College welcomes new faculty

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College welcomes new full-time and part-time faculty.

Sharon Bryson

Sharon C. Bryson, M.S.S.W
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Prof. Bryson comes to Asbury College from the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass where she served as a child victim therapist. She is a licensed clinical social worker, teacher (in the states and abroad), and has been active on the local and national level of North American Association of Christians in Social Work. She is a 1971 graduate of Asbury College. Bryson also received her M.A. from Western Kentucky University, M.A.R. from Asbury Theological Seminary and M.S.S.W. from the University of Louisville.


James Carpenter

James Carpenter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Carpenter comes to Asbury College from Lipscomb University. His areas of expertise include wildlife and fisheries sciences and conservation. He has developed courses in biology, ecology, ecosystems and biodiversity. In 2007, Dr. Carpenter completed a sabbatical in Catacamus, Honduras. Working with a medical mission, he developed a tree nursery with 100 citrus trees and 700 mahogany and acacias. He has published and presented his research on crayfish, elk and turtle populations. Dr. Carpenter holds his B.S. from Kent State University, M.S. from Abilene Christian University, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.


Steve Clements, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Clements comes to Asbury College from the University of Kentucky, where he directed the Institute for Educational Research, managed an Ed.D. program, and taught courses in policy and politics for the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation.  He has also spent portions of his career in professional and educational positions in Washington, DC, Chicago, Nashville, and Frankfort.  He has written and presented on a wide variety of topics in politics and education.  He will be developing political science courses and programs for the College during the coming academic year, and also chairing the Department of Business, Economics, and Political Science.  Dr. Clements is a 1983 graduate of Asbury College, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.


Mike Cuckler

Mike Cuckler, D.Miss.
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science
Dr. Cuckler came on board as a full-time faculty during spring semester of 2008. Prior to his teaching responsibilities at Asbury College, Dr. Cuckler served as a Crusade Associate and Evangelism Instruction for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association traveling extensively throughout North America. He has served as pastor and speaker, served in community youth organization, and taken several teams on short- term missions trips. Dr. Cuckler received his M.A. and D.Miss. from Asbury Theological Seminary and his B.A. from Asbury College.


Janet Dean

Janet Dean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Dean has served Asbury College in the Center for Counseling since 2004, teaching part-time both at Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary during those years. She has earned numerous awards and honors for her work, published and presented in her discipline and is currently working on several research projects. Dr. Dean holds her Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from Ohio State University, M.Div. and M.A. in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and B.A. from the University of Akron.


Linda Powell France, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Education
Prof. France previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education. She was responsible for the Bureau of Learning and Results, Office of Teaching and Learning and Office of Leadership and School Improvement, among other offices. She spent 26 years in the Jessamine County school system, serving as superintendent from 1998 to 2004. She also served as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum. She holds her Superintendent Certification, Certification in Educational Administration and Rank I from Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychology and B.A. in English and Speech from the University of Kentucky.


Brian Hull

Brian Hull, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries
Prof. Hull comes to Asbury College from the Church of the Nazarene Youth International for the United States and Canada. He was responsible for organizing and overseeing youth events. He lead seminars training volunteer youth workers, co-founded a supportive outdoor adventure organization for youth groups, published articles relating to youth, and lead annual missions trips. Prof. Hull has taught at Nazarene Theological Seminary as well as a variety of different settings and conventions throughout the country. He holds his M.A. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University.


Brian Kinney

Brian Kinney, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Finance and Management
Prof. Kinney has prepared business cases for initiatives across North America, traveling frequently within the country as well as to Mexico and Canada. Most recently in his work with Lexmark as finance manager, World-Wide Information Technology, he carried responsibility for reporting, planning and analysis of financial results within the information technology function. He has negotiated contracts, conducted training sessions, working with associates from Europe, Asia and Latin America, and traveling to France as well. He’s also co-president of the Lafayette Band Association. Kinney received his B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.


Nick Placido

Nick Placido, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Placido comes from the Chicago Christian Counseling Center where he has served through individual, group, and marital therapy, offering training and consultation as a licensed clinical social worker and therapist. He has supervised day treatment staff, LCSW candidates, and multiple undergraduate and graduate interns. He’s made numerous presentations to colleagues and community groups. Dr. Placido holds his Psy.D. and M.A. from Wheaton College, M.S.W. from Florida State University and B.A. from Houghton College.


Lynn Schmidt

Lynn Shmidt, D.Miss.
Associate Professor of Missions

Dr. Shmidt served the Church of the Nazarene for 17 years in Botswana and South Africa, planting six churches, beginning several preaching points, opening four extensions training centers, and developing church leadership, pastors, and the youth ministry. While there he taught in the Africa Nazarene School of Extension. Dr. Shmidt is coming to Asbury College from Ohio Christian University where he has taught for the past several years. He earned his D.Miss. and M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary and B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University.


Margaret Smith

Margaret Park Smith, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art
Prof. Smith has exhibited her work in Colorado, Montana, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina and Kentucky. She has served as program director, public exhibition space coordinator, curator and gallery coordinator in several different states, and is the artist/owner of the Dovetail Shop & Studio-online. She won the NCECA Emerging Artist 2006 and SEEN Emerging Artist, CIVA awards. Smith received her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. from Wheaton College.


Emily Walsh

Emily Walsh, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of AccountingFor the last 10 years, Prof. Walsh has worked with Lexmark International. She has carried increasing levels of responsibility through her diligence and innovative approach to her work. She was awarded the “Make It Happen” award from Lexmark management on three different occasions and was hand picked last year to spearhead the financial operations for Canadian customers. She has served on the Audit Committee and been responsible for payrolls for up to 4,200 employees. She received her M.B.A. from Norwich University and her B.A. from Asbury College in 1998.


New part-time instructors include: Alice Barrette, world languages; Christine Carucci, music; Sarah Jane Gray, art; Robin Hartman, English; Kim Heersche, music; Bonnie Lashbrook, education; Craig Mosqueda, HPERA; Melanie Noble, behavioral sciences; Mary Anne Pollock, education; Ron Sharp, music; Rick St. Peter, communication arts; Phil Tallon, Bible-theology & philosophy; and Amy Wheeler, English.

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