Faculty

Divisions and departments

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

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

Nancy Banman, Ph.d.
Associate Professor of Social Work

B.S., Bethel College (KS), 1979; M.S.W. University of Kansas, 1984; Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College, 1994; Bethel College (KS), 1984-1986; Colorado State University, 1993-2014; 

2015 

Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, Ph.D.
assistant professor of psychology

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

2013
Andreas Baumgartner, M.F.A.
Assistant professor of art
B.A., Bluffton University, 2008; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 2010
 
2011
Christina Bender, M.S.
Director and assistant professor of Speech Language Pathology
B.S., M.S., University of Kentucky, 2003, 2005
 2016

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

JOhn A. Burkhart, M.B.A.
Assistant professor of accounting
B.A., M.B.A., Bluffton University, 1994, 2006 

2015

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

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

Roy Couch, D.M.A.
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

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

Matthew Friesen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., Bethel College (KS), 1990, M. Div., Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1993; M.A., University of Oregon, 2010

2014

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

Jim Fultz, M.F.A.
Assistant professor of Art

B.F.A., The University of Akron, 1991; M.F.A., Ohio University, 1999

2014

Rhonda Gottschalk, M.ED.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF Health, fitness and sport science

B.S., Concord University, 2006; M.Ed., Ashland University, 2009

2015

Melissa Green, Ph.D..
Associate PROFESSOR OF Business

B.S., Ohio Northern University, 1981; MBA, Ashland University, 1985; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1995

 

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, M.B.A.
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

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

1991
Diana Kleman, Lisw-S, Ph.D. 

Assistant professor of social work
B.Ed., M.Ed., The University of Toledo, 1974, 1983; M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1992; Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2014

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

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. 
Assistant professor of education

B.A., Morehead State University, 1993; M.Ed., Ohio State University, 1997; Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2013

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

Luke MYERS, Ph.D.
Assistant PROFESSOR OF physics
B.S., Indiana University, 2004; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010 

2015

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, physical education and recreation 
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, M.B.A.
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, LISW, Ph.D.
Associate 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

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

Marathana Prothro, M.A.  
Assistant professor of communication
B.A., Southwestern College, 2003; M.A., Wichita State University, 2010

2015

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

CRYSTAL SELLERS BATTLE, D.M.A. 
ASSOCIATE 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

Chad C. Shutler, MAEd.   
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

Jamie Lyn Smith, M.F.A.  
Assistant PROFESSOR OF English
B.A., Kenyon College, 1996; M.S., Fordham University, 2008; M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 2015

2016

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

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.
Associate 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

Sherri Winegardner, d.n.p.
director and associate professor of nursing
B.S., Bluffton University, 1991; M.S.N., Medical College of Ohio, 1995; M.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2008; D.N.P., Duquesne University, 2014

2016

Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, PH.D. cand.
ASsistant PROFESSOR OF religion
B.A., Hiram College, 1997; M.Div., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2002; M.S., Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2007

2015

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

2005

 

Faculty emeriti

 

Robert K. Antibus
Professor of biology

1993-2016

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

Susan Streeter Carpenter
Associate professor of English

2005-2016

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

Michael D. Edmiston
Professor of chemistry and physics

1953-60,
1968-90

1978-2015

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

Paul P. Klassen
Professor of social work

1977-1987

Gregg Luginbuhl
Professor of art

1984-2014

William J. Lyons
Assistant professor of business
1988-2011


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

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

Burton Yost 
Professor of religion  

1961-1993

 

 

August 2016