Bethany Announces Six New Faculty Members for 2012-13
BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of six new faculty members for the 2012-13 academic year.
New members of the faculty are: Dr. Scott Brothers, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Holly Hillgardner, Renner Visiting Scholar (Religious Studies); Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education; Dr. Brandon Lamson, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts; and Dr. Joseph Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, remarked, “I am delighted to welcome these new faculty to Bethany.  Their expertise and commitment to teaching will enrich and enliven our academic community to the benefit of our students.” He continued, “I am confident that their contributions to student learning at Bethany will be significant.”
 “This group of new faculty is outstanding and it’s a pleasure to welcome them to Bethany College. They will add even more depth to an already committed assembly of teacher-scholars. Their accomplishments and complete understanding of the community will only serve to further enrich the experience of our students have as undergraduates at Bethany,” Miller said.
Brothers received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2011, and acquired his B.A. in chemistry in 2005 from Wheeling Jesuit University. Brothers has served as a chemistry lecturer at Texas A&M and has also performed as a research assistant since 2005 when he began his graduate studies. He has presented at multiple American Chemical Society National Meetings and his work has also appeared in several chemistry publications.
Hillgardner comes to Bethany with a background in English as she taught at the Bronx Preparatory, South Bronx Preparatory and Arlington High School, as well as serving as a teacher in the New York Theological Seminary D. Min Program in justice and faith-rooted organizing. She received her M.T.S. in theological studies in 2005 from Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, and received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.
Icard graduated from Walden University in 2008 where she received her M.S. in education. She received her B.S. in education from Ohio University in 2005. Icard has been employed with Marshall County Schools since 2005 and her experience includes pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and third grade, as well as an elementary interventionist. She has also worked with Early Education Consultants, LLC, since 2010.
Lamson received his Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston in 2010; his M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University in 1996; and his B.A. in English from the University of Maryland in 1993. His most recent employment has been with Houston University since 2005 serving as a visiting assistant professor and teaching fellow within the English department. His writings have appeared in multiple publications including the “Milton Quarterly” and the “Pebble Lake Review.”
Smith graduated with his Ph.D. in communication research and theory from Florida State University in 2007. He received his M.A. in mass communication from the University of Hartford in 2002, and his B.A. in communication studies rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island in 1999. Until now, Smith served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Connecticut which began in 2008. His current in-progress work is titled “At the local GameStop: inside and outside the video game organic community.”
Walsh is expected to receive his Ph.D. in mathematics from Stony Brook University in August. He graduated with his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Rutgers University in 2006. Walsh, during his Ph.D. program, also worked as a part-time administrator in the math learning center at Stony Brook. In addition, he has taught various courses in mathematics at the university since 2007.
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.