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Pendleton Hall 112

BA, Bryn Athyn College
MA, Temple University
PhD, Temple University

Dr. Bedford enjoys drawing his students into the tension between what we observe and how we understand those observations. The study of chemistry demands attention to observed fact, while also constructing meaning from those facts so that we can understand phenomena well enough to predict outcomes in unfamiliar settings. Theory and observation create tension because the two constantly challenge each other. Dr. Bedford’s research interests include exploring the tension between science and religion. He is also involved with the development, implementation, and assessment of the Core Program at Bryn Athyn College.

Doering Center, Room 107

Claflin University, MBA
Professional Certification in Human Resources (PHR Certification)

T. Muriel Brisbon joined Bryn Athyn College in July 2012 with 12 years of progressive human resources experience in higher education. She finds it a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful institution.

Pitcairn Hall

BA, Pennsylvania State University
MS.Ed, University of Pennsylvania

Doering Center 204

BA, Bryn Athyn College
PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Closterman teaches ancient history, biblical Greek, and material culture studies. Her research focuses on the funerary practices, religion, and social history of ancient Greece. In her teaching, she explores what archaeology as well as textual evidence reveals about the ancient world. Dr. Closterman has led groups of Bryn Athyn students and faculty on summer tours of Greece and Italy.

Pendleton Hall 2

BS, Bryn Athyn College
MDiv, Bryn Athyn College

After more than 20 years as a pastor, Rev. Cole came to college teaching in 1999. His research interests lie in cognitive science and the philosophy of symbolic forms.

Pendleton Hall 129 (Theological School)

BA, Bryn Athyn College
MDiv, Bryn Athyn College
BTh, University of South Africa
MTh, University of South Africa
DTh, University of South Africa

Rev. Dr. Dibb came to Bryn Athyn College in 2002 after serving as a pastor in Johannesburg, South Africa. He teaches religion and Christian church history, with a special interest in seeing the doctrines of the New Church in the context of those of the Christian Church. In addition to teaching in the College, Rev. Dibb also serves as Dean of the Bryn Athyn College Theological School and teaches a number of graduate courses. Recent areas of research include a history of the New Church in South Africa and a paper comparing the doctrines of Michael Servetus and Emanuel Swedenborg.

Pendleton Hall 102

BA, Washington College
MA, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Temple University
MDiv, Bryn Athyn College

Rev. Dr. Glenn specializes in rhetoric and composition, late medieval and early modern literature, theology, and Biblical studies. He is particularly interested in the intangible reaches of language—the spirit within words that affects us as readers, as writers, and as students of Scripture.

Pitcairn Hall, lower level

BA, Bryn Athyn College

Pitcairn Hall

AA, Bryn Athyn College
BS, University of Maryland

Brickman Center 121

M.Ed, Tennessee State University

Pendleton Hall

Matthew Kennedy has been working in college athletics for the past thirteen years as both a coach and an administrator. Kennedy came to Bryn Athyn with experience working at both Neumann University of Aston, PA and Quinnipiac University of Hamden, CT. As the Assistant Athletic Director at Neumann University, Kennedy aided the Department of Athletics through major projects and initiatives. In the fall of 2009, Neumann opened the doors to their $29 million athletic center and turf field, a project that Kennedy worked on from its inception. Kennedy supported a re-branding and logo creation initiative as the College was transitioning to university status. This was the first official logo of the Neumann University Athletic Department.

Brickman Center

BA, College of William and Mary
MA, Boston University
PhD, Boston University

Dr. King joined the faculty at Bryn Athyn College in 1995, teaching English literature and writing. She specializes in 19th century literature, Shakespeare, Henry James, and the novel. Her research carries her into textual analyses ranging from slave narratives to sacred texts. In addition to teaching as an Associate Professor of English and pursuing scholarship in Henry James studies, Dr. King has served the College in many administrative roles, including Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of the English Major & Writing Program, Chair of the Curriculum & Academic Policy Committee, and Head of the Humanities Division. She began serving as President of the College in 2010.

Swedenborg Library 205

BA, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan

Carroll Odhner serves as Director of the Swedenborg Library at Bryn Athyn College. She is responsible for all library operations—budgeting, staffing, and services. She represents the library on campus and with other academic institutions, professional organizations, and the scholarly world, and is also responsible for reference services and maintaining library systems.

Pendleton Hall 109

BSW, West Chester University
MSW, Temple University

Doering 111

BA, Bryn Athyn College
MA, Bowling Green State University
PhD, Temple University

What began as a personal quest for the Truth in college led “Dr. Dan” into philosophy. He edited the book Faith and Learning at Bryn Athyn College (2004) while contributing a chapter to it titled “Philosophy: Friend or Foe of Faith?” His article on happiness was published by the Swedenborg Scientific Association in its journal The New Philosophy. His research areas include the perennial philosophy, ethics, political thought, and naturalism. He was general editor for The World Transformed: Swedenborg and the Last Judgment (2011) and authored “Naturalism and the Last Judgment,” an article in the book. He recently served as Chair of the College’s Faculty Council.

Brickman Center (mail: PO Box 462)

Stephanie Walker joined the Bryn Athyn family in the summer of 2013. She is excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that cares about developing students’ civil, moral, and spiritual lives for the purpose of the greater good. Here at BAC, she finds a wonderful environment in which to grow and become engaged with the world. Stephanie has worked in higher education for seven years, and has a passion for helping students find the right college for them to continue with on their educational journeys.


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