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Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri, professor of sociology, chairman of criminal justice department
Welcome to Grand View!  I teach Sociology, Criminology and Social Problems courses.  I use the learning-by-doing method and the Baba-Singhri KUA (Know it. Understand it. Apply it) model in my classes, and I work with area community social services to provide first-hand learning experiences to my students.  Education is the quest for the unknown and the processing of the known.  I enjoy reading, debate and travel.  I look forward to seeing you in class!

Dr. Guy Cunningham, associate professor of psychology
I have been at Grand View for seven years and I thoroughly enjoy teaching my students in classes such as Addictive Behaviors, Stress and Anxiety, Personality and Human Sexuality, and Logos honor courses. I believe the greatest responsibilities of an instructor are to tap into intellectual curiousity and encourage intellectual integrity.  I also believe the latter is something of which we are all capable, and is perhaps the single most important skill that higher education can develop. I'm a book and movie lover, a bad guitarist, amateur chef, and a football fan from the deepest part of the deep south (and I sound like it too!).
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Ammertte Deibert, professor of sociology
Hello! I have taught at GV since 1988, and I usually teach Introduction to Sociology, Cross Cultural Perspectives, Social psychology and Group Dynamics, among others. Each student comes to the classroom with a socialized experience connected to knowledge. An invitation to sociology is an invitation to a special kind of knowledge, a special kind of passion. As a professor, I'm the facilitator of that passion, while involving students and encouraging critical thinking skills. Experiential learning is a great educator, and that is one reason why I have visited over 30 countries. I look forward to working with you!

Bob R. Emley, PhD, LMHC, associate professor of psychology
Hello! We appreciate your interest in Grand View University. We offer a Bachelors degree in both Psychology and Human Services. I teach Introduction to Human Services, Case Management, courses in ID/DD and MH Services, along with coordinating the internships. I believe learning is a lifelong process of exploring new experiences and applying yourself for your success. I try to respond to each student and bring the real world into the classroom. I have 15+ yrs of clinical/human service experience along with over 18 yrs of college teaching experience. I enjoy reading nonfiction, listening to Jazz music as well as wilderness canoeing and sailing. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting you in your educational and career success.

Dr. James Hanson, professor of psychology, head of division of social sciences
Welcome to psychology!  We'll work together in Human Development, Marriage and Family, Cognitive Psychology, and Logos honor courses.  The art of teaching involves passionate interaction, which is what students encounter in my classes.  I favor black and white photography, and I like to fish and go running.  I hope you're excited for your college years at Grand View - we are excited to have you join us.  See you soon!

Dr. Sheryl Leytham, associate professor of psychology
I am so excited that you're interested in the psychology area - there is much to learn!  I teach such courses as Research Methods, Law and Psychology, and Exceptional Child.  I am a strong believer in students applying knowledge to improve their lives and increase understanding of their world.  Thus, I try to make connections to real life experiences.  Education must be meaningful to the student so that it has the possibility of making a real difference in their lives.  It must help them examine their assumptions and make decisions about their own about their beliefs, values and goals.


Dr. Bryan McQuide, assistant professor of political studies


Dr. Matthew Moore, assistant professor of sociology

Dr. Kathy Peterson, professor of psychology
Hello and welcome!  I have courses that include Abnormal Psychology, Senior Seminar, and Logos honor courses.  To teach is to provide opportunity for lifelong growth and development of the whole person.  An engaged student contending with great ideas and their implications for today is my teaching goal.  I love to travel with family, friends and students.  I also like to golf and ski when I'm not traveling.  Looking forward to meeting you!


Dr. Thomas Peterson, associate professor of psychology
Welcome!  I teach General Psychology, Theories of Counseling, and Psychology and Religion here at GV.  To me, good teaching requires preparation and some inspiration, which helps fuel the class and move students forward.  I do domestic violence training at the Des Moines shelter and I'm the proud owner of two bulldogs: Max and Brooser.  I'm also an avid, but inept, golfer.  See you in class!

Dr. James Whyte, professor of sociology
Earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and completed his master's and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Douglas Wiig, professor of political science
I like to present concepts and then challenge students to think critically in applying and understanding them. I use a lot of hands-on application and I promote the use of technology as a resourse. I am most proud of the number of graduates in political/paralegal studies who are employed in the profession or are successful in graduate and law school. I enjoy camping and fishing, and I'm eager to help you meet your future goals.