(L-R): Rice, McGarvey, Richmond, Pettway, Bowman, Yates, and Prins Moeller
(L-R): Rice, McGarvey, Richmond, Pettway, Bowman, Yates, and Prins Moeller
Author: Michelle [Shelly] Hillman
Date: September 6, 2017
Categories: Academics|Faculty

As another academic year begins at Houghton College, new faculty members are stepping into the classroom to provide a high-quality, Christ-centered education to the college’s returning and new students.

“I am so pleased to welcome this extraordinary group of men and women to our faculty,” remarks Dr. Jack Connell, provost and dean of the faculty at Houghton. “They are people of competence and character, and I am confident that they will serve our students with excellence and enrich the academic life of this community.”  

Houghton’s new faculty members include:

-        James Bowman, interim instructor of music industry, who comes to Houghton from Buffalo Public Schools, where he focused on the sound engineering, music production, audiovisual, software, and sound effect needs. Bowman’s background in the sound production world includes extensive work at the First Calvary Missionary Baptist and Antioch Holiness churches in Buffalo. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Full Sail University.

-        1981 Houghton graduate Dr. Mark Caruana, who begins his first academic year as the dean of Houghton College Utica, the college’s Associate of Arts program in Utica, NY. He brings ministerial experience to the role, specifically with growing multiethnic congregations, and is considered a content expert regarding refugee resettlement and transition. Caruana holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton, a master’s degree from Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, and a doctorate from Hartford Seminary.

-        Dr. Timothy McGarvey, joining the Houghton community as professor of instrumental music and conducting as well as director of instrumental activities. McGarvey hails most recently from Iowa and has teaching and ensemble administration/conducting experience at prestigious institutions such as Northwestern College, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and Western Michigan University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University, a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (OH).

-        John McKeone, director of Houghton’s new partnership with Peaceprints of Western New York out of Buffalo, NY, who enters a role focused on bringing higher education opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals. McKeone comes from the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, a micro-finance lending model for start-up businesses in communities on Buffalo’s West Side. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree from Buffalo State College.

-        Dr. Anna Pettway, who brings a wealth of experience to her role as assistant professor of psychology and assistant department chair for assessment. In addition to clinical work across Michigan and in Atlanta, Georgia, Pettway has served in research and teaching assistant roles at Spring Arbor University and the University of Detroit Mercy. She has also taught as a professor at Bryan College, Concordia University-Ann Arbor, and Oakland Community College. Pettway holds master’s and doctorate degrees from University of Detroit Mercy, in addition to a bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University.

-        Professional voice performer and 2005 Houghton graduate Dr. Kimberly Prins Moeller, returning to the college as assistant professor of voice. Her teaching experience includes prestigious Christian academies and collegiate-level voice instruction at Lakeland College and Alverno College. She has also served as music director, vocal coach, and accompanist for numerous productions and at several opera programs. Prins Moeller holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton, a master’s degree from Montclair State University, a professional performance certificate from Penn State University, and a doctorate from the University of Arizona.

-        Music education professional Dr. Floyd Richmond, who joins the Houghton faculty as interim professor and coordinator of music education. Richmond’s background includes several band director positions at Christian academies and high schools in Indiana and Missouri, as well as collegiate professorship and music education program coordination at institutions such as University of Valley Forge, West Chester University, and Ball State University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delta State University and a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University.

-        Deborah Rice, coming to the college as assistant professor of management and business administration as well as department chair for business and economics. She has more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, human resource management, and strategic leadership in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit contexts. Rice co-developed and led Missional Movement International, a consulting, coaching, and training ministry focused on assisting Christian leaders. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College, a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.

-        Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Data Science Ryan Yates, who brings experience in developing computer script, user interface, functional framework, programming language, and software development. Yates is a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester computer science program and has previously served as an instructor at Houghton and a teaching assistant at the University of Rochester. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from University of Rochester.