Faculty Spotlight on Diane Stothard

by Nancy Crosby | May 02, 2013

Meet Diane Stothard.

Diane StothardStothard earned her undergraduate degree from Hiram College, a small liberal arts college in Ohio that she describes as “much like Marian University.” Following that, she earned a Ph.D. in molecular evolutionary genetics at The Ohio State University in 1995. In 1996, making a move to Indianapolis, she worked for the Indiana University School of Medicine, and for seven years had her own research lab. As if that wasn’t enough, Stothard decided to pursue an interest in theology, and before enrolling in a master’s degree program at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, she actually took classes at Marian University. She earned her Master of Arts degree. in theology in 2008, which led her to teaching Introduction to Theology for Marian’s Adult Programs.

When it comes to her teaching style and expectations, Stothard believes in challenging her students. “I firmly believe, in every fiber of my body, that our greatest moments as human beings are the moments when we are challenged to be better than we ever thought we could be.” Stothard said her favorite aspect of teaching is the light-bulb moment. “Those are the moments when you are explaining something and all of a sudden you see someone’s face light up, as they begin to understand it for the first time. I really cherish those moments.”

Introduction to Theology is a required course for all Marian University degrees. Stothard said she wants her students to come away from her classes with two things. First, “to confidently leave knowing they worked hard and are proud of the work they did”, and second,”to leave with an adult understanding of God and of themselves in relationship to God.”

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