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Malone University welcomes new faculty for 2013-14

August 20, 2013 | Release # 6689

Malone University welcomes the following new members to its faculty for the 2013-14 academic year:

Lisa Beltz Lisa A. Beltz, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, is returning to the Malone community from which she received her bachelor of arts degree in biology in 1983. She then earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and public health from Michigan State University in 1988 for her study of the mechanisms by which two parasites from impoverished tropical regions of the world suppress the immune response in order to establish infection in their human hosts. Lisa then studied the interactions between HIV and the immune system as a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh before joining the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. During her 13 years in Iowa, she taught a variety of medically-related biology courses including Anatomy and Physiology, Immunology, Parasitology, and Cancer and Emerging Infectious Diseases. She authored a textbook for the latter course, published in 2011. In 2008, Lisa returned to her hometown in the Massillon/Canton area. For the past four years, she taught at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, and is now glad to be returning to her alma mater.

Lori Cooke
Lori L. Cooke, clinical instructor of nursing, has taught as an adjunct nursing instructor at Malone since 2011. She graduated with her BSN from Kent State University in 1990, and has worked in several clinical settings including orthopedics, med/surg, and critical care. She received her M.Ed. in health education in 1995, also from Kent State. Cooke is board certified in medical/surgical nursing and holds a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University.


Karyn Collie
Karyn Collie, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, earned her B.S. from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, her MA from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center CUNY. Since 2006, she has been researching sibling egg cannibalism in the Colorado potato beetle while teaching biology courses at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College CUNY.

Jason CourterJason R. Courter, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, earned his doctoral degree in wildlife ecology at Clemson University in 2012 and recently completed a one-year appointment as a visiting professor of environmental science at Taylor University, his alma mater. Jason also earned his master's degree in biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009 where he studied the information conveyed in wintering bird flocks. Before returning to graduate school, Jason served as a high school science educator in Christiansburg, Virginia.

TC Ham

T. C. Ham, Ph.D., assistant professor of biblical studies, was born in South Korea and raised in a multicultural home. As a result, Dr. Ham has always had an interest in culture and languages. His research interests in biblical and theological studies focus on cultural and linguistic significance in understanding the Scriptures. Ham earned his Ph.D. in 2007 from Dallas Theological Seminary, concentrating on the Old Testament.

Jon PetersonJon C. Peterson, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, received his doctoral and master's degrees in choral conducting with a doctoral minor in historical musicology from The University of Arizona and Southern Methodist University, respectively. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Austin College with an undergraduate degree in vocal performance. Prior to coming to Malone, he served on the music faculty at Bluffton University and as artistic director of The Magpie Consort, a Columbus-based chamber chorus of 20 voices. In addition to his passion for working with university students, his experience in music ministry has taken him to congregations of varying sizes and denominations in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Ohio. Jon has prepared choirs for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Philander Smith College, the University of Arizona and Southern Methodist University; and has sung with such respected choral organizations as the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His recent research has focused on hymnology, world music, and Baroque oratorio; he has also contributed choral repertoire analyses to GIA Publications' Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir, released in 2011.

Christine SchnydersChristina M. Schnyders, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling and human development, received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Simpson University, and her master of arts degree in clinical and pastoral counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She received her doctorate in counseling and human development services at Kent State University. Christina has been a licensed counselor in the state of Ohio since 2005. Her research interests include attachment relationships, emerging adulthood, and protective factors for suicidal clients. Christina has previously served as a resident director and a visiting instructor here at Malone, and she is returning to Malone after serving for one year as an assistant professor of counseling and psychology at Milligan College in Tennessee.

Carrie StroupCarrie D. Stroup, assistant professor of nursing, has practiced in a variety of nursing specialties since graduating from Malone University in 1999 with her BSN. These include public health nursing, oncology nursing and orthopedic nursing. She received her MSN in nursing education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Carrie has been an adjunct nursing instructor for Malone University for the past seven years while also working at Akron General Medical Center as a staff nurse.

Susan Wechter Susan M. Wechter, clinical instructor of nursing, is a registered nurse and board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor of science degree from Ursuline College and her master in parent/child nursing degree from Kent State University. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of New Mexico and the focus of her dissertation is stress and comfort of the hospitalized child. Susan comes to Malone University with 30 years of pediatric teaching and clinical experience, with an emphasis in on-line and innovative teaching techniques.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015  , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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