Sara Porter joined the Graduate and Professional Studies staff as an Instructional Designer in 2012. She has a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communications from Asbury University ('03). Sara provides training and support for faculty with their online courses at Asbury University.
Sara feels incredibly blessed to be married to her best friend, Jared ('01), and loves playing with her two daughters- Hannah and Eden. She enjoys spending time with friends, working in the yard, and traveling.
In a series of features, we’ll highlight some of Asbury University’s students who are enrolled in “non-traditional” programs — Online, Degree-completion and Graduate. To find out more about these programs, please visit: Asbury University Online, Adult Professional Studies, School of Education Graduate Degrees.
The traditional path to success in the United States, educationally speaking, goes something like this: high school, college, job.
WILMORE, Ky. — The Council for Social Work Education has granted accreditation to Asbury University’s Master of Social Work program, making Asbury one of only two private universities in Kentucky to offer an accredited degree.
The five-year accreditation effort was successful, marking the conclusion of a process that encompassed four site visits, interviews with students and faculty and close scrutiny of the program’s curriculum.
Mrs. Edin joined Asbury University in 2010 and works with institutional assessment, accreditation, and planning. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Modern European History, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Kentucky in Educational Policy and Evaluation. In her spare time (when there is any!), she loves running, painting, and spending time with her husband, Matt, and their dogs.
Josh Fee joined the Adult Professional Studies staff as Assistant Director in 2007 and is now serving as the Program Director. Josh has a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies from Hanover College. Josh is completing a Doctor of Education in Educational Technology at Morehead State University. Josh also currently teaches online college courses in Old Testament and has also taught courses in the APS Leadership and Ministry and Management and Ethics degree programs.
Dr. Hall majored in elementary and middle-school education while at Asbury and taught in the public school system before earning a master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. He currently holds a doctorate in education from the University of Kentucky in Instruction and Administration, with a concentration in Instructional Design. Dr. Hall's research interests include the use of lecture capture, technology instruction, instructional design and online pedagogy in order to more effectively achieve student learning outcomes.
Dr. Melanie Starks Kierstead, “Dr. K“, Director of GPS-MAPS (My Achievement Pathway Services), the Navigation Center
Dr. K's academic professional credits (listed below) include a Ph.D. (Drew University, NJ) & five assorted Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, as well as two decades of University teaching and advising. She has taught and advised at Asbury University for 13 years.