Featured Faculty

 

​​​​​We practice what we teach! Click on any Faculty bio below for more information.

Dr. Matthew Abbott


Dr. Matthew Abbott

Professor of Biology, Newton Campus

"At DMACC, I have the privilege of working with students interested in health science careers and helping students become better consumers of science. This helps them make better decisions regarding critical scientific issues in our society." (read more)


Dr. Matthew Abbott


Katie Champlin

Professor of Early Childhood Education and Program Chair, Ankeny Campus

"“Early experiences create the foundation for all that follow. The students in our program will do the work that makes the greatest impact on lifetime outcomes for children.” (read more)


Dr. Peter Conis


Dr. Peter Conis

Sociology and Criminal Justice Instructor, Boone Campus

"My students are often surprised to learn that their professor co-authored their textbooks," said Dr. Conis. "They seem to think only university professors publish text books, but there are several DMACC instructors who are experts in their field and share that knowledge through publications." (read more)


Marc Dickinson


Marc Dickinson

Creative Writing, Literature and Composition Professor, Ankeny Campus

"A good day in the classroom is when I can walk away knowing I opened up someone's world, and the best days are when I walk away with the same feeling because students taught me to look at something in a new way as well." (read more)


Dr. Douglas Elrick


Dr. Douglas Elrick

Instructor of IT-Cybersecurity - Digital Forensics, Ankeny Campus

“DMACC IT and Cybersecurity instructors have the actual experience in the fields being taught. This experience provides so much more for the students to learn from.” (read more)


Dr. Simon Estes


Dr. Simon Estes

Visiting Professior of Music, Ankeny Campus

“I have been blessed in so many ways and have benefitted from the advice and encouragement of many others. Helping students enriches my life.” (read more)


Julie Gonzalez


Julie Gonzalez

Biology Instructor, Biotechnology Program Chair, Ankeny Campus

“Iowa has a strong Biotechnology industry, offering a diverse range of opportunities for students to choose from. If a student has an interest in biology, chemistry, genetics, human or veterinary medicine or any related field, there is a career in biotechnology somewhere that would be perfect for them.” (read more)


Tony Guerra


Dr. Tony Guerra

Chemistry and Pharmacology Instructor​ and Pre-pharmacy Advisor,
Ankeny Campus

"As a student, I was amazed by the opportunities at DMACC," said Dr. Guerra. "I met famous authors and nationally known innovators and CEOs that were brought in for DMACC events." (read more)


John Hadley


John C. Hadley

Instructor and Program Chair, Surgical Technology Program, Urban Campus

“DMACC has provided me the tools to provide the community with the best surgical technologists available. I would trust my students when it is my turn for a surgical procedure. They will practice to the highest standards and keep me safe. That is what makes DMACC special.” (read more)


Charles Irwin


Charles Irwin

Professor of History and Political Science, Boone Campus

“I love my job when students connect with history. By engaging students with the stories of the past, they leave my class with an appreciation and respect for the importance of how we are today connected to the past.” (read more)


Carl Lindberg


Carl Lindberg

Professor of Fine Arts/Theater DMACC Ankeny Campus, Program Chair DMACC Ankeny Theatre at The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts, and Interim District Chair of Humanities

“I know what it's like to go to 60 auditions a month and make ends meet with gig work. That’s why we teach and produce theatre and acting in a professional model that is entirely practical.  We prepare them for the industry." (read more)


Necole McGary


Necole McGary

Professor of Mathematics, Urban Campus

“We are a loving community that celebrates the individual successes of our students, no matter how great or small. Every small step forward is a step of progress in the right direction.” (read more)


David Purdy


David Purdy

Photography Program Chair and Instructor
DMACC Ankeny Campus

"The best aspect of our photography program is that it is designed to be very hands-on. It's not uncommon to have a beginner who's just picked up a camera in the same course as someone who has been taking photos as a hobby for years." (read more)


Steve Schott


Steve Schott

Video Production Professor, Ankeny Campus

Schott has extensive TV, film and advertising production experience. His credits include movies like "The Final Season", TV shows like "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" and commercials for companies such as Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee and McDonalds.
(read more)


Dr. James Thompson

   
 Dr. James Thompson

Professor of Music, Music Department Director, Ankeny Campus

“I am committed to developing complete and well-rounded musicians. I strive to create a fun and welcoming environment and increase each student’s individual abilities as a singing musician.”  (read more)


Matt Walsh

   
 Dr. Matt Walsh

Professor of History, Urban Campus

"People are quite interesting. My history classes focus on the human element, and I do not test students on a single date.”  (read more)