Summer Session Featured Faculty

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Dr. Barry R. Huff
Assistant Professor of Religion, Principia College

Dr. Barry Huff's area of research and teaching is biblical studies, which has been a consistent focus throughout his undergraduate and graduate education. His master’s thesis probed the connection between creation and theodicy in the book of Job. His dissertation explored how the author of Job engages with and transforms the language and theology found in the priestly texts of the Torah. He spent a term researching his dissertation at Oxford University and has traveled in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. Huff joined the faculty in 2008 and serves as the moderator of the Principia College chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa.

Huff will be teaching the following courses:

  • Job, Psalms, and Proverbs
  • New Testament Highlights


Clark Beim-Esche
Former Faculty Member, Principia College and School

Clark Beim-Esche taught at both Principia College and Principia Upper School, retiring in 2010 after 36 years. A graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in oral interpretation, Clark has presented courses on literature, American history, the fine arts, and film. In 2008, he received the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum Creative Teaching Award. Since retiring from Principia, Clark and his wife, Carol, have traveled thousands of miles visiting presidential homes, sites, libraries, and museums related to every past American President. He recently published the book Calling on the Presidents: Tales Their Houses Tell

Beim-Esche will be teaching the following courses:

  • Casablanca at 75
  • Inspiration Points: Places Where Our Poets Wrote


Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish
Professor Emerita of Music, Principia College

Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish began teaching at Principia College in 1978 and served on the faculty until retiring in 2014. A winner of the prestigious St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Competition and a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley, she has earned music degrees from UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Yale School of Music. During her tenure at Principia, Jureit-Beamish conducted the College orchestra and taught a wide variety of courses, including an award-winning class of piano and flute students, Fundamentals of Music, Chamber Music, The Creative World of Mozart, and many more. In addition to a demanding teaching schedule, she maintained a very active performing career as both a pianist and flutist, appearing in some of the finest concert halls in the U.S. (including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Steinway Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall) and abroad. Together with her musical family, she has performed for many of Principia’s continuing education programs and alumni weekends. She has also led several European trips for Principia and directed College music tours around the country. In 2014, Jureit-Beamish was awarded honorary alumni status.

Jureit-Beamish will be teaching the following courses:

  • Beatlemania: The Story of the Beatles
  • One Hundred Years of Leonard Bernstein


John W. Williams, JD
Professor of Political Science, Principia College

John Williams has taught at Principia College for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include American government and politics, political communications, comparative politics (post-communist and third world nations), law (legal process, constitutional law, media law), and communication. He has directed numerous study abroad programs to China, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. In addition to his teaching duties, Williams has written for The Telegraph (Alton, IL), managed a dozen local political campaigns (for mayors and judges), and been a columnist for the Jersey County Journal. Before joining the faculty, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced law. Williams serves as President of the Faculty Senate.

Williams will be teaching the following courses:

  • After the Fall of the Wall: Cuba and Russia
  • South/Southeast Asia Mosaic