SBU welcomes new faculty for 2021-2022 academic year

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University is pleased to announce several new faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year. SBU’s faculty is integral in the University’s mission to be a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.

collage photo with five on top and five on bottom showing headshots of new faculty who are mentioned in this articleNew faculty members for the Fall 2021 semester include:

1. Shellie Austin is an instructor of library services and is the digital services librarian on the Bolivar campus. She earned her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in web systems and design with a writing minor from SBU.

2. Taylor Corlee is an instructor of communication on the Bolivar campus. Corlee received his bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in communications and criminal justice and a master of arts (M.A.) degree in communication from Missouri State University.

3. Dr. Jordan Edwards is an assistant professor of university studies and the director of the Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program on the Bolivar campus. He earned his B.A. in history with minors in biblical languages and biblical studies from SBU, his master of divinity (M.Div.) in Christian Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his doctorate (Ph.D.) in church history and historical theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

4. Dr. Kole Foster is an assistant professor of physical therapy on the Bolivar campus. Foster received his B.S. in kinesiology with a minor in exercise science from Iowa State University and his doctor of physical therapy from SBU.

5. Andrea Gramling is an instructor of nursing on the Springfield campus. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a master of science in nursing (MSN) from MSU.

6. Bill Marr is an instructor of business administration on the Bolivar campus, who started full-time in January. Marr received his B.S. in business administration from St. Edwards University and his master of business administration (MBA) from Webster University.

7. Dr. David Quackenbos is an assistant professor of Christian ministry on the Bolivar campus. He earned his B.S. in computer sciences and history from Duke University, a M.A. in history from Old Dominion University, a M.Div. in advanced biblical studies and a M.A. in Old Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and doctorates in biblical studies and Old Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

8. Kira Rubin is an instructor of athletic training on the Bolivar campus. She received her B.S. in sport and recreation management with an educational administration concentration from Keystone College, a B.S. in athletic training with a nutrition certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from MSU.

9. Izzy Switzer is an instructor of athletic training on the Bolivar campus. She received her B.S. in athletic training from SBU, and her M.S. in athletic training from Western Michigan University.

10. Cassie Trippe is an instructor of nursing on the Springfield campus. Trippe received her BSN degree from Cox College of Nursing, and her MSN from Western Governors University.

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 16. Contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810 or admissions@SBUniv.edu for more information.

*Published: 8-12-2021