BVU Announces New Faculty Members

BVU Announces New Faculty Members

BVU Announces New Faculty Members
New faculty include: (front) Dan Strohmyer, Tracy Thomas, Brittany Garling, (back) Dominic Worrell, Katie Frick, Baizhou Chen, Jingxia Wu and Benjamin Maas.

Buena Vista University has announced faculty changes for the 2014-15 academic year including retirements, promotions and nine new professors.

"I am very happy to say we continue to recruit excellent faculty members who are committed to BVU's mission to provide outstanding academic, personal and professional preparation for our students," says Dr. David Evans, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "This year's new faculty bring very strong credentials, a breadth of professional and teaching experience, and wonderful new perspectives to campus. I am excited to welcome them and look forward to working with them as they join our community."

The changes reflect additions to the faculty or replacement of some open positions. Two faculty members, Dr. Richard Lampe, professor emeritus of biology and Dr. Sue Cullers, professor of accounting, retired in May.

The new faculty members are:

Baizhou Chen, assistant professor of accounting. Chen earned a bachelor of science degree from University of Minnesota, Crookston, Minnesota, in 2003 and a master's of business administration from St. John's University, Queens, New York, in 2005. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and licensed and registered in the states of New York and Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Chen was a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, serving as full-time faculty of accounting in the business department and was the founding advisor for the school's first Accounting Society or accounting student club. He is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Katie Frick, assistant athletic trainer and lecturer in athletic training. She received her bachelor's degree in athletic training from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2010 and her master's degree in exercise science from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, in 2012. Frick served as an adjunct professor at Ferrum College while holding the position of assistant athletic trainer. She most recently worked for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona as an assistant athletic trainer and holds a variety of certifications and professional memberships.

Brittany Garling, assistant professor of teaching English as a second language (TESL). Garling earned her bachelor's degree in Spanish and secondary education from Wartburg College in Waverly (2005), and she received her master's degree (2008) and will receive her doctorate degree (2014) in foreign language education and ESL education from the University of Iowa College of Education. Garling was an English language arts adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids while also working at the University of Iowa College of Education as a teaching assistant in foreign language and ESL education. She is bilingual in Spanish and has volunteered in the Wilton and Durant communities as a tutor for teenagers and adults.

Benjamin Maas, assistant professor of environmental science. Maas was awarded his bachelor's degrees in geology and geophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2008, and he received his master's degree in hydrogeology from Illinois State University in 2010 and will receive his doctorate in geology with specialization in carbonate geochemistry from Louisiana State University in 2014. Before joining the faculty at BVU, he was an instructor/lecturer in physical geology and a teaching assistant at Louisiana State University.

Miranda Pollock, visiting assistant professor of graphic design. She earned her bachelor's degree in pre-graduate studio art in 2001 and her master's degree in graphic design in 2003 from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before coming to BVU, she was an assistant professor of graphic design at University of Minnesota Duluth for seven years and is president of a small start-up company.

Daniel Strohmyer, assistant professor of education and director of master of education program. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska, Kearney in 1995 and his master's degree in education, technology integration in learning emphasis from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2008. Strohmyer is currently working toward his doctorate from Walden University in education with an emphasis in educational psychology: learning, instruction and innovation. He previously held the position of technology integrationist for the Sioux Central Community School District.

Dr. Tracy Thomas, assistant professor of psychology. Thomas received her bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish from Drake University in 2003, her master's degree in clinical psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006 and her doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 2010. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Iowa and has worked as a private forensic psychological practitioner and a clinical director at Cherokee Mental Health Institute. Thomas was also recently an adjunct faculty member for BVU, teaching various courses in psychology.

Dominic Worrell, head athletic trainer and lecturer in athletic training. He earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, in 2008 and his master's degree in kinesiology with athletic training emphasis from Michigan State University in East Lansing. He holds a variety of certifications and was most recently the head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine at Ferrum College.

Jingxia Wu, Chinese instructor. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Tianjin University of Technology in Tianjin, China in 2008. Wu has worked at the Tianjin Language Institute as a director and Chinese language teacher. In her role as director, she was responsible for management of the school and the students, and she also developed professional relationships with individuals from many different countries, including Japan, the United States, France, Denmark, Germany, Thailand and Korea.

Faculty appointments and promotions that were previously announced and are effective this academic year: Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya was promoted to the rank of professor of philosophy and religion; Dr. Melanie Hauser received tenure and was promoted to the rank of associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Bryan Kampbell received tenure and was promoted to the rank of associate professor of communication studies; and Dr. Kathryn McKinley was promoted to the rank of associate professor of social work.