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Faculty

Current faculty

Jonathan Andreas, Ph.D.
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.  
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

Michael Barrett, M.A.Ed.  
Assistant professor of criminal justice
B.A., M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace College, 1981, 1989

2017

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.
Associate professor of art
B.A., Bluffton University, 2008; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 2010
 
2011

Amanda Beard, M.S.
Assistant professor of exercise science
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 2006; M.S., Liberty University, 2018

 2019 (spring)

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

Robin Bowlus, M.B.A.
Vice president for enrollment and marketing
B.F.A., Ohio University, 1998; M.B.A. Bluffton University, 2017

2003

Emily Buckell, M.A. 
Assistant professor of Spanish
B.A., Bluffton University, 2001; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 2009

2017

John A. Burkhart, C.M.A., C.F.M., M.B.A., C.P.A.
Associate 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., M.Ed., Washburn University, 1972, 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.
Associate professor of music
B.M., Kent State University, 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.
Associate 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

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

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

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

2016

Melissa Green, Ph.D.
Associate professor of business

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

 2016

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 

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

Hans Houshower, Ph.D.
Vice president for advancement
B.A., Goshen College, 1975; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1983

1983

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

Bo Young Kang, D.M.A.
Assistant professor of music
B.M., Sook Myung Women's University (Seoul, Korea), 2003; M.M., Pennsylvania State University, 2012; D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2018

2018

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

1991

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

Sarah Lehman, M.S.
Assistant professor of biology
B.A., Taylor University, 1999; M.A. University of Findlay, 2001; M.S. University of Nebraska, Kearney, 2016

2019

Andrew Liebermann, D.M.A.
Visiting assistant professor of music
B.M., Bowling Green State University, 2005; M.M., D.M.A., University of Rochester, 2007, 2012

 2017

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

Heidi Mercer, M.S.S.A.
Assistant professor of social work
B.A., University of Findlay, 2006; M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2008

2017

Melissa Mical, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of English
B.A., St. Fisher College, 2001; M.F.A., Chatham University, 2007; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2013; Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2017

2019

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

1996

Christopher Morrissey, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of sociology
B.A., University of Delaware, 1995; M.Ed., University of California, Los Angeles, 2000; M.A., Santa Clara University, 2005; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2012

2019

Amy K. Mullins, Ph.D. 
Associate 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. R.D., L.D.
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, M.A.Ed.
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

L. Lamar Nisly, Ph.D.  
Vice president and 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., L.I.S.W.
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

Gary L. Schiefer, M.B.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

Trevor Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP
Assistant professor of speech-language, pathology and audiology
B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2004; M.S., Miami University, 2015

2019

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

2005

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

2006

Melissa Michal Slocum, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of English
B.A., St. John Fisher College, 2001; M.F.A., Chatham University, 2007; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2013; Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2017
2019
Kathryn R. Spike, M.A.
Assistant professor of English
B.A., Bluffton University, 1993; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1995
 
2010

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

2007

Phillip Talavinia, M.B.A.
Interim vice president of student life and director of athletics
B.A., Anderson University, 1985; M.B.A., Bluffton University

1985

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

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

2009

Paul Neufeld Weaver, Ed.D.
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.
Associate professor of nursing
B.S.N., 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 (spring)

Jane M. Wood, Ph.D.
President; Professor of English
B.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1989; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas 1991, 1999; Baker University, 1999-2002; University of Missouri, 2002-2006; Park University, KS, 2006-2013; Westminster College, PA, 2013-2016; Mount Marty College, SD, 2016-2018

2018

Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of religion
B.A., Hiram College, 1997; M.Div., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2002; M.S., Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2007; Ph.D. Emory University, 2018

2015

Steven Yarnell, M.A.   
Assistant professor of health and fitness
B.S., 2003; M.A., University of Findlay, 2003, 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
1984-1998

Michael D. Edmiston
Professor of chemistry and physics

1978-2015

Richard D. Hansgen
Professor of education

1987-2004

James M. Harder
President emeritus; Professor of economics

2001-2006
2006-2018

Harvey C. Hiebert 
Librarian

1965-1997

Donald E. Hooley
Professor of mathematics

1994-2018

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

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

Hamid A. Rafizadeh
Professor of business

2005-2019

W. Todd Rainey
Professor of biology

1989-2019

Wesley D. Richard
Professor of communication

1983-2003

William E. Slater
Professor of psychology

1992-2018

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

Sally Weaver Sommer
Vice president and dean of academic affairs; Professor of economics

1982-2017

Barbara A. Stettler
Associate professor of family and consumer sciences

1970-2000

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

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

 

August 2019

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