new professors take places in classrooms

August 13, 2010

PLAINVIEW – As new and returning students move into the dorms this weekend, they aren’t the only ones preparing for new challenges at Wayland Baptist University this fall. New faculty members in the schools of education, fine arts, music and math and sciences will take their places when classes begin on Wednesday.

              Kristen Jones was hired as Wayland’s coach for the new competitive cheer and dance teams. Jones earned a bachelor of applied science and mathematics degree from Stephen F. Austin University in communications advertising and kinesiology, and will soon complete her master’s degree. She is also a certified dance instructor.

              Jones comes to Wayland from McLennan Community College, where she has served as assistant director of the national champion MCC Dance Company. She is also an adjunct faculty member for McLennan and Baylor. She has taught various dance clinics and served as an instructor for the American Dance and Drill Team. She was a member of the Stephen F. Austin Pom Squad and served as an assistant coach with the team for two years.

              Steve Wood fills the position of Theatre Designer and Technical Director in the School of Fine Arts. Wood holds a master’s degree in theatre arts from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in fine arts with an emphasis on design and directing at Texas Tech University.

              Wood has taught theatrical scenery and technical theatre and has designed sets for college and community theatre groups.

              Brian Kuhnert will teach with the School of Music as a visiting professor of voice and opera and musical theatre. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, and is working toward a doctorate in voice at Texas Tech University. Kuhnert has served as a graduate instructor in voice at Texas Tech and taught music and humanities at Clarendon College. He has performed with the Texas Tech and West Texas A&M operas as well as the Amarillo Opera and the Western Plains Opera in Minot, N.D.

              Robert Moore has been named as a temporary assistant professor of chemistry in the School of Mathematics and Sciences. Moore is the husband of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Emilia Moore. He holds three bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, mathematics and cell biology from Huntingdon College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Auburn University.