BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College announces the promotion of Dr. Wilfrid W. Csaplar Jr. to the rank of full professor and Dr. James W. Farwell to the rank of full professor with tenure.
“A hallmark of Bethany College has long been its extraordinary community of talented teachers and scholars,” stated President Scott D. Miller. “I am pleased to recognize the achievements of two of our faculty through promotion to full professor and look forward to their continued contributions to the academic vitality of Bethany.”
Csaplar, Professor of Economics and Business and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business, received his B.A. with a double major in economics and mathematics from Swarthmore College. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University.
In addition to his teaching, committee service and research projects, Csaplar maintains an active involvement in student life on campus, serving as Faculty Advisor to the Economics Club and regularly leading trips to New York, Washington, D.C., London and more. He was presented with the Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom in 2005. Csaplar joined the Bethany College faculty in 2002.
Farwell, Professor of Religious Studies, Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities, received his B.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, his M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University.
“Dr. Farwell brings enormous talents as a teacher and leader to Bethany College,” Fields stated. “It is a privilege to work with him as Chair of Humanities, and I am delighted to welcome him to the rank of full professor with tenure at Bethany College.”
Farwell is the author of numerous articles and essays in publications such as Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Anglican Theological Review and Encyclopedia of Protestantism. His book, “This Is the Night: Suffering, Salvation, and the Liturgies of Holy Week,” was published in 2005. He is working on a second book, an introduction to the Eucharist in Western Christianity for students of religion.
Farwell’s research interests include theoretical models of “ritual” within the academic study of religions; the relationship between ritual practice, ethics and belief systems; and the use of emerging critical resources in the study of Christian rituals, utilizing continental philosophy, critical theory and culture critique. He regularly seeks to enhance student learning outside of the classroom by leading trips to destinations such as the New Vrindaban community in Moundsville, W.Va., and the Rodesh Shalom Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also accompanied a group of seniors to New York for a trip focusing on “Religion in the City.”
An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, Farwell joined the Bethany College faculty in 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.