Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Devon McCarty, Systems Analyst, and Steve Winey, Associate Director of Financial Aid, presented sessions at the 2017 Great Lakes Users Group Conference held on September 25h in Livonia, Michigan.  The presentations demonstrated our use of Ellucian’s software for Colleague, our student information system. Devon presented “Getting Started With Ellucian Ethos Identity: A Client Perspective.” Steve presented “Sequestration, Loan Fee Changes … How to Make DCTL Work for You!” and “Reconciliation: A Collaborative Approach.”

Dr. Scott Calhoun, Professor of English, interviewed Christian author and critic Terry Glaspey about a book he wrote, and the interview was posted on September 29. Terry will come to Cedarville November 3-4 to speak to the campus. He’s being hosted by three academic departments: English, Literature, and Modern Languages; Music and Worship; and Art, Design, and Theatre.

Dr. Barbara Loach, Senior Professor of Spanish, completed a book chapter titled “Detecting Women: Contemporary Chilean Women’s Crime Fiction,” which will be included in the work Spanish and Latin American Women’s Crime Fiction in the New Millennium: From Noir to Gris, published by Cambridge Scholars Press (New Castle, UK: 2017).

Dr. Otis Wright, Professor of Mathematics, recently published an academic article. The citation follows: Otis C. Wright, III, “Bounded ultra-elliptic solutions of the defocusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation,” Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 360 (2017) 1-16.

Clay Ludlow, Bookstore Course Materials Buyer, was elected to the board of the Ohio Association of College Stores (OACS) as a Trustee, with his term commencing in October 2017 for a two-year period.  Tammy Slone, Manager of Bookstore Retail Services, was elected Vice President of the same organization, with her term commencing in October 2017 for one year. OACS has existed since 1969 as a regional not-for-profit professional organization that promotes, through education and professional growth opportunities, bookstores serving the educational institutions of higher learning in the state of Ohio. The OACS board works with the National Association of College Stores (NACS), which serves more than 4,000 institutions to give input at the state level in legislative matters related to course materials, as well as planning conference events and education for the state of Ohio.

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, presented two papers at the International Conference on Education research conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The papers were co-authored with Cedarville psychology majors Cindy Sui-Cheung, Elizabeth Axtell, Elizabeth Stokes, David Chuang, and Syndey Dosier and titled, (a) Social interactions of students who only attended Christian schools from kindergarten-12th grade: A qualitative study and (b) Previous department chairs’ advice to their successors.

Dr. Billy Marsh, Assistant Professor of Theology and the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, was invited to participate in the Sixteenth Century Society Conference on October 28 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Stephen Burnett (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) invited Billy to be a part of a panel he organized on “Wittenberg Theologians and the Jews during the Reformation.” It was chaired by Reformation scholar Dr. John L. Thompson (Fuller Theological Seminary). His paper is titled “Luther and the Jews in Light of His Understanding of Israel in His Lectures on the Minor Prophets.”  The aim of this paper is to examine the development of Luther’s theological understanding of the relationship between the kingdom of Israel, the Messiah, and the Messianic Kingdom in his Lectures on the Minor Prophets from 1524–26.

Erin Shaw, Instructor of Women’s Ministries, presented a paper at the Society of Professors in Christian Education 2017 Annual Conference on October 28 in Dallas, Texas. Her paper is titled “Toward a Biblical Paradigm for Women’s Epistemological Development.” This paper gave a brief overview of and offers a critical examination of the most prominent voices in female developmental theory and then describe a series of developmental priorities and competencies from an evangelical, complementarian perspective.

Dr. Glen Duerr, Associate Professor of International Studies, presented the following paper at a conference in Washington, D.C.: “Secessionism and NATO: The Theoretical and Practical Implications of Independence Movements in the North Atlantic,” paper presentation at ISSS-ISAC Annual Conference 2017, Washington, D.C. (October 13-14, 2017). Glen also recently published an article. The citation follows: Duerr, Glen. “Playing for the ‘Bleu et Blanc’ or for the Habs: Ice Hockey and Quebecois Nationalism.” Central European Journal of Canadian Studies. Vol. 10/11 (2016), pp.11-29.

Jay Kinsinger, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, was honored to be chosen to be the featured artist at Artistry in Wood (AIW). AIW is the largest woodworking and woodcarving show of its kind in the country. He entered his newest tandem bicycle in the judging fray, and it won two blue ribbons: best of category and best in woodworking. Jay also worked with Scott Huck, University Photographer, to provide high-quality images of the bikes Jay builds for inclusion in a new book, “Wooden Bikes around the World.” The book includes 99 wooden bike builders and is quite fun to look at! Sojourn Cyclery (Jay’s bike-building business) has four pages, plus a small photo on the back cover. That’s more pages/pictures than any other builder represented.

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