Six Faculty Members Retire


Allen Hibbard

Allen Hibbard, professor of mathematics/computer science, (B.A., St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.; M.S., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) has taught mathematics, computer science, racquetball fundamentals and Greek at Central since 1989. He received the Central’s Marvin L. Hackert Faculty Development Award for Science and Mathematics and awards for distinguished teaching and meritorious service from the Iowa section of the Mathematical Association of America. He published a textbook, Mathematica, and authored numerous websites on using technology in the classroom. Hibbard says he is most proud of his students who have gone on to do good things. In retirement, he plans to travel, spend time with family, volunteer and perhaps teach abroad.


Keith RatzlaffKeith Ratzlaff, professor of English, (B.A., Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas; M.F.A., Indiana University) has taught poetry, the essay, news-writing, travel literature and American literature at Central since 1984. He has published four books of poetry and poems and essays in many national magazines. He was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, was awarded a Pushcart Prize, was included in the 2009 edition of The Best American Poetry and received the college’s Wesselink Award for Teaching. He served as co-resident director of Central’s London program and on the college’s study abroad committee. In retirement, he plans to write at least one more book, travel and pursue photography.


Kimberly Koza HarrisKimberly Koza Harris, associate professor of English, (B.A., Colby College; M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University) has taught women’s literature, feminist criticism, African- American literature, peace studies and writing for nonprofit organizations at Central full-time since 2002 and developed the interdisciplinary course, Literature of Peace and Social Justice. She chaired the English department from 2010-2016. In 2016, she and spouse Michael Harris helped to develop a social justice internship program in New York City and Des Moines in collaboration with community-based learning. Both taught classes in communities where students are doing internships to connect classwork theory to hands-on practice. In retirement, she’ll teach this fall in Mérida, Mexico, and perhaps later find some time for writing.


Michael HarrisMichael Harris, professor of English (B.A., Tulane University; M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University) taught African/ Caribbean, Irish, British and Indian literature and Buddhist traditions. His first Fulbright in East Africa led to a Fulbright Nehru Senior Research award in northern India. He won a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book award, awards for supporting international education and an Iowa Campus Compact honorable mention. Harris and spouse Kim Koza Harris helped to develop a social justice internship program in New York City and Des Moines. Both taught classes in communities where students are doing internships to connect classwork theory to hands-on practice. In retirement he looks forward to reading, practicing a healthy lifestyle, traveling and planning a Yucatan semester for next fall.


Peggy FitchMarguerite “Peggy” Fitch, professor of psychology and Title IX Coordinator (B.A., Stephens College; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D. University of Kansas) joined Central in 1992. Her commitment to service learning was recognized twice by Iowa Campus Compact. Fitch taught Intersections for 11 years and directed it twice. She held the Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship in the Liberal Arts from 2007-2010 and received the Outstanding Performance Award for Institutional Service and chaired the diversity task force. As Title IX coordinator she helped develop policies and implement programs for students, faculty and staff. In retirement, Fitch will continue as Title IX coordinator and adjunct teach on contract, research, volunteer with an anti-poverty organization and spend time with her spouse.


Treva ReimerTreva Reimer, professor of art (B.A., Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas; M.F.A., Indiana University) taught and designed theatrical sets, costumes and lighting informed by international research as a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. She taught fiber arts, museum studies, installation and environmental arts and curated the college’s collection and Mills Gallery. She administered a grant that funded faculty to travel to Washington, D.C., to consider further integration of the arts into Central’s curriculum. As director of cultural affairs, she introduced guest speakers and hosted large-scale ethnic dinners. She served as co-resident director of Central’s London program. In retirement, Reimer expects to travel and create fiber art.

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