Gamble Appointed Renner Scholar at Bethany College

3858Gamble.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. -- An experienced communication and marketing professional has been appointed the 2009-2010 Renner Visiting Scholar in Communication at Bethany College, according to Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. M.E. Yancosek Gamble will begin her position in the College's Department of Communication on August 16.

Gamble has served for the past two and a half years as director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center for the West Virginia Development Office, providing overall direction and policy implementation statewide. She worked closely with a variety of business partners to generate assistance for small business entrepreneurs in new and existing commercial ventures, emphasizing customer service and practical business training and advice.

"We are very pleased to welcome M.E. back to Bethany College where she taught earlier in her career," said Dr. Fields. "Her academic background, field experience and passion for the mission and programs of Bethany recommend her highly for this position."

In her new role at Bethany, she will teach classes in public relations, digital communication, media writing and intercultural communication. She is known throughout the United States as a trainer and presenter in such areas as business development, marketing and advertising. She has worked with the West Virginia Bankers Association, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Area Alliance. Her academic research areas include organizational and interpersonal communication as well as popular culture.

Gamble's previous teaching experience includes positions at Bethany as well as Washington & Jefferson College; Bowling Green State University, where she was a Ph.D. fellow in communication studies; Marshall University; and Fairmont State University. She completed doctoral course work in organizational communication at Bowling Green, a master's in communication studies at Marshall, and a bachelor's degree in communication studies at California University of Pennsylvania.

"It is an honor for me to return to Bethany College and to teach and advise some of America's top communication students," Gamble said. "The Bethany communication program is renowned for its rigorous instruction, hands-on approach to learning and excellent internship opportunities.

"In the fast-moving world of information and media today, serving as a faculty member among talented students in an outstanding program such as Bethany's will be a challenging and rewarding experience," she said.

A native of Washington, Pa., Gamble previously served as director of small business and Main Street development for the Loudoun County (Va.) Department of Economic Development and director of the Fairmont State Community and Technical College Regional Small Business Development Center.

She has been a consultant and trainer for a variety of businesses, agencies and organizations, including the United Way and The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. Her professional experience includes retail marketing and public relations for several regional shopping malls.

Bethany College, founded in 1840, is one of America's premier private colleges, offering contemporary studies in more than 25 academic fields within a classical, liberal arts tradition. Located less than one hour from Pittsburgh, Bethany annually receives national rankings among America's most distinguished small colleges. In a comprehensive, national survey of higher education by Forbes magazine, Bethany placed in the top 100 with the highest ranking of any West Virginia college or university.

The College was identified as one of the nation's top bargains in higher education in the tenth edition of "Barron's Best Buys in College Education," one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron's for offering the best combination of an outstanding education and an affordable price.