AU welcomes five new faculty members

Mon, 2010-10-25 08:00 -- univcomm
October 25, 2010

With the start of a new school year comes the addition of five new faculty members to the Anderson University community. Three new members joined the School of Nursing, and the Falls School of Business and School of Music each added one new member. With their many different backgrounds and unique insights into their professions, students will be the beneficiaries of these talented new faculty members.

Larry Seibert joins the Falls School of Business as an assistant professor of marketing. He comes to AU with 15 years of teaching experience at universities such as Purdue University North Central, Indiana University Northwest and University of Central Oklahoma. “My goal is to enable my students to be the best corporate leaders they can be, and my focus is on the marketing portion of their preparation,” said Siebert.

In addition to his teaching experience, Seibert has 20 years of experience in business and held many different positions including president and CEO of his own research and consulting firm. “With my years of hiring and supervising young business professionals, I have a pretty good idea of the skills necessary to succeed,” he said. “Those are the skills I develop in my students through the assignments and my lectures.” He has also done research for various membership associations including the American Dental Association and the Public Library Association, making recommendations on how to improve as organizations and draw in new members. He currently conducts his own research concerning the generational differences between members of these groups.

holmesChristopher Holmes is the newest addition to the School of Music after being an adjunct professor here for the past three years. “I’ve had many good students who are enthusiastic about the topics and material,” said Holmes. “I enjoy teaching music in a liberal arts college, particularly given the way I understand music.”

Holmes is currently pursuing his doctorate in musicology through Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His research focuses primarily on English music composers and European music after World War II. He uses literature and philosophy as different ways of interpreting and understanding the music. “I see music as part of a larger intellectual and cultural climate and as a liberal art that is part of the humanities. I have a sort of humanistic way of looking at it,” Holmes said.

Lynn Schmidt is the new graduate programs coordinator for the School of Nursing. She works with potential and current graduate nursing students and teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Schmidt recently earned her master’s in Nursing Education from Ball State University. She completed the practicum for her master’s degree at AU’s School of Nursing, which is what brought her back here.

“Working with the students, staff and faculty was a very positive and rewarding experience,” Schmidt said. She is currently working on her dissertation, which spotlights the impact of trans-cultural educational experiences on the nursing practice.

vincentCheryl Vincent is another new member in the School of Nursing. Vincent has a master’s degree in Nursing Education and her field of expertise is pediatrics and obstetrics. She worked as a staff development coordinator for hospital systems for several years and served students as a school nurse while teaching health classes for kindergarten through eighth graders.

“Nursing is a wonderful calling and I want my students to be excited about it, so I work diligently at creating a learning environment that is active and interesting,” said Vincent. “I come with a great deal of ‘real world’ nursing experience, and I believe I can pass my love of children and my clinical talent onto our students here at AU.” Vincent also serves as a training center faculty member for the American Heart Association where she instructs CPR classes and Pediatric Advanced Life Support classes.

Jason Pierce is the third new faculty member in the School of Nursing. He earned both his Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration at Anderson University. He was excited to come back because he loved the people and the size of the campus. “AU is a friendlier organization than others and a better fit for me all around,” said Pierce. In the classroom, Pierce likes to incorporate hands-on experience with regular academia. “Having students connect those two gets them involved early on and helps them to apply their knowledge quicker,” he stated. “It allows them to be able to take care of patients on their own.”

Pierce is also currently an editor for the American Nurse’s Association’s online course. He puts together material for the review course on the Pediatric Emergency Nurse Certification exam and edits the content.

- Alyssa Applegate is a junior from Dayton, Ohio, majoring in Communication Arts and minoring in Spanish. Applegate is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.