New faculty members take place in classrooms

Release Date: August 24, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – As Wayland Baptist University begins its first full week of classes, students aren’t the only new faces being welcomed to campus. Several new faculty members will take their place in the classrooms as well.

Some faculty members aren’t new to campus, but are new to the classroom. Brian McClenagan, who has served as the university’s counselor since 1997, is moving into the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences as an assistant professor of counseling and psychology. McClenagan holds a Master of Education and Professional Counseling degree from West Texas A&M University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Texas Tech University. McClenagan earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wayland in 1989.

Emmitt Tipton is returning to the classroom in the School of Business as an associate professor of business administration after serving 12 years as the Dean of Students. Tipton began teaching at Wayland in 1983 as an assistant professor of business. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from West Texas A&M and earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1969.

Gene Whitfill, Ed.D., is moving from the public school system to take a position as an assistant professor of education in Wayland’s School of Education. Whitfill completed his doctoral work in instructional technology at Texas Tech in 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland in 1974 and completed his teaching certification in 1983. He has 16 years teaching experience in the public school system and served as Plainview I.S.D.’s Director of Technology since 2000.

Also joining the School of Education are Scheryl Scarborough and Erika Deike. Scarborough, assistant professor of education, earned a master’s degree in education at Wayland in 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Texas Tech University. Deike will serve as an assistant professor of exercise and sports science. She holds a Master of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Texas State University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Baylor University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1998.

The School of Mathematics and Sciences welcomes two new faces to the faculty. Andrew Kasner, Ph.D., will fill the position of associate professor of biological sciences, and Emilia Moore, Ph.D., will serve as an assistant professor of mathematics. Kasner earned his doctorate in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University in 2004. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Angelo State University. Moore earned her doctorate in mathematics from Auburn University in 2008. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Auburn, and graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science in 2003.

Deborah Kuhlmann, Ph.D., will fill the position of Associate Professor of English with the School of Languages and Literature, serving in an online capacity. Kuhlmann earned her doctorate in English from Texas Christian University in 1985. She also holds a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree in English from TCU.

Wayland’s School of Nursing at the San Antonio campus has added two faculty members as assistant professors of nursing. Marilyn Lynch-Goddard and Anna Tabet will fill those positions. Also, moving to Assistant Professor of Justice Administration and Assistant to the Executive Director/Campus Dean of the Phoenix campus is David Wilson.