Associate Professor of Music; Director of Keyboard Studies
Brad Nix currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Music Department Chair at Sterling College. His responsibilities include overseeing the department, teaching applied and group piano, music theory, aural skills and arranging. He has also taught music appreciation, music history, piano literature and piano pedagogy.
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies; Co-Chair of the Theology & Ministry
Jacob teaches Bible and theology at Sterling. Born in Idaho and raised in Iowa, he has since attended school in Tennessee, Kentucky and Wisconsin. He has served as a youth pastor in Baptist churches and was ordained in 2007. While studying theological ethics at Marquette, he published articles and book reviews on biblical interpretation, theology and ethics. Jacob is excited to help students connect the Bible and theology to church and life.
Assistant Professor of Art, Department Chair of Art & Design
Daniel Swartz is a working freelance illustrator and professor at Sterling College where he teaches illustration, graphic design and assorted foundations classes. Daniel has worked in publishing, editorial, entertainment, and advertising markets on a wide variety of nationally-distributed projects. He has been twice recognized by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles through exhibition in their annual show, bringing his working experience as an invaluable resource into the classroom.
Tim Thorpe brings 11 years of operations and management experience to the Sterling College Department of Business. Prior to coming to Sterling College, Tim was responsible for information and data security at Viking Collection Service in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Mark Tremaine will join the faculty this fall to lead our new Criminal Justice program. Mark Tremaine is no stranger to higher education, or to Sterling College. He has spent nearly thirteen years in higher education administration, serving York College in York, Nebraska and the University of Kansas School of Law. Mark also served as the Vice President of Student Life at SC from July 2004 to December 2006, when he opened his private legal practice in
Assistant Professor of Communications; Chair of the Communications, Media & Theatre Arts Department, Director of Forensics & Debate
Ken taught 13 years in Kansas public schools as a forensics and debate coach and public speaking and drama teacher. His teams won multiple state championships, with individual students not only winning state championships, but national titles as well.
Under his direction, the Sterling College debate and forensics team has returned to regional and national prominence with the debate team capturing multiple state championship titles and placing 9th in the nation in 2010-2011 and 12th in 2011-2012.
Mary is an associate professor in health, physical education and exercise science responsible for the Health/PE licensure program. She has been a coach for volleyball, basketball and softball. In 1986, she was inducted into the Northwestern College (IA) Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1989-2005, she was the head volleyball coach at Sterling College. She was awarded ten AVCA Team Academic Awards and led her team to two KCAC championship victories (1994 and 1997). She is a two-time KCAC coach of the Year and won the McCreery Teaching Award in 2001.
Dr. Wagley is an associate professor of education at Sterling College. Prior to joining the faculty at Sterling College, Dr. Wagley taught English, theatre and speech at the secondary level for eight years in Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from Hardin-Simmons University. He completed his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University in December 2013.