Bethany College Announces 2011-2012 Faculty Promotions

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announces the College’s 2011-2012 faculty promotions in rank and tenure.

“I am pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Bethany’s talented scholars through well-earned promotion,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “Their contributions to the mission of the College are essential, and I look forward to their continued relationship with the students we serve.”

Dr. Brooke Deal will be tenured and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Deal joined the Bethany College faculty in 2005. She received her B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University and a master's degree and Ph.D. in theology from Brite Divinity School. Deal regularly presents at the Mid-Atlantic Society of Biblical Literature conference and has several articles under review for publication. She is at work on a book on female figures in Near Eastern wisdom traditions.

Tracie L. Duncan is approved for tenure as Assistant Professor of Theatre. Duncan joined the Bethany College faculty in 2007, having served as an assistant professor at Galludet University. Duncan regularly attends and presents and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. She has worked in summer theatre programs and has worked as a stage management judge for the West Virginia Thespian Conference. She has been involved in nearly every Bethany College production since her arrival in her roles as technical director and resident designer. Duncan has served the College on the Academic Standards Committee, the Student Life Committee and the International Education Committee. She has also supported the Kalon Scholars program and Relay for Life.

Melanee Sinclair will be tenured and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Social Work.  Sinclair received her B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.S.W. from West Virginia University. She joined the Bethany College faculty in 2004. Sinclair oversees the social work field placements, advises the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Social Awareness Club, chairs the Faculty Development Committee, serves on the Social Work Advisory Committee and participates in Japan Outreach. She is also active in numerous community organizations.

Dr. Robert Spangler Jr. has been approved for tenure and promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics. Spangler received his B.S. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University. He joined the Bethany College faculty in 2005. A theoretical physicist, Spangler's particular expertise is autocatalytic reaction fronts. He is actively involved with environmental issues and organizations outside of campus and supports the campus Outdoors Club and the Physics Club.

“After a rigorous review process, it is a pleasure to honor the vital contributions of these four Bethany faculty who have been recommended for advancement,” stated Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. “Their incredible talent and commitment are an integral part of the community of learning we celebrate.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.