Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

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Dr. John Delano, Associate Dean of the School of Business Administration, attended the Christian Business Faculty Association conference and presented a paper titled “A Whole-Person Model for Biblical Integration in Business.”

Patrick Estepp, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, was invited to speak at the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Clinic on October 13. The team was the demonstrators as they discussed their offensive philosophy. Pat was honored to represent Cedarville University, share about what the team stands for, and pray for the nearly 700 coaches in attendance.


Lori Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Education, supervised the senior early childhood mathematics students as the the School of Education hosted a Homeschool Mathematics Day on campus. More than 80 students, 4 years old through fourth grade, attended. Cedarville students planned six stations for each of the children who attended, though given the variety of grade levels, 36 station ideas were created. This event allowed homeschooled children the opportunity to learn mathematics in engaging ways from university students and allowed the university students to gain experience in teaching to multiple grade levels of children. The senior students in both Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Mathematics Methods 2 courses, under the supervision of Lori, also hosted a Family Mathematics Night for Cedar Cliff Elementary School on October 10. Parents were encouraged to attend with their children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Cedarville students facilitated 12 different stations that promoted mathematics thinking and interaction between parents and their children.

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, presented a national, juried research conference paper at the annual International Conference on Education (ICE); it was co-authored with the following current Cedarville University senior psychology students: Karolyn Sabo, Elliot Gilmore, Bethany Carson, and Samantha Hershberger. The paper was titled “Lecture Techniques Used by University Communicators: An Ethnographic Perspective.”

Dr. Mark Gathany, Associate Professor of Biology, attended a workshop over fall break in Philadelphia that brought together 10 professors and researchers as collaborators on part of an NSF Macrosystems Grant. The goal of the workshop was to develop teaching materials for students to calculate biodiversity from the National Ecological Observation Network’s (NEON) continental scale field data and to correlate this with airborne remotely sensed imagery and lidar data. The workshop was hosted with support from NEON and NSF grant funding and participants who are part of the Ecological Research as Educational Network (EREN) workgroup. He plans to utilize some of the workshop products in the following courses: Geographic Information Systems, General Ecology, and Advanced Ecology.

Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Theological Studies, as an expert in the field of Church History, was invited to teach on the reformation at an Advanced Doctoral Seminar at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, October 21–24.


Dr. Barbara Loach, Senior Professor of Spanish, had her article “A time to speak and a time to be silent: professional ethics, conscience, and the medical interpreter” accepted for publication in the December 2019 issue of the journal Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, edited by Dennis Sullivan and Dennis Cooley.


Dr. Billy Marsh, Director of the M.Div. Program and Assistant Professor of Theology, presented at the Sixteenth Century Society conference. He was invited to be part of a panel with his paper titled “Early Church Heresies in Luther’s Sixteenth Century Polemics.” The panel was organized by Dr. Stephen Burnett (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and chaired by Dr. Mickey Mattox (Marquette University).


Brenda Reid, Coordinator of International Student Services; Debbie Ayers, International Services Specialist; and Virginia Hensley, Associate Director of International Recruitment, attended the Region VI NAFSA Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Brenda and Virginia presented a session titled “Do You Think with an Accent? The Impact of Culture on Critical Thinking.” The session was very well received with great feedback from institutions such as Purdue and Ohio State University and has the potential to be nominated for best in region for inclusion in the national conference. NAFSA is the Association of International Educators and brings together those who work in International Education, International Student Support and Study Abroad. The session discussed how higher education in the U.S. places great value on developing and utilizing critical thinking.

Kari Siders, Director of Library Public Services, and Kirsten Setzkorn, Humanities Librarian, presented a session titled “#InstaSuccess: How Collaborating with a Student Assistant can Transform Your Library’s Social Media Presence with REAL Appeal” at the annual ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Special recognition also goes to Haili VanDerEems, Centennial Library’s marketing student assistant, who was unable to attend but contributed significantly to the presentation as well.

Dr. Ruth Sylvester, Assistant Dean of the School of Education; Lori Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Education; and Dr. Dave Leitch, Interim Dean, presented a half-day, professional development workshop for the teaching staff at Fayette Christian School in Washington Courthouse. The topics included formative assessment techniques and communication strategies. Mandy Nolt, Assistant Director of Accreditation, assisted in planning the event.







Dr. Tianhong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Education; Dr. Ruth Sylvester, Assistant Dean; Dr. Lynn Roper, Assistant Professor of Special Education; and Dr. Brenda MacKay, Associate Professor of Education attended the Cultural Responsive Practices Training provided by the Ohio Department of Education in October. This training certifies these professors to provide specialized workshops or seminars related to culturally responsive teaching to inservice teachers in our partnership schools.





Bruce Traeger, Director of Church and School Relations, represented for Cedarville University at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Conference in Dallas, Texas, on October 3-5. Approximately 1,600 were present. Church Relations also represented Cedarville University at the Tri-State Conference in Toledo, Ohio, October 21-23, with approximately 450 registrants and guests present. This joint conference is made up of Regular Baptist Churches of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Dr. White was a keynote speaker for the conference. A Cedarville luncheon was held with nearly 100 alumni and friends present. The graduate programs of Cedarville sponsored the lunch, which was hosted by Dave Ormbsbee, Associate Director of Graduate and Pharmacy Admissions, and assisted by Bruce Traeger. At the lunch, Dr. White presented a University update, answered questions, and a Chik-fil-A lunch was enjoyed by all.

Dr. John Whitmore, Senior Professor of Geology, has a new paper in Answers Research Journal titled “Lithostratigraphic Correlation of the Coconino Sandstone and a Global Survey of Permian “Eolian” Sandstones: Implications for Flood Geology.” The paper is important because it shows that the Coconino Sandstone (Arizona) can be continuously correlated with sandstones from California to the Dakotas and from Texas to Idaho. John has done many years of previous research on the Coconino showing it represents a marine deposit instead of fossilized desert sand dunes — as many in the conventional community believe. Now he has been able to show that cross-bed dips in all of these sandstones point in a uniform southerly direction, which would be extremely difficult to understand unless the sandstones had an underwater origin. Additionally, he highlights similarities to sandstones found in Europe, Saudi Arabia, and South America.

The Cedarville University EMS Education Program applied for reaccreditation November of 2018. The program was accredited for the full five years until 2023.

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