About Our Faculty and Staff
Jessica Hume, MFA, Galileo Learning Community Instructor (English 101 and IDC. 101)
Jessica Hume is a Bellarmine alum with a B.A in English and a Theatre minor, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, where her primary areas of study included the poetry of Anne Sexton and fairy tales. Her articles have been published in Today’s Woman magazine, The St. Matthews Voice-Tribune, and First Draft literary magazine. She rejoined the Bellarmine community in 2008 as an adjunct instructor in the English department, and became the Director of Writing and Parent Communications in the summer of 2009. Before returning to Bellarmine, Jessica worked as an assessment specialist in a literacy clinic, and a freelance writer.
- Favorite book: Palm Sunday, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Something interesting about you: I love Elvis, vintage clothing, and I am learning to play the bass guitar.
- Most exciting thing about working in the Galileo community: Helping freshmen learn about Bellarmine and successfully transition into freshman year.
Paul J. Kiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology (Biology 108)
Paul has taught Anatomy and Physiology at Bellarmine for eight years but recently joined the Biology Department as full-time faculty in 2011. His ongoing research projects in neuroscience have focused on the underlying mechanisms of visual cortical development and plasticity with specific studies in the post-natal regulation of gene expression by visual experience. Outside of the laboratory he has extensive experience, and remains involved, in public health policy, advocacy and prevention strategies to reduce consumption of drug, alcohol and tobacco use – particularly as they relate to minors. Paul enjoys sports and running, has been married for 15 years and has two daughters.
- Favorite book: A Song of Fire and Ice series (the Game of Thrones series) by George R.R. Martin.
- Favorite classic novel: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
- Something interesting about me: I really enjoy cooking.
- Most exciting thing about working in the Galileo community: The opportunity to really get to know students and try new approaches to help them succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Andrew Schroeder, M.Ed, Galileo Learning Community Coordinator
Andrew Schroeder is a Bellarmine alum with a B.A. in Psychology. He has been at Bellarmine since 2006 as the Academic Advisor for Athletics. During that time he has also served as co-coordinator of the Pioneer Scholars Program, Bellarmine’s freshmen first-generation program, and the Academic Peer Advocate program through the Residence Life Office.
- Favorite book: I’ll go with a great recent laugh, The Confederacy of Dunces by John Toole.
- Something interesting about you: Aspirations of making it to all the U.S. National Parks in my lifetime; bike commutes daily
- Most exciting thing about working in the Galileo community: Creating programs and opportunities on the go. The students and upperclassmen mentors of this program are what drive the Galileo community. I’m really looking forward to responding to the student’s passions and providing choices and real-world experiences from those passions. That’s a real motivator.
Amy Tudor, Ph.D., Galileo Learning Community Instructor (English 101 and IDC. 101)
Amy Tudor brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to the Galileo Learning community, three of them here at Bellarmine in both the English Department and the IDC program. She holds both a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a Master of Fine Arts in in Creative Writing, with extensive study in such disciplines as literature, writing, anthropology, bioethics, conflict studies, and philosophy. She has worked as technical editor for the aerospace industry and as a health and science news writer for several medical websites. She is also the author of three collections of poetry and the recipient of grants from state arts councils of both Kentucky and Virginia.
- Favorite Book: The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
- Something interesting about me: I'm a certified SCUBA Dive Control Specialist who specializes in Night and Wreck Diving.
- Most exciting thing about working in the Galileo community: Finding out, on a one-on-one basis, what skills and experiences students need to have a great freshman year and helping them get them!
Galileo Resident Assistant (RAs)
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Galileo Academic Peer Advocates (APAs)
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