Oct 20, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Directory - Asbury University Full-time Faculty


Emeriti Faculty


(Year following title indicates appointment to faculty)

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GEORGE B. ALLEN
Associate Professor of Business Marketing (2014)
B.S., Oral Roberts University, 1977;
M.B.A., Oral Roberts University, 1979;
D.B.A., Kennesaw State University, 2014

MELISSA H. ALTMAN
Assistant Professor of Equine Studies (2017)
B.A., Asbury University, 2012;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2017

KEVIN L. ANDERSON
Professor of Bible and Theology (2002)
B.A., Trinity Bible College, 1988;
M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1993;
Ph.D., London Bible College, 2001

MICHELLE ASBILL
Assistant Professor of Social Work (2021)
B.S.W., Azusa Pacific University, 2004;
M.S.W., University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2005;
M.A., Wheaton College, 2007;
M.A., New Bulgarian University, 2012;
M.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013;
Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2017

KEITH A. BARKER
Professor of Art (2000)
B.A., Asbury University, 1992;
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design, 2000

SARAH E. BELLEW
Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Social Work (2016)
B.S.W., Roberts Wesleyan College, 1995;
M.S.W., University of Kentucky, 1997

AMY B. BESSIN
Associate Professor of Library Science (2013)
Assistant Director of Library Services
B.A., Taylor University, 2007;
M.A., Western Kentucky University, 2009;
M.S.L.S., University of Kentucky, 2013

TOLULOPE BEWAJI
Assistant Professor of Business (2021)
B.A., The University of the West Indies-Mona, 2002;
M.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2015;
Ph.D., Temple University, 2009

SHARON G. BIXLER
Assistant Professor of Middle/Sec. Education (2016)
B.A., Georgetown College, 1989;
M.Ed., Georgetown College, 2008;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2016

BARRY R. BLAIR
Associate Professor of Media Communication-Audio (2009)
B.S., Kentucky Christian University, 1990;
M.F.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 2011

BENJAMIN F. BRAMMELL
Professor of Biology (2010)
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1998;
M.S., Tennessee Technological University, 2000;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2005

BRUCE M. BRANAN
Professor of Chemistry (2000)
B.S., University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1989;
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1994

KIMBERLY H. BROCKMAN
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership (2019)
B.A., Western Kentucky University, 1983;
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1986;
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1988

DEVIN G. BROWN
Professor of English (1996)
B.A., Culver-Stockton College, 1975;
M.A., Eastern Illinois University, 1978;
M.A., University of Florida, 1979;
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1994

JULIANNE BURNETT
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophies (2020)
B.A., University of Exeter, 2006;
M.A., University of Exeter, 2007;
M.A., Wesley Biblical Seminary, 2012;
Ph.D., Nazarene Theological College, University of Manchester, 2019

BONITA S. CAIRNS-DESCOTEAUX
Professor of Social Work (2007)
B.A., Asbury University, 1974;
M.Ed., Worcester State College, 1976;
M.S.W., University of Connecticut, 1981;
Ed.D., University of Rochester, 1994

MOLLIE CARTER
Assistant Professor of Psychology (2021)
B.S., Union University, 2011;
M.A., Oral Roberts University, 2013;
Ph.D., The University of Memphis, 2020

STEPHEN K. CLEMENTS
Professor of Political Science (2008)
B.A., Asbury University, 1983;
M.A., University of Chicago, 1991;
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998

C. TIMOTHY CROOK
Associate Professor of Education (2002)
B.A., Asbury University, 1975;
M.A.Ed, Georgetown College, 1980;
Ed.D., Spalding University, 2011

JANET B. DEAN
Professor of Psychology (2008)
B.A., University of Akron, 1992;
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1994;
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1997;
M.A., Ohio State University, 2001;
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2003

KRISTOPHER DIETRICH
Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts (2021)
B.F.A., University of Lethbridge, 1998;
M.F.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004

ROBERT TRENT ELLSWORTH
Assistant Professor of Adventure Leadership (2018)
B.A., Asbury University, 2003;
M.A., Prescott College, 2011

ETHAN C. ENGELHARDT
Assistant Professor of Social Work (2018)
B.A., Asbury University, 2013;
M.S.W., Arizona State University, 2014

KRISTINA K. ERNY
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (2018)
B.A., Asbury University, 2006;
M.F.A., The University of Arizona, 2010

GLEN P. FLANIGAN
Professor of Instrumental Music (2001)
B.S., Asbury University, 1983;
M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1984;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2008

SEAN R. GAFFNEY
Associate Professor of Screenwriting (2018)
B.F.A., Drake University, 1986;
M.F.A., Columbia University, 1993

CHARLES E. GOBIN
Professor of English (1996)
B.A., University of Georgia, 1982;
M.A., University of Florida, 1989;
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1994

ALESHA L. GRAVES
Assistant Professor of Accounting (2016)
B.S., Georgetown College, 1999;
M.S., University of Connecticut, 2012;
D.B.A., George Fox University, 2021 

BETHANY R. GROVES
Instructor of Distance Services & Research Librarian (2019)
B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2004;
M.S.L.S., University of Kentucky, 2009

BARBARA L. HAMILTON
Assistant Professor of Middle/Sec. Education (2017)
B.A., Asbury University, 1992;
M.A., Asbury University, 2013;
M.A., University of the Cumberlands, 2016

SARAH E. HOGENCAMP
Associate Professor of Media Communication (2013)
B.A., Asbury University, 2003;
M.F.A., National University, 2014

GAY L. HOLCOMB
Associate Professor of Psychology (2005)
B.A., Asbury University, 1997;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004

HEATHER W. HORNBEAK
Assistant Professor of Communications (2016)
B.A., Union University, 2004;
M.F.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2016

BRIAN C. HULL
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries (2008)
B.A., Olivet Nazarene University, 1996;
M.R.E., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1998;
Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2014

CHERYLL CROWE JOHNSON
Professor of Mathematics Education (2013)
B.S., Asbury College 2003;
M.A.Ed., Georgetown College, 2005;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2008

ELIZABETH B. JONES
Associate Professor of Communication (2014)
B.A., Grove City College, 2005;
M.A., Ball State University, 2007;
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2014

LISA A. JONES
Assistant Professor of Instructional Design (2018)
B.A., Shawnee State University, 2005;
Ed.D., Morehead State University, 2013

MICHAEL J. KANE
Professor of Business/Marketing/Accounting (2013)
B.A., Wofford College, 1977;
M.B.A., University of South Carolina, 1979;
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1986

SAM KIM
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies (2021)
B.S., SungKyunKwan University, 1989;
M.Div., Seoul Theological University, 1992;
M.A. Asian Center for Theological Studies & Mission, 2002;
Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2013

DUK-HYUNG LEE
Professor of Mathematics (2001)
B.S., Inha University, Korea, 1982;
M.A., Arizona State University, 1987;
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1994

RICHARD M. MANIERI
Assistant Professor of Media Communication (2018)
B.A., Villanova University, 1985;
M.F.A., Leslie University, 2010

NATHAN T. MILLER
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music & Music Literature (2014)
B.A., Asbury University, 2005;
M.M., University of Cincinnati, 2007;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2020

K. PAUL NESSELROADE
Professor of Psychology (2002)
B.S., Asbury University, 1990;
M.A., University of Louisville, 1993;
Ph.D., University of Louisville, 1998

SUZANNE B. NICHOLSON
Professor of New Testament & Theology (2020)
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1992;
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1999;
Ph.D., University of Durham, 2007

JAMES R. OWENS
Professor of Media Communication (1981)
B.A., Asbury University, 1979;
M.S.Ed., Indiana University, 1980;
Ed.S., Indiana University, 1981;
Ph.D., Southeastern University, 1983

MARGARET PARK SMITH
Professor of Art (2008)
B.A., Wheaton College, 1998;
M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 2004

ERIN K. PENNER
Associate Professor of American Literature (2013)
B.A., Yale University, 2005;
M.A., Cornell University, 2008;
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2012

CLAIRE B. PETERSON
Associate Professor of Philosophy (2011)
B.A., Asbury University, 2004;
M.A., Notre Dame, 2007;
Ph.D., Notre Dame, 2011

DANIEL S. PINKSTON
Professor of Worship Arts (2020)
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University, 1995;
M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997;
D.M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000

NICHOLAS J. PLACIDO
Associate Professor of Social Work (2008)
B.A., Houghton College, 1976;
M.S.W., Florida State University, 1987;
M.A., Wheaton College, 1998;
Psy.D., Wheaton College, 2002

JARED L. PORTER
Assistant Professor of Library Science (2018)
Director of Library Services
B.A., Asbury University, 2000;
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2005;
M.S.L.S., Florida State University, 2007

HAROLD L. RAINWATER
Associate Professor of Equine Studies (1974)
B.A., Asbury University, 1969;
M.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1974

ALICE L. RHODES
Assistant Professor of Education (2017)
B.S., Asbury University, 1997;
M.A., Asbury University, 2003;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2016

RANDY R. RICHARDSON
Associate Professor of Classical Languages (1981-1983, 1993)
B.A., Indiana State University, 1979;
M.A., Indiana State University, 1981

DAVID R. RIEL
Associate Professor of Education (2009)
B.A., Asbury University, 1975;
M.Ed., Xavier University, 1977;
Ed.D., Morehead State University, 2014

ADRIANA RIVERA-VARGAS
Assistant Professor of Spanish (2018)
B.A., Universidad Internacional, 2010;
M.A., University of Kentucky 2015

TOWANNA A. ROLLER
Professor of Mathematics (1991)
B.A., Asbury University, 1983;
M.A., Southern Methodist University, 1985;
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1988

MICHAEL D. ROSS
Assistant Professor of Business (2016)
B.S., Indiana University, 1988;
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1991

MARVIN RUFFNER
Professor of Plant Biology (2021)
B.S., University of Kentucky, 1998;
M.S., University of Kentucky, 2004;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2012

KATRINA B. SALLEY
Associate Professor of Library Science (2014)
Education Librarian
B.A., Berea College, 1999;
M.A., University of Kentucky, 2004;
M.S.L.S., University of Kentucky, 2006

MARK D. SCHELL
Professor of Organ and Church Music (1990)
B.A., Asbury University, 1987;
M.C.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1990;
D.M.A., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1995

CHRISTOPHER M. SEGRE-LEWIS
Professor of Art (2007)
B.A., Asbury University, 1998;
M.F.A., University of Kentucky, 2005

WILSON D. SHAFER
Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2017)
B.A., University of Kentucky, 2003;
M.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 2007;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2015

WILLIAM BRIAN SHELTON
Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophies (2020)
B.A., Asbury University, 1989;
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary, 1997;
Ph.D., St. Louis University, 2003

JAMES W. SHORES
Associate Professor of Communication (2015)
B.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1985;
M.S., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1994;
Ph.D., Regent University, 2008

JOSHUA B. SMITH
Associate Professor of Graphic Design (2012)
B.A., Wheaton College, 1998;
M.F.A., University of Kentucky, 2012

MICHELLE L. SMITH
Assistant Professor of Sport Management (2016)
B.S., Middle TN State University, 1990;
M.S., University of Kentucky, 2010

DANIEL H. STRAIT
Professor of English (1998)
B.A., Houghton College, 1987;
M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 1991;
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1998

LINDA H. STRATFORD
Professor of Art (2000)
B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1980;
M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 1990;
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2001

VINSON H. SUTLIVE
Professor of Exercise Science (2016)
B.A., College of William & Mary, 1977;
M.A. College of William & Mary, 1980;
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1996

DAVID R. SWARTZ
Professor of History (2010)
B.A., Wheaton College, 1999;
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2006;
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2008

SHELBY G. THACKER
Professor of Spanish (1989)
B.A., University of Kentucky, 1978;
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1980;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1992

JOY VAUGHAN
Instructor of Christian Studies & Philosophies (2021)
B.M., Bowling Green State University, 2005;
M.Div. Oral Roberts University, 2008;
M.A., Oral Roberts University, 2010;
Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2020

EMILY S. WALSH
Assistant Professor of Accounting (2007)
B.A., Asbury University, 1998;
M.B.A., Norwich University, 2006

LAURA WALTHER
Professor of Analytical Chemistry (2021)
B.A., Asbury College, 1991;
M.S. Eastern Kentucky University, 2001;
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2019

MEGAN WEAVER-SEITZ
Assistant Professor of Media Communications (2019)
B.A., University of California, 2005;
B.A., University of California, 2005;
M.F.A., Chapman University, 2010

LISA WEAVER-SWARTZ
Assistant Professor of Sociology (2021)
A.A., Rosedale Bible College, 2002;
B.A., Bethel College, 2005;
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2009;
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2017

DAVID WHITAKER
Assistant Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts (2021)
M.A., University of Reading, 2017;
M.F.A., Asbury University, 2020

CATHRIN WILBANKS
Assistant Professor of Equine Facilitated Mental Health (2021)
B.A., Asbury University, 2011;
M.S., Prescott College, 2014

MARY ANN WILDER
Assistant Professor of Piano (2019)
A.A., Okaloosa-Walton Community College, 2000;
B.A., Asbury University, 2003;
M.M., University of Louisville, 2005

LEWIS M. WILLIAN
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership (2018)
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1985;
M.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1991;
Ed.D., Morehead State University, 2014

TODD L. WOLD
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts (2016)
B.A., University of Northwestern-St Paul, 1993;
M.A., Bethel University, 2009

BRITTANY M. WORTHEN
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education (2016)
B.A., Asbury University, 2008;
M.A., Asbury University, 2012;
Ed.D., University of Kentucky, 2021

MICHAEL P. YODER
Associate Professor of Business Management (2017)
B.A., Whitworth University, 2005;
M.I.M., Whitworth University, 2007;
M.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2014;
Ph.D., Seattle Pacific University, 2017

Emeriti Faculty

Approved by Board of Trustees

JAMES N. BEHNKE April 8, 2006
Professor of Chemistry, 1979-2006; B.S., Central Michigan University, 1967; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1973

JOHN A. BRUSHABER April 8, 2006
Associate Professor of Biology, 1980-2006; B.A., University of Arkansas, 1966; Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1970

LYNN G. COOPER March 2, 2018
Professor of Instrumental Music, 1985-2017; B.Mus., University of Michigan, 1966; M.Mus., University of Michigan, 1978; Ed.D., University of Kentucky, 1994

JAMES E. CURNOW November 1, 2003
- composer-in-residence emeritus-
Composer in Residence, 1974-1981, 1994-2003; B.S.Ed., Wayne State University, 1966; M.M., Michigan State University, 1970

DONALD D. DONALDSON April 8, 2006
Professor of Choral Music, 1984-2000; B.A., Kansas Wesleyan University, 1960; M.M.E., Wichita State University, 1963; D.M.A., University of Missouri, 1975

JAMES E. HAMILTON April 8, 2006
Professor of Philosophy, 1970-2006; B.A., Houghton College, 1963; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1967; M.A., Miami University (Ohio), 1969; Ph.D., State University of New York College at Buffalo, 1972

BEATRICE H. HOLZ November 1, 2014
Professor of Music Education and Voice, 1987-2013; B.M., University of Cincinnati, 1973; M.Mus., University of Hartford, 1978; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1996

RONALD W. HOLZ March 2, 2018
Professor of Instrumental Music/Music Literature, 1981-2014; B.S., University of Connecticut, 1970; M.Mus., University of Cincinnati, 1973; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1981

RALPH R. JOLY April 8, 2006
Professor of English, 1977-2005; B.R.E., William Tyndale College, 1964; M.A., Eastern Michigan University, 1965; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973

RONALD L. KOTESKEY October 27, 2001
Professor of Psychology, 1970-2002; B.A., Asbury University, 1963; M.A., Wayne State University, 1966; Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1967

ROY L. LAUTER March 4, 2005
Associate Professor of Education, 1972-2005; B.A., Asbury University, 1964; M.A.Ed., University of Kentucky, 1969

EDWARD H. MCKINLEY November 2, 2013
Professor of History, 1970-2010; B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1965; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1971

RUDY L. MEDLOCK November 2, 2013
Professor of Art, 1971-2008; B.S., Indiana State University, 1965; M.F.A., Indiana University, 1970

GERALD I. MILLER October 29, 2020
Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages, 1973-2020
B.A., Asbury University, 1966; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1969; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1980

ARTHUR J. NONNEMAN November 2, 2013
Professor of Psychology, 1991-2008; B.A., Northwestern University, 1965; M.S., University of Michigan, 1968; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1970

BURNAM W. REYNOLDS April 9, 2019
Professor of History,1972-2019; B.A., Asbury University, 1970; M.A., University of Kentucky, 1972; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1980

RICHARD B. REZNIK April 8, 2006
Professor of Chemistry, 1986-2007; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964; M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1968; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1970

R. DAVID RIGHTMIRE October 29, 2020
Professor of Bible and Theology, 1985-2020
B.A., Bloomfield College, 1975; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1979; Ph.D., Marquette University, 1987

W. PHILIP THORNTON March 8, 2008
Professor of Missions and Sociology, 1980-2008; B.A., Asbury University, 1968; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1972; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1981

J. PAUL VINCENT November 1, 2014
Professor of English, 1976-2013; B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College, 1970; M.A., State University of New York College at Buffalo, 1971; Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1979

RONALD G. WELLING October 27, 2001
Professor of Mathematics, 1965-1967, 1970-2000; B.A., Asbury University, 1957; M.S., Kansas State University, 1959; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1973

FRANK H. WILBUR March 8, 2008
Professor of Biology, 1988-2007; B.S., Washington and Lee University, 1965; Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1970

STANLEY F. WIGGAM April 8, 2006
Dean of Admissions, 1987-2006; Associate Professor of Physical Education, 1965-2006; B.S., Greenville College, 1964; M.S., Eastern Illinois University, 1965