Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Dr. Roger O’Neel, Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Worship, spoke at the South Carolina Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, on March 18. Dr. Roger’s topic was “Shepherding Your Child’s Heart.” He and his wife, Nancy, have homeschooled their six children.

Dave Leitch, Assistant Professor of Special Education, presented four workshops at the ACSI Early Childhood Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The workshops were titled “When problem behavior impacts learning,” “Models of behavior as seen through a Christian worldview,” “Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS),” and “Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).”

Devon McCarty, Systems Analyst in Information Technology, presented a session titled “Getting Started With Ellucian Ethos Identity: A Client Perspective” at the 2017 Ellucian Live conference held from March 20–22 in Orlando, Florida. The session demonstrated how Cedarville is using Ethos Identity to provide single sign-on capabilities to our campus. Also in attendance at the conference were Dr. David Rotman, Associate Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer; Scott Howder, Assistant Chief Information Officer; Ryan Bowen, Senior Analyst; Michael McCoy, Programmer/Analyst; Larry Scott, Programmer/Analyst; Luke Bullis, Programmer; Phil Grafton, Associate Vice President for Finance/Controller; Cindy Weir, Director of Payroll; Steve Winey, Associate Director of Financial Aid.

Susan Plemons, Assistant Professor of Worship, presented three seminars at the Worship Summit on March 18 in Columbus.

Dr. John Mortensen, Professor of Music, served as guest artist and jury member at the Valletta International Piano Competition and Festival in the Republic of Malta in February 2017. His fellow jury members included professors from leading conservatories in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Portugal as well as the conductor of the Albanian National Symphony. His performance at the Palazzo Pereira in the Malta’s capital city was attended by a standing-room-only audience, including an official representative from the U.S. Embassy. As a result of the concert, John was invited to accept a visiting professorship at the national conservatory of Latvia and to undertake a performing and teaching tour of Europe’s foremost conservatories.

Dr. Kevin Sims, Professor of Political Science, addressed combined chapters of the Sons, Daughters, and Children of the American Revolution on Friday, February 24. The event was their annual George Washington Day Dinner. Kevin’s address was “George Washington: Man of Principle and Integrity.”

Dr. J. R. Gilhooly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, presented a paper at the Wesleyan Philosophical Society’s National Meeting 2017 in Wilmore, Kentucky, on March 24. His paper is titled “Mixed-Race and Vagueness.” He argued against recent biological genetic accounts of race on the basis of the inquiry problems in K structure algorithms.

Dr. Josh Kira, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, presented a paper at the Wesleyan Philosophical Society’s National Meeting 2017 in Wilmore, Kentucky, on March 24. His paper is titled “The Metaphysics of Grace and Its Application to Race Relations.” He argued that traditional metaphysical views concerning the nature of being and, therefore, the nature of God have been inadequate to deal with the Christian concept of grace. Thus, Josh used grace as the basis to set forth a pluralistic and hermeneutical view of metaphysics that has the implication that activities such as racial profiling could be unethical, even if they were to be effective.

Ms. Erin Shaw, Instructor of Women’s Ministry, completed her comprehensive exams and is now “all but dissertation” (ABD) as an Ed.D candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Patrick Dudenhofer, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, presented a paper titled “Establishing a Cognitive Understanding of Cyber Reverse Engineering Tasks” (co-authored with Dr. Adam Bryant) at The 12th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security at Wright State University, March 2–3. His presentation was recognized as the Best Ph.D. Paper of the conference. (http://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/iccws/iccws-future-and-past/)

Dr. Jeremy Ervin, Dean, School of Education and Associate Professor of Education, and Tara Winter, Coordinator of Testing, Licensure, and Accreditation, attended the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s (CAEP) Spring 2017 Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 22–24. Jeremy also presented “Top 10 Ways to Prepare your Child to be Successful at College” at the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, on March 18.

Lori Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Education, will have a manuscript published in the spring 2017 issue of the Ohio Journal of Teacher Education (OJTE) titled, “Pre-Service Teachers’ Definitions of Academic and Mathematical Academic Language.” Lori also presented three sessions titled “Hands-On Math,” “Grit and Perseverance,” and “Critical Thinking in the Classroom” at the First National Christian Teacher Conference for Transformational Education Albania, in Durres, Albania, March 30–31.


Dr. Marty Eng, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, along with two students, had the following article published:  Nicholls J, Mailloux L, Eng M.  Tone and style in pharmacy course syllabi.  Currents of Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2017. 9(2): 208-216.

Clay Ludlow, Course Materials Buyer, has been nominated to the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Course Materials and Academic Resources Council. His role will be to development conference materials and programming for both the Textbook Affordability Conference to be held at Georgia Institute of Technology in fall 2017 as well as the National (NACS) Course Materials Experience at the spring 2018 conference. Clay has emerged as an industry leader through his advocacy for the student through “out-of-the-box thinking” and best practices in sourcing used materials. NACS provides services to more than 3,000 stores in the college and K–12 market and partners with more than 1,000 companies that provide goods and services to those stores.


Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Most Popular

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887 for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings.

Copyright © 2016 Cedarville University

To Top