Faculty and Staff

September Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Dr. Michelle Wood, Associate Professor of English, published a chapter titled “‘I was in a fidget to know where we could possibly sleep’: Antebellum Hospitality on the Margins of Nation in Caroline Kirkland’s A New Home, Who’ll Follow? and Eliza Farnham’s Life in Prairie Land” in the book Anglo-American Travelers and the Hotel Experience in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Nation, Hospitality, Travel Writing. Edited by Monika M. Elbert and Susanne Schmid. Routledge, 2017.

Susan Plemons, Assistant Professor of Worship, presented a demonstration lecture at the 9th World Voice Symposium at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.  Her topic was “The Application of Estil Voice Training in Collegiate Contemporary Worship Studio.”

Dr. Tim Norman, Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, published a paper with mechanical engineering alumni Joel Hutchison ’15 and Michael Gardner ’14 in addition to Orthopaedic Surgeon David Blaha from the University of Michigan: “Knee Loading due to Varus and External Rotation in Gait Supports Medial Compartment Wear in Total Knee Arthroplasty” Timothy L. Norman, Joel Hutchison, Michael R. Gardner and J David Blaha The Scientific Pages of Orthopedics and Rheumatism, 2017, 1(1):8-18.

Dr. Mark Gathany, Associate Professor of Biology, taught geographic information systems (GIS) for seven weeks as part of two courses, Land Resources and Environmental Applications of GIS, at Au Sable Institute over the summer.  The Institute continues in its mission to “… inspire and educate people to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth.”

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, served as chair of a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) team that reviewed Dordt College, a CCCU institution in Sioux Center, Iowa.  The comprehensive review was part of the four-year, mid-point evaluation process for continued accreditation that is now required of all accredited colleges in the North Central region of the United States.

Dr. Bill Jones, Associate Professor of Biology and AYA Science Education Program Coordinator, serves as a national reviewer for higher education institutions’ high school science educator preparation programs under the auspices of The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  During the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the program review team he worked with completed reviews of science educator preparation programs for five universities including the University of Louisiana, University of Delaware, and the University of Wyoming. Dr. Jones also serves on the NSTA/ CAEP Science Educator Program Review Audit Team.  The audit team conducts final evaluations of completed university science educator program reviews to check for compliance and reliability and makes recommendations to The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) with regard to science educator preparation program approval. Dr. Jones led the audit for 10 science education programs including Loyola University of Chicago and University of Louisiana – Monroe. Dr. Jones was appointed in April 2017 as the Senior Auditor for the NSTA Teacher Accreditation Subcommittee. The subcommittee provides the connection for NSTA to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in the preparation and evaluation of the CAEP program reviews of teacher accreditation of teacher education, and specifically science teacher education programs.

Dr. Billy Marsh, Assistant Professor of Theology and the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, published the book Martin Luther on Reading the Bible as Christian Scripture: The Messiah in Luther’s Biblical Hermeneutic and Theology.  This topic was the focus of his Ph.D. research. He contends that Luther foremost believes Jesus Christ to be the sensus literalis of Scripture on the basis of the Bible’s messianic promise. (Publisher: Pickwick Publications/Princeton Theological Monograph Series; July 2017). Dr. Marsh was also invited to participate in the Thirteenth International Congress for Luther Research held in Wittenberg, Germany, from July 30-August 4, 2017, where he delivered two papers. The first was part of a seminar group on “Luther and the Jews to 1523,” titled “A Comparative Study of Luther’s Understanding of the Jews in His Lectures on Galatians from 1519 and 1535.” The second was delivered in a general session on “Exegetical Issues” in Luther, “Luther’s Use of Prosopological Exegesis in the Gospel of John for His Trinitarian Understanding.”

Dr. Rocco Rotello, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently filed a European patent in collaboration with Aerpio Therapeutics in Blue Ash, Ohio. The patent title follows: “Anitbodies That Bind Human Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Beta (HPTP-SS) and Uses Thereof.”

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