Indiana Wesleyan University welcomes eight new faculty members to the College of Arts and Sciences on the residential campus in Marion for the 2012-2013 school year.
Jessica Briggs will serve as a life coach coordinator on the inaugural faculty of the brand-new School of Life Calling and Integrative Learning, which begins operating this fall. She comes to IWU from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, where she was the assistant director of leadership programs in the Kravis Leadership Institute.
J. Michael Dennis joins IWU as assistant professor of church music. Dennis has a Ph.D. in Worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies. He has spent much of his career as a music minister at Nazarene, Baptist and Wesleyan Churches throughout the United States.
Amanda Drury, assistant professor of youth ministry, has a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Semianry and has served in multiple ministry contexts. She feels called to train college students preparing to serve in church or parachurch ministry.
Annie Moore is our new assistant professor of art history. Moore is working on her D.Phil through the University of Oxford, from which she also received a Master of Studies. She comes to IWU from her undergraduate alma mater, Westmont College, where she was an adjunct professor of art history.
Isai Jess Munoz will join the Division of Music as an assistant professor. This tenor vocalist has performed at major events and locations around the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the United Nations. He recently contributed his voice to the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra’s album Song of the Stars, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance.
Todd Williams comes to us as an assistant professor of music education. A jazz saxophonist who has toured with Wynton Marsalis, performed as a featured soloist at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and served as a songwriter and music director for Times Square Church in New York City, Williams has also taught music in middle and high schools, worked with Jazz education events at the White House and served as a graduate level professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College.
Sameer Yadav, post-doctoral fellow in the John Wesley Honors College, is currently finishing his Th.D. program in theology and ethics from Duke Divinity School. . He was a 2009-2010 North American Doctoral Fellow for the Fund for Theological Education. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Boise State University, an M.Div. from Master’s Seminary in Southern California and an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School.
Tara Renbarger, assistant professor of biology, received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has served as an adjunct biology professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and received IU School of Medicine’s Harold Raidt Graduate Student Teaching Award. He has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the journal Molecular Microbiology.