Faculty receive honors

Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis

Two long-time Bethany College professors recently received honorary faculty titles by the college’s Board of Directors. Linda Lewis, retired professor of English, was given the status of Faculty Emerita, and Doug Smith, former associate professor of criminal justice, was given the status of Faculty Emertus, posthumously.

Lewis began teaching at Bethany College in 1987 and retired at the end of the spring 2014 semester. While at Bethany, she received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of a number of articles and books and recently edited the book, “In This Place,”

celebrating the opening of the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Welcome Center at Bethany.

 

 

Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Smith joined Bethany College first as an adjunct instructor in 1978 and in 2005 became an associate professor. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology, where he shared his 35 years of experience in criminal justice with his students. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club. Smith was a faculty member when he died on August 7, 2014.

“Faculty Emeritus status is such a small thing to do in recognition of the great things these faculty have done for Bethany College,” said Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. “It is so wonderful to think about the contributions of Linda Lewis and to share this honor with her. We wish her all the best. And it is sad to have to send our appreciation to Sandy Smith as we continue to mourn the loss, but celebrate the accomplishments of Doug. Words and actions will never be able to describe how much he will be missed.”

KICA recognizes faculty member

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– Aaron Yoder

The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) proudly announced the selection of eighteen college faculty members to receive the association’s inaugural Faculty of Distinction award.  Among those being honored is Bethany College faculty member, Aaron Yoder, cross country and track coach. Yoder was also awarded the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award by Bethany College at its annual honors banquet in May.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.  Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives.  The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere. The honorees will recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the campus in Topeka, Kansas, on October 21, 2014.

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New faculty, staff

DSC_0129Bethany College will welcome several new faculty and staff members to campus when fall semester classes start on August 21.

Joining the faculty are: Gladys Chow, assistant professor of art – graphic design; Dr. Heather Morris, assistant professor of biology; Angela Martin, assistant professor of business and accounting; Dr. Karl “Duke” Rogers, assistant professor of business and accounting; Amy Riordan, assistant professor of communications; Dr. Marcus Hensel, assistant professor of English; Dr. Tom Jorsch, assistant professor of History; Jimmy Ciola, assistant professor of health, physical education and athletic training; Dr. Lihong Yao, assistant professor of math and physics; Dr. Tyler Atkinson, assistant professor of religion.

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McKinney named distinguished professor

McKinney_3The most recent Mingenback Distinguished Professor found herself pleasantly surprised when she realized she was contemplating a move to central Kansas to accept a teaching position at Bethany College. Virginia McKinney, assistant professor of art – ceramics and sculpture, joined the Bethany faculty last fall and was recently named Mingenback Distinguished Professor.

During her interview process, McKinney said she could tell how invested the students were in the school and in the art department. “The interview process was fascinating to me,” she said. “A group of students were in on the interview and asked really hard-hitting questions. That really impressed me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I am really considering a move to Kansas.’”

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Faculty receive awards

The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College announced the recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and the Woodward Endowment Awards.

Marlysue Holmquist2Marlysue Holmquist, professor of elementary education, has been awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $505 to work on collecting and chronicling the work of Amalia Rabenius for a book about her part in Bethany College’s history.

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Kahler receives top faculty award

Kahler Award1Long-time professor of history Bruce Kahler was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciation dinner Thursday, May 15. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college. Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Continue reading

Kinnaird publishes book

headshot-web-v_BrianKinnairdBrian Kinnaird, Ph.D, associate professor of criminal justice at Bethany College, has published the second edition of his book, “Use of Force: Expert Guidance for Decisive Force Response.” The book is available in print or ebook and was originally published in 2003.

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Steed named Assistant Academic Dean

Melody SteedMelody Steed, D.M.A., associate professor of music, has been appointed to serve as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. Her appointment officially begins in July, according to the announcement made by Provost and Dean of Bethany College Ken Macur.

In her new role, she will continue her leadership on the Bethany College Core Experience and expand to include leadership of the Quest Experience and work with Student Development and other aspects of first and second year experiences. She will take a lead role in supporting the expansion of Faculty Development initiatives and will begin working to lead and coordinate the different special-curricular programs on campus, such as Pearson Professor, Johnson Lecture Series and interterm. She will retain her role as college organist and as the accompanist for the Bethany Oratorio Society.

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Faculty member to retire

Bruce KahlerBruce Kahler, Professor of History and Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor in Humanities, has announced that he will retire in May after serving for 26 years on the faculty of Bethany College.

Before arriving at Bethany in 1988 Kahler earned his B.A. degree in history at Kutztown State College, Penn., and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History-American Studies at Purdue University.

Kahler has taught all periods of U. S. history, as well as the two-semester survey in world art history.  Among the many other specialized courses he has developed have been African American history, Kansas history, Latin American history, the American Civil War, the Rise of the Religious Right, and Historiography.

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