New professors join Sterling College

New professors join Sterling College
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
 Sterling College welcomed its new faculty to campus Aug. 8 for orientation and training. Two alumni are among the list of new professors, returning to their Alma Mater to teach at Sterling. Classes begin at the College on Aug. 22.
“I am so pleased with our incoming faculty; their level of expertise will be a boost to each department they are entering. As new and returning students begin the academic year, I am confident that all of the faculty at Sterling College are ready to challenge our students to be excellent in their field and servant leaders in all aspects of life,” said Dr. Ken Brown, vice president for academic affairs.
Returning to his Alma Mater to strike up the band, Larry Brownlee ’80, pro-rata assistant professor of instrumental music, is joining Sterling College as a part-time faculty member with over 30 years of experience as an instrumental music teacher. Currently a full-time faculty member at Sterling High School, Larry has taught in three school systems at elementary through high school levels, coached athletics, run extracurricular clubs, and served as an adjudicator to multiple music competitions. He earned his M.M.Ed. from Wichita State University, his B.A. in Music: Education from Sterling College, and has completed post-graduate work at six different institutions.
Amanda Haberman, clinical instructor of athletic training, will join the Department of Athletic Training, working with both undergraduate and graduate students in the program. She has experience in the classroom in both lecture and lab environments, and has been an athletic trainer for many sports. Upon completing her M.S. in Health and Human Performance, she received the Fort Hays State University Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Haberman earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from Fort Hays State University, and has been an Certified Athletic Trainer since 2016.
Tiffiney Harms ’07, assistant professor of music, will join Sterling College from Central Christian College of Kansas. Harms brings nearly a decade of experience in higher education that includes working with musical theatre, directing choirs and ensembles, serving as accompanist, and teaching private lessons in piano, voice, and strings. She has also served as an adjudicator, traveled as a choir member with composer Joseph Martin, and volunteered for the worship team at her church. Harms holds an M.M.Ed. in Piano Pedagogy from University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Piano Performance from Sterling College.
The Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts will add a new position to be filled by Todd Vogts, assistant professor of media. He has experience in journalism, advising student publications, personal relations and technology, including work with many Kansas newspapers and Ad Astra Per Aspera Broadcasting. Vogts earned his M.A. in Media Management from the University of Missouri, an M.S.E. in Journalism Education from Fort Hays State University, and a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Wichita State University. He also holds an A.A. in Journalism from Hutchinson Community College.
With the growing health sciences programs, Deborah Rogers, assistant professor of biology, will join the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She has taught as a graduate teaching assistant, adjunct instructor, and high school biology teacher at a private Christian school. Rogers is finishing her dissertation titled “Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 influences functional communication between astrocytes and neurons” while earning her Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She also holds an M.S. from L.S.U. Medical School and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Louisiana College.
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