Asbury welcomes new faculty for 2010-11

Students leaving chapel at Asbury University.WILMORE, KY—Asbury University’s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Communication Arts are pleased to announce the hire of seven full-time faculty members for the 2010-11 academic year.

George Martin Bilderback, D.V.M., is an associate professor of equine management. He comes to Asbury from Midway College where he was a professor and division chair of the Equine Studies Department. Prior to that Dr. Bilderback was associate professor and department head of Agriculture and Equine Studies at Hiwassee College (Tenn.). His teaching experience includes classes in animal science, agricultural business, evaluation, judging, and anatomy/physiology of farm animals. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Ben F. Brammell ’98, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of biology. Dr. Brammell previously served as a full-time research scientist at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Civil Engineering. He has served as a member of the Appalachian Math and Science Biology Education Committee, developing curriculum; and has chaired the Kentucky Academy of Science physiology and biochemistry section. Dr. Brammell has previously taught courses at the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University and Tennessee Technological University.

Channon Horn, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of education. Dr. Horn recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in special education leadership. She also holds her Rank 1, M.A. and B.S. in special education for moderate to severe disorders. She taught special education in Bourbon County Public Schools for seven years. She has also served as a practicum supervisor and instructor for Asbury University and the University of Kentucky education programs. Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Horn was a youth services coordinator for the Chrysalis House Substance Abuse Center.

Josh Overbay, M.F.A., is an assistant professor of media communication. Overbay recently completed his M.F.A. from Regent University in Cinema-Television with an emphasis in film direction. There he received many honors and accolades including 2010 Outstanding Student and National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Overbay received his B.A. in theology and philosophy from Trinity International University. He has also studied at Jerusalem University College and Wheaton College.

Helen Rader ’80, M.A.Ed., is full-time faculty member in education and adult professional studies. She holds her Rank 1, and M.A. in educational leadership. She has been teaching for more than 20 years at Seoul Foreign School, in Seoul, Korea. While at Seoul Foreign School she taught K-12 physical education, kindergarten, first and fourth grades. The last three years, Rader served as a high school counselor. Rader also coached various sports and served as a disciple to students.

J.P. Rader ’83, M.A.Ed., is an assistant professor of education and head women’s volleyball coach at Asbury. He also holds a Rank 1 Teaching Certificate and an M.A. in educational leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. He taught high school social studies and served as the assistant principal at Seoul Foreign School in Korea from 1989-2009. Prior to going to Korea, Rader was an instructor of physical education and athletic director at Young Harris College from 1984-87. 

David R. Swartz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of history. Dr. Swartz has been teaching and researching at Notre Dame University as a Sorin postdoctoral fellow under Mark Noll. He has a book under contract, a book section in progress and under review, as well as other publications completed. He has served as chair of the Conservative Mennonite Conference Historical Committee and the CMC Centennial History Book Editorial Committee, completed pastoral training, and served as book editor of Reflections, journal of the Missionary Church Historical Society. 

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