College welcomes new faculty
WILMORE, KY—Asbury College welcomes several new faculty for the 2007-08 academic year.
Bonita Cairns-Descoteaux ’74 is a professor of behavioral science . Cairns-Descoteaux comes to Asbury College from Roberts Wesleyan College where she was a professor of social work and psychology. Her areas of expertise include individual, couple and family therapy. Her current research focuses on developmental processes in transcultural adoptive families. Cairns-Descoteaux received her Ed.D. from the University of Rochester, M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut, M.Ed. from Worcester State College and B.A. from Asbury College.
William Descoteaux ’72 is a professor of behavioral science. He joins Asbury College from Roberts Wesleyan College where he was a professor of social work and sociology. He served as chair of the division of social work and social sciences for 10 years. Dr. Descoteaux worked extensively with The Salvation Army 16 years before going to Roberts Wesleyan. He holds his Ph.D. from Ball State University, M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut, M.A. from Central Connecticut State University, M.Th. from Boston University and B.A. from Asbury College.
The Descoteauxs will be helping start the College’s graduate program in social work. The program will teach social work knowledge, skills and values, as well as provide internships in churches and social service agencies. All of the professors have graduate degrees in social work and experience in the social work field. An undergraduate degree in social work is not a prerequisite for this program.
Doug Smart joins the communication arts department as a TV/film-director-in-residence. Smart has 22 years of professional television experience, including serving as a director or associate director for shows such as “Empty Nest,” “Golden Girls,” and “The Lawrence Welk Show,” among other series. He has conducted a number of workshops in Russia and Bolivia and for World Gospel Missions. Smart has been teaching in communications, radio and television for 10 years and comes to Asbury College from State University of New York. He holds his M.A. from the University of Phoenix and B.S. from San Diego State University.
David Wheeler ’99 is an instructor of media communication. Wheeler holds an M.A. from the University of Kentucky and B.A. from Asbury College. He previously taught English courses at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Mississippi and at the University of Kentucky. He was a staff writer for Transylvania University and The Jessamine Journal, where he earned a number of Kentucky Press Association Awards.
Shawnee Fleenor is an instructor of English and the new director of the Asbury Academy. She holds her M.A. from Pittsburg State University and B.C.E. from Ozark Christian College. She is completing another M.A. from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. She previously taught courses at Cincinnati Christian University, Ozark Christian College, Crowder Community College and Pittsburg State University. She has published a number of articles and stories and has a special interest in prayer.
Rachel Coleman ’84 joins the world languages department as an instructor of Spanish. Coleman spent several years serving as a missionary for OMS International in Ecuador. She previously taught Spanish courses at Asbury College. Coleman holds her M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary, M.A. from University of Kentucky and B.A. from Asbury College.
New part-time faculty for the College include: Sandy Anderson, instructor of general education; Bill Hall ’91, instructor of business and economics; Joy Ireland, instructor of general education; Tim Johnson ’79, instructor of music; Michael Kane, instructor of business and economics; Brian Kinney, instructor of business and economics; Kristy Kirsh, instructor of music; Jeremy Mills ’02, instructor of graduate education; Matt Page, instructor of art; Cheryl Schell ’87, instructor of music; Susan Stallsmith ’97, instructor of graduate education; James Webb, instructor of business and economics and Aihua Yin, supervisor in the world languages department.