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May 17, 2020

Retiring faculty granted professor emeritus status at Commencement

Professor of Education Dr. Janet Rohner, Professor of Education Dr. Ellen Warrington, and Professor of Sociology Dr. Mohammad Chaichian were awarded professor emeritus status at Mount Mercy University’s 2020 virtual Commencement ceremony on May 17.

Dr. Rohner has been teaching education at Mount Mercy since 1992. She is a member of the International Reading Association, Iowa Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts, Book Links, Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Dr. Rohner has received the Reading Administration of the Year Award and the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Iowa for two consecutive years.

Dr. Warrington joined Mount Mercy in 1998. She has taught special education for over 20 years, bringing her experiences from six states to Mount Mercy. Dr. Warrington is a member of numerous organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, the Learning Disabilities Association, the International Dyslexia Association, Association for Curriculum and Development, and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD). She is also the author of Conflict Resolution: A Practical Guide for K-12 Teachers Using Peter Senge's Mental Models.

Dr. Chaichian began at Mount Mercy in 1994. He has published numerous articles on contemporary Iran, immigration issues, urban political economy, and race relations, and has conducted workshops and given talks about the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Dr. Chaichian was the recipient of the 2008-2010 Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and community service.

Congratulations, Janet, Ellen, and Mohammad!