UMW News BureauMontana Western is proud to introduce the last five profiles of new professors. Dana Cotton is a new addition to the Montana Western education department. A native of Perry, Ga., Cotton received her Bachelor of Arts in English education in 1997 and her Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction in 2000, both from Lincoln Memorial University of Harrogate, Tenn. She received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Idaho in 2007. Her childhood love of language and learning led her to a career in teaching language and learning. Cotton is particularly interested in critical literacy and social justice in and through education. She is teaching a variety of literacy and language arts education courses here at Montana Western. Gay Garard-Brewer is a new music faculty member of the fine arts department. She was born in Three Forks, Mont. and was raised in Missoula. She was a member of the last class to graduate from Missoula County High School in 1965. Brewer received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance in 1969 and a Master of Arts in music history and literature in 1978, both from the University of Montana. She received a doctorate of musical arts in piano pedagogy from Catholic University of Washington D.C. in 2007. Brewer’s love of music and music education is in her blood. Her grandmother was a pianist in silent movie theaters and her parents were involved with chorus and band during their school years. At Montana Western, she is teaching music education, private piano and is a staff accompanist. Bert Brewer joins the Montana Western music department from the Oceanside Academy of the Performing Arts in California. A native of Missoula, Mont., Brewer received his bachelor's and master's in music education from the University of Montana. His teaching career began in Brady, Mont. teaching general music, band and choir to grades one through 12. In 1971, he left Montana and moved to Washington D.C. where he studied voice with Todd Duncan. Brewer sang professionally with the Opera Society of Washington, the New York City Opera, the Paul Hill Chorale and was a cast member of the Longworth Dinner Theater Company. He turned to Montana and embarked on a 20-year career teaching music in Libby, Mont. Upon retirement from Libby, he returned to school and received a doctorate of musical arts in vocal performance from Washington University. While in Oceanside, Brewer and his wife served as music directors for the El Camino High School theater department. Christian Gilde is a new addition to the Montana Western business and technology faculty. A native of Austria, Gilde received his Associates of Arts degree in business merchandising from Santa Monica College in 1998; a bachelor's in business administration and marketing in 2004; and a Master of Arts in sociology from Boston College in 2006. He is currently completing his doctorate in management from the University of Bath. Gilde’s interest in business and marketing came from a principles of marketing class he took early in his academic career. He remembers the class being in total awe as the professor gave a presentation about the persuasive power of advertisements. The presentation was not only enlightening to Gilde, but it also filled his head with even more questions concerning advertising and marketing. He is teaching principles and practices of management. After spending a year as a temporary instructor, Kevin Rompala joins the Montana Western faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics. He is a native of Bloomingdale, Ill. Rompala received his Bachelors of Science in systems science and engineering in 2003 from Washington University of St. Louis, Mo; his Masters of Science in 2006 and doctorate in 2008, both in science in theoretical and applied mechanic and both from Cornell University. Like many of our faculty, Rompala’s continued interest in his field was inspired by instructors from his past. He remembers the faculty at Cornell were not only brilliant researchers but teachers of the highest caliber. Rompala is teaching foundation of mathematics, introduction to differential equations, game theory, intermediate algebra and probability.
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