Learning Community Faculty

Beth Bell

Adjunct Faculty
Terra Learning Community Coordinator

Office: Newman 223

Beth possess 25 years of experience in environmental science and education, including teaching and curriculum development, consulting with businesses and universities on sustainability, managing environmental programs and projects, and building effective learning communities. Her teaching responsibilities at Bellarmine includes the Terra Freshmen Focus course, IDC 101 and Environmental Science. My passions include global sustainability, collaborative learning, sailing, kayaking, biking, the arts, personal and community health.

On a personal level, my husband and I raised three adult children (two who are still in college), and we are grandparents to the cutest little guy on the planet.

  • Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Something interesting about you: Having lived in several states (Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida, Indiana and Virginia), I got to experience and appreciate many ecosystems. This would not have been possible without many "teachers" showing me the way.  
  • Most exciting thing about working in the Environmental community: Watching each community develop its own culture based on individual interests and collective goals. I especially enjoy being a part of each member's personal journey during their first year or two on campus.

Corrie Block

Assistant Professor
Compassio Learning Community Instructor

Office: Allen Hall 336

Dave Clark

Compassio Learning Community Instructor
Office: Norton Music Building 106

Clare Dever

Director of Campus Recreation
Galileo Learning Community Instructor

Office: SURF Center

Lindsey Gilmore

Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life
Office: Petrik Hall

Camilla Hardin

Learning Communities & Honors Program Administrative Assistant
Office: B-level of the Library in the Student Success Center 

Jessica Hume, MFA

Galileo Learning Community Instructor
(English 101, English 200 and IDC. 101)

Office: Petrik Hall 105C

Jessica C. Hume holds a B.A. in English from Bellarmine University, an M.F.A in writing from Spalding University, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a focus on health humanities, from the University of Louisville. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, websites and anthologies, and she has presented at conferences in the US, England and the Netherlands. Her areas of interest include narrative health, illness narrative, women’s experiences of illness, poetry of illness and trauma, health disparities, medical history and the history of anatomy. She loves TV comedy like Parks and Rec, Cheers and MASH; she also cooks, bakes and brews her own beer. She lives in Sinai, KY, with her husband and son, 2 dogs, 5 cats and roughly 130,000 bees. In her spare time, she fixes up the tiny old post office on their property and collects medical ephemera.

  • Favorite book: We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates.
  • Something interesting about you: My great-grandfather owned the pharmacy where the banana split was invented.
  • Most exciting thing about working in the Galileo community: Getting students hooked into some idea they're really enthusiastic about and then helping them run wild with it.

Mark Kaelin

Galileo Learning Community Instructor
(BU 100)

Office: Pasteur Hall 182E

Mr. Mark Kaelin is an exercise physiologist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He teaches Introduction to Life Sciences (non-majors course), Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology Labs and Freshman Focus. In the past he has mentored several student research projects in the areas of supplementation and exercise performance, metabolic syndrome, and the impact of post activation potentiations on vertical jump. When he is not teaching, you can find him writing about health and exercise on webMD.

Christy Kane, Ph. D.

Department Chair & Program Director, Respiratory Therapy Program
Galileo Learning Community Instructor

(BU 100)
Office: Flynn Building 110

Dr. Kane has been in the Respiratory Therapy field for the past 28 years. She’s worked in community hospitals, in both a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Care Unit, the emergency room, a Level 1 trauma center, and with transplant patients in the ICU. She has been a college professor for 21 years, teaching at Bellarmine for 15 of those years. Dr. Kane is active in her profession, serving on the Board of Directors for a national professional association.

  • Favorite Music: The Piano Guys and most groups from the 80’s.
  • Something interesting about you: I married my high school sweetheart. Our family is "living" college right now in all aspects of our lives. My son is a senior at IUPUI and will graduate soon. My daughter is a senior in high school so we are in the midst of the college search. Taking a cruise is our family's favorite vacation.
  • Enjoy about working in the Galileo community: I love getting to know the students! I am very passionate about my career as a health professional and had many important mentors over my career. I enjoy helping students learn if a career in the health professions is right for them and hope to be a mentor to my students. College is such an exciting time in one's life. I feel very blessed to play as small part in their journey!

Courtney Keim, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Compassio Learning Community Instructor

(Psychology 103)
Office: Pasteur Hall 176

Dr. Courtney Keim, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received her B.A. in Psychology from Christian Brothers University and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, from the University of Memphis. Her research focus is in organizational wellness with an emphasis on stress in the workplace, job insecurity, and personality. She also conducts pedagogical research, including the use of high-impact, applied projects in college courses.

Dr. Keim is also Chair of the Psychology in the Workplace Committee for the Kentucky Psychological Association, which conducts the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards for Kentucky. These awards recognize organizations with programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. In addition to her work with that committee, Dr. Keim has worked with many organizations, including the U.S. Navy, FedEx Services, Regions Financial, the Center for Healthcare and Technology, and Hospitality Control Solutions.

Dr. Keim teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Personality Psychology, Professions in Psychology, Introduction to Industrial & Organizational Psychology, and Tests, Measures, and Evaluation. She also supervises internships for the psychology department and enjoys advising students.

Dr. Keim is married to Drew Keim, an IT Director. They have a young daughter, who keeps them very busy, and two dogs.

  • Something interesting about me: Dr. Keim enjoys cooking with her family and practicing yoga.
  • Most enjoyable thing about working in the Compassio community: The thing I love the most about working in the CLC is getting to know the students and watch them become leaders who become change agents in the community.

Paul J. Kiser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Galileo Learning Community Instructor

(Biology 108)
Office: Pasteur Hall 155

His background in research has involved projects in neuroscience that 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. Currently his research efforts have evolved to include his extensive experience in public health policy, advocacy and prevention strategies to reduce consumption of drug, alcohol and tobacco use – particularly as they relate to minors. Specifically he is now investigating college student hookah and e-cig use, their perceptions of these developing (and unregulated) products and the implications of these findings in related public health policy at the local and state levels.

  • Favorite book: A Song of Fire and Ice series (the Game of Thrones series) by George R.R. Martin.
  • 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.

Conor Picken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Faculty Director of Compassio Learning Community
(English 101 and IDC 101)

Office: Norton Arts 204A 

Dr. Picken teaches English and Interdisciplinary studies and currently directs the Compassio Learning Community. Dr. Picken teaches English 200 & 201 in addition to the Compassio courses. His teaching focuses on American literature, southern literature, and modernism, and his recent work in the Compassio Learning Community centers on social justice in America. Dr. Picken’s scholarship examines the relationship between the South and social change.

  • Favorite Book: The Sound and the Fury & All the King’s Men 
  • Something interesting about me: I recently became a father!
  • Most exciting thing about working in the Compassio Community: The students! Also, I love being part of a team committed to helping students in and out of the classroom.

Amy Tudor, Ph.D.

Galileo Learning Community Instructor
(English 101 and IDC. 101)
Office: Petrik Hall 105B

Amy Tudor brings 25 years of teaching experience to the Galileo Learning Community, as well as 10 years’ experience as a science writer and editor in the health, aerospace, and marine science industries. She holds both a Ph.D. in Humanities and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been widely published. Tudor is the author of two collections, most recently Studies in Extinction (Aldrich Press 2016), and she was a Pushcart Prize nominee in both nonfiction and poetry in 2015. A working songwriter, she has co-written music with British artist Jamie Freeman (brother of actor Martin Freeman), Mark Chadwick, and other artists in the US and UK. She teaches Death Studies, academic writing, and creative writing on campus, as well as courses on World War I and II in London.

  • Favorite Book: For the Time Being, Annie Dillard
  • Something interesting about me: Went storm chasing in Kansas for the first time in the summer of 2016.
  • Most exciting thing about working in the Galileo community: Getting to mentor students through their first year and introduce them to interdisciplinary work related to health care.