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Four new instructors teaching adult education classes

May 2012

Prakash Menon

Prakash Menon, PhD, has over 20 years of diverse supply chain, business systems, processes, and technical/engineering experience coupled with graduate engineering and business education.

He spent five years at the North Carolina Division of Environment as a regional engineer, which he terms as his true 'green' years. The first five years of his career was spent in operations management in the petroleum industry on offshore oil drilling rigs. He currently works as a Project Manager at John Deere where he helps manage global initiatives.

Dr. Menon also teaches online strategy and knowledge management classes for the University of Maryland.

He is excited to be part of the ACCEL program and looking forward to an enriching experience.

"I believe that teaching and learning are critical to our individual and collective endurance and to the quality of our lives," he said. "Life's great journey is one of self-discovery and self-reflection; strive to keep the curiosity alive!"


Jim Graham

Bettendorf resident Jim Graham is a retired naval officer, who spent 22 years in nuclear submarines, including command of the USS Billfish (SSN-676). His work experience includes serving as a Senior Reactor Operator at the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating station for two years and Plant Manager for 13 years at Hill & Valley, in Rock Island, a bakery specializing in sugar-free & no-sugar added frozen dessert products.

Currently, Jim works as a Business Unit Leader at John Deere Harvester Works. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1974, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. In 1975, Jim attended the University of Virginia, receiving an ME in Nuclear Engineering. Then, in 2003, he came to St. Ambrose to earn his MBA and will graduate with his DBA this Saturday.


Fr. Brian Miclot

miclot Rev. Brian Miclot, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at St Ambrose, from which his father, several brothers and he graduated. He was raised in Davenport and earned his Master's in Theology at St. John University, Minn., in 1973, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Davenport the following year.  

After nine years as a parish priest, Father Brian attended the University of Notre Dame where he achieved a PhD in Philosophy in 1994. He has taught at St Ambrose for 18 years with experience in Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophies of Life, Metaphysics, and Ethics of Peace and Non-violence and Peace and Justice Seminar. He has been published in The Thomas More Association, Chicago; The Iowa City Press Citizen; and the Catholic Messenger.

For years, Professor Miclot has engaged in a "street beat" ministry in Davenport's west end and assists with weekend masses and retreats in various parishes around the area. Father's hobbies are bicycling, hospitality, back-packing and folk music.  


Fr. Chuck Adam

chuck-adamFr. Chuck Adam earned his bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from St. Ambrose in 1982, a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC in 1986, and the degree of Doctorate of Ministry from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Ill., in 2010.  

Ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Davenport in 1986, Fr. Chuck has served in the parishes of St. Paul the Apostle in Davenport; St. Mary, Iowa City; and St. Mary in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In 1986, he was appointed Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Davenport and Rector of St. Ambrose University Seminary. In 2000, he became fulltime in Campus Ministry at St. Ambrose where he currently serves as Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry. In addition, he is the Director of the St. Ambrose Catholic Studies Minor and regularly teaches Introduction to Catholic Studies. 

Having grown up on a family farm in the Diocese of Davenport, Fr. Chuck is committed to the important role St. Ambrose plays as a Diocesan University. He believes in serving the needs of those in the geographical territory which makes up our diocese and the importance of modeling the belief that all graduates should be immersed in the communities in which they find themselves after a St. Ambrose education. Outside the classroom, Fr. Chuck's hobbies include reading, bicycling, and backyard gardening.  

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