Faculty Biographies


Dr. Stewart Brewer

Dr. Stewart BrewerDr. Stewart Brewer has taught at Metro since 2011. He earned his Ph.D. in international history from the University at Albany, State University of New York, in 2002. He is the author of two books, Borders and Bridges, A History of U.S.-Latin American Relations, and the forthcoming Latin American History Goes to the Movies through Routledge Press.




B.K.B. Fitzgerald

B.K.B. FitzgeraldBonnie Fitzgerald has taught at MCC since 2008. She earned her B.A. in history in 2004 and M.A. in 2009 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. As an undergraduate she specialized in the American West, specifically westward expansion. In graduate school she focused on the ancient Mediterranean world, specifically, Rome and Greece. She has presented research at the Missouri Valley History Conference and the International Society of Anthrozoölogy Conference. She enjoys hiking, gardening, travel, and spending time with her family. Bonnie may be contacted at bkfitzgerald@mccneb.edu


Dr. Amy Forss

Dr. Amy Forss

Dr. Amy Forss has been teaching online and in the classroom at MCC since 2001. As a full-time faculty member, she's the history subject coordinator, history online lead faculty and co-representative of the Social Sciences department. She is housed at Elkhorn but also teaches at Fort, South, Sarpy and Fremont campuses. Her PhD from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is in African American History. She is the author of Black Print with a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989 through the University of Nebraska Press. Amy enjoys exercising, traveling, and being with her family. She can be reached at aforss@mccneb.edu.


Dr. Mary Lyons-Carmona

Dr. Mary Lyons-Carmona Dr. Lyons-Carmona has taught at MCC for the past 24 years. Her areas of expertise are child labor, 20th century Mexican, and 20th century American history. She helped get Omaha Habitat for Humanity started in 1984 and continues to give talks on their behalf. She has two grown daughters and two little grandsons.

Contact: mlyonscarmona@msn.com; home: 402.614.2692


Dr. Joe Scahill

Dr. Joe ScahillDr. Joe Scahill has been an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan Community College since 2005 teaching a variety of history courses.  The degree he exercises at Metro is an M.S. in History-Social Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore.  Joe is a retired pastor living in Bellevue and teaches online for several institutions of higher education.  Joe is married to Marilyn with four children and five grandchildren.  Travel is a central delight.  Joe may be contacted at jscahill@mccneb.edu.



Dr. Joy Schulz

Dr. Joy SchulzI teach U.S. History, World Civilizations and American National Government both online and at Fort, South, Elkhorn and Sarpy campuses.  I have taught college students for twelve years and have a Ph.D. in North American history with a speciality in U.S. International Relations from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  In my spare time, I run for Team Nebraska, and love to read fiction.  I can be reached here at MCC at jschulz@mccneb.edu



Daniel Spegel

Daniel SpegelEducation: BA in Theology from North Central University (2001); MA in History from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2008). Recently served as the Director of Education - Douglas County (Nebraska) Historical Society. Research interests are focused primarily on the Missouri River, historic preservation and urban history. Publications: “Against All Odds: The Missouri National Recreational River, An Unlikely Alliance of Landowners and Conservationists,” Nebraska History, 90:1 (Spring 2009). The 1952 Missouri River Flood at Omaha and Council Bluffs,” Iowa Heritage Illustrated, 91:4 (Winter 2010). “Ugly, Red, Brick Buildings: The Fight to Save Jobbers Canyon,” Nebraska History, 93:2 (Summer 2012). “The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Erosion Control: Establishing the Missouri National Recreational River” (title subject to change), South Dakota History, (Forthcoming).  dspegel@mccneb.edu

Dr. James VanArsdall

Dr. James VanArsdallDr. Jim VanArsdall is the Online Lead Faculty and Political Science Discipline Coordinator for Social Sciences at Metropolitan Community College. His responsibilities include developing and teaching courses such as American Government, World History, Latin American History, The Constitution, International Studies and Contemporary Social and Political Issues. Dr. VanArsdall has served as a diversity trainer and co-principal investigator on projects focused on coalition building among culturally diverse populations. His doctorate was earned for the University of Nebraska in Adult Education and Social Foundations, with additional advanced degrees in Comparative and International Education and a certificate in Spanish from the Defense Language Institute. In 2007, Dr. Van Arsdall was awarded the Metropolitan Community College Academic Affairs Beacon Award for excellence and innovation in meeting the changing needs of students and the community. Dr.Van Arsdall is active in several community organizations, including Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) which provides free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. Dr. Van Arsdall is on the Board of Directors and the treasurer of JFON. He is also founding team member of Metropolitan Community College`s Institute for Cultural Connections. His faculty website is http://faculty.mccneb.edu/jvanarsdall or he can be reached by email jvanarsdall@mccneb.edu/a>