The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College has announced recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and Woodward Endowment Awards.
Thomas Jorsch, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, received a Burmeister Award for $236 to travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to present a paper titled, “Whatever Happened to the Socialists? American Socialism in the Wake of the Great War,” at the Northern Great Plains History Conference. This paper is part of Professor Jorsch’s continuing research interest in American socialism from the later 19th century into the early 20th century. He also received a Burmeister Award of $835 to travel to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he will chair and participate on a panel titled, “Early 20th Century Social and Political History.” John Mullen, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and chair of the religion and philosophy department, received a Burmeister Award for $514 to attend the Baptist Associate of Philosophy Teachers biennial meeting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas to present a paper entitled, “Two Very Different Approaches to Christian Education.” Adam Pryor, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion, received a Burmeister Award for $1,052 to attend the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the International Meeting of the North American Paul Tillich Society to present two papers and another award of $724 to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in New Orleans where he will present two papers. Tyler Atkinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion, received a Woodward Award for $790 to travel to the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the International Meeting of the North American Paul Tillich Society. Dan Masterson, D.M.A., associate professor of music and co-chair of the music department, received a Woodward Award for $637 to attend the Summer Orchestral Conducting Workshop at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Attendance enables him to receive pertinent material related to courses he teaches in conducting. Na Peng, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics and science department, received a Woodward Award for $1,240 to attend Transforming STEM Education in Atlanta. The conference enables her to receive pertinent material related to courses she teaches in the math education curriculum and will allow her to share that information with her department. Claudio Re, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and director of bands, received a Woodward Award for $750 to attend the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The conference features music publishers, instrument makers, workshops and lectures on many different aspects of music education. Andrea Ring, assistant professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department, received a Woodward Award for $1,000 to travel to New York City to attend the Gottman Level 1 Training where she will receive pertinent material related to courses she teaches in the psychology department related to couples therapy and relationships. David Slack, Ed.D, athletic training program coordinator and chair of the health, physical education, and athletic training department received a Woodward Award for $900 on behalf of Juliane Plimpton and James Caiola, athletic training program, to attend an American Red Cross Instructor Certification Training course in Wichita. The Burmeister family established an endowment, The Henry Louis “HL” and Olinda Marie Burmeister Endowment for Faculty Scholarship and Creativity, in 1991 to support continuing education and professional development for Bethany faculty. The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning was established by Dr. Lester and Marianne Woodward. The endowment supports a variety of activities to enhance teaching and effective student learning at Bethany College.