Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Keep up the great work, Cedarville community!

Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, published an article titled “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?” in The Gospel Coalition on July 30, 2020. He also published a three-part series titled “Does Insider Movement Contextualization Produce Biblically Faithful Churches or a Mere Mosquerade?” in Biblical Missiology. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Nick Boucher, Resident Director for Lawlor Hall, had a big month in May! He completed his Master of Ministry degree and got married on May 30 to Emily.


Dr. Megan Brown, Assistant Professor of Education, published twice this summer. Her book chapter titled “Tell Me Who I Am: An Investigation of Cultural Authenticity in YA Disability Peritexts” was included in the book Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction. She also published an article in the Journal of literary and Cultural Disability Studies titled “Dwarfism on Display: Analyzing the Visual Rhetorics of Book Covers on Four Children’s Literature Chapter Books.”

Dr. Marc Clauson, Professor of History and Law, published an article in January 2020. The citation is as follows:

A. Clauson, “The emergence of conscience rights for health care professionals: How we moved historically from conscience to conscience rights,” Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (France), 2019 

Dr. Cliff Fawcett, Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus area and Assistant Professor of Nursing, completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at The University of Toledo. 

Dr. Lori Ferguson, Assistant Professor School of Education, completed her Doctor of Education degree in August 2020 from The University of Cincinnati.  The title of her dissertation is Evolution of Pre-Service Teachers’ Definitions and Practices of Academic and Mathematical Language. 


Dr. Danielle Fredette, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, published two papers for the virtual American Society for Engineering Education conference this summer. The first was titled “Introduction of Software Engineering Concepts for Electrical and Computer Engineering Students and Application to Senior Projects” and was co-authored with former student Nathan Jessurun. It overviews the evolution of our senior design course and its software engineering content. The second was titled “Calculus Readiness and Retention Rates for Homeschooled Students in a Four Year Engineering Program.” It shares results of a data study indicating that incoming engineering students who were homeschooled are equally prepared in math compared to their non-homeschooled peers, but the homeschooled students are more likely to stick it out in the engineering program. 

Dr. Darrin Frey, Senior Professor of Mathematics, had a paper accepted to the journal Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics titled “6D SCFTs and the classification of homomorphisms Gamma_ADE —> E_8“. Tom Rudelius from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ co-authored the article. 6D SCFTs stands for “6-dimensional super conformal field theories”. 

Chi-en Hwang, Emeritus Senior Professor of Psychology, conducted a survey of “Family Relation under the Impact of Pandemic” in 621 Chinese-speaking respondents around the world for Familykeepers International.  Results were presented in a zoom seminar on July 11, 2020.

Dr. Zach Jenkins, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Dr. Thad Franz, Vice Chair of Experiential Programs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; and Dr. David Peters, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, hosted a series of online town halls  to provide education to the general public and University staff/students about the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Zach has been providing COVID-19 education through local radio/television interviews and weekly blogs and videos. 

Dr. Jeremy Kimble, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Biblical Integration, and Dr. Ched Spellman, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Lead Developer of Online Bible Programs, co-authored the book “Invitation to Biblical Theology,” released through Kregel Academic August 4, 2020. The book provides a thorough overview of biblical theology that is accessible for those new to the topic but substantial enough for advanced study. Defining biblical theology as the study of the whole Bible on its own terms, Jeremy and Ched begin with a brief history of the discipline followed by a survey of contemporary approaches. They then lay out their own approach, built on the framework of the canon, the covenants, and Christ.

Dr. George V. Landon, Professor of Computer Science, was selected as a Fellow in the 2020 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. His project is titled “Development of Advanced Radiation Detection Algorithms using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.”  

Dr. John Mortensen, Professor of Piano, was interviewed in The Guardian, a leading UK newspaper. The article covers John’s new best-selling book, “The Pianist’s Guide to Historic Improvisation,” the current state of musicianship training in the U.S. and Europe, and John’s recent international tours. The article is available here


Sean O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Broadcasting, Digital Media, and Journalism, married Kallen Bierly on July 18 in Akron, Ohio.

Susan Plemons, Assistant Professor of Worship, led a seminar on Contemporary Vocal Techniques for the Next Level Worship International Worship Coaching Seminar. There were approximately five countries represented in the online class.


Dr. David Peters, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, passed his Critical Care Board Exam and is officially a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP). 


Dr. Tianhong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Education, was invited June 29 to July 3 to a virtual workshop via Zoom for training the Christian teachers from several international schools in China with regards to online curriculum design for Chinese language and culture courses. She conducted training on “Student-centered Instructional Design for online teaching and learning.”  In early August, she conducted another session focusing on training a group of new teachers from this program who will start teaching online in September. The training topic will focus on online teaching/instructional strategies. This online Chinese curriculum project developed by LDI China (Leadership Development International) with the mission of “discipleship” targets Chinese migration families and children in the Middle East, central Asia, Sino-Isreali group, etc. It will be exciting to see where God leads this program. 

In addition, her research article titled “Learning from the emergency remote teaching-learning in China when primary and secondary schools were disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic” is under review by the Frontier of Education in China. The article has been preprinted on July 10 by Research Square with the DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-40889/v1

Lastly, another research article titled “What preservice teachers have taken away from their virtual field experience (VFE) in their early-year of teacher education programs” features Cedarville University preservice teachers’ accomplishment in their e-learning course when working with their mentor-teachers from two virtual schools in Ohio during the 2020 spring semester. 

Mark Womack, Sports Information Director, and Jim Clark, Assistant Sports Information Director, were officially honored with the inaugural Great Midwest Athletic Conference Sports Information Director (SID) Staff of the Year Award as part of the league’s annual support staff meetings conducted on Monday, August 3, 2020

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