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Meet Your Instructors

Julia Bingham Wiester

Department of Chemistry

Educational Background

B.S. Chemistry, B.Phil. Linguistics, Penn State University 2005

Ph.D. Chemistry, Northwestern University 2010


  1. Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
  2. Hobbies: Trying new recipes at home and new restaurants in Chicago, reading, watching some favorite tv shows.
  3. Favorite Season in Chicago: Spring and summer. I enjoy walking around outside enjoying the city, sitting on the porch in the evening in the nice weather, being able to grill outside and sitting outside on the patio at restaurants.
  4. Favorite Music: I enjoy just about anything, but especially pop/rock. I'm also really into 90s music lately -- it's fun thinking about what grade I was in when the music came out and what my friends and I were doing then.
Dr. Bingham

Sara Moeller

Department of Psychology

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts (2005): The University of Arizona – Psychology Major with a Business Minor 
Master of Arts (2008): North Dakota State University – Health/Social Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (2011): North Dakota State University – Health/Social Psychology


  1. Favorite Movie: Amelie
  2. Hobbies: Hiking, Reading, Exploring Museums, Watching Horrible Reality TV Shows. I have also been exploring new restaurants in Chicago and taking advantage of all the amazing food options.
  3. Favorite Season: Fall. I grew up in California and Arizona and never experienced four seasons until I moved to the Midwest. I enjoy the cooler temperatures in the fall, watching the leaves change colors and having an excuse to live in sweaters.
  4. Favorite Music: I listen mostly to indie and folk music but I also have a soft spot for any and all music from the 1980s and 90s. Of late, I have been revisiting the brilliance of Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson.
Dr. Moeller

K.C. Rakow

Graham School of Management

Educational Background

Bachelors of Accountancy, University of Mississippi, 1998 
Masters of Accountancy, University of Mississipp, 1999 
Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Georgia, 2005 
Certified Public Accountant, 2000


  1. Favorite Movie: Hoosiers
  2. Hobbies: Fishing, Crossfit, Golfing, Movies, Family Time
  3. Favorite Season: Summer because it is the only season in Chicago warm enough for a guy from the South
  4. Favorite Music: Country because it's what I grew up listening to
Dr. Rakow

Amy Ferdinandt-Stolley

Department of English

Educational Background

1998, BA in English and Political Science, St. Norbert College (DePere, WI) 
2000, MA in English and American Literature, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) 
2007, PhD in English (Rhetoric and Composition concentration), Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)


  1. Hobbies: photography, crochet, sewing
  2. Favorite season in Chicago: Fall -- the colors on the trees are gorgeous and it gives us a break from the blazing heat of the summer!
  3. Favorite genre of music: Indie folk because it has interesting lyrics and great harmonies. (But I’m a big fan of Justin Timberlake, too!)
Dr. Stolley