Sterling College welcome five new faculty members

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This fall five new faculty members will be teaching at Sterling College. Gidget Dinkel, Dr. Jennifer Dyson and Dr. Randal Newhouse will teach full time, while pro-rata faculty include Jeff Darnauer and Dorothy Kempf.

Dinkel will be an instructor of education. She has eight years of teaching experience, most recently at USD 305 Salina. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Kansas Wesleyan University, an M.S. in Education from Baker University and an endorsement in English as a Second Language from Kansas State University.

Dyson has been appointed assistant professor of psychology. She worked as a licensed clinical psychologist for the past six years and taught at Emporia State University, Wheaton College and Crown College. Dyson earned her B.A. in Behavioral Science from Sterling College and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University. From Wheaton College she earned her M.A. in General Theology and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Newhouse will be an assistant professor of physics. He recently served as a postdoctoral researcher and research assistant in physics at Washington State University. Newhouse earned his B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from Whitworth College and his Ph.D. in Physics from Washington State University.

Darnauer, youth pastor at Sterling First United Methodist Church, will be pro-rata instructor of theology and ministry. He has served in youth ministry for eight years. Darnauer earned his B.A. in both Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian Education and Ministry from Wheaton College and his M. Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Kempf will be joining the faculty as pro-rata assistant professor of exercise science. She has served SC as an adjunct instructor for several semesters and taught previously at Asbury University and Washburn University. She was awarded Appalachian Conference Swimming Coach of the Year four out of five of the years she coached men’s and women’s swimming at Asbury and was awarded NAIA National Swimming Coach of the Year. Kempf spent 20 years teaching physical education before teaching in higher education. She holds a B.A. in Education from Emporia State University and an M.A. in Education from Baker University.

Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kan., with a mission to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith. For more information, visit


Cutline: Pictured from top to bottom: Gidget Dinkel, Jennifer Dyson, Randal Newhouse, Jeff Darnauer and Dorothy Kempf.