Bethany College Welcomes Five New Faculty for 2011-2012

BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of five new faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year. The faculty additions are: Dr. Jennifer Franko, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. Jesse Janeshek, Visiting Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Edward Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Education; Dr. Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education; and Dr. David Youngberg, Assistant Professor of Economics.

Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, stated, “I am delighted to welcome these new faculty to our academic community. Each one brings distinctive strengths and expertise in their discipline and has exhibited a commitment to excellence in the classroom.” He continued, “I am confident that their contributions to student learning at Bethany will be significant.”

Miller stated, “We are pleased to welcome such an outstanding group of new faculty. They join a deeply talented and committed assembly of teacher-scholars and, through the unique accomplishments and understanding that they bring to the community, will enhance the scope of experience our students can achieve as undergraduates at Bethany.”

Franko comes to Bethany from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety and Health, in Morgantown, W.Va. There, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Health Effects Laboratory Division. She received her Ph.D. with a specialization in the cellular and molecular basis of disease and immunology from Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and earned her B.S. in biology from Geneva College in 2002.

Janeshek received her Ph.D. in English with a creative (poetry) concentration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from Emerson College in Boston, and she received her B.A. in English from Bethany College in 2003. She is the author of “Invisible Milk: poems,” published by Iris Press in 2010 and serves as the editor of Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers, published by KWG Press in 2008. More than 30 of her poems have appeared in national poetry journals. She worked as co-director of The Brian M. Conley Young Writers’ Institute in March 2011 at the University of Tennessee.

Shepherd comes to Bethany from East Tennessee State University, where he served as Assistant Professor. He received his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2007. He earned his B.A. in history from California University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a master’s in history from IUP in social science secondary education.

Theaker received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and special education from Ohio University in 2008 and her master’s in early childhood special education from Youngstown State University in 1996. She holds a B.S. in human ecology from The Ohio State University. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience at Ohio University and has served as a consultant to the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness.

Youngberg completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University (GMU). He received his master’s in economics from GMU in 2008 and his B.A. in economics and political science from Beloit College in 2004. His teaching and research interests are in public choice, law and economics, economics and technology, and economic education. He received the Dunn Fellowship at GMU from 2007-2009 and was the Marcia Whitney Scholar, Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies from 2010-2011.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.