BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced the appointment of M.E. Yancosek Gamble as the institution’s 2010-2011 Renner Scholar and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts.
“Professor Gamble has brought a fresh perspective and a strong set of leadership skills to the Department of Communications and Media Arts,” said Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Bethany. “I look for the department to pursue a number of exciting initiatives under her leadership.”
Gamble was named Renner Visiting Scholar in Communications at Bethany in 2009. She had served for 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.
At Bethany, she has overseen the relocation of the Department of Communications and Media Arts to the Bethany House — a move expected to bring the department’s faculty and students together in one place. The new location will centralize functions of the Bethany Broadcasting Network — including radio, television and video streaming studios — as well as classrooms and laboratories supporting course work and instruction.
She has also worked to strengthen Bethany College’s collaborations with external constituencies. The College recently joined a partnership of private colleges in association with the New York Times to provide experiential learning opportunities for students interested in journalism. Additionally, she has facilitated a new relationship with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has been instrumental in bringing Art Institute faculty to Bethany to teach during the fall semester. Gamble has taught Bethany 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.
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 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.