Bethany College Welcomes New Faculty in Chemistry, Education, Psychology

BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of four new faculty members for the 2010-11 academic year. The faculty additions are: Dr. Kimberly D. Fisher, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Larry Fontanarosa, Assistant Professor of Education; Carol Gant, Assistant Professor of Education; and Dr. Kelly L. Schuller, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

“This year’s incoming faculty members bring with them the exceptional experience and accomplishments necessary for them to complement Bethany’s robust academic programs and expectations,” Miller stated. “I am extremely pleased with the outstanding quality of colleagues joining the College community during such an intensive, productive time of growth for Bethany as a small college of national distinction.”

Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, stated, “I am delighted to welcome these talented and distinguished new faculty to Bethany College. Throughout our recruitment process, I was impressed by the deep commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education exhibited by each of these individuals, and I am convinced that their great strengths in the classroom will open new doors of discovery for our students, enrich our community of scholars and further enhance the high quality of our academic experience.”

A recipient of the Rhodes College Faculty Development Grant, Fisher joins the Bethany faculty after serving as a visiting assistant professor for Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. There, she taught general chemistry and organic chemistry courses and was instrumental in the revision of the institution’s organic chemistry laboratory experimental curriculum.

Fisher holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in chemistry from West Virginia University (WVU) and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University. Her research has been featured in numerous publications and conferences, including the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Organic Letters and the American Chemical Society.

Fontanarosa earned his Ph.D. in education from Kent State University and received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in education from Youngstown State University. His experience includes numerous years in the classroom as an instructor, during which time he was selected through Honeywell Hometown Solutions as one of 272 teachers from 19 countries and 45 states to participate in the Honeywell Educators Space Academy located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Fontanarosa was also selected through Miami University as one of 40 Ohio educators to participate in a graduate course entitled “Environmental Science for Elementary Teachers.”

Gant is slated to receive her Ph.D. in early childhood special education from the University of Maryland in August. She holds a master’s degree in special education from Bowie State University (BSU).

Gant has most recently served as an instructor of education at Columbia Union College — where she also worked as a curriculum and supervision program consultant and early childhood grant coordinator — and as an educational consultant with the Maryland State Department of Education. She worked as an assistant professor of early childhood and special education at BSU and has extensive experience as an educational consultant with Johns Hopkins Hospital and Baltimore City Head Start.

Schuller earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in life-span developmental psychology from WVU. She has taught a wide range of courses — including developmental psychology, social psychology and human development — for the College of Charleston (S.C.) and WVU.

Schuller’s research experience includes work with the Charleston and Georgetown Counties Diabetes Coalition with the Medical University of South Carolina and the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of America, Diabetes and The Gerontologist.

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.