Faculty

Divisions and departments

Business Studies
            Division Chair: George Lehman 
            Business Department chair: Gary Schiefer
            Academic Director of BCOMP: Peter Terry
            Director of Graduate Programs in Business: George Lehman
             
 
Communication and Fine Arts
            Division chair: Lucia Unrau
            Art Department Chair: Gregg Luginbuhl 
            Communication and Theatre Department Chair: Melissa Friesen
    
        Music Department Chair: Lucia Unrau
 
Education and Sport Science
            Division Chair: Tami Forbes
            Education Department Chair: Gayle Trollinger
            Health, Fitness and Sport Science Department Chair: Heather Bruder
            Director of Graduate Programs in Education: Gayle Trollinger

Humanities
            Division Chair: Jeff Gundy
            English and Language Department Chair: Cynthia Bandish
            History and Religion Department Chair: Randy Keeler
            
Natural and Applied Sciences Division
            Division Chair:  Mike Edmiston
            Biology Department Chair: Bob Antibus
            Chemistry and Physics Department Chair: Charles Daws
            Mathematics Department Chair: Stephen Harnish
            Nutrition and Dietetics Department Chair: Deborah Myers       
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences
            Division Chair: William Slater
            Social Sciences Department Chair: William Slater
            Social Work Department: contact person, Nancy Neff 
 
 

The faculty 

Faculty emeriti

Donald Brubaker
Associate professor of social work; Director of social work program

1987-2008

Jaye Bumbaugh 
Professor of art

1967-2004

Susan M. Bumbaugh
Assistant professor of education

1987-2004

Carlin B. Carpenter
Assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation

1979-2003

Gene Caskey  
Assistant professor of speech

1962-1998

Stanley R. Clemens
Vice president for advancement

Professor of mathematics


1998-2007
1984-98

Dale F. Dickey    
Professor of speech

1953-60,
1968-90

Ronald L. Friesen  
Professor of economics

1969-2004

Richard D. Hansgen
Professor of education

1987-2004

Harvey C. Hiebert 
Librarian

1965-1997

Elizabeth A. Hostetler
Professor of Education

Stephen Jacoby 
Professor of music 

1974-1999
 

1966-2006

Maurice Kaufmann
Professor of biology

1963-1993

Judith Kingsley
Associate professor of English

1995-2006

Phillip R. Kingsley 
Professor of psychology

1988-2006

Paul P. Klassen
Professor of social work

1977-1987

Robert S. Krieder
President emeritus
1952-1972
   
William J. Lyons
Assistant professor of business
1988-2011

 

Wanda E. McDowell
Professor of nursing

1976-1988

Mary Anne Moser
Librarian

1966-1994

Christine M. Nerad
Associate professor of interiors and fashion, retail
merchandising and design

2003-2013

Donald L. Pannabecker 
Vice president and dean of academic affairs

1964-1997

Wesley D. Richard
Professor of communication

1983-2003

James H. Satterwhite
Professor of history/political science
1984-2007

Don Schweingruber
Vice president and dean of student life 

1972-2005

Luther L. Shetler 
Professor of mathematics

1950-1984

R. Arden Slotter
Professor of chemistry

1986-1997

Lee Snyder
President emeritus; professor of English

Kay S. Soltesz
Professor of dietetics

1996-2006


1995-2012

Betty Sommer
Associate professor of social work

1985-2005

Willis Sommer, Jr
Vice president for fiscal affairs; Associate professor of business

1979-2010

Barbara A. Stettler
Associate professor of family and consumer sciences

1970-2000

Mary Ann Sullivan
Professor of English

1972-2006

Linda F. Suter
Assistant dean and registrar
Associate professor of English


1980-1999
1967-1999

Robert Suter
Professor of chemistry 

1969-1988
1998-2005

Jean A. Szabo 
Professor of music

1965-1991

Lawrence H. Templin 
Professor of English

1961-1984

J. Denny Weaver
Professor of religion

1975-2006

J. Richard Weaver 
Professor of physics and chemistry

1950-1987

Burton Yost 
Professor of religion  

1961-1993

Current faculty

Jonathan Andreas, Ph.D.
Associate professor of economics
B.A., Grinnell College, 1990; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2009

2007

Robert K. Antibus, Ph.D.    
Professor of biology
B.S., M.S., Kent State University, 1973, 1976; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1980; University of Montana, 1981-85; Clarkson University, 1985-93

1993

Kathleen Aufderhaar, M.L.S.
Technical services and systems librarian
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1983; M.L.S., Kent State University, 1991; Bowling Green State University, 1983-92; Library of Michigan, 1992-94

1994

Cynthia L. Bandish, Ph.D.  
Associate professor of English
B.A., Hiram College, 1985; M.A., University of North Carolina, 1990; Ph.D., Drew University, 1998; Union College, 1999-2000

2000

Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, Ph.D.
Visiting assistant professor of social work

B.A., Lycoming College, 1996; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University, 1998, 2002

2013
Crystal Sellers Battle, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
B.M., Bowling Green State University, 2002; M.M., Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts, 2004; D.M.A., Ohio State University, 2009
 
2009
Andreas Baumgartner, M.F.A.
Assistant professor of art
B. A., Bluffton University, 2008; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 2010
 
2011

Trevor G. Bechtel, Ph.D.    
Associate professor of religion
B.Th., Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1991; B.A., University of Manitoba, 1993; M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1999; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2008; Loyola University Chicago, 1998-2002; Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, 2002-04

2004

Daniel J. Berger, Ph.D. 
Professor of chemistry
B.U.S., B.S., North Dakota State University, 1985; A.M., Ph.D., Washington University of St. Louis, 1992, 1995; Washington University of St. Louis, 1991-95; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1995-96

1996

Heather J. Bruder, M.A. 
Assistant professor of sport management
B.A., Alma College, 1999; M.A., Central Michigan University, 2005; Northwood University, 2002-2006

2006

Perry J. Bush, Ph.D.  
Professor of history
B.A., University of California Berkeley, 1981; M.A., Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1987, 1990; Phillips University, 1990-94

1994

Timothy L. Byers, M.S. 
Assistant professor of education
B.A., Bluffton University, 1975; M.S., University of Dayton, 1981

1996

Susan Streeter Carpenter, Ph.D.
Associate professor of English
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1969; M.A., Antioch Graduate School of Education, 1971; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2005; Sinclair Community College, 1987-1990; Wright State University, 1988; Antioch College, 1991-1997; Wittenberg University, 1997-2000

2005

Sarah M. Cecire, Ph.D. 
Professor of education
B.Ed., Washburn University, 1972; M.Ed., Washburn University, 1975; Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1997; Bethel College, 1990-1996; The University of Findlay, 1997-2002; Ohio Dominican University, 2002-2006

2006

Mary Kay Combs, M.Ed.
Visiting assistant professor of education
B.A., Miami University (OH), 1975; M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, 1987

2013

Roy Couch, D.M.A.
Visiting assistant professor of music
B.M., Kent State, 1980; M.M., The University of Akron, 1999; D.M.A., University of North Texas, 2006; Cameron University, 2008-2013

2013

Martina Cucchiara, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of history
B.A., University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2004; M.A., Ph.D.,University of Notre Dame, 2008, 2011

2012

 

Charles A. Daws, Ph.D. 
Professor of chemistry
B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1984; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1993; Hamline University, 1995-96; University of Wisconsin, 1996-97

1997

Julie DeGraw, Ph.D.
Vice president for student life and dean of students

B.A., Calvin College, 1988; M.A., Michigan State University, 1995; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2007, 2011

2012

Denise D. Durenberger, M.B.A.
Assistant professor of marketing
B.S., Bowling Green State, 1996; M.B.A., The University of Findlay, 2000; Terra Community College, 2010-11.

2011

Michael D. Edmiston, Ph.D.
Professor of chemistry and physics
B.A., Bluffton University, 1972; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1976; Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1976-78

1978

Tamara J. Forbes, M.S.
Associate professor of recreation
B.S., Huntington College, 1982; M.S., Michigan State University, 1987; Recreation Management Department, 1982-93

1993

Melissa J. Friesen, Ph.D.  
Professor of theatre and communication
B.A., Bethel College (Kansas), 1994; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1999; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

2002

Daniel Fultz, Ph.D.
Associate professor of communication

A.A. Rhodes State, 1993; B.A., MAOM, Bluffton University, 1998, 2003; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2010

2009

Jeffrey G. Gundy, Ph.D.  
Professor of English
B.A., Goshen College, 1975; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University, 1978, 1983; Hesston College, 1980-84

1984

Jeanna Haggard, M.F.C.S.
Assistant professor of food and nutrition
B.A., Bluffton University, 1993; M.F.C.S., Bowling Green State University, 1998; Rhodes State College, 2008-2013

2013 

James M. Harder, Ph.D.  
President; Professor of economics
B.A., Bethel College (Kansas), 1978; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1987, 1990; Bethel College, 1990-2001

2001

Karen Klassen Harder, Ph.D.
Professor of business
B.S., Bethel College (Kansas), 1979; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1989; Bethel College, 1990-2001

2001

Stephen H. Harnish, Ph.D. 
Professor of mathematics
B.A., Goshen College, 1985; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, 1996; Indiana University at South Bend, 1993-94; Neumann College, 1994-96

1996

Ron Headings
Vice president for enrollment management and marketing

B.A., B.S., Bethel College (Kansas), 1982; M.B.A., Indiana University, 1984

2012

Donald E. Hooley, Ph.D.
Professor of mathematics
B.A., Eastern Mennonite University, 1977; M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979; M.S., University of Iowa, 1987; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1988; Hesston College, 1979-81; Akwanga College of Education, Nigeria, 1981-84; Woodstock School, India, 1988-90; Northern Kentucky University, 1990-94.

1994

Hans Houshower, Ph.D.
Vice president for advancement
B.A., Goshen College, 1975; Ph.D., University of Washington

1983

Jennifer Hughes, LISW, Ph.D. 
Associate professor of social work
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1989; M.S.W., The Ohio State University, 1995; Ph.D. The University of Utah, 2012

2005

Rebecca Janzen, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of Spanish
B.A., University of Waterloo, 2007; M.A.,Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2009, 2013

2013

Mary Jean Johnson, M.S.  
Library director
B.S., Olivet Nazarene University, 1973; M.S., University of Illinois, 1991; Olivet Nazarene University, 1992-98; Taylor University, 1998-2001

2001

Rudi Kauffman, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of restorative justice
B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 2002; M.A.T. Earlham College
, 2003;
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2012

2008

Ross Kauffman, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of public health
B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 2003; M.P.H., Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2006, 2009

2011

Randall S. Keeler, D.M.
Associate professor of religion
B.A., Bluffton University, 1980; M.Div., Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 1986; D.M., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008

1991
Diana Kleman, ISW-S, Ph.D. cand.

Assistant professor of social work
B.Ed., M.Ed., The University of Toledo, 1974, 1983; M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1992

2013

George A. Lehman, E.D.M.
Professor of business
B.A., Bluffton University, 1969; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1978; E.D.M., Case Western Reserve University, 2000

1994

Gregg J. Luginbuhl, M.F.A.
Professor of art
B.A., Bluffton University, 1971; M.F.A., University of Montana, 1975; University of Findlay, 1976-84

1984

Gerald J. Mast, Ph.D.
Professor of communication
B.A., Malone College, 1987; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1991, 1995; University of Iowa, 1995-96

1996

 Angela H. Montel, Ph.D.    
Professor of biology
B.A., Manchester College, 1990; Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, 1996

1996

Amy K. Mullins, Ph.D. cand.
Assistant professor of education

B.A., Morehead State University, 1993; M.Ed., Ohio State University, 1997

2013

Deborah I. Myers, Ed.D. RD, LD
Professor of food and nutrition
B.S., M.S., Purdue University, 1979, 1981; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2008; Lima Technical College, 1988-2000

2000

Diane E. Neal, MAEd.
Assistant professor of education
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1978; MAEd., Baldwin-Wallace College, 1988

1989

Guy L. Neal, M.S.  
Assistant professor of health and physical education 
B.S., M. S., Bowling Green State University, 1982, 1983; Baldwin-Wallace College, 1985-89

1989

Darryl K. Nester, Ph.D. 
Professor of mathematics
B.A., Bluffton University, 1988; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1993

1992

Kevin A. Nickel
Vice President of Fiscal Affairs
B.A., Luther College, 1996; MBA Bethel College (Indiana) 2004
 
2010

L. Lamar Nisly, Ph.D.  
Associate dean of academic affairs; Professor of English
B.A., Messiah College, 1990; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware, Newark, 1993, 1997

1996

Walter Paquin, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of social work
B.S., Western Carolina University, 1992; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 1996, 2007; Southeast Missouri State University, 2003-2011

2011

Jo Ellyn Peterson, Ph.D. 
Associate professor of education
B.S., Illinois State University, 1982; M.Ed., Auburn University, 1989; PhD., Auburn University; 2004; Columbus State University, 1998; The University of Findlay, 1999-2004

2004

Carrie Phillips, M.L.I.S.   
Archives and special collections librarian
B.A., Bluffton University, 1999; M.L.I.S., University of Washington, 2006

1999

Hamid A. Rafizadeh, Ph.D.  
Professor of business
B.S., Oregon State University, 1966; M.H., Wright State University, 1970; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970; M.B.A., University of Dayton, 1983; Pahlavi University, 1970-1973; Tehran Polytechnic, 1973-1975; Northeastern University (MA), 1979-1980; University of Dayton, 2002-2005

2005

W. Todd Rainey, Ph.D.   
Professor of biology
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University, 1975; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1980; Washington University, 1980-82; Northwestern University, 1982-86; Lakeside Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1986-88; Lecturer, Lake Forest College, 1988-89

1989

Adam J. Schattschneider, D.M. 
Professor of music
B.M., University of Minnesota, 1988; M.M., Indiana University, 1990; D.M., Indiana University, 1997

1991

Gary L. Schiefer, M.B.A., M.A.
Associate professor of business
B.S., M.A., M.B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1981, 1984, 1989; The Ohio State University, 1985-86; Ohio Northern University, 1985-88; Clarion University, 1989-90

1990

Amanda Sensenig, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of psychology
B.A., Goshen College, 2003; M.S., Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2008, 2010
 
2010

Chad C. Shutler, M.Ed.   
Assistant professor of health and physical education
A.B., Heidelberg College, 1997; MAEd., Bowling Green State University, 1999

2005

J. Alexander Sider, Ph.D.   
Associate professor of religion
B.A., Messiah College, 1995; M.T.S., Duke University, 1998; Ph.D., Duke University, 2004

2006

William E. Slater, Ph.D.  
Professor of psychology
B.S., Rio Grande College, 1975; M.Div., United Theological Seminary, 1983; Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1992

1992

Sally Weaver Sommer, Ph.D. 
Vice president and dean of academic affairs; Professor of economics
B.A., Bluffton University, 1974; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1980, 1985

1982

Kathryn R. Spike, M.A.
Assistant professor of English
B.A., Bluffton University, 1993; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1995
 
2010

Mark J. Suderman, D.M.A. 
Professor of music
B.A., Bethel College, 1980; M.A., D.M.A., University of Iowa, 1986, 1990; Tabor College, 1990-96; Georgetown College, 1996-2000

2000

Philip Sugden, B.F.A. 
Assistant professor of art
B.F.A., New York School of Visual Arts, 1977; Certificate de Completion, Paris American Academy, Paris, France, 1981; University of Findlay, 1990-2004

2004

J. Peter Suter, D.B.A.
professor of marketing
B.A., Bluffton University, 1994; M.A.O.M., Bluffton University, 2002; D.B.A., Anderson University, 2007

2002

Jason Swartzlander, M.B.A., C.M.A., C.F.M., D.B.A.
Associate professor of accounting
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1993; M.B.A., Tiffin University, 2005; DBA, Anderson University, 2012

2007

Peter Terry, D.M.A. 
Associate professor of information technology and music
B.M., University of Michigan, 1980; M.M., Bowling Green State University, 1982; D.M.A., University of Texas (Austin), 1986

1995

Gayle M. Trollinger, Ph.D. 
Professor of education
B.A., Bethel College (Minnesota), 1977; M.S., The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1996; Marywood College, 1995-96

1996

Lucia R. Unrau, D.M.A.  
Professor of music
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory, 1982; M.M. Indiana University, 1983; D.M.A., University of Texas, 1992

1994

Zachary Walton, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of communication
B.A., Bluffton University, 2002; M.A., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2004; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2011

2009

Paul L. Weaver, M.S.L.S. 
Research librarian
B.A., Malone College, 1988; M.S.L.S., University of Kentucky, 1997; University of Kentucky, 1995, 1996-1997

1998

Paul Neufeld Weaver, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education, Spanish and Cultural Studies
B.A., Bluffton University, 1981; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987; Ed.D., University of St. Thomas, 2002

2005

Steven Yarnell, M.A.   
Assistant professor of health and fitness
B.S., University of Findlay, 2003; M.A., University of Findlay, 2005

2005

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August 2013