Brittany Torres started working at Bethany in August 2008. She came to Bethany after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from College of the Ozarks. She later chose to pursue a master’s degree in library science at Emporia State University, which she completed in August 2013.
Assistant Professor of English Kristin Van Tassel teaches classes in writing and American literature.
Her essays and poetry have been published in Alternet, Counterpunch, Mamazine, Transitions Abroad, Relief and World Hum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her scholarly articles have appeared in American Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Journal of Ecocriticism. Van Tassel has presented numerous papers at national literary conferences, including several for the Popular Culture and American Culture Conference and ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Van Tassel received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Kansas. She holds an M.A. from the Department of English at California State University and a B.A. from the Department of Writing and Literature at George Fox University.
Van Tassel coordinates the honors program and serves as chair on the Bethany College Curriculum Committee. She is professionally associated with the National Council of Teachers of English and Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Wirt has been coaching for nine seasons with the Carroll College Saints football program in the Frontier Conference. Prior to coaching, Wirt played four years as a standout defensive back for the Saints from 2000 to 2004. He started 27 games during his final two years at Carroll College. As a player, the Saints won four Frontier Conference Championships and two NAIA National Championships.
For the past nine years, Wirt has coached on the defensive side of the football as well as special teams. The Saints won eight more Frontier Conference Championships and four National Championships during his coaching career at Carroll College. Wirt has coached five All-Americans, ten Academic All-Americans and 18 All-Conference players over the past seven years. He has also coached three William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman) honorees, two of which made semi-finals.
Wirt is a native of Havre, Mont., where he was an All-State athlete for the Havre Blue Ponies. Wirt graduated from Carroll College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education with a biology major and chemistry minor.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Yao was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia and an online mentor with the Thomas Edison State College. She obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in applied physics from Fuzhon University in China; a master’s of engineering degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s of science degree in physics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She earned her PhD in astro physics from the University of Toronto.
Aaron Yoder is a 2008 graduate of Fort Hays State University graduating with a major in health and human performance with an emphasis in health promotions and wellness and a minor in business administration.
Yoder was a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, where he was an advocate of health and wellness within the Hays community, and of the national honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, where he served as vice president for one year. Yoder completed his master’s degree in sport and movement studies through Fort Hays in December 2010.
While at Fort Hays, Yoder competed in cross country and track for the Tigers from 2004 to 2008. During this time, he earned All- Conference Cross Country Performer, All-Conference Indoor Track Performer (5k), four-time All-Conference Performer in Outdoor Track (Steeple, 5k, 10k), two-time MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week, four-time Individual Champion of Collegiate Cross Country Races, and 3A State Mile Champion. Yoder was also a member of the two-time State Championship Track Team from Hillsboro High Schooland of the three-time State Runner-Up Cross Country Team from Hillsboro High School
Yoder’s experience includes working as a camp counselor and coach at numerous running camps, including the Jim Ryun Running Camp in Fort Collins, Colo., and Gettysburg, Pa.