Associate in Arts Degree Faculty
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Associate in Arts Degree Faculty

Fine Arts and Humanities - Department Chair

Aaron Jacobs


Art Department

Phone: 651.846.1763

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English and Speech - Department Chair

Coming Soon

Daniel Paulnock



Phone: 651.846.1662

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Dan Paulnock began as a part-time Speech Instructor at Saint Paul College in 1999 and has had full-time status in the Speech and Theatre Department since 2002. He currently serves as the Chair of Communication, English, Speech, and Theatre. Dan teaches a number of courses including Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Mass Media, and Family Communication in traditional and on-line classrooms. He has developed a number of new courses for the College and provides leadership for co-curricular activities including the E-Folio Fest, Liberal Arts and Sciences E-folio Presentations, and Student Success Seminars.

Dan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communications Studies from Emerson College, in Boston and worked as a News Reporter and Radio Talk-Show Host in Boston and New York City. During this time, Dan was also the Head of the Speech and Drama Departments and the Instructional Media Center for a suburban Boston Public School System. He later worked for several Fortune 100 Companies in a variety of marketing positions of increasing responsibility. Dan relocated to the Twin Cities to take a position as the Director of World-wide Marketing for an Audio, Video and Computer Presentation Products Firm, and then as the General Manager of an international meeting services company, blending his practical lessons from his business career with a knowledge of human communications, to provide support and consulting for major organizations and corporations.

In addition to serving the College, Dan has been asked to provide presentations on the E-folio and other professional development training for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

You may visit my professional development electronic portfolio at

Math and Science - Department Chair

Penny Starkey

Penny Starkey


Chemistry and Natural Sciences

Phone: 651.846.1710

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At Saint Paul College, Penny Starkey is the Department Chair of Science. She currently teaches Principles of Chemistry 1 and 2, General Physics 1 and 2, and Natural Disasters. She originally was hired at Saint Paul College as a part-time instructor in 2002, and became a full-time instructor in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2004. Penny has also taught Introductory Physics at Saint Paul College and the College of St. Catherine. She earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, after earning a BA in Physics at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to coming to Saint Paul College, she worked for 5 years in industry, most recently in the biomedical device field. Penny enjoys helping students understand and appreciate chemistry, while also helping them move towards their career goals.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department Chair

Kurt Kortenhof

Kurt Kortenhof


History Department

Phone: 651.846.1706

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Kurt received a BA in history in 1993 and an MA in American history in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He has also completed undergraduate course work at the University of Alaska - Anchorage and studied in the graduate programs at Villanova University and the University of Delaware.

In addition to teaching history at Saint Paul College, Kurt serves as a contributing editor for The History Channel Magazine. In this position he coordinates the magazine's fact-checking process, writes the "This Week in History" column, and contributes feature articles to the magazine.