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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments | December 2019

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Dr. Bob Chasnov and Dr. Steve Ayers traveled to Ada, Ohio, November 4 for the annual meeting of the engineering deans who participate in MUPEC (Midwest Undergraduate Private Engineering Colleges). Ohio Northern University (ONU) toured the group through their new $30 million M J. L. Kennedy Engineering Building. Dr. Ayers was pleased to see that the two labs dedicated to civil engineering (CE) were the same size as those planned for our CE labs in the new Civil Engineering Center being constructed. He added this quip, “Whereas ONU has been doing CE for almost 20 years, our new labs will have much newer equipment for our students to enjoy!” Besides the tour of their new facilities, ONU shared their experiences with E-Sports with the deans. Their coach described his interactions with his players with as much passion as our men’s basketball coach would have for his NCAA Div II athletes!

Carolyn Barnett, Associate Professor of Nursing, presented a poster at Rho Nu-at-Large 2019 Fall Scholarly Meeting at Ashland University titled “Assessing the Application of the Ohio Nurse Competency Model in a Senior BSN Leadership and Management Course.” The original research was completed by Dr. Carrie Kieb, Dr. Chu Yu Huang, and Barnett.

Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, presented his paper “Christ in the Scripture of Islam: Remnantal Revelation or an Irredeemable Imposter?” at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 20, 2019. He also finished a four-part series of articles he did for ABWE on the Insider Movement missions strategy among Muslims.

Dr. Bennett also published a book titled Narratives in Conflict: Atonement in Hebrews and the Qur’an (American Society of Missiology Monograph Series)

Dr. April Crommett, Associate Professor of Exercise Science, presented at the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine conference in Chicago. Her presentation was titled, “Allied Health Students’ Perceptions on Preparation to Administer Spiritual Care to Future Clients/Patient.” She presented with Dr. Sue Walsh from Concordia University Chicago.

Dr. Ruth Sylvester, Dr. Megan Brown, and Sharon Kerestes presented their current research at the National Council for Teachers of English annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Their presentation titled Examining Representation in Primary Ancient Text and Retellings: David and Goliath was funded by the VPA grant and addressed disconnects between scripture and the text/illustrations in children’s literature. Research was initiated after issues of inaccuracy were noticed in books and media that included retellings of biblical accounts.

The Cedarville University Debate Team won the sweepstakes trophy in the recent Shenandoah University Tournament in Winchester, Virginia. Jeremiah Alexander and Lydia Switzer were first in the varsity division, while Lanie Clauson and Maggie Walker took top honors in the novice division.

Bruce Traeger, Director of Church and School Relations, represented Cedarville University at an ACSI Professional Development Forum held at Grove City Christian School, Grove City, Ohio, on October 24-25. More than 900 Christian teachers and administrators from around the state and region were present.

Church Relations hosted the annual Cedarville University Pastors Conference with 9Marks ministry on October 29-30. More than 200 pastors and ministry leaders were in attendance as the conference focused on Church Discipline, one of the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church. Keynote speakers included Dr. Thomas White and Dr. Jeremy Kimble as well as Pastors Brian Davis, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Greg Gilbert, Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky; John Henderson, Associate Pastor at Del Ray Baptist, Del Ray, Virginia; Garrett Kell, Lead Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church; Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks and Elder at Cheverly Baptist Church; and Cedarville alumnu and Trustee Mark Vroegop, College Park Church, Indianapolis. Church Relations also represented at the State Convention of Baptist of Ohio, on November 4-5 in Fairfield, Ohio; the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on November 6-7; and the Kentucky Baptist Convention, in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 11-12. Attendance at the three conventions was about 1,500 people. State conventions and conferences present opportunities to connect with alumni and friends of Cedarville, build and strengthen relationships with pastors, and identify prospective students for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Beth Delaney, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Kristi Coe, Assistant Professor of Nursing, published in the 2020 edition of the Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing. Additionally, Dr. Delaney was a contributor in the accompanying Study Guide. These texts house “core” content for the Oncology Certified Nurse, OCN examination. Nurses who obtain an OCN certification are experts in caring for patients and families who have or have had a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Beth Delaney, Associate Professor of Nursing, participated in a collaborative podium presentation: Emerging solutions: Are your students prepared to provide complex care to chronically ill patients? Elizabeth presented with Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACHPN, Research Associate Professor and Director of ELNEC- Undergraduate, Francis Payne Bolton, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Rhonda Dodson joined the School of Nursing in August 2019 as the B.S.N. Program Advisor. She is a Registered Nurse and also certified as a Project Management Professional ( PMP). Originally from Pennsylvania, (a Steelers and Penn State fan), she relocated to Ohio eight years ago. Both of her children are graduates of Cedarville, and she is excited and blessed to be working with the wonderful students, faculty, and staff in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Dan Estes, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, presented at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 21, 2019. His paper is titled “Well-Crafted Proverbs, and Yet God’s Inspired Word.”

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, contributed to the research of Evaluating the benefits of the Fit: To Be Tied premarital mentorship program. Poster to be presented at the National Council of Family Relations. Fort Worth, Texas, November. Presented by students Maddie Fawcett and Alex McMurray. 

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, presented a research poster session at the 39th Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching in Oxford, Ohio. The paper was co-authored with Cedarville psychology seniors Bethany Carson, Karolyn Sabo, and Elliot Gillmore and it was titled: An Ethnographic Study of Effective University Communicators.

Jeff Gates, Information Services Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Science, served on an Evaluation Team visit to Hudson Taylor University, Suwanee, Georgia, on October 7-10, 2019 for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Dr. Joshua Kira, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology, presented at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 21, 2019. His paper is titled “An Examination of 20th Century Views on the Relationship between Metaphysics and Theology.”


Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Theological Studies, presented at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 20, 2019. His paper is titled “Reading the “Christ” Texts in Matthew with the Reformers.”

Suzanne Lefever, Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Nursing, along with Professors Sarah Compton and Elizabeth Delaney represented the School of Nursing at the AACN National Baccalaureate Nursing Education conference.

Suzanne Lefever, Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Nursing, shared an abstract submitted with Carrie Keib, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Delaney, D.N.P. at the poster presentation: Innovative assessment of an interprofessional, international formalized spiritual care training in an undergraduate faith-based B.S.N. program. Suzanne Lefever, M.S.N., RN; Co-Author(s): Carrie Keib, Elizabeth Delaney

In addition, Lefever attended the Executive Development pre-conference on Innovative change. Sarah Compton attended the Faculty Development pre-conference on academic scholarship.

Dr. Billy Marsh, Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the M.Div. Program, presented at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 20, 2019. His paper is titled “Luther’s Programmatic Use of Romans 1:1–3 for His Understanding of Christ in the Old Testament.”

Dr. Michael McKay, Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology, was invited by Tri-M to teach on the Pentateuch in Vologda, Russia, October 31-November 6. The ministry of Tri-M provides training for pastors and church leaders in areas of the world where theological education is either geographically not present or cost prohibitive. This two-year course of study is three days a week from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dr. McKay also preached at the church service to about 150 believers, where the translator not only translated his sermon to the congregation, but then translated the congregation’s prayers and songs back for him to enjoy as well.

Dr. Brenda MacKay, Associate Professor of Education, participated in an all-day “Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning Powered by STEM Workshop” at the National Science Teaching Association Area Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The Conference theme was “Making Science Learning Lifelong, Life-wide, and Life-deep”.

Dr. Angelia Mickle, Dean for the School of Nursing, recently was promoted to field grade rank of Major in the United States Air National Guard. Dr. Mickle is an airmen in the 121st Medical Group at Rickenbacker ANG Base, Columbus, Ohio. She considers it a blessing and honor to live in a country where she can serve.

Erica Smith, Office Manager for the School of Nursing, comes to Cedarville University with a diverse background in nursing and medical practice management. An alumni of Bemidji State University, Erica has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Erica also led as the Project Manager for several large medical corporations and was specifically recruited by her former employer to facilitate in the onboarding transition of newly acquired private practices to corporate healthcare.

Dr. Felisha Younkin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, had two students present a research study in Texas in November. Maddie Fawcett and Alex McMurray presented:

Younkin, F., Firmin, M., Fawcett, M., McMurray, A., & Clark, C. (2019).  Evaluating the benefits of the Fit To Be Tied premarital mentorship program.  Poster to be presented at the National Council of  Family Relations. Fort Worth, Texas, November.

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