New Faculty Bring Passion for Teaching to Asbury

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education are pleased to announce the hire of six full-time faculty members for the 2012-13 academic year.

Paul V. Hamilton, Ph.D., is an associate professor of economics. Hamilton is president and CEO of USA Economics, Inc., a publishing company devoted to developing high-quality, low-cost solutions to financial planning. He has also served as the Director of Economic Development Research at Marshall University, in addition to his teaching responsibilities. His articles have been published in several refereed journals and conference proceedings books.

Sherry W. Powers, Ed.D., is a professor of education and Dean of the School of Education. Powers comes to Asbury University from Western Kentucky University where she served as the Director of the School of Teacher Education and Associate Dean. Sherry has also been active in research projects in cooperation with organizations such as the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development and the Kentucky Department of Education, and has served in leadership positions on many committees and boards, including the Asbury University Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees, as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Jonathan B. Roller, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of worship arts. Roller brings to Asbury University more than 20 years’ experience conducting orchestras in styles ranging from a youth orchestra to a Chamber orchestra, a symphony orchestra and a philharmonic orchestra. He has taught part-time for the past 15 years at Asbury University, focusing first in the area of music and more recently in worship arts, serving also as the coordinator of Chapel music for the past eight years. 

Carey Ruiz, Ph.D., is an instructor of sociology. Ruiz successfully defended her doctoral dissertation from the University of Kentucky in January 2012. Areas in which she has specialized over her academic career have been areas of social inequality, such as race, class and gender, and social psychology, having also earned a certificate in Women’s Studies from Western Kentucky University.

Dezirae E. Shukla, M.A., is an instructor of French. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Shukla has been actively involved in founding and recruiting for various clubs and gatherings for French students from the initial organization and planning, to recruiting, advocating and establishing these groups. She has studied in both Paris and Italy and has been published in Impressions Undergraduate Journal 3.

Joshua B. Smith, M.F.A., is an assistant professor of graphic design. Smith is the owner and designer of Dovetail Studios, an online art studio and has worked in photography, printmaking and hand screen-printing. His experience also includes advertisements, illustrations and audio/visual work. He was Artist-in-Residence at the Dolma Ling Nunnery in Dolma Ling, Dharamsala, India.

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