Faculty

Gentry Sutton

Gentry Sutton 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Language and Literature, Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
 

Daniel Swartz

Daniel Swartz 2012
Position: 
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.

Timothy Thorpe

Timothy Thorpe 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Business
 

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. 

Ken Troyer

Ken Troyer 2012
Position: 
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 Ver Steeg

Mary Ver Steeg 2012
Position: 
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
 

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. Spencer Wagley

Spencer Wagley 2012
Position: 
Associate Professor of Education
 

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. 

Dr. Mark Watney

Mark Watney 2012
Position: 
Assistant Professor of Language & Literature
 

Mark was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1977. He has been a part of a few short-term mission trips to Japan, India and Turkey. Mark is married to his wife, Laurel, with three sons: Caleb, Micah and Josiah. He won the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award in 1998 from Belmont High School from Los Angeles, Calif.