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Bryn Athyn College employees are quite impressive. They are published authors, noted researchers, spiritual leaders, talented artists, and above all role models and mentors. Students say that professors are accessible, approachable, and passionate about their subjects.

College Administration

Pendleton Hall 112
allen.bedford@brynathyn.edu
267-502-2567

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 in 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 this tension between science and religion. He is also involved with the development, implementation, and assessment of the Core Program at Bryn Athyn.

Doering Center, Room 107
muriel.brisbon@brynathyn.edu
(267) 502-6038

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

My name is T. Muriel Brisbon. I joined Bryn Athyn College in July 2012 with 12 years of progressive human resources experience in higher education. It is a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful institution.

Pitcairn Hall
jessica.carswell@anc-gc.org
(267) 502-2565

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

Doering Center 204
wendy.closterman@brynathyn.edu
267-502-4849

PhD, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Bryn Athyn College

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
stephen.cole@brynathyn.edu
267-502-2614

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)
andrew.dibb@brynathyn.eduÂ
267-502-2582

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 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
thane.glenn@brynathyn.edu
267-502-4844

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
lelia.howard@anc-gc.org
(267) 502-2535

BA, Bryn Athyn College

Pitcairn Hall
duane.hyatt@anc-gc.org
(267) 502-2635

AA, Bryn Athyn College
BS, University of Maryland

Pendleton Hall
matthew.kennedy@brynathyn.edu
(267)-502-4566

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 the 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
president@brynathyn.edu


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.


carroll.odhner@brynathyn.edu
267-502-2547

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
kiri.rogers@brynathyn.edu
267-502-2551

BSW, West Chester University
MSW, Temple University

Doering 111
dan.synnestvedt@brynathyn.edu
267-502-2503

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@brynathyn.edu
267-502-6073

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Walker. I joined the Bryn Athyn family in the summer of 2013. I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that cares about developing students’ civil, moral, and spiritual life with the purpose of the greater good. Here at BAC, you will find a wonderful environment in which to grow and become engaged with the world around you. I have worked in higher education for seven years and have a passion to help students find the right college for them to continue on their educational journey. I am more than happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding BAC or the college search process. Please feel free to contact me any time!

Bryn Athyn Faculty

BA Bryn Athyn College, MA, PhD, Temple University Pendleton Hall 112 | 267-502-2567 | [email protected] 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 in 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 this tension between science and religion. He is also involved with the development, implementation, and assessment of the Core Program at Bryn Athyn.
BS, Bryn Athyn College, MA, Villanova University Pendleton Hall 29 | 267-502-2588 | [email protected] | Ms. Bernhardt has taught literature and theater arts for 30 years in all educational settings—elementary, high school, and college, as well as abroad. Her primary passion is “Theater as Spiritual Practice,” a practice she has been evolving while at Bryn Athyn College. Ms. Bernhardt recently returned from a sabbatical in Southeast Asia, where she studied ancient ritual theater forms.
BS, MS Virginia Tech, PhD Purdue University Doering Center 317 | 267-502-6028 | [email protected] | Dr. Blair works with students and colleagues who are motivated to transform useful design inspirations into science-driven prototypes. He moved to the area in Fall, 2012 – following an innovative career at the Air Force Research Laboratory near Dayton, OH. Dr. Blair is excited by the talented students and faculty, as well as by the new Physics Lab at Bryn Athyn College.
BA, Bryn Athyn College, MS, Drexel University Doering Center 112 | 267-502-6042 Caira Bongers teaches classes in quantitative reasoning, algebra, and calculus. She includes applications to the students’ individual majors, and she also emphasizes applications to personal finance. Caira has a particular interest in the historical origins of mathematics.
BA, Ashford University, MA, Arcadia University Pendleton Hall 10 | 267-502-4518 | [email protected] | After running her own dance studio for many years, Ms. Bostock came to Bryn Athyn College as a dance instructor and choreographer. She teaches many forms of dance, from tap to modern, from ballet to hip-hop. Ms. Bostock serves as director and/or choreographer for theatrical productions and directs the Dance Ensemble.
BA, Bryn Athyn College, BSc, University of Greenwich, PhD, University College London Doering Center 207 | 267-502-2688 | [email protected] | Dr. Bryntesson is an associate professor of biology, focusing on molecular biology with a research background primarily in the DNA repair field. He has also been involved in research projects at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University investigating the molecular biology of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Bryntesson is currently involved with the ongoing deer research at Bryn Athyn College. In addition, he is interested in ornithology and is involved in a research project focusing on the natural history of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Dr. Bryntesson also serves as the director for the main men’s residence hall on campus and has helped organize the music project “Bryn Athyn College Rocks!” He serves the community as a voluntary member of the Holy Redeemer Health System Institutional Review Board.
BEd, University of Brighton, MA, Bryn Athyn College Asplundh Field House | 267-502-4819 | [email protected] | Mrs. Bryntesson formerly served as athletic director and head of the physical education department at Bryn Athyn. She taught and coached in high schools in England for many years before moving to the United States. She has a passion for running and a whole new interpretation of the phrase, “Run for Your Life.” The highlight of her work is seeing the spirits of the students soar through physical exercise, dance, and sports.
BA, Oakland University, MBA, Suffolk University Doering Center 215 | [email protected] | Mr. Childs has had 30 years of multifunctional management experience working for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. His background includes responsibilities in training, human resources, fundraising, financial affairs, sales, and marketing. He also has 20 years of experience as an adjunct lecturer specializing in management theory, application, and practice.
BA, Bryn Athyn College, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Doering Center 204 | 267-502-4849 | [email protected] | Dr. Closterman teaches ancient history and biblical Greek and is the head of the history program. 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.
BS, College of New Jersey | MA, Arcadia University Doering Center 307 | 267-502-2411| [email protected] | Mr. Cooper is in his sixth year of teaching Writing and English courses at Bryn Athyn College. He particularly enjoys helping students to see writing not as a daunting task, but as an opportunity to find their voices and to share their ideas. In addition to teaching, Mr. Cooper also serves as Head Coach of the men’s soccer team.
BS, Duke University, MS, University of Delaware, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Doering Center 305 | 267-502-2554 | [email protected] | Dr. Cooper directs the biology program and teaches introductory biology, ecology, environmental science, limnology, marine biology, and botany courses. Her research interests include paleoecology, diatoms, and coastal ecosystems. She has authored more than twenty publications, with ten in peer-reviewed journals. In the past few years, Dr. Cooper has been involved in paleoecological research of Long Island Sound, Puget Sound, and Kennebec Estuary. She is also involved in research and education at the local Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, where she serves as a Board Member.
BA, MDiv, Bryn Athyn College, BTh, MTh, DTh, University of South Africa Pendleton Hall 129 Theo | 267-502-2582 | [email protected] | Rev. 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 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.
BA Bryn Athyn College, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University Doering Center 107 | 267-502-2694 | [email protected] | Dr. Evans studied biological and chemical sciences at Bryn Athyn College, graduating with a BA in 1999. She continued her studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at Thomas Jefferson University, and received her PhD in 2006.
BA, MDiv, Bryn Athyn College, MA, Villanova University Pendleton Hall 28 | 267-502-4875 | [email protected] | Rev. Frazier specializes in theology as well as the sacred languages of the Word (Old Testament, New Testament, and the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg). In addition to teaching Hebrew, Latin, and religion, Rev. Frazier works for the General Church of the New Jerusalem as a translator of Swedenborg’s theological works. He is especially interested in the intersection of theology, ancient history, and popular culture.
BA in English, Bryn Athyn College, Teaching in Higher Education Certificate, Temple University, PhD Candidate in English, Temple University Doering Center 308 | 215-880-8216 | [email protected] | Sarah Gardam graduated from Bryn Athyn College in 2002, with a B.A. in English. She began graduate school at Drew University, and then transferred to Temple University, where she is now finishing her PhD in English. She specializes in 20th Century American fiction, Asian American fiction, literary theory, women’s studies, and tragedy. Sarah has published articles on the novels of Willa Cather, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Anne Enright. As a teacher, she is primarily interested in helping her students to access their innate curiosity and creativity of thought.
BA, Washington College, MA, University of Pittsburgh, PhD, Temple University, MDiv, Bryn Athyn College Pendleton Hall 102 | 267-502-4844 | [email protected] | 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.
BFA, Carnegie-Mellon University, MA, PhD, Temple University Doering Center 114 | 267-502-2569 | [email protected] | Dr. Gyllenhaal, head of the Fine Arts Area, is an art historian and painter who integrates humanities and the fine arts in her teaching. She enjoys using the art collections in Glencairn Museum to enhance her classes. One of her courses, Topics in Twentieth-Century Architecture:Bryn Athyn’s National Historic Landmarks, meets on site and examines the process it took to build Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Glencairn Museum, and the Cairnwood and Cairncrest estates. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and encourages her students to plan their own grand tours. Her passion is 17th century Dutch art—her research focuses on the studio practices and working methods of Rembrandt and the artists in his circle.
BFA, MST, Rochester Institute of Technology Mitchell Performing Arts Center | 267-502-4889Naomi Haus-Roth is currently in her ninth year as the Director of the Mitchell Performing Arts Center where she has designed sets for The King and I, As You Like It, The Miracle Worker, Wit, A Christmas Carol, and Anne of Green Gables. She teaches Scene Design and Production at Bryn Athyn College. Her theater credits include over a hundred productions, many as a Prop Master/Artisan at the McCarter (Princeton, NJ), Goodman and Northlight Theater companies (Chicago) in addition to two seasons as Production Manager of the Sterling Renaissance Festival (New York). Her artisan credits also include stints with the Steppenwolf, Royal George, Shakespeare Repertory, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Dorothy Hamill’s Ice Capades and the Opera Festival of New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design and a Master of Science in Teaching in Art Education, from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
BA, Pennsylvania State University, MA, Villanova University Pendleton Hall 10 | 267-502-4890 | [email protected] | In the classroom, Mr. Henderson loves to share his interest in early American and medieval history through interactive lectures, discussion of primary sources, and analysis of historical arguments. His particular interest is the relationship between history and religion, focusing on such questions as how societies and individuals over time have conceived of God, what it means to be human, and how one is supposed to live one’s life. Mr. Henderson encourages students not just to learn about the past and sharpen critical liberal arts skills through the study of history, but to reflect on how the study of history can enrich their lives and can help them to become better people. In addition to teaching history, he is also the Assistant Director of Glencairn Museum and serves as a member of both the Cairnwood Estate Board of Governors and the Bryn Athyn Church Board of Trustees.
BS, St. Louis University; MS, St. Joseph’s University; MD, St. Louis University Doering Center 210 | 267-502-6068 | [email protected] | Dr. Higgins teaches courses in general and organic chemistry as well as anatomy & physiology and microbiology. He practiced general pediatrics for twelve years before joining the faculty at Bryn Athyn College in 2012. Dr. Higgins is the advisor for BAC’s pre-medical program and has an interest in preparing students for graduate school, particularly in the health sciences.
BA, McGill University, MBE, MSW, DSW, University of Pennsylvania Doering Center 309 | 267-502-6081 | [email protected] | Dr. Hyatt is thrilled to be a part of the psychology faculty at Bryn Athyn College. Dr. Hyatt’s research interests include after-death communication and near-death experiences, adolescent sibling bereavement, clinical intervention with families of returning veterans, pediatric end of life decision-making, and the intersection of spirituality and psychology. She has worked in settings as diverse as the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, the Department of Psychiatry at Washington Hospital Center, and the Department of Oncology at Children’s National Medical Center. She has served as an intern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the division of Fetal Surgery/NICU and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Trauma service. Dr. Hyatt is currently conducting research to explore the spiritual and near-death experiences of members of the New Church community. She has interviewed over 30 subjects in this unique pilot study and is looking forward to publishing her findings.

Dr. Hyatt’s first book, a self-help guide for adolescents grieving the loss of a sibling, will be published by New Harbinger Press and available in book stores Summer 2015

BA, Bryn Athyn College, MA in Museum Studies, University of Leicester Office: Glencairn Museum Archives | 267-502-2421 | [email protected] | Mr. Jackson has served as museum educator, archivist, curator and historic site supervisor. His background includes collections preservation, historic site and archives management and early-American social/material history. He holds certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists and is an active member in various historical societies and professional organizations.
BA, Bryn Athyn College | MBA, Temple University Doering Center 213 | 215-470-8895 | [email protected] | A self-employed stock trader and economics enthusiast, Ethan King holds a BA in History from Bryn Athyn College and MBA in Finance from Temple. He is currently researching the Austrian School of Economics. Noting especially its complementary methodology to the Swedenborgian deductive approach of deriving truths from first principles. His other research interests include entrepreneurial theory and monetary history.
BA, College of William and Mary, MA, PhD, Boston University Brickman Center | 267-502-2537 | [email protected] | 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.
BS, University of North Carolina | MA, Tufts University | PhD, University of Pennsylvania Doering Center 112 | 267-502-6041 | [email protected] | Dr. Latta is pleased to join the faculty this year to teach in the disciplines of Philosophy and Writing. Her area of specialization lies in Kant’s ethics. Her current research and teaching interests focus on applied ethics, moral perception, and the contribution that literature can make to moral philosophy. Prior to her arrival at Bryn Athyn College, Dr. Latta taught at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as a full-time faculty member, she also serves as the Manager of Grant Hall.
BA, University of North Carolina–Charlotte, MA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Doering Center 210 | 267-502-2798 | [email protected] | Mr. Lawing is serves as the Director of International Studies and occasionally teaches courses in German language and medieval literature at the College. His academic background is in Germanic languages and literatures with areas of focus in Old Icelandic literature and Viking Age history.
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design Doering 113 Mr. Leap has been an architectural stained glass designer for over 25 years. His studio is located at Wheaton Arts in Millville, NJ. His painterly work in stained glass has earned him numerous awards including a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a jurors’ award of honor from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mr. Leap has created numerous public art commissions including a skylight illustrating the history of New Jersey, which is installed in the Annex of the New Jersey State House in Trenton. He is currently the stained glass artist-in-residence at Glencairn Museum and holds the position of President of the American Glass Guild.
BSW, West Chester University, MA, Temple University Brickman 103 | 267-502-2412 | [email protected] | Laura Nash oversees the Bryn Athyn College experiential education and physical education area, which includes internship,service learning,work study, career planning and alumni relations. In addition to teaching courses, her duties include organizing service-learning trip, integrating service into the curriculum, heading up the internship program, and serving as Alumni Liaison.
BA, MA, University of Michigan 267-502-2547 | [email protected] | 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.
BS, State University of New York–Plattsburgh, MDiv, Bryn Athyn College 267-502-2783 | [email protected] | Rev. Odhner, who serves on the faculty of the Theological School and teaches college religion courses, brings to his teaching many years of experience as a pastor. One of his pastorates placed him as headmaster of a church elementary school, giving him the opportunity to teach religion and do curricular work related to it. His first love is the beautiful theology of the New Church, which names and describes a God whose love and goal are simple and compelling, and whose wisdom in approaching these goals is unassailably reasonable to those willing to consider it with the eyes of faith. He feels privileged to teach a course on this God. Rev. Odhner also loves nature and natural history.
BA, Pennsylvania State University, MS, Bridgeport University Pendleton Hall 9 | 267-502-2518 | [email protected] | Nina Phillips joined the faculty of Bryn Athyn after a 15-year career as a public school teacher in Connecticut. She uses stories from this experience to illustrate the finer points of classroom instruction. Her background in theater also gives her a place backstage at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in an annual college production.
MSc, University of Leningrad, DPhil, University of Oxford Doering Center 205 | 267-502-4863 | [email protected] | Dr. Potapov teaches environmental sciences, ecology, and ornithology. He is involved with birds of prey conservation programs worldwide and carries out research in the satellite tracking of birds in various regions around the globe. Dr. Potapov is also involved in research and education at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust.
BS and MNS, Arizona State University 267-502-2545 | [email protected]Mr. Reinprecht is an avid bow hunter and has been the instructor for the Bryn Athyn College Archery course since 2004. His course emphasizes students developing correct form and consistency in archery, while also enjoying this life sport.
BA, Macalester College, MFA, University of Michigan Pendleton Hall 17 | 267-502-2642 | [email protected] | In addition to teaching poetry and creative writing, Amanda Rogers-Petro has been the director or assistant director for many of the College’s theatrical productions. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various magazines and literary journals.
BS, Pennsylvania State University, MEd, Antioch University New England Pendleton Hall 8 | 267-502-2566 | [email protected] | Angela Rose was a classroom teacher for 17 years. She has taught kindergarten through eighth grade in a variety of settings including The Kempton New Church School, The Sheltering Arms Daycare and Kindergarten, The Quaker School at Horsham for Children Who Learn Differently, and Camellia Waldorf School.
BA, Bryn Athyn College, MA, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Doering Center 209 | 267-502-2516 | [email protected] | Dr. Rose teaches history, political science, and a religion course on Islam. Formerly a Middle East specialist for the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Rose’s research interests are Islamism and democratization.
BS, MDiv, Bryn Athyn College Doering Center 304
BA, St. Lawrence University, MDiv, Bryn Athyn College, MAT, Wesleyan University, PhD, University of Michigan Doering Center 208 | 267-502-2519 | [email protected] | Dr. Silverman serves as college chaplain and assistant professor of religion. He is the editor/reviser of Helen Keller’s Light in My Darkness (1994, 2000), and has co-authored with his wife, Star, Rise Above It: Spiritual Development Through the Ten Commandments (2000, 2005). In addition, he has published over 20 articles, including a study of James Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, and The Anti-Sectarianism of Henry James, Dr. Silverman is a fellow in the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (University of Delaware).
BA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, MS, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University Doering Center 106 | 267-502-2790 | [email protected] | Dr. Simonetti teaches mathematics and computer science. His research focuses on a dynamic programming algorithm for the Traveling Salesman Problem, a classic problem in the field of combinatorial optimization, with applications ranging from scheduling to vehicle routing. When not knee-deep in numbers and code, he enjoys playing music (piano, organ, guitar, and recorder) for worship services and driving busloads of college students across the country to support the service learning program.
BA, Bryn Athyn College, MA, Bowling Green State University, PhD, Temple University Doering 111 | 267-502-2503 | [email protected] | 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.
BS, LaSalle University, MBA, Liberty University Doering Center 215
BA, University of Pennsylvania, JD, Villanova School of Law 267-502-4605
BA, Temple University, MBA, LaSalle University Doering Center 215
BA, West Connecticut State University, MS, PhD, Iowa State University Doering 310 | 267-502-2502 | [email protected] | Dr. Soni Werner has been teaching at Bryn Athyn College since 1996. She created the Psychology Major a few years ago, and has been the Head of this area in the past. She also established the service learning program and the conflict resolution skills courses for theological students. As she takes a step towards retirement, she now works part time, focusing her teaching on psychology, education, and the theological school. In addition she is a part of a team of faculty managing the Interdisciplinary Major. Dr. Werner has become an author, and has now written two books and started work on her third one. Her first book is entitled “Searching for Mary Magdalene”, and her second book is called “Growth of the Female Mind”. She used her second book as a supplementary textbook in her course on Developmental Psychology. Dr. Werner is now working on a book about the importance of altruism in a spiritually healthy adult life, and plans to use it in her unique course on the Psychology of Altruism in 2014.
BA, MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Pendleton Hall 117 Theo | 267-502-2501 | [email protected] | Dr. Williams-Hogan is enthusiastic about thinking, reflecting, analyzing, writing, teaching, and presenting. Trained as a sociologist, she loves to use sociology in an historical context. She is committed to sharing Swedenborgian perspectives by presenting papers and talks in a variety of academic venues, and through her many articles on Swedenborg and Swedenborgianism. Dr. Williams-Hogan enjoys teaching innovative project courses and creating a new appreciation of Swedenborg and the 18th century for her students, as well as the broader community, especially those interested in spirituality. She is currently writing a biography of Swedenborg, to be called Emanuel Swedenborg: Modern Revelator of Soul and Psyche.
BA, Smith College | MA, Columbia University Teachers College Pendleton Hall 8 | 267-502-6085 | [email protected] | As an undergraduate, Sarah felt drawn to both clinical psychology and early childhood education. It is during her graduate school years at Teachers College, Columbia U., she found the perfect way to combine these interests: Early Childhood Special Education, with a focus in Early Intervention. Over the past twelve years, she has taught in various settings and held leadership roles, as a mentor and supervisor. Working in the field, Sarah has witnessed the power of Early Intervention in helping young children with special needs reach their full potential. She is now thrilled to continue the work that combines her love of both Education and Psychology, to share what she has learned, and to encourage Bryn Athyn College students to pursue their interests in these fields.
MA, University of Pennsylvania, MA, University of Texas at Austin Pendleton Hall 31 | 267-502-2586
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