Preparing you for a career in arts administration
About The Program
Northern's Arts Administration Certificate is geared toward students seeking a bachelor's degree in the liberal arts or in business. The goal of this unique, cooperative venture of the School of Business and School of Fine Arts is to provide you with the essential skills to successfully enter the arts administration job market.
Ph.D. in Theater Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
MFA in Theatre Performance, Arizona State University
BA in Theatre Arts, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at NSU in the Fall of 2019. Previously, he served as a professor at Hendrix College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Puget Sound.
His research interests include acting, directing, performance studies, comic studies, and popular culture. Many of his scholarly publications feature his ethnographic research in cosplayers at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Dr. Anderson is currently working on his book manuscript examining superheroes as iconic performances of Americanism.
Kane is also an accomplished actor and director who has worked on stages across the country.
Ph.D., Human Capital Management, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.
Master's, Management, Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.
Bachelor's, Finance, Northern State University
Bachelor's, Business Education, Northern State University
Dr. Kristi Bockorny joined Northern's faculty in the spring of 2010. In 2020, Dr. Bockorny assumed the role of Honors Program director in addition to her teaching duties.
Employee motivation and engagement
Training and development
Workforce recruitment and selection
B.S. North Dakota State University
M.M., G.P.D. Peabody Conservatory of Music
D.M.A. North Dakota State University
In addition to her operatic repertoire, Dr. Bultema has appeared as a soloist in an assortment of orchestral works with The Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Miami Chamber Symphony, Peabody Symphony…
Maturita, Conservatory, Prague, Czech Republic
Absolutorium, Academy of Musical Arts (terminal degree) Prague, Czech Republic
M.F.A. Minnesota State University-Mankato
B.A. Minot State University
Noah Files, assistant professor of theatre design and tech, previously taught at Wabash College (Indiana), Fresno State University (California), and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His professional credits include the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Minot Summer Theatre, and Western Plains Opera Company. He is also a member of USITT and the Guild of Scenic Artists.
D.M.A., Michigan State University
M.M., Wichita State University
B.M., Concordia College
Dr. Marla Fogderud, a native of North Dakota, is an active stage performer and recitalist throughout the United States and Europe. She was an apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera and has performed roles with Opera Kansas, Wichita State University Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, and Michigan State University Opera. She has been a soloist with the Cincinnati International Chorale, Wichita Symphony, Wichita State University Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, Michigan State University (MSU) Concert Band, MSU Philharmonic and MSU Symphony.
Dr. Fogderud has appeared on the Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., faculty recital series; Minnesota Public Radio Regional Artist broadcasts; North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concert Series; Plymouth…
M.M., Northwestern University
B.A., Northwestern University
Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.), Management, Anderson University
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of Mary
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Economics emphasis, University of Jamestown
Dr. Amber Henderson joined Northern in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Henderson is also an honored member of the eighth cohort of Native Governance Center’s Native Nations Rebuilders. Her other recent accomplishments include the 2021 NSU Sanford Faculty Professional Development Award, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 Award (2018), Salzburg’s Global Forum Young Cultural Innovator Fellow, and…
M.F.A., University of California-Santa Barbara
B.A., Augustana College
I have exhibited my artwork in regional and national venues for more than 25 years, with works in the Knight-Ridder Collection, South Dakota State Art Collection, Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara) and numerous private collections.
M.F.A. Digital Filmmaking - University of Central Arkansas
M.S. Instructional Design & Technology - Emporia State University
B.G.S. Special Major: Digital Film & Computer Production - University of Kansas
Originally from Northeast Kansas, Knowles is an award-winning filmmaker who teaches courses in digital media, web and interface design, and motion graphics at Northern. At other institutions, he developed and facilitated in-person and online classes in filmmaking, live-streaming/broadcasting, 3D animation, media writing, and podcasting/audio production.
Jason's media production interests include writing and directing screenplays with strong female lead characters whose journeys transcend the genres of action-adventure films, science…
B.M.E, Northern State University
M.M., Western Michigan University
D.M.A., Arizona State University (Tuba Performance)
Dr. Travis Netzer is a lecturer of tuba and euphonium at NSU. He grew up in Ipswich, S.D., and attended Northern for his bachelor's degree in music education. During his undergraduate degree studies, Netzer competed in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Competition and reached the national level of the competition two years in a row, placing runner up his second year. He received a graduate assistantship to attend Western Michigan University for his master’s degree in music performance and earned a doctorate of musical arts at Arizona State University, where he was the graduate assistant to Dr. Deanna Swoboda. While there, he competed and advanced to the semifinals in the International Tuba Euphonium Solo Competition…
B.A., Northern State University
Brian Omland serves as the production manager for the School of Fine Arts. He continues to expand his knowledge and experience in set construction, lighting design, and special effects for the stage. He worked on the Northern productions of Sondheim on Sondheim, Man of La Mancha, Silent Sky, Fun Home, The Brain From Planet X, She Kills Monsters, Lasso of Truth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, God of Carnage, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, among others.
Networks and Telecommunications
Information and network security
Doctor of Philosophy, Finance, 1996, University of Kansas
Master's, International Economics, 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bachelor's, General Economics, 1986, South Dakota State University
John E. Peterson joined Northern's faculty in fall 1992.
Ph.D., Business Administration (Organizational Behavior emphasis), University of Utah, 2020
M.Ed., College Student Affairs Leadership, Grand Valley State University, 2012
B.S., Psychology, Grand Valley State University, 2009
Dr. Shannahan joined the School of Business faculty in fall 2020.
Dr. Shannahan studies problem-solving and decision-making processes among the members of groups and teams in organizations. In particular, his research focuses on the factors that lead groups to be successful in recognizing and utilizing the skills, knowledge, and abilities of their members and the consequences that can result when managers and their employees have conflicting understandings of work tasks and the standards by which they will evaluated.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, he previously maintained a private voice studio and taught voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. In recent years, his students have advanced to compete at the national level. In 2009, one of his students was selected to be a finalist with the NFAA YoungArts…
D.M.A., M.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M., Central Washington University
“It was as though he were telling a story with his hands.” — Pravda Cevera (Russia)
“One of the best musical conductors to appear in Latin America”— Diario Xalapa (Mexico)
"The ever-smiling and extremely animated (Stanichar) guided the Everett Symphony through a superb performance filled with wit and charm… It was the kind of charismatic interaction with the audience and orchestra that showed the brilliance of Stanichar's directorial methods."—Mukilteo Beacon (Seattle)
Christopher Stanichar (b. 1969) is an active conductor, composer, and educator. He is a popular conductor, having directed some of the finest orchestras in Europe,…
Doctor of Business Administration in Management, George Fox University
Master of Business Administration in Management and Strategy, Western Governors University
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science, The College of Idaho
Dr. Sal Villegas joined Northern in the fall of 2020. Before teaching, he spent the nearly two decades in the finance and banking industries, where he managed multi-million dollar portfolios, dozens of employees, and thousands of clients. He is well-versed in business-to-business networking, sales, credit, and service.
Dr. Villegas’ research interests include organizational power, business ethics, human resource management, and networking/reciprocity. In practice, one of his greatest interests is working with entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses…
Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.), Marketing, Anderson University, Indiana
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of South Dakota
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Marketing emphasis, Dakota Wesleyan University
Hannah Walters joined Northern in fall 2012.
Marketing for e-Commerce
Integrated Marketing Communications
Walters research focuses on ethical issues in marketing and consumer behavior, specifically the ethicality of targeting women based on body shape and size. She has also conducted research and published multiple papers on the perception of liberal arts education in business.
Ph.D. Northwestern University
M.A. University of Minnesota
B.A. Valley City State College
Bill Wieland, a native of North Dakota, is an educator, composer and pianist. His compositions have received numerous awards and performances and he is often featured as a piano accompanist in the region. Dr. Wieland earned a bachelor of arts in composite music (piano) from Valley City State College in 1986, a master of arts in theory and composition from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1988 and a doctor of music in composition from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1991. He has taught at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, De Paul University and Northwestern University.
He began teaching music…