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Social, Behavioral and Educational Studies

Last updated 11/21/2013

The Social, Behavioral and Educational Studies Department at the Quad-Cities Campus offers courses in the academic disciplines of Anthropology-Archaeology, Child Development, Education, Fire Service, History, Law Enforcement, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Specific courses within these disciplines are designed to appeal to students intending to become discipline majors, as well as those fulfilling the college’s general educational requirements or other curriculum requirements.

The department offers both transfer and career degrees. The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science (e.g., Child Development, Fire Service Officer, Law Enforcement) degrees are available, depending on student goals. In addition, certificate programs are available in Law Enforcement, Teacher Aide, and Private Security. Courses applying to pre-social work (General Social Services) and pre-law are also available.

Due to the variety of disciplines and course offerings within the department, students should carefully consult with advisors to ensure that, if they intend to transfer to four-year institutions, they are taking the correct series of courses.

Quad-Cities Campus

Christine Bachelder (1984)
Professor – Child Development
M.A., University of Iowa
Office: Building 1, Room 473
Phone: 309-796-5986
E-mail: bachelderc@bhc.edu

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Christine’s Bio
Christine Bachelder is a Professor of Child Development at Black Hawk College, where she has been teaching since 1984. She is also the facilitator for the Early Care and Education programs, and the Fire Service Officer facilitator. She was on the state of Illinois development panel for the AAT in Early Childhood and helped BHC attain the AATs in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Math. She has also done many workshops and trainings on guiding children’s behavior, transitions, health, safety and nutrition, child development and other early childhood topics. She is the advisor for the Child Development Club which supports students majoring in early care and education. She is serving on the Curriculum Committee at Black Hawk College, is on the board of the Quad Cities Association for the Education of Young Children, and is a member of the Early Childhood Coalition, the Quad Cities Early Childhood Conference Committee, Association for Childhood Education International and ACCESS (Early Childhood Community College Faculty).

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Augustana College, Rock Island and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from University of Iowa, Iowa City. Before coming to Black Hawk College, she taught 7 years in the Rock Island School District, taught preschool and directed a preschool. She holds an elementary teaching certificate from Iowa and Illinois and a birth-3rd grade teaching certificate from Illinois. She also holds the Illinois Director Credential Level 1.

Mrs. Bachelder has a husband and two grown sons. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, going to and discussing movies, music, golf, and spending time with her family.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • CD 100 Intro to Early Childhood
  • CD 115 Infant/Toddler Development
  • CD 200 Growth and Development of the Young Child
  • CD 201 Health, Safety and Nutrition of the Young Child
  • CD 202 Observation and Guidance of the Young Child
  • CD 204 Child Development Practicum 1
  • CD 214 Child Development Practicum II
  • CD 215 Infant/Toddler Curriculum

Krisann Bergo (2006)
Assistant Professor – Psychology/Sociology
M.A., University of Kansas
Office: Building 1, Room 465
Phone: 309-796-5425
E-mail: bergok@bhc.edu

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Krisann’s Bio
Krisann Bergo-Brown is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Black Hawk College, where she has been teaching since 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas. Krisann has focused much of her research on Peace Studies, with a particular interest in African genocide.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • Sociology 101 (in-class, online, and hybrid options)
  • Social Problems
  • Gender and Society


Rachel Horner Brackett (2010)
Instructor– Anthropology & Archaeology
Ph.D. (Anthropology), University of Iowa
Office: Building 1, Room 366
Phone: 309-796-5322
E-mail: brackettr@bhc.edu

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Rachel Horner Brackett is an Instructor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Black Hawk College, where she has been teaching since 2010. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Knox College in Galesburg, IL and went on to earn her doctoral degree in Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Horner Brackett also completed a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Iowa, with a focus on community and behavioral health issues. Prior to coming to Black Hawk College she taught anthropology as a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa and Augustana College. Over the past ten years she conducted research on a variety of topics, including the education of chiropractic students at Palmer College in Davenport, the ethical dilemmas faced by medical students during their training, and how veterans with high blood pressure utilize the VA health care system. She also spent over twelve months conducting dissertation research on food and agriculture in Tuscany.

Dr. Horner Brackett grew up on a family farm in northwestern Illinois and has since lived in Brazil, England, and Italy. Her favorite activities include traveling to new places, trying different foods, fiber arts (including knitting and hand-spinning wool), and organic gardening. She lives with her husband, stepchildren, and an impressive menagerie of pets.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:
• Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 102)
• Introduction to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 101)
• Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH 203)
• Special Topics in Anthropology (ANTH 290)


Traci Davis (2004)
Associate Professor – Psychology/Sociology
Ph.D., Argosy University
Office: Building 1, Room 451
Phone: 309-796-5408
E-mail: davist@bhc.edu
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Traci’s Bio
Traci Davis is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Black Hawk College, where she has been teaching since 2004. She has also done many years of training as a clinical therapist and earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003. She is the advisor for the Unity Alliance at BHC as well as the Psi Beta club.
Dr. Davis is currently serving on several committees including the IRB committees at BHC. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) and went on to earn her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • Psychology 101 Intro
  • Psychology 200 Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology 219 Understanding Human Sexuality
  • Psychology 250 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 290 Educational Psychology

Joan Eastlund (1982)
Professor – History/Political Science
M.A., Iowa State University
Office: Building 1, Room 461
Phone: 309-796-5421
E-mail: eastlundj@bhc.edu

Mark Esposito (2001)
*Assistant Chair *
Professor – History/Political Science
Ph.D., West Virginia University
Office: Building 1, Room 454
Phone: 309-796-5427
E-mail: espositom@bhc.edu

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Mark’s Bio
Mark Esposito is Associate Professor of History at Black Hawk College, where he has been teaching since 2001. Professor Esposito considers himself a versatile generalist with interests in the history of the United States and world history. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the Director of the Asian Studies Development Program Regional Center at Black Hawk College, through which he works with faculty members to promote Asian studies on campus. Professor Esposito has also served on the Advisory Board of East West Connections: Review of Asian Studies since 2007, and on the Executive Council of Local 1836 of the Illinois Federation of Teachers since 2008.

Mark Esposito received a Bachelor’s degree in History at Baker University in 1993, a Master’s Degree in History at Pittsburg State University in 1996 and a PhD in History from West Virginia University in 2005. At West Virginia, Esposito wrote a doctoral dissertation on the United Auto Workers union and U.S. trade policy. Prior to coming to Black Hawk College, Professor Esposito taught at West Virginia University, Baker University and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Mark Esposito lives in Rock Island, Illinois, with his wife, Alicia, and their three children, Dominic, Vincent, and Alaina. In his spare time, he likes to play with his children, coach youth sports, fish, canoe, and camp.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • History 105: History of the United States to 1877
  • History 106: History of the United States since 1877
  • History 141: History of Asia I
  • History 142: History of Asia II
  • History 151: History of the Middle East since 1700
  • History 190: A History of American Labor

Donald Gano (2010)
Instructor – Law Enforcement
M.A., Eastern Illinois University
Office: Building 2, Room 252
Phone: 309-796-5281
E-mail: ganod@bhc.edu

William Hampes (1989)
Professor – Psychology/Sociology
Ph.D., University of North Dakota
Office: Building 1, Room 474
Phone: 309-796-5420
E-mail: hampesw@bhc.edu

James Johnson (1990)
Professor – Economics
M.A., University of Missouri
Office: Building 2, Room 259
Phone: 309-796-5248
E-mail: johnsonja@bhc.edu

James Larrabee (2007)
Assistant Professor – History/Political Science
M.Phil, Trinity College
Office: Building 1, Room 465
Phone: 309-796-5634
E-mail: larrabeej@bhc.edu

Bruce LeBlanc (1991)
*Department Chair *
Professor – Psychology/Sociology
Ed.D., University of Sarasota
Office: Building 1, Room 454
Phone: 309-796-5431
E-mail: leblancb@bhc.edu

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Most Rev. Dr. Bruce Leblanc’s Biography
Bruce LeBlanc is a professor of sociology and psychology at Black Hawk College. He regularly presents at conferences on a variety of issues, including diversity and health. He has published two textbook chapters and instructional supplements in both fields, as well as a number of peer reviewed articles in professional journals.

He completed a doctorate in education at the University of Sarasota. He also earned a master’s degree in sociology at Idaho State University; a master’s degree in public administration from the Consortium of the California State University; a master’s degree in transpersonal studies with an emphasis is transpersonal (spiritual) psychology from Atlantic University, a master of science degree in psychology from California Southern University, a master of arts in psychology – addictions and counseling from Aspen University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Towson State University. Additionally, he has a diploma of paralegal studies from Southern Career Institute and a diploma in massage therapy from The Academy Massage Therapy. In anticipation of his retirement, and potentially volunteering at a clinic, he is enrolled in a Medical Assistant diploma program.

Dr. LeBlanc is a board-certified sexologist and a Certificated Sexological Educator/Advisor for HIV/AIDS Prevention. He is an ordained Independent Catholic Bishop (Transformational Catholic Church, with a dual affiliation with the Ecumenical Catholic Church) with a faith community in the Quad Cities. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2000 Intellectuals for the 21st Century, and Living Legends 2005.

Dr. LeBlanc teaches across the sociology and psychology curriculums including the following courses: Principles of Sociology, The Social Psychology of Aging, Introduction to the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Understanding Human Sexuality, Contemporary Social Problems, and Introduction to Psychology. He has also taught: Sociology of AIDS, The Sociology and Psychology of Sexual Orientation, The Sociology of Health, The Sociology of Sex and Gender, Transpersonal Psychology, Sociology of Death and Dying, and Urban Sociology. He has directed independent study courses on: The Sociology of Art, The Sociology and Psychology of Music, The Sociology of Socionics, and The Sociology of Sexual Deviance.

He has served multiple year commitments as Faculty Union President, and Quad Cities Faculty Senate President. He has served on a variety of faculty senate committees, and continues to serve, including: Student Learning Committee, currently serving as chair.

Paul Lockard (1994)
Professor – Economics
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Office: Building 1, Room 355
Phone: 309-796-5326
E-mail: lockardp@bhc.edu

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Paul’s Bio
Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • Economics 150: Consumer Economics
  • Economics 221: Principles of MacroEconomics
  • Economics 222: Principles of MicroEconomics

Catherine Melear (1999)
Professor – Child Development
M.Ed., Middle Tennessee State University
Office: Building 1, Room 455
Phone: 309-796-5988
E-mail: melearc@bhc.edu

Sarah Morrison (2013)
Instructor – Sociology
MA., Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville
Office: Building 1, Rm 451
Phone: 309-796-5439
E-mail: morrisons@bhc.edu
 

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Sarah Morrison is an Instructor of Sociology at Black Hawk College, where she has been teaching since 2013. She served as an IFT #1836 Delegate to the 2013 State Convention and worked on the 2013 United Way Campaign at BHC. Prior to moving to the Quad Cities, Sarah spent several years teaching in southern Illinois at SIUE and Lindenwood University- Belleville. She also taught several courses in sociology in the St. Louis area (Go Cardinals!) at Lindenwood University- St. Charles and St. Charles Community College.

Sarah started her college career at Lincoln Land Community College before transferring to Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a minor in Sociology. She completed some graduate work in Public Administration and Policy Analysis before earning her Master’s Degree in Sociology from SIUE. Sarah has focused much of her research on framing, social movements, and activism.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:
• Sociology 101
• Social Problems
• Marriage and Family
• Minority Relations
• Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences

Jay Pearce (2001)
* Assistant Chair *
Associate Professor – History/Political Science
Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington
Office: Building 1, Room 459
Phone: 309-796-5412
E-mail: pearcej@bhc.edu

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Jay’s Bio
Jay Pearce is a Professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Educational Studies. Holding graduate degrees in both History and Political Science, Dr. Pearce brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to every course he teaches. Working with Professor Joan Eastlund, he serves as a faculty advisor on the Executive Board for Model Illinois Government as well as preparing and taking delegations from BHC to the MIG simulation each year. He is actively involved in the work of the college, having served and chaired numerous committees as well as serving on the QC faculty senate.
Dr. Pearce spent ten years teaching for the Dallas County Community College District at the Eastfield Campus just outside Dallas, Texas before coming to Black Hawk. He has also taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University, and Collin County Community College. Additionally, Dr. Pearce has worked in both the public and private sectors, performing research and statistical analyses for bodies ranging from Tandy Corporation, to the City of Dallas, to the Texas State Bar Association. In the discipline of Political Science he has published A Predictive Model of Legitimacy. In the discipline of History, Dr. Pearce published Crime and Punishment in a Texas Cow Town. He also is the editor of Retrieving the American Past which is now on its fifth edition.
Dr. Pearce completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2000, having already taken his M.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University in 1990. His B.A. was also earned in Political Science at Texas Tech in 1986.

Dr. Pearce has supported the following courses at BHC:
• HIST-105 US History to 1877
• HIST-106 US History from 1877
• HIST-254 American Civil War
• HIST-265 World War 2
• IS-220 International Studies-Global Issues
• POLS-122 American National Government
• POLS-200 Introduction to Political Thought
• POLS-258 Model Illinois Government
• POLS-265 Comparative Government (Non-Western)

Michael Staub (2011)
Instructor – Psychology/Sociology
M.S., Northwestern State University
Office: Building 1, Room 453
Phone: 309-796-5438
E-mail: staubm@bhc.edu

Degrees, Certificates and Programs

Transfer Degrees
Anthropology-Archaeology
Education Pre-Teaching (Elementary)
Education Pre-Teaching (Secondary)
General Social Services
History, American
History, World
Law Enforcement
Pre-Law
Psychology
Political Science
Sociology

Career Degrees
Child Development AAS
Fire Service Officer AAS

The Compact Agreement
Black Hawk College has an explicit agreement with a number of four-year colleges and universities which simplifies the transfer from Black Hawk College. According to the agreement, Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree graduates from Black Hawk College may enter these schools with both junior status and the assurance that they have met all lower division general education requirements of that school.

Graduating at Black Hawk College
Because of the Compact Agreement, the four-year schools mentioned above strongly urge all AA and AS students to graduate from Black Hawk College before transferring to a four-year school. Students who do not graduate before transferring will not receive the above mentioned benefits of the Compact Agreement and may, as a result, transfer with the need to complete additional coursework on the freshman-sophomore level.