Social Work Grad Students Visit State Capitol

Dozens of Asbury University’s graduate students in the Masters of Social Work program, as well as several field instructors, recently joined social workers from around Kentucky at the National Association of Social Workers Lobby Day in Frankfort.

Sara Porter

Instructional Designer

Sara Porter joined the School of Graduate and Professional Studies as an Instructional Designer in 2012. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communications from Asbury University and a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Kentucky. Mrs. Porter provides course design and development support for faculty who are teaching online at Asbury University.

Finishing What She Started: Lucy Kilmer

In a series of features, we’ll highlight some of Asbury University’s students who are enrolled in “non-traditional” programs — Online, Degree-completion and Graduate. To find out more about these programs, please visit: Asbury University Online, Adult Professional Studies, School of Education Graduate Degrees.

A Tradition of Excellence

Asbury University graduate students spent time in a local elementary school during their course work.
Asbury University graduate students spent time in a local elementary school during their course work.

The traditional path to success in the United States, educationally speaking, goes something like this: high school, college, job.

Accreditation Granted to MSW Program

WILMORE, Ky. — The Council for Social Work Education has granted accreditation to Asbury University’s Master of Social Work program, making Asbury one of only two private universities in Kentucky to offer an accredited degree.

The five-year accreditation effort was successful, marking the conclusion of a process that encompassed four site visits, interviews with students and faculty and close scrutiny of the program’s curriculum.

Josh Fee

Director of Adult Professional Studies

Josh Fee joined the Adult Professional Studies staff in 2007 and serves as the Program Director.  Josh also currently teaches courses in the APS Leadership and Ministry degree program.  Prior to Asbury University, Josh directed middle and high school age student ministries at Clemmons First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Family: Josh and his wife, Jenna, have been married for 11 years.  Both are from Lexington, KY and attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.  They have two children, James and Sydney.

Bill Hall

Dean of the School of GPS

Dr. Hall majored in elementary and middle-school education while at Asbury and taught in the public school system before earning a master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. He currently holds a doctorate in education from the University of Kentucky in Instruction and Administration, with a concentration in Instructional Design. Dr. Hall's research interests include the use of lecture capture, technology instruction, instructional design and online pedagogy in order to more effectively achieve student learning outcomes.

Melanie Kierstead

Director of the GPS MAPS - The Navigation Center

Dr. Melanie Starks Kierstead, “Dr. K“, Director of GPS-MAPS (My Achievement Pathway Services), the Navigation Center

Dr. K's academic professional credits (listed below) include a Ph.D. (Drew University, NJ) & five assorted Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, as well as two decades of University teaching and advising. She has taught and advised at Asbury University for 13 years.

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