Meet our New Faculty Members
Meet our New Faculty Members

New Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty

Margaret Doig

Department of Mathematics
PhD, Princeton University
BS/BA, University of Notre Dame

Margaret Doig attended the University of Notre Dame (with a year at New College, Oxford University) and received degrees in mathematics and philosophy. She then studied mathematics at Princeton University with Zoltan Szabo and held postdocs at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Syracuse University. Her research lies in low-dimensional topology, especially applications of Heegaard Floer homology to knot surgery and cobordism theory. Outside of mathematics and teaching, she volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol and is active with its emergency services work. She and her husband and daughter have filled their lives with many plants, a few hiking packs, and an airplane.

Julia Feder

Department of Theology
PhD, University of Notre Dame
MA, Boston College
BA, Catholic University of America 

Julia Feder studied theology and religious studies as an undergraduate at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and earned a graduate degree in theology from Boston College. After living in large cities for a while, moved to Northern Indiana to continue graduate school at the University of Notre Dame. Here she met her spouse, Shaun, and gave birth to two beautiful children, Noah (nearly 5) and Joseph Eden (2). Her dissertation research focused on a theological construction of healing from sexual trauma as a mystical-political practice. Following her graduation in 2014, she stayed on at Notre Dame as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing. In this position she worked in partnership with biological anthropologists to think theologically about the centrality of symbol-making in the human niche. In her free time, she dreams about building a permaculture co-housing community with others. 

Christina McRorie

Department of Theology
PhD, University of Virginia
MAR, Yale University
BA, Pepperdine University

Christina McRorie originally hails from Anchorage, Alaska, and returns regularly to go fishing with her family. She earned a BA in history and religion at Pepperdine University, and a MA in Christian ethics from Yale Divinity School. McRorie then spent two years serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer with the City of Boston, providing financial empowerment services in low-income communities. Following this, McRorie earned a PhD in theological ethics at the University of Virginia. Her research centers on Christian thought, ethics in the Abrahamic traditions, the history and philosophy of economics, and capitalism as a context for moral agency.

Kayode Oshin 

Department of Chemistry 
PhD, Kansas State University
BS, Emporia State University

After earning his PhD from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, Kayode Oshin pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After one year, he accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and worked there for four years. Kayode and his wife welcomed their first child (Henry) in April 2015 and decided it was time to move closer to family in Omaha to begin the journey of raising their family. His main research area is organo-metallic chemistry, investigating the synthesis of novel catalysts. 

Peggy M. Rupprecht

Department of Journalism, Media and Computing
PhD, MA, BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Peggy M. Rupprecht graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a journalism degree and a Nebraska secondary education teaching certification. After graduation, Rupprecht moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she served as a reporter for WBAY-TV. Several years later, Rupprecht returned to Nebraska, working five years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KMTV in Omaha. Rupprecht most recently served as the Director of Communications for Westside Community Schools. She also has served as affiliate faculty in Creighton’s online doctoral program in interdisciplinary leadership. During her tenure at Westside, Rupprecht completed her Master of Arts degree in journalism. She later returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a PhD in human sciences with a specialization in leadership studies. Her qualitative phenomenological research focused on the qualities of immensely satisfying work. Rupprecht is an avid runner, having completed six marathons and 19 half-marathons. In her free time, she also enjoys traveling, cooking, biking and spending time with friends.

Jacob A. Siedlik

Department of Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions
PhD, University of Kansas
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA, Colorado College

Jake Siedlik received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Colorado College. After graduating, Siedlik moved to New York City where he served as a police officer and then sergeant with the New York City Police Department. During that time, he earned a Master of Arts degree in applied physiology from Columbia University. Following receipt of that degree, Siedlik returned to graduate school, this time at the University of Kansas where he earned a PhD in exercise physiology with a focus on immunoendocrine interactions and T cell specific responses to layered stress events. When not at work, Siedlik and his wife enjoying running around with their 4-year old twins Declan and Maddy.

Amy Worthington

Department of Biology
PhD, Iowa State University
MS, BS, University of South Dakota

Amy Worthington attended the University of South Dakota for her BS in biology. After graduation, she continued on at USD to earn a M.S. degree studying the anti-predator behaviors of stalk-eyed flies and manage a long-term project dedicated to conserving the federally-endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly. For the next five years, she researched mating behavior in field crickets at Iowa State University as she earned her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology. Worthington then transitioned into a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington State University where she worked on the development of sexually selected weapons in rhinoceros beetles and the hormonal mechanisms mediating wing polymorphism in crickets. In addition to her work, Worthington and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening, playing games with friends, and spending time with their families and newborn daughter Juniper. 

New Full-Time Faculty

María Antonia García de la Torre

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln)
Master, CEU San Pablo University (Madrid)
BS, Los Andes University (Bogotá)

María Antonia García de la Torre attended Los Andes University where she studied literature with a linguistic focus in Latin. She worked as an editorialist and online editor of opinion at El Tiempo (Bogotá) until she moved to Madrid in 2010 to earn a master’s degree in Journalism at CEU San Pablo University. In 2012 she moved to the United States after being accepted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned her PhD in Spanish with a focus on 20th Century Peninsular Literature. Her research focused on how the production and reception of art was distorted during the Spanish Civil War (36-39), specifically in Max Aub’s series, “The Magic Labyrinth.” She has also been an opinion columnist for the past four years at El Tiempo, where she writes about women’s rights, Latinos and the peace process in her home country, Colombia. She enjoys taking long walks with her dog, Panchito, and biking all year long.

Teri Grimm

Department of English
MFA, Vermont College
BFA, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Teri Youmans Grimm is a fourth generation Floridian and is the author of two poetry collections, Becoming Lyla Dore (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Dirt Eaters (University Press of Florida, 2004). She received her B.F.A. in poetry from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her M.F.A. from Vermont College. Her writing has also appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods among other journals and anthologies, and she is a contributor for the podcast, “Swamp Radio”. In addition to being a recipient of a Nebraska Arts Fellowship, she has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. 

Kyle Helms

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
PhD, University of Cincinnati
MA, University of Cincinnati
MA, University of Iowa
BA, University of Florida
AA, Santa Fe Community College

Kyle Helms completed undergraduate work in classics and philosophy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated summa cum laude. After a master’s degree in classics at the University of Iowa, Helms moved to Ohio to finish graduate work at the University of Cincinnati, where he wrote a dissertation on the relationship between Latin rhetorical educators and Roman political power during the late Republic and early Empire. In addition, Helms is part of a research team that is studying and digitizing ancient graffiti from Pompeii and Herculaneum, and he also edits papyrus documents from Roman Egypt. When not studying the ancient Mediterranean world, Helms loves spending time with his wife, Caitlin, and two daughters, Hattie (nearly 3) and Phoebe (5 mos.), as well as running, bicycling, and cheering for the Cincinnati Reds.

Trey Moody

Department of English
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MFA, Texas State University
BA, Texas State University

Trey Moody studied English at Texas State University while working at the university’s writing center. After graduation, Moody enrolled in Texas State’s Creative Writing MFA Program, where he was the poetry editor for Front Porch Journal. Following his MFA, Moody began pursuing his PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he worked for Prairie Schooner and co-curated The Clean Part Reading Series. Moody’s dissertation, a full-length collection of poetry titled Thought That Nature won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and was published by Sarabande Books in 2014. After earning his PhD, Moody served as a lecturer of English at Texas State University and most recently as a visiting assistant professor of poetry at Oklahoma State University. In addition to his pedagogical, research and creative interests, Moody enjoys traveling, playing pickup basketball, and taking walks with his wife and four-year-old daughter.

Steven M. Nelson

Department of Cultural Studies
PhD, University of Arizona
JD, The Ohio State University College of Law
BA, University of Chicago

Steven M. Nelson grew up near Columbus, Ohio. He attended The University of Chicago, where he earned his BA in psychology. After a year in the Teach For America program, he attended law school at Ohio State University and passed the Ohio Bar in 1995. Academia called in 2000, and he traveled to Tucson, where he earned his MA and PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona, with focus on law, crime, and deviance and social psychology. Since then, Steven has taught at Clemson University and Miami University of Ohio. He and his wife Camille enjoy cooking, travel, board games and birding. 

Dana Robinson

Honors Program
PhD, The Catholic University of America
MA, The Catholic University of America
BA, Patrick Henry College

Dana Robinson studied modern history with a side of classical Greek at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. She liked Greek so much that she changed her focus to ancient history and earned a Master’s in Classics at Catholic University, followed by an interdisciplinary PhD in Early Christian Studies. Her research examines the moral, social, and spatial aspects of food in the daily life of early Christian communities, through the lens of fourth-century sermon rhetoric and the material culture of local congregations. When she is not poring over papyrus documents, she enjoys cycling, running, knitting, and reading mystery novels.  

New Adjunct Faculty

Erin Hart Johnston

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
MA, BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Erin Hart Johnston was born and raised in the Midwest. She completed her B.A. in French and her M.A. in modern languages with a specialization in French literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lived in France for three years, both as a student and university professor.

Ryan Smith

Department of Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions
BS, Creighton University

Ryan Smith is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Creighton University and earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and pre-health professions to prepare for graduate studies in medicine. After graduation, Ryan moved to Omaha permanently so he could volunteer at a medical clinic in North Omaha and gain healthcare experience. He has submitted applications for admissions to physician assistant programs across the U.S. Ryan is eager for the chance to become a part of the Creighton community as a faculty member and to help educate students. In addition to academics, he also enjoys camping, canoeing, and cooking with friends and family.

Daniel Zenarosa

Department of Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions
BS, Creighton University

Daniel Zenarosa attended Creighton University, majored in exercise science and pre-health professions, and graduated in May 2016. He is an only child originally from Union City, Calif. He plans to pursue a career in physical therapy, and, during his gap year, Zenarosa will be working at his alma mater as a laboratory assistant for the Exercise Training and Testing Laboratory and as an adjunct instructor. He was very involved with the department as an undergraduate student by participating in research studies and serving as the public relations pfficer for the major’s club (EXSEL). He enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, weight lifting,and hanging out with peers.