Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments | January 2020 👔

Great job furthering your research, serving the community, and representing Cedarville University well!

Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, presented his paper “Insider Ecclesiology: Does Insider Movement Contextualization Produce Biblically Faithful Churches?” at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 21, 2019.

Dr. Matt Bennett also published a book at the end of November titled Narratives in Conflict: Atonement in Hebrews and the Qur’an (American Society of Missiology Monograph Series). Click here to purchase. 

Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager in Cedarville Public Relations and Managing Editor for Cedarville Magazine, recently served as race director for the 2019 Resolution Run 5K in Beavercreek, Ohio. The race was held on New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m., with more than 400 registered. The run/walk is a community event that supports the Beavercreek High School Cross Country Team, the largest co-ed XC team in the state of Ohio, which also has the two-time State Champion Division 1 girls team. Here, Clem (right) is pictured with Cedarville Pep Band Director Ed Supplee, who won his age group at the event.

Teresa Clark, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, has been appointed Chair of the NCAA National Management Council Identity Subcommittee and continues to serve on the NCAA National Management Council and Student Reinstatement committees.

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 “How Reading the Psalms Christologically is Like Where’s Waldo, and How it is Not.”


Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Kristin DeWitt, Professor of Psychology, published a peer-reviewed journal article. It was co-authored with clinical psychology doctoral students Aubrey Shell (Purdue University) and Taylor Zurlinden (East Carolina University) as well as University of Dayton school psychology graduate student Lauren Smith. The article’s citation follows: Firmin, M., DeWitt, K., Shell, A., Smith, L., & Zurlinden, T. (2019). Technology and culture: Differences between the APA and ACA ethical codes. Current Psychology, 38, 1410-1416.

Dr. Margaret Grigorenko presented three invited workshops at the annual conference of International Schools Consortium in Yantai, China on November 14-17, 2019. The three presentations were titled, “Developing Academic Language: Giving students the language for academic success,” “Translating Data into Instruction: Analyzing MAP to Guide Instruction,” and “Practical Differentiation: How to meet the needs of the range of students in your classroom (and keep your sanity.”

Three students from the Cedarville University Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Chet Jenkins, auditioned for and were selected to the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio Intercollegiate Jazz Band. This Band is composed of students from jazz programs all over Ohio. Cedarville University tied for the most students selected to the band, beating out many large jazz programs such as the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and many others. This is the third time that Cedarville has sent students to this all-state intercollegiate jazz band and the second year in a row. Vibraphonist Noah Ramirez, and vocalists Kaitlin Kohler and Elizabeth McAlester will perform with the ensemble at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in Cincinnati on Friday, January 31 at 9:30 p.m.

Dr. Heather Kuruvilla, Senior Professor of Biology, and Greg Martin, Digital Commons Director; Assoc. Professor of Library Science, published the latest issue of Bioethics in Faith and Practice. Click here to read the publication. They are grateful for the contributors and their submissions to the journal.

Dr. Michael McKay, Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology, presented his paper “Jesus Speaks the Old Testament? Tracing the Trajectory of “him who is speaking” in Heb 12:18-29,” at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on Nov 20, 2019.

Dr. John Mortensen, Professor of Music, has been invited to perform at New York City’s “Friends of Mozart” concert series and to teach at the Juilliard School, the most prestigious and highest-ranked music institution in the world in April 2020. In February and March, he will also perform and teach at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Aarhus, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, and the Guildhall School of Music in London. This European tour is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  

Dr. Trent Rogers, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Assistant Dean, and Director of the M.Min. Program, presented his paper “Songs, Psalms, and Sermons: Toward a Biblical Biblical Theology,” at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 21, 2019.

Dr. Annis Shaver, Professor of German and Linguistics, published a chapter in a volume on testing for foreign language teachers. The chapter describes her unique rubric based on Grice’s Conversational Maxims for evaluating spoken language in intermediate language classes. The citation for the chapter follows:

Shaver, A. N. (2019). A speaking fluency test for intermediate-level German using a rubric based on Grice’s conversational maxims. In G. Gorsuch (Ed.), Tests that second language teachers make and use (pp. 257-275). Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dr. Mike Shepherd, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies , presented his paper “Haggai and Zachariah in Greek Psalm Superscriptions” at the 2019 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, November 24, 2019.

Dr. Ched Spellman, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, presented at the 2019 Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, on November 21, 2019. His paper is titled “Respondence to Darian Lockett’s paper The Early Legitimacy of the Catholic Epistles.”’


Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations, was unanimously elected president of the Dayton Area PRSA.

Dr. Sandra Yang, Associate Professor of Music History, will give a presentation titled “Open Pathway at Four Years: Tips, Pitfalls, and Lessons Learned” at the Higher Learning Commission Conference in Chicago on April 18, 2020. 


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