Faculty and Staff

🤓Faculty & Staff Accomplishments 📚

Our faculty and staff are doing amazing things for the glory of God!

Esther Lanham, Accreditation Specialist and Office Manager, was recognized by SOCHE (Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education) for Excellence. Lanham conducted and wrote the self-study for program accreditation by CSWE (Council on Social Work Education), which resulted in full reaffirmation.

Dr. Scott Calhoun, Professor of English, was invited to speak at the Australian National University’s “Image + Experience Conference” in Sydney, Australia, on November 21, 2019. He presented a lecture on the theme of “Love in the U2 Songbook.” He also spoke twice about the field of academic studies of U2 on different radio programs. One was on the ABC Radio Sydney (Australia Broadcasting Company) “Afternoons with James Valentine” program, and the second time was on the ABC Radio National program “The Music Show with Andrew Ford.” Lastly, he had the opportunity to meet with the staff of the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) in Sydney and speak about the biblical themes and cultural relevance in U2’s music for a CPX podcast called “Take Me Higher: Community, transcendence, and the music of U2,” with host Simon Stuart.

Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology presented a paper at the 11th annual national Qualitative Report research conference. The work was co-authored with Dr. Felisha Younkin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, as well as the following Cedarville psychology students: Megan Orr, Bethany Carson, and McKenzie Henry. The conference was held on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the presentation was titled, ” Perceived Benefits of a Premarital Mentorship Program: Mentor Couples’ Perspectives.”

Dr. Joshua Kira, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology and Director of the Bible minor, published the book, Between Speech and Revelation, Nov 2019 (Wipf & Stock Publishers). This book brings an evangelical view of the Bible into contact with various 20th-century traditions that have attempted to delve into the relationship between divine speech and revelation. Specifically, the works of Calvinist philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff, hermeneutical theologian Eberhard Jungel, and Anglican philosopher-theologian Austin Farrer will be mined for the resources necessary to affirm and defend a belief in an evangelical view of Scripture.

Dr. John R. (J.R.) Gilhooly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology and Director of the Honors Program, was invited to The College Projects Annual Retreat/Workshop in Columbia, South Carolina, as one of the plenary speakers. This is a meeting of scholars who defend the biblical sexual ethic to discuss strategies for articulating the biblical view, particularly in hostile work environments.


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