BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will welcome Dr. Bryon Hines, whose academic experience is steeped in the liberal arts, to its psychology faculty in time for the fall semester.

“Dr. Bryon Hines brings with him a rich appreciation and understanding of the benefits of a liberal arts education and the importance of undergraduate research,” Interim President Jamie Caridi said. “I am excited to welcome him to Bethany College and am confident that he will provide exceptional instruction and mentorship to our students.”

Hines will join Bethany as an assistant professor of psychology in August from Piedmont University in Demorest, Georgia, where he taught Psychology Inquiry and Writing; Intro to Research Methods and Statistics; Human Growth and Development; Abnormal Psychology; History and Systems; and Psychology of Adulthood. He also served as a senior thesis adviser.

He also was an instructor of record, online facilitator and guest lecturer at Ohio University.

Hines has master’s and doctorate degrees in experimental psychology with concentrations in social psychology from Ohio University, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

He credits the small class sizes and meaningful relationships with his professor during his undergraduate experience at Hampden-Sydney for his academic success.

“Bryon Hines brings a deep commitment to liberal arts education from his own undergraduate work as a double major in psychology and philosophy,” said Dr. Joe Lane, provost and dean of faculty. “He is also a natural teacher who will engage Bethany’s students in asking fundamental questions and testing creative hypotheses. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Bethany faculty.”

As a professor, Hines strives to instill a foundation that helps students to understand psychology and scientific research. With that in mind, his focus is on the core concepts of psychology and critical thinking about research.

Hines strives to make all students feel welcome and supported in the classroom. He also encourages them to choose research topics that follow their own interests and experiences.

“I am excited to join the psychology department at Bethany College and assist in its mission to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education,” Hines said. “I look forward to teaching students to think critically about human behavior and hopefully inspire them to pursue answers to yet-unanswered questions.”

At Ohio University, he volunteers with the Psychology Graduate Mentoring Program and is an organizer for the annual psychology fieldwork and resource fair.

In 2020, he co-authored “Shared Disadvantages as a Determinant in the Relationship Between White Americans’ Socioeconomic Status and Racial/Ethnic Prejudice,” which appeared in the European Journal of Social Psychology. He also co-authored articles in “Collabra: Psychology” and “Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences.”

About Bethany College

Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.