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International Development Graduate Program Faculty

Practice What We Preach

Our faculty members are accomplished practitioners in the field of international development, who bring their vast wealth of knowledge and expertise to each course. All have earned either a doctorate or master’s degree.

Program Director

  • Program Director, M.A. in International Development, Associate Director, B.S. in Business Administration

    Matt has taught business and marketing courses at Saint Mary’s since 2008.


  • Adjunct Program Professor

    Richard is Professor of History and Chair of Asian Studies at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) as well as Adjunct Professor in the Master of International Business Program at Saint Mary’s.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    James is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he has worked for the past 15 years in two departments: Human Development and International Business.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    Dr. Torrence is full-time faculty at Dakota County Technical College. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Universidad Tecnológica del Centro.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Jill LaLonde is an instructor at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and the Executive Director of OneVillage Partners, a Minnesota-based international NGO that facilitates community-led development projects in Sierra Leone.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Sam Karnis has worked within the international context of policy, security and development for over 15 years. Sam currently serves as the Deputy Program Director on a dairy development project in Ethiopia and Tanzania with the Land O’Lakes International Development Fund (IDF).

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    Dr. Gemechu is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Before coming to Saint Mary’s, Dr. Gemechu taught a course in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota, and has been an invited guest speaker in several graduate classes on addressing methods of change in developing countries and world problems.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Karen Baumgaertner has worked in the international sector for over 20 years. In 2005 she founded the Minnesota International NGO Network, the state’s largest professional network of international humanitarian workers. She serves as an instructor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an international project management consultant.