Melody 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.
Bruce 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.
Professor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., has published an essay, “George Sand’s Consuelo and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh: Visionary Socialism versus Feminist Capitalism,” in vol. 31 of the journal George Sand Studies. Lewis’ essay examines the aesthetic and political theories of both authors.
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 San.
Earlier this month Professor John Mullen, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, wrote two blog posts for the BioLogos website. The BioLogos foundation as according to their website, “presents evolution as God’s means of creation, so that the Church may celebrate and the world may see the harmony between science and the biblical faith.” His posts were related to evolution and can be accessed at the following links:
Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here
Professor Mullen joined Bethany College in 2012 as a professor of Philosophy. He is a retired Naval Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University.
Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning women’s soccer coach and FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage will join Bethany College in January as this year’s Distinguished Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.
Sundhage will teach a one-credit-hour class during interterm, work with Bethany’s soccer team as well as other regional teams, connect with Women’s Intersport Network in Kansas City, and make several public presentations.
“It is a great honor and pleasure to host one of the world’s greatest coaches, Pia Sundhage, as this year’s Pearson Professor. She joins an impressive cadre of Swedish scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and musicians who have taught at Bethany through the Distinguished Pearson Professorship program,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “Pia is a tremendous leader, known for her inspiring style and proven results. We excitedly welcome not only soccer fans, but also those who are leaders in their communities and careers, to share in this incredible learning opportunity.”
The Bethany College Art Department invites the public to its annual art sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of Bank of America in Lindsborg.
Bethany College Assistant Professor of Religion Adam Pryor, Ph.D., was invited to present at the “Incarnation and other Forms of Embodiment” conference at Copenhagen University hosted by the Centre for Naturalism and Christian Semantics.
Pryor will present his paper “The Body of Christ and Phenomenology of the Body” during the conference, which takes place from Dec. 5 to 8. Eleven papers from faculty in five countries will present.
Pryor came to Bethany in 2013. He earned his doctorate and certificate in women’s studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s in theology and philosophy from Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Bethany College Board of Directors convened in October for its fall meeting to discuss new student housing, receive updates on the campus and the Engage the Future campaign, discuss strategic plans for the next several years at the college, and approve two sabbaticals and an early retirement.
Bethany College Associate Professor of Music Daniel Masterson, D.M.A., began his term as President Elect at the Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA) board meeting on Nov. 9 in Lawrence, Kan. Masterson will become KMTA President after two years as President Elect.
“I’ve been involved with various roles of KMTA for over 25 years, and really appreciate the many fine people, and virtues of their programs,” Masterson says. “I am looking forward to serving the association in this way.”
Bethany College psychology students attended the PERK Conference at Baker University in Baldwin City on Sat. Nov. 2. PERK stands for Psychological & Educational Research in Kansas. This annual conference for students in Kansas and Nebraska gives them opportunities to present research and network with other psychology students in the area.
Back row: Cecilia Ramsey, Dora Bohrer, Holly Phelps, Susan Dudley, Megan Steele, Harmony Englert, Mackenzie Flaska
Front row: Assistant Professor of Psychology Holly Krech Thomas, Ph.D, Krista Akers, Reggetta Rhodeman