Asbury College announces promotions and tenure

WILMORE, KY—During the spring meeting in March 2009, the Board of Trustees for Asbury College has approved the promotion and tenure of several faculty and staff members. The College announces the promotions of Mr. Paul Dupree, Dr. Neil Anderson and Dr. Glen Flanigan; and tenure for professors Dr. Kevin Anderson, Dr. Duk Lee, Dr. Linda Stratford and Prof. Keith Barker.

Mr. Paul Dupree was promoted to assistant vice president for information services. He has been the CIO and director of information services at Asbury College since July 2000. Dupree is responsible for managing all technology at Asbury College, which he does with the help of 15 full-time technology professionals and more than 20 students workers. He has also taught a graduate school course in instructional technology and a business technology management course to undergraduate students at the College. Dupree received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury College and master’s degree in Management of Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Neil Anderson was promoted to professor of theology. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. and M. Phil. from Drew University in the area of systematic and historical theology, an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and his B.A. from Asbury College in Greek and Hebrew. Dr. Anderson teaches courses in Christian theology, theology of John Wesley, pastoral theology, modern theology and New Testament. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include patristics, especially the early Eastern church fathers, as well as New Testament background and thought.

Dr. Glen Flanigan was promoted to associate professor of music education. Dr. Flanigan conducts both the Asbury College Concert Band and the Asbury College Jazz Ensemble. In addition, he teaches private lessons for low brass instruments and classes on instrumental music education and conducting. Prior to joining the Asbury faculty in 2001, Professor Flanigan was a high school band director in Iowa for 17 years. He is a graduate of Asbury College and holds his M.S. in music education from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in music with a major in music education from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Kevin Anderson received tenure in the Bible/Theology and Philosophy department. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from London School of Theology/Brunel University, M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Trinity Bible College. He teaches courses in Understanding the New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Writings of John, Biblical Interpretation, and Christian Theology. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include Luke-Acts studies, the Johannine literature, the Letter to the Hebrews, and biblical hermeneutics. He has published “But God Raised Him from the Dead”: The Theology of Jesus’ Resurrection in Luke-Acts, has contributed to the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible and the Wesley Study Bible, and is currently working on a commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews for the New Beacon Bible Commentary series.

Dr. Duk Lee received tenure in the mathematics department. Dr. Lee earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from Inha University in Incheon of South Korea, a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from Arizona State University. Dr. Lee has been teaching at Asbury College since the fall of 2001. Dr. Lee’s research interests include origami and its connections to math, art and science. His exhibit “Origami: The Art of Science and Mathematics,” features more than 50 origami works including geometric forms, animal, insect and plant figures. The exhibit runs March 30 through May 1 at the W.T. Young Library, the Fine Arts Library and the Science Library on the University of Kentucky campus.

Dr. Linda Stratford is receiving tenure in the art department. Dr. Stratford is the chair of the art department and a Lilly Scholar. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in history, with emphasis in art and society in France. Her life passion is teaching and learning. Before her Ph.D. she completed an undergraduate degree in art from Vanderbilt University and spent a year studying art history in France. She makes regular research trips to France and is currently teaching art history. In 2005 she was appointed Lilly Scholar at Asbury College, enabling her to pursue research on the theological foundation for calling in the visual arts.

Prof. Keith Barker is receiving tenure in the art department. Prof. Barker received his M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and B.A. from Asbury College. His interests include the sensitivity to the passage of time, and photography’s role in seemingly stopping time in some cases and showing time in others. His recent exhibit “Sacred Spaces” explored sites of spiritual transformation and challenge. Prof. Barker captured a range of possible sacred spaces through the contemplative exploration of Kentucky hillsides, chapels, campuses, camp meeting grounds, slave trails and other sites of personal and societal encounter within the Bluegrass.

Released: April 20, 2009

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