Leadership and special attainments of students are recognized through selection to organizations whose membership is determined on the basis of merit. National honor societies which maintain chapters at Bethany are:
Alpha Psi Omega (theater)
Greg LeGault is an associate professor of theatre at Bethany College. A member of the Bethany College faculty since 2000, LeGault is artistic director of Bethany College Theatre and teaches courses in acting, oral interpretation, playwriting, theatre history, set design, and directing. He is currently serving as chair of the English, Theatre and Communications Department.
His plays have been performed in a number of venues, including Strawdog Theatre in Chicago and the Orlando Fringe Festival. His full-length play “Masterpiece” was produced in the Southern Illinois University Playwrights’ Workshop. A one-act version of the play received the Christian M. Moe Playwriting Award for Best Short Play. “In the Wake,” co-written with Michael Speller, was a play lab selection at the 2009 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha.
LeGault has over 25 years of experience in acting, directing and set design. He earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, Athens, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Performance Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Sigma Alpha Iota (music fraternity for women)
Mrs. Bishop is an ’85 graduate of Bethany College in organ performance. She is a local piano teacher, accompanist, and church musician. She has experience as an organist for Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kan., and has directed the children’s choir. Bishop also accompanies the Bethany College Choir, Chamber Choir, and vocal and instrumental students.
Phi Alpha Theta (history)
Bruce Kahler is a professor of history at Bethany College, where he has taught American history and art history since 1988.
At Bethany, he has served in numerous administrative positions, including Assistant Academic Dean, Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors, and Co-Coordinator of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Team.
He is the author of numerous articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. He also has written op-ed columns for the Salina (KS) Journal. His current research is focused on Civil War veterans in Kansas.
Kahler holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History-American Studies from Purdue University. His B.A. in History is from Kutztown (PA) State College.
He is professionally affiliated with the Organization of American Historians and the Kansas State Historical Society.
Beta Tau Sigma (Bethany College honor society)
Lambda Iota Tau (literature)
Linda Lewis, a professor of English at Bethany since 1987, is the author of a number of articles, as well as four books: The Promethean Politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley (1992); Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress (1998); Germaine de Stael, George Sand, and the Victorian Woman Artist (2004); and Dickens, His Parables, and His Reader (2011).
She has written numerous conference papers and has been invited to present her scholarship for the New York Browning Society and the Swedish Writers Union, and at the Oxford Round Table.
At Bethany, Lewis has received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence award.
Lewis received her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and her B.A. from East Central State, Okla. She teaches British literature, composition and linguistics.
Mark McDonald has been a faculty member at Bethany College since 1996. A graduate of Bethany College in 1991, McDonald earned his doctorate in systematics and ecology at Kansas State University in 1996. McDonald has taught general biology, microbiology, genetics, immunology, and numerous other courses and serves as the pre-medical programs advisor.
McDonald has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He also coordinates the Bethany Quest program, which is a two-year orientation program which engages students in Bethany’s core values and Directions of Excellence. McDonald is a past recipient of the Mordvedt Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice)
Douglas Smith, associate professor of criminal justice, has been at Bethany College since 2005, but has taught at the college as an adjunct instructor since 1978. He teaches classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club.
Smith has over 35 years of experience in criminal justice. He worked in the 28th Judicial District Court, Salina, Kan., as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Director of Court Services and Trial Court Administrator I.
He was a board member of the Salina Youth Care Foundation and was twice elected president of the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers. He served on committees for the Kansas Supreme Court and assisted in developing an interdisciplinary investigation team for child abuse cases. His work on this team garnered acclaim from the National Association of District Attorneys and the Federal Department of Health and Welfare.
Smith earned his Master of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.