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Messiah College announces new faculty members for 2005-2006

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Aug. 3, 2005) – Messiah College announces its new faculty members for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Elizabeth J. Andrews, lecturer in English, has a one-year appointment at Messiah College. Andrews has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary arts from Shippensburg University, a master’s degree in English from Temple University and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Pennsylvania State University. Andrews most recently held an educational research position at Pennsylvania State University.

Sharon L. Baker, assistant professor of theology, has a graduate diploma in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in theological studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, both in Fort Worth, Texas. Baker is currently working on her doctorate of philosophy degree in religious studies at Southern Methodist University. She has been an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, including Southern Methodist University and Dallas Community College, both in Dallas, Texas.

Paul A. Johns, lecturer in human development and family science, has a one-year appointment at Messiah College. Johns has a bachelor’s degree in family studies from Messiah College and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Johns was most recently a clinical therapist for CONCERN Counseling Services.

Obed Mfum-Mensah, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, has a bachelor’s degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.; a master’s degree in educational studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada; and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Toronto. Mfum-Mensah was most recently a consultant for the World Bank Institute for Human Development.

George F. Pickens, Ph.D., associate professor of global ministries, has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies from Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Ky.; a master’s degree in African studies from The Ohio University; and a doctorate of philosophy degree in theology from the University of Birmingham in England. Pickens comes from Kentucky Christian University, where he was a professor and the department chair for the missions and intercultural studies department.

Kate D. Simcox, assistant professor of communication, has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, and a master’s degree in communication studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Simcox completed her doctorate of philosophy degree from Bowling Green State University in May and was most recently teaching communication courses at Bluffton and Bowling Green universities.

P. Christopher Staecker, Ph.D., assistant professor in mathematical sciences, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and a doctorate of philosophy in mathematics from UCLA in Los Angeles. Staecker was most recently a teaching assistant at UCLA.

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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ARTICLE DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2005
ARTICLE NUMBER: MC-079-05

 

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