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.
Professor Rader began working at Asbury in the fall of 2010. She moved back to the United States after living and teaching overseas in Seoul, Korea for twenty-four years at Seoul Foreign School (an American Christian international school serving expatriate students from all over the world). Before going overseas, Prof. Rader graduated from Asbury University in 1980 with a B.S. in Physical Education and a minor in Music (piano). After teaching PE for five years, she earned two masters degrees; a M.S. in Educational Leadership and a M.A.
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.
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2013
B.A., Oral Roberts University, 2010
For the past two years, Mark has provided support and guidance for the online courses offered at Asbury. Primarily he worked with instructors to assist them with developing courses, and he also trained faculty in the new technology used in the online degree program. In addition, Mark worked as the assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where he was involved in various academic initiatives. Currently, he serves as the Ministry Management Program Coordinator.
Mrs. Wilson has been the staff assistant for APS for five years. She works with students, faculty and staff to assist with any needs that arise. She has enjoyed meeting the many students that have been through the APS program. Mrs. Wilson finds it a joy to be able to encourage and assist students with their goal of completing their degree. There are so many success stories with students who are a part of the APS program.
Mrs. Wilson and her husband enjoy gardening and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
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.