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Six join Bethany College

August 19, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

BETHANY - The faculty at Bethany College has added six new faces to its ranks.

Joining the faculty are Scott Brothers, assistant professor of chemistry; Holly Hillgardner, Renner Visiting Scholar (religious studies); Angela Icard, assistant professor of reading education; Brandon Lamson, assistant professor of English; Jason Smith, assistant professor of communications and media arts; and Joseph Walsh, assistant professor of mathematics.

Brothers received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2011 and his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 2005 from Wheeling Jesuit University. He served as a chemistry lecturer at Texas A&M and has also performed as a research assistant since 2005, when he began his graduate studies. He has presented at multiple American Chemical Society National Meetings and his work has also appeared in several chemistry publications.

Hillgardner comes to Bethany with a background in English, having taught at the Bronx Preparatory, South Bronx Preparatory and Arlington High School as well as serving at the New York Theological Seminary. She received her master's degree in theological studies in 2005 from Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, and her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.

Icard earned her master's in education from Walden University in 2008 and a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 2005. She has been employed with Marshall County Schools since 2005 and has experience in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and third grade, as well as an elementary interventionist. She worked with Early Education Consultants since 2010.

Lamson received his Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston in 2010, a master's degree in creative writing from Indiana University in 1996; and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland in 1993. He worked with Houston University since 2005, serving as a visiting assistant professor and teaching fellow in the English department. His writings have appeared in multiple publications including the Milton Quarterly and the Pebble Lake Review.

Smith graduated with his Ph.D. in communication research and theory from Florida State University in 2007. He received his master's degree in mass communication from the University of Hartford in 2002 and his bachelor's degree in communication studies rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island in 1999. He served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Connecticut since 2008. His current in-progress work is titled "At the local GameStop: inside and outside the video game organic community."

Walsh plans to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from Stony Brook University in August, having earned his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Rutgers University in 2006. Walsh, during his Ph.D. program, also worked as a part-time administrator in the math learning center at Stony Brook. In addition, he taught various courses in mathematics at the university since 2007.

Scott D.Miller, president of Bethany College, said the accomplishments and understanding of the new faculty members "will only serve to further enrich the experience our students have as undergraduates."

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