From left to right - Conor Angell, Isaac Wingfield, Mark Hunter, Sarah Derck, Stephen Plate, Jun-Koo Park and Chris Jordan
From left to right - Conor Angell, Isaac Wingfield, Mark Hunter, Sarah Derck, Stephen Plate, Jun-Koo Park and Chris Jordan
Author: Danielle Brenon
Date: August 29, 2012
Categories: Academics

Houghton College welcomes new faces on the faculty this fall. Seven new educators will prepare Houghton graduates to enter the world, eager to transform and inspire. Among those joining the staff are Sarah B. Derck, Mark A. Hunter, Jun-Koo Park, Stephen W. Plate, Isaac Wingfield and Christopher Jordan.

Sarah Derck joins Houghton College as an assistant professor of Old Testament. She holds a doctorate and a master of arts from Nazarene Theological College and a bachelor of arts from Indiana Wesleyan University. Derck previously held the positions of visiting assistant professor of Old Testament at IWU and of Biblical languages at Nazarene.

Mark Hunter will serve Houghton in two capacities, as the director of the Center for Academic Success and Advising, and as associate professor of psychology. Hunter earned his doctor of philosophy from University of Alabama, his master of divinity from Samford University, his master of arts from East Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University. Hunter previously served as the instructor of educational psychology at University of Alabama.

Jun-Koo Park is a brand-new faculty member to Houghton after completing his doctorate in 2012 at the Iowa State University at Ames. Prior to that, Park received a master of science in mathematics from the same institution and earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the Hanyang University at Seoul, South Korea. Park has been selected for 2012-2013 Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching), a national professional development program for new or recent doctors in the mathematical sciences.

Stephen Plate will bounce around the Center for the Arts as both the director of the Greatbatch School of Music and the area associate dean for music. Plate holds a doctor of musical arts and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree from Evangel University.

Isaac Wingfield is joining the Houghton community as an interim assistant professor of photography. He received a master of fine arts at Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor of science from Appalachian State University. Wingfeld also earned his teaching certificates I and II from Brown University. He previously served as an art teacher at Lakeside School in Horsham, Pa.

Christopher Jordan is welcomed to Houghton as an interim instructor of chemistry. Jordan holds a master of science (abd) from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor of science from Hope College.

Conor Angell is welcomed as the new assistant professor of voice (interim).  Conor holds a bachelor of music from Taylor University, a master’s of music from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a doctorate of music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Houghton College is happy to welcome these educators and their unique qualities to the community.