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Ten Faculty Receive Tenure



Following the annual board meeting last month, the Lee University Board of Directors awarded tenure to ten faculty members effective August 2016. The new tenured faculty members are Daniela Augustine, Daniel Buck, Ingrid Hart, Aaron Johnson, Mary McCampbell, Debra Mimbs, Thomas Pope, Mark Proctor, Chad Schrock, and Jared Wielfaert.

Augustine
Daniela Augustine

Augustine is an assistant professor of theological ethics in Lee’s School of Religion. She earned her Doctorate of Theology (DTh) from the University of South Africa, her Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from the Church of God Theological Seminary, and her Masters of Science (MS) and Bachelors of Science (BS) from the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria. Her areas of interest and academic research include theological ethics, public theology, interdisciplinary studies in social transformation, postmodernity, globalization, theology of economics and globalization, religion and culture. She has been a teacher, guest lecturer, speaker and presenter at many theological forums and educational institutions, including Charles University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Bangor University, Harvard Divinity School, Wheaton College, and Regent University.

Augustine is the author of several publications, including “At the Crossroads of Social Transformation: An Eastern-European Theological Perspective” and “Pentecost, Hospitality and Transfiguration: Toward a Spirit-inspired Vision of Social Transformation.” She serves as the Chair of the Christian Ethics Interest Group for the Society for Pentecostal Studies and as an associate editor for the Journal of Pentecostal Theology.

Dan Buck
Dan Buck

Buck, an assistant professor of theatre, teaches classes in acting, directing, and dramatic literature. He directs many of the theatre productions at Lee, is the sponsor of Lee’s Improv team Shenanigans, and serves on the board of Cleveland’s local theatre, the Ocoee Theatre Guild. Buck received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in directing at Baylor University. He has worked as a professional actor and improviser in the Boston and Orlando areas, and he created a high school theatre program for a private school which he directed for five years.

Ingrid Hart Tenure
Ingrid Hart

Hart, assistant professor of accounting, joined Lee’s faculty following a career as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in Atlanta, Georgia. As a CPA, she spent many years in both public accounting and industry. Hart has received several awards and honors for her work, including being recognized as one of the Who’s Who Among International Business Leaders.

Hart earned her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in accounting from Anderson University, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Graduate School of Business and a BS in accounting from Lee University. She has presented at various conferences in the United States and abroad, on campus at the Center for Teaching Excellence, as a chapel speaker, and at numerous student life events. Within the Department of Business, she has served on accreditation, curriculum development, and critical thinking skills committees, as the sponsor for Phi Beta Lambda, and organizer of the Accounting and Finance Lab. She currently organizes the Continuing Professional Education seminars for CPAs in the local area.

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

Johnson, assistant professor of humanities, earned his PhD and Masters of Arts (MA) degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He specializes in Greek literature of the later Roman Empire, particularly in the areas of ethnic and religious identities and of Hellenism.

Johnson has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies (Harvard University) and the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. His publications include books published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, over 20 scholarly articles, and many dictionary entries and book reviews. He has been an invited speaker at Keble College, Oxford; the University of Paris, Sorbonne; Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies; Duke University; and elsewhere.

McCampbell, assistant professor of humanities, joined Lee’s faculty in 2010. She earned her PhD and MA degrees from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and a MA degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She regularly teaches courses on postmodern theory and fiction, film and philosophy, popular culture, and modernism.

Mary McCampbell
Mary McCampbell

McCampbell’s doctoral work at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne focused on the relationship between postmodern fiction, late capitalist culture, and the religious impulse. She speaks frequently on the intersection of the Christian faith and culture (in film, fiction, and music), and was the summer 2014 Writer in Residence at the Greatham, England Branch of L’Abri Fellowship.

Debra Mimbs
Debra Mimbs

Mimbs, assistant professor of mathematics, joined Lee’s faculty in fall 2010. She earned her PhD and MS in applied and computational mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her BS from Lee University. She has published research in such publications as Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.

She currently directs or co-directs multiple grants involving undergraduate research and promoting the awareness of the beauty of mathematics among high school students. She co-directs the Mentoring Mathematicians in the Making program, serves as a counselor on the Council for Undergraduate Research, and has participated in National Science Foundation sponsored programs such as CURM, PIC Math, and Project NeXT.

Thomas Pope
Thomas Pope

Pope, assistant professor of political science, joined Lee's faculty in 2010 and currently teaches courses in political theory and American constitutional law. He serves as a faculty sponsor of Lee's Alpha Chi honors society and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society. He also serves as the university’s pre-law advisor, sponsor of Lee’s Society for Law & Justice, coach for the Mock Trial team, and assistant coordinator of Kairos.

A PhD and MA graduate of Baylor University, Pope’s research explores the relationship between political theory and practice, particularly with regard to social contract theory and American political institutions.

Mark Proctor
Mark Proctor

Proctor, assistant professor of New Testament, graduated from Baylor University with a PhD in religious studies in 1999, where he studied under renowned Luke-Acts scholar Mikael Parsons. While Proctor specializes in synoptic gospels research, he is also interested in Pauline studies and biblical languages.

Before coming to Lee, Proctor taught biblical studies and philosophy at Houston Baptist University for more than six years. His involvement in biblical scholarship is ongoing, as he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and frequently delivers papers at professional meetings.

Chad Schrock
Chad Schrock

Schrock, assistant professor of English, specializes in early British literature. He regularly teaches classes such as Rhetoric and Research, Western Literature I: Ancient to Renaissance, Foundations of Literature in English, Senior Thesis, Chaucer, C. S. Lewis, and English in Christian Perspective.

Schrock received his PhD in medieval literature from the Pennsylvania State University, his MA in English from James Madison University, and his MDiv from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. His first book, “Consolation in Medieval Narrative,” was published in 2015.

Jared Wielfaert
Jared Wielfaert

Wielfaert, assistant professor of humanities, works on the cultural history of the Latin West in the early middle ages, with a particular focus on the literature of the Carolingian Renaissance. Wielfaert earned his PhD in history and an MA in medieval studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in theology from Lee University.

His research explores the connection between theological debate and networks of political association in the court of Charles the Bald (d. 877). Wielfaert teaches introductory courses in the humanities, Latin, and upper-level courses in the history and literature of the Middle Ages.
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