Bethany College Welcomes Four New Faculty Members 

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the addition of four faculty members.

New faculty members are Dr. Dustin Frazier Wood, Visiting Assistant Professor of English; Aaron M. Honsowetz, Assistant Professor of Economics; Dr. Matthew C. Swearingen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology; and William “Bill” John Ton, Assistant Professor of Music.

“These four faculty members bring with them extensive experience in their respective fields, and we look forward to their contributions at Bethany,” said Katrina D’Aquin, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Frazier Wood is a 2005 graduate of Bethany, where he studied English. He received his master’s degree at the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in English literature from the University of St. Andrews. He has taught as an adjunct lecturer at West Virginia University, a tutor at the University of St. Andrews, and most recently as a research facilitator at the University of Roehampton.

Honsowetz received bachelor’s degrees in economics, international relations and political theory constitutional democracy from Michigan State University. He recently completed a doctorate in economics at George Mason University. Honsowetz has taught various economics courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Mary Washington and Michigan State University.

Swearingen received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bethany College in 2007. He received a doctorate in Microbiology from The Ohio State University, where he has also worked as a postdoctoral fellow and lab manager. Swearingen has taught various biology and microbiology courses at Ohio State.

Ton received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Berea College and a master’s in music composition from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently a doctoral candidate in music composition at the University of South Carolina, where he has worked as a graduate teaching assistant as well. He has also been a K-12 and high school music teacher in South Carolina and Nevada, respectively.

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.