Faithful service

Five faculty are retiring this year. We thank them for their many contributions to the University and wish them well with their future endeavors.


Richard Hendrickson
Associate Professor of Journalism, Tim Russert Department of Communications and Theatre Arts

Dick Hendrickson had already been a professional journalist for quite some time before he arrived at John Carroll as an associate professor of journalism in 2001. Starting as a reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Dick served as a reporter and editor for 35 years at The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, including his last position there as editorial page editor and director of special projects. Dick earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s in political science, and a doctorate in communications studies from Bowling Green State University.

At John Carroll, Dick taught Investigative Reporting; Ethics and the Media; Communications and the First Amendment; Politics, Policy and the Press; International Journalism; Literary Journalism; Editing and Design; and Convergent Electronic Journalism. Moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Dick has continued to teach online for John Carroll, including Journalism, Literary Journalism, Social Issues Journalism, and International Journalism.

Currently a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Dick is past president of the Cleveland chapter and former adviser to the campus chapter at JCU. He is also a communications consultant and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Cleveland and Inside Business magazines.

Dick has been honored for his journalistic achievements and teaching. The Society of Professional Journalists named him the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Professional Member in 2008 and awarded him the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award in 2010. As a department colleague noted, “Dick brought his 40-some years of professional journalist experience to the John Carroll Communications department and classroom. The students love him and truly appreciate his generous sharing of all that experience and knowledge.”


Marcella Milota
Senior Librarian, Grasselli Library

Marcy began her affiliation with John Carroll after graduating from Ursuline College in 1970 when she earned an M.A. in English at JCU in 1972 and first became acquainted with Grasselli Library through a graduate assistantship award. She taught at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights and Glen Oak Academy before going on to receive her M.L.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1975. Marcy began her professional career at John Carroll in June of that year as an assistant cataloger, taking charge of cataloging in 1983. In that position, Marcy oversaw the transition from a card catalog to an online one; she brought up the library’s first online catalog on the Data Research Associates platform in the early ’80s; and she introduced the use of Online Computer Library Center as a cataloging/interlibrary loan tool. Throughout her career, Marcy served as the library liaison to departments of Philosophy and Classical and Modern Languages, and more recently, to the Mathematics and Computer Science department.

Marcy served as Acting Director of the library twice: the first time from 1979 to 1980 and then again from 2004 to 2005, in addition to serving as Associate Director for many years. She contributed to the library on many levels: working at the reference desk, providing bibliographic instruction for her liaison departments, editing the newsletters and guides for the library, and coordinating gifts and marketing programs.

Throughout her career, Marcy served on numerous ad hoc and standing committees, contributing significant service to the University as chair of the Faculty Forum from 1994 to 1997 and as a member of the Handbook Committee since 1990, for which she has served as secretary several times.

Active in her parish, St. Ann, Marcy proposed the name for the new cluster, Communion of Saints. She recently became interested in genealogy and has collaborated with librarians at the Cleveland Heights/University Heights librarians for presentations. She has been the unofficial historian and institutional memory for the library and will be greatly missed.


Gary Porter
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Finance

Gary Porter came to John Carroll from an assistant professorship at the University of Central Florida, having received his B.S. from the University of Florida and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Gary taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in business finance, investments, portfolio management, and capital markets and institutions.

Gary’s research interests span agency theory, banking, and initial public offerings of common stock but focus particularly on mutual fund performance and mutual fund managers, where he published in The Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Investing, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, and just this past year, an article about mutual fund performance attribution in Financial Services Review, and another examining the impact of experience in the performance of mutual fund managers in the Journal of Applied Finance.

Gary worked extensively with the Boler School of Business Student Finance Association, mentoring the officers of the association and providing guidance during their annual trips to the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. In 2009, he advised and led a team of five finance students who finished first runner-up in the Global Investment Research Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the Certified Financial CFA Institute. Additionally, he was coordinator of the Dornam Investment Fund – an endowed, student-led investment fund with more than $100,000 in equity investments – for more than five years.

As his department chair, Walter Simmons notes: “Dr. Porter is a great colleague and friend. The Department of Economics and Finance will miss his sensitivity and wit. We wish him success and blessings in his new endeavors.”


David Robson
Professor, Department of History

David Robson came to John Carroll in 1984 with an already well- established academic career. Having received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1970 and, even more impressively, received his B.A. from the University of Florida three years before, David taught at Agnes Scott College, St. Mary’s University (Halifax), Emory University, and the University of Wyoming. An aficionado of fast cars and the even faster world of early American history, he taught courses about colonial America, the early American republic (1789 to 1815), U.S. constitutional history, the Salem witch trials, and an extremely popular course about sports in American history. He served as department chair from 1985 to 1993 and has served as the history department’s graduate coordinator since 1994.

A specialist in Revolutionary-era American history, David was especially interested in higher education in the early United States. He is the author of Educating Republicans: The College in the Era of the American Revolution (Greenwood Press, 1985), in addition to articles in Pennsylvania History, The William and Mary Quarterly, History of Education Quarterly, and The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Lately, he has been researching and writing about the life of Charles Nisbet, the cantankerous first president of Dickinson College and an outspoken critic of democratic trends in the newly independent United States.

Throughout his years at John Carroll, David has been an indefatigable advocate for undergraduate teaching and to the maintenance of high standards in core and major courses. And, as anybody who has ever served on a committee with David will attest, he does not hesitate to offer his opinion about issues that matter to him. Those views, always well thought out, are communicated vigorously yet respectfully. Needless to say, the University, and the department, will miss him greatly. He will continue to teach at John Carroll on a part-time basis.


John (Jack) Soper
Professor of Economics and John J. Kahl Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship, Department of Economics and Finance

Educated at Tufts University (A.B.) and the University of Massachusetts (M.A. and Ph.D.), Jack is a leading authority on economic education and his contribution to the field is path-breaking. He and his wife Dr. Judith Staley Brenneke (who teaches part-time at JCU) co-directed the Cleveland Center for Economic Education in the 1980s. In 1991, he published Effective Economic Education in the Schools and has had publications appear in The Journal of Political Economy, The American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, The Southern Economic Journal, The Journal of Economic Education, Business Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, and Managerial Finance, among others. Jack also received the distinguished Henry H. Villard Award for his pioneering research contributions in the field of economic education from the National Association of Economic Educators and the Joint council for Economic Education.

Jack’s contribution to the field of entrepreneurship is also significant. Because of his efforts, John Carroll University made the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll for Free Enterprise Teaching in 1990. He was appointed the John J. Kahl Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship in 2004 and has been instrumental in developing the entrepreneurship minor at JCU. His community service activities include serving as an officer in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium and in the 100 Year Club of Cleveland.

Finally, Jack is a versatile instructor who has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics, money and banking, U.S. economic history, managerial economics, and entrepreneurship. He is also experienced in teaching abroad, serving as a visiting instructor at the Oslo School of Business in Norway.

Departmentally, Jack is described as a great colleague – highly respected, candid, opinionated, motivated, and dedicated to his profession.

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