professor at Sterling College where he teaches illustration, graphic design and assorted foundations classes. Daniel has worked in publishing, editorial, entertainment, and advertising markets on a wide variety of nationally-distributed projects. He has been twice recognized by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles through exhibition in their annual show, bringing his working experience as an invaluable resource into the classroom.

Timothy Thorpe

Timothy Thorpe 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Business
 

Tim Thorpe brings 11 years of operations and management experience to the Sterling College Department of Business. Prior to coming to Sterling College, Tim was responsible for information and data security at Viking Collection Service in Eden Prairie, Minn. 

Dr. Mark Tremaine

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Position: 
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Mark Tremaine will join the faculty this fall to lead our new Criminal Justice program.  Mark Tremaine is no stranger to higher education, or to Sterling College.  He has spent nearly thirteen years in higher education administration, serving York College in York, Nebraska and the University of Kansas School of Law.  Mark also served as the Vice President of Student Life at SC from July 2004 to December 2006, when he opened his private legal practice in

Ken Troyer

Ken Troyer 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Communications; Chair of the Communications, Media & Theatre Arts Department, Director of Forensics & Debate
 

Ken taught 13 years in Kansas public schools as a forensics and debate coach and public speaking and drama teacher. His teams won multiple state championships, with individual students not only winning state championships, but national titles as well.

Under his direction, the Sterling College debate and forensics team has returned to regional and national prominence with the debate team capturing multiple state championship titles and placing 9th in the nation in 2010-2011 and 12th in 2011-2012.

Mary Ver Steeg

Mary Ver Steeg 2012
Position: 
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
 

Mary is an associate professor in health, physical education and exercise science responsible for the Health/PE licensure program. She has been a coach for volleyball, basketball and softball. In 1986, she was inducted into the Northwestern College (IA) Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1989-2005, she was the head volleyball coach at Sterling College. She was awarded ten AVCA Team Academic Awards and led her team to two KCAC championship victories (1994 and 1997). She is a two-time KCAC coach of the Year and won the McCreery Teaching Award in 2001.