New faculty fill the Wayland classrooms

September 5, 2012

PLAINVIEW – As official enrollment numbers come rolling in for Wayland Baptist University, students and faculty have settled into their new routines for the fall. And along with a crop of new students, Wayland also has a number of new faculty filling positions this fall.

In the School of Business, Mr. Yongli Luo has been named Assistant Professor of Business. He comes to Wayland form the University of Texas-Pan American where he has taught and worked as a research assistant in the College of Business. Mr. Luo is also working toward his Ph.D. in finance from UT-Pan Am. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Chongqing University in China, and a master’s of management science from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Mr. Chaoqun Huang was named Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Education. Huang comes to Wayland from the University of Utah where he worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He is also completing his Ph.D. in sports pedagogy from the University of Utah. Huang holds a master’s degree from Shanghai University of Sport and a bachelor’s degree from East China Normal University.

The School of Education Athletic Department also hired Landon Schumacher as Head Athletic Trainer and Instructor of Exercise and Sport Science. Schumacher holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master’s of Athletic Training from Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to Wayland, Schumacher was working as the head men’s trainer at ENMU.

The School of Languages and Literature filled two faculty positions for the fall. Mrs. Laura Brandenburg was named Assistant Professor of English. Brandenburg has taught online classes for Wayland since 2010 and has also taught for Texas Tech. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Angelo State University and a master’s in English from Texas Tech. She is currently working on a Ph.D. degree in technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech.

Dr. Karen Beth Strovas was also named Assistant Professor of English. She comes to Wayland from Azusa Pacific University where she served as adjunct faculty since 2007. She also served as copyeditor for the vice provost at Claremont Graduate University where she earned her Ph.D. in English literature. Dr. Strovas also holds a Master of Arts in English from Texas Tech and a bachelor’s degree in English and music performance from Azusa Pacific.

The School of Mathematics and Sciences has also filled two positions with Dr. Christopher Thornhill being named Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Daniela Derderian taking the position of Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Thornhill completed his doctoral work in mathematics at Indiana University in July. He holds two master’s degrees in mathematics, one from Indiana and the other from the University of Missouri where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. He has taught at Indiana and Missouri as well as working as a research assistant.

Dr. Derderian holds both a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from universities in Brazil. She is continuing her postdoctoral research as the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, she has taught courses at the Federal University of Sao Carlos.

Wayland’s School of Music has also added a new faculty member as Dr. Hyung Sek Chae was named Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Church Music. Dr. Chae holds a bachelor’s degree in church music from the Korea Baptist Theological University, as well as a Master of Christian Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree in choral conducting from Texas Tech University. He holds Texas Music Teacher certification and has been the artistic director of the Jubilate Women’s Choir in Lubbock since 2010.