Faculty Achievements

HBU faculty are leaders in their classrooms, but they are also researchers, presenters, and consultants in both academic and industry. We are proud to share their accomplishments outside the classroom.*

  • Dr. Encarna Bermejo, assistant professor in Spanish, presented a paper titled “Translation Techniques in the Spanish for Heritage Learners’ Classroom: Vocabulary Expansion,” at the 24th Conference on Spanish in the United States and 9th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages at UTPA McAllen on March 10. – 4/1
     
  • Dr. Ben Blackwell, assistant professor in Christianity, presented twice at the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies annual meeting held in Dallas, March 8-10. He gave a paper titled “New Status and New Life: The Unified Purpose of Justification in Romans” and was an invited speaker for the review panel for two new seminary-level New Testament introduction textbooks by Don Hagner (Fuller Theological Seminary) and Gene Boring (TCU/Bright Divinity School). – 3/25
     
  • Dr. Tim Brookins, assistant professor in classics, presented a paper titled “Auctoritas, Potestas, and Paul’s Appeal to Philemon” at the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies annual meeting held in Dallas, March 8-10. – 3/18

     
  • Dr. David Capes, Thomas Nelson Research Professor in the Department of Theology, gave the presidential address, titled “Rethinking Translation,” to the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion/Southwest on March 8. He has published a book, The Story of The Voice, with Thomas Nelson Publishers Inc. – 3/18
     
  • Dr. David Davis, assistant professor in history, recently published a book titled Seeing Faith, Printing Pictures: Religious Identity during the English Reformation (Brill, 2013). His groundbreaking study examines how the religious changes occurring in the Reformation were reflected in published images and texts. – 3/18
     
  • Dr. Stephanie Ellis, chair of the Department of Leadership & Counseling, in conjunction with Colette Cross, director of Career and Calling, coordinated an open house for representatives from 16 Houston-area counseling practicum and internship sites on April 16. Represented sites included private practices, prisons, probation centers, counseling centers, schools, and more. The open house is an annual networking opportunity for graduate students entering into practicum or recent graduates needing to fulfill internship requirements for licensure. – 4/22
     
  • Dr. Charlotte Fontenot, assistant professor in special education in the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, gave a presentation on “Understanding Behavior Management for Students with Autism” to participants attending the fifth-annual HBU School of Education Teaching and Learning Symposium on April 13. She also co-authored an article, titled “Assessment: Utilizing the iPad as Assistive Technology,” that was published in Volume 42, No. 1, the spring 2013 issue, of DiaLog: the Journal of Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Association, which promotes the profession of educational diagnosticians through programs, through research, and through the establishment and maintenance of professional standards in order to better serve the educational needs of individuals with disabilities.
     
  • Dr. Evan Getz, assistant professor in literature, presented a paper titled “‘Thou, Nature, art my Goddess’: Unnatural Evil in William Shakespeare’s King Lear” at the 2013 Evangelical Philosophical Society conference at Dallas Theological Seminary.

     
  • Dr. Chris Hammons, dean of the School of Humanities and professor in government, delivered an address titled “Religious Liberty and State Constitutional Law” as a featured speaker at a symposium on Law and Religious Liberty held at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis on April 19. – 4/29
     
  • Dr. Steven Jones, assistant professor in classics, was the guest speaker for the Feb. 8 faculty retreat of Alpha Omega Academy, a classical Christian school in Huntsville. He gave a series of talks on the value and importance of classical education for the modern world. – 2/18
     
  • Dr. Anthony M. Joseph, associate professor in history, presented his paper, “Anglicizing the American Taxpayer, 1763-1815,” at “Anglicization Reconsidered: Celebrating the Career of John M. Murrin,” a conference sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania April 19-20. The theme of the conference was Murrin’s influential thesis that the Thirteen Colonies were growing more like England in the decades leading up to the American Revolution. Professor Murrin was Joseph’s dissertation advisor at Princeton. – 4/29
     
  • Bob Marley, co-coordinator of the athletic training education program and an adjunct professor in kinesiology, received the inaugural Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award from Training & Conditioning magazine. – 4/29
     
  • Dr. Micah Mattix, assistant professor in literature, had a review of a new biography of the American poet Sylvia Plath, titled “The Lives of Lady Lazarus,” published in the Jan. 25 edition of The Wall Street Journal and posted online. He also published the following essays and reviews recently: “Life’s Missing Pieces,” The City (Winter 2013): 101-103; “The Morality of Modern Cycling,” First Things (Jan. 21, 2013); “Confessions of a Protestant Christmas Tree Amateur,” First Things (Dec. 7, 2012); an article on evolution and poetry, titled “Portrait of the Artist as a Caveman,” in the Winter-Spring 2013 issue of The New Atlantis. He also wrote four online columns for First Things to mark National Poetry Month and published the following reviews: “Evelyn Waugh, Catholic Optimist,” The National Review 65.7 (22 April 2013): 47-48; “Merwin’s Selected Translations,” Books & Culture (16 April 2013); “The Secret Society,” The Weekly Standard 18.27 (25 March 2013): 42-44; and “A Savage Wit,” The New Criterion 31.7 (March 2013): 68-70.
     
  • Dr. Holly Ordway, chair of the Department of Apologetics, had two poems published recently. Her sonnet “Light” appeared in the Winter 2013 edition of Californios Review, and her sonnet “Maps” appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith. – 4/29
     
  • Dr. Jared Painter, assistant professor in mathematics, presented a paper titled “Planar Graphs, Bass Numbers and the Koszul Algebra Structure for Trivariate Monomial Ideals” at a conference on “Further Connections between Algebra and Geometry” at North Dakota State University in Fargo on Feb. 2. Last fall, he gave two related talks at the southeastern and western sectional meetings of the American Mathematical Society: “Interactions between Free Resolutions, Bass Numbers, and Tor-Algebra Structures for Monomial Ideals” at Tulane University in New Orleans on Oct.13, and “Methods for Classifying the Tor Algebra Structure for Trivariate Monomial Ideals” at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Oct. 27. – 5/6  
     
  • J. Richard Pearcey, associate director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview & Culture at HBU, published an article in The American Thinker titled “The Revolt of Intelligence Against ‘Marriage Equality’.” – 3/25
     
  • Nancy Pearcey, director of HBU’s Francis Schaeffer Center, spoke at the annual conference of Evangelical Ministries to New Religions in Denver on April 11. The conference was titled “One True God? Finding Truth in an Age of Pluralism,” and she delivered a plenary address on bioethics (including homosexuality) and a workshop on worldview and the arts, both based on her book Saving Leonardo. The conference honored EMNR founder Gordon Lewis, and other speakers included Craig Hazen and Douglas Groothuis. She also represented HBU’s Francis Schaeffer Center at the annual open house of Sugar Creek Christian Home Educators (SCCHE) in Sugar Land. Several of the homeschool organizations at the SCCHE event use her books. Cornerstone Curriculum uses The Soul of Science, while Classical Conversations and Schola use that book plus Total Truth and Saving Leonardo. As a result, these students are primed for choosing HBU when they graduate.
     
  • Mary Jo Sharp, assistant professor in apologetics, spoke Feb. 23-24 on why we need to teach apologetics in the church at First Baptist Church of Madisonville, Texas, and at Summit Ministries’ “Turning the Tide Conference” in Colorado. She also taught on critical thinking and recognizing flawed arguments. The first weekend of March she addressed a women’s forum at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth about her journey back to confident belief in God after doubting His existence. – 3/4
     
  • Dr. Cynthia Simpson, dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, co-authored two chapters, “Placement of Students with Learning Disabilities” and “Evaluating Bilingual Students for Learning Disabilities,” in Advances in Special Education, Volume 24, Learning Disabilities: Identification, Assessment, and Instruction of Students with LD. In addition, she presented research in a panel session titled “Exploring the dyadic relationship between bullying and victimization among students with disabilities” at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in San Antonio. She also presented a session titled “Exploring bullying among individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Implications for educational interventions” at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders in St. Louis. – 4/1
     
  • President Robert B. Sloan Jr. presented introductory remarks, titled “The State of the ‘Nation’ and its Causes,” at the Transdisciplinary Scholarship Consultation hosted by The Paideia Centre for Public Theology on the campus of Redeemer University, March 20-22. On March 26, he met with members of the board of The Woodlands Christian Academy for a leadership dialogue on issues and concerns facing Christian schools. The Woodlands Christian Academy offers programs for preschool through grade 12. – 4/1
     
  • Dr. Eric Van Caemelbecke, professor in chemistry, co-authored a paper, “Synthesis, structure and electrochemical characterization of a mixed-ligand diruthenium(III,II) complex with an unusual arrangement of the bridging ligands” in Dalton Transactions, an international journal for inorganic chemistry published by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry. He mentored HBU student co-author Kevin Ramirez ’13, who conducted many of the experiments described in the paper, as a Welch Undergraduate Research Scholar. – 4/1
     
  • Dr. Jerry Walls, professor in philosophy, delivered two lectures at Evangel University Jan. 28-29: “What’s Wrong with Calvinism” and “Why Christians Must Think or Die.” On Feb. 21, he spoke for Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky on the topic “God Versus YouTube.” He also recently published, with his former student Kyle Blanchette, an essay titled “God and Hell Reconciled” in God and Evil (Intervarsity Press, 2013), eds. Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr.
     
  • Dr. Michael Ward, professor in apologetics, was keynote lecturer at the Annual Theological Conference of the Biblical Institute of Finland in Helsinki, January 2-4. He also spoke on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit for the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society on January 15, and gave a talk at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., on “C.S. Lewis on Reason and Imagination in Science and Religion,” on April 4.
     
  • Dr. Jeff Wilkinson, professor in journalism and mass communication, co-presented a paper – with professor August Grant from the University of South Carolina – titled “Exploring the Online Revolution in the Voice-over Industry” at the annual Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas, April 6-10. He also co-taught – with senior academics from the University of Central Florida, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – the “BEA Research Methods Boot Camp” at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on April 6. – 4/8
     
  • Drs. Dawn Wilson, Linda Brupbacher and Cynthia Simpson from the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, with alumni graduate students Rachel Merren and Ranelle Woolrich, had their manuscript, “Making Disciples: the Effects of Technology Integration Coaching,” published in the International Journal of Christian Colleges of Teacher Education. The paper describes a pilot study of collegial coaching for technology integration at two private Christian schools. Two students nearing completion of a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Instructional Technology each coached three fellow teachers, self-described as digital immigrants, to integrate technology into their teaching. – 2/11



*Note: All academic titles are correct for the time period noted.