Robert Boozer

Professor of Psychology; Chair, Department of Psychology; Director, General Education; Director, Vocation and Calling

Education

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, N.C. State University
M.S. Forest Management, N.C. State University
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Georgia State University

Bio

Dr. Boozer worked as a manager with the Procter & Gamble Company for ten years before responding to his call to teach. He has been committed to higher education since 1987, serving on faculties at Georgia State University and Huntington University in Indiana. His background in leadership and management also enabled him to serve in various administrative roles, including Assistant to the President for Long-Range Planning at Huntington and Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at both Francis Marion University in South Carolina and LaGrange College in Georgia. He has served as a consultant for many institutions seeking to improve their strategic plan and/or their approach to institutional evaluation.

Since arriving at Bluefield, he has strengthened the Psychology major by adding courses in the psychology of religion, the psychology of leadership, advanced research methods (here students conduct and present original research), positive psychology, multicultural counseling, and cognitive psychology. The College’s Psi Chi chapter is also now active. In addition, he is responsible for the development of the unique series of core courses in the general education program, which distinguishes Bluefield from other liberal arts colleges.

Dr. Boozer is also a licensed local pastor with The United Methodist Church, West Virginia Conference and serves a church in Princeton (WV).

Lewis Buterakos

Associate Professor of Mathematics; Chair, Department of Mathematics

Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Virginia Tech, ‘03
M.S. in Mathematics, Virginia Tech, ‘93
M.S. in Geology, Virginia Tech, ‘90
B.S. in Geology, Virginia Tech, ‘87

Bio

Dr. Buterakos came to Bluefield College in 2002.  Prior to joining the faculty at BC, he held the position of Instructor of Mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1997-2002.  Dr. Buterakos has always embraced an interdisciplinary approach to the Sciences, which eventually led him to complete a Doctorate in Mathematics in 2003.  He also possesses teaching credentials in the physical sciences and is currently working towards obtaining teaching credentials in physics.  Dr. Buterakos currently holds the position of Department Head of Mathematics and serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative to the NAIA, in which capacity he is responsible for ensuring that all athletes are eligible in accordance with the rules and regulations of the NAIA prior to representing BC in competition.  He teaches or has taught courses in College Algebra, Mathematics of Finance, Statistics, Precalculus, Multivariable and Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, Abstract Algebra, Elementary Real Analysis, Numerical Analysis, and Physical Science. 

Bonny Dillon

Associate Professor of Psychology

Education

Associate in Applied Science Veterinary Technology, Bel-Rae Institute
Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Sacred Theology Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
Doctor of Philosophy Psychology of Religion, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Graduate Certificate in Bioethics (Clinical Emphasis), Union Graduate College

Bio

Bonny Dillon has taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an adjunct or full-time faculty member at universities in the US and abroad, in both traditional and distance learning formats. Her academic disciplines include psychology, practical theology, and bioethics.

Since 2011, Bonny has been an adjunct with Bluefield College’s online program, teaching in the area of Human Services. She joined BC’s full-time traditional faculty in Fall 2013 as an Associate Professor in psychology.

Clinically, Bonny has been active in healthcare settings for over 30 years as a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) and clinical educator, serving as well on hospital ethics committees and system-wide Institutional Review Boards. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 1987, she has provided pastoral psychotherapy in clinics and in private practice to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

In service to community, Bonny has been deployed as a disaster response volunteer after September 11, the VA Tech shootings, Hurricane Gustav, and Superstorm Sandy. She is trained as an instructor in Disaster Mental Health for the American Red Cross (ARC) and is a member of the Disaster Spiritual Care team, a partner of the ARC.

Bonny is an ordained minister of and endorsed chaplain through the American Baptist Churches, USA.

Kevin Downer

Director, Sport/Recreation Management Program; Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

Education

B.A. in Geography, California University of PA, 1991
M.S. in Sport Management, West Virginia University, 2009

Bio

Kevin began working at BC in the Summer of 2011, relocating from Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked within the Sport Industry for over 20 years, having owned and operated four businesses:

-K.W.D. Communications - Sales and installation of communication operating systems.
-Mon Valley Dek Hockey - A multi-purpose sports complex.
-Keystone Sports - An athlete recruiting firm.
-Currently, he owns and operates Sportangles, a sport management and consulting firm.

Kevin has also worked as a realtor, assisting buyers and sellers in commercial and residential transactions. Along with this, Kevin worked at Nemacolin Woodlands & Resort, a five diamond property located in Farmington, PA. Here, he worked in all aspects of the golf operations, including management of two golf courses and as golf group and event coordinator. Also, he was involved in the planning and organizing of four PGA Tour Championships.

Kevin enjoys working with and challenging young adults to become the very best they can be in all of their endeavors. He particularly enjoys watching students grow, learn, mature, and improve in all areas of their lives, especially academically, athletically, and in their faith journey. His faith is his motivation to do his job with a positive attitude and to the best of his ability. He detests negativity and apathy, knowing they can destroy a person quickly.

Sandra Elswick

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Education

M.Ed., Virginia Tech, 1972
B.S., Virginia Tech, 1969

Bio

Mrs. Elswick originally joined the Bluefield College family in 1969 and taught from 1969 to 1980. She returned to BC in 1991 and continues to teach in the Math Department as an Assistant Professor. Mrs. Elswick has spent her teaching career at Bluefield College. The years 1980 to 1991 were primarily focused on family life. During that time, she also served as a substitute teacher, created mini-lessons for the children in Dudley Primary School’s gifted program, tutored reading at Graham Intermediate School, taught part-time at National Business College, and volunteered for various school and church groups. Mrs. Elswick uses as her guide for teaching the belief that all students can learn and enjoy math if presented with an understanding of the material and guidance as they proceed.

Emily Lambert

Dean, College of Sciences; Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Biology

Education

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2010
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Concord University, 2005

Bio

Dr. Emily Lambert joined the Bluefield College family in 2010. Prior to teaching at BC, Dr. Lambert was a graduate teaching and research assistant at Virginia Tech. During her time at Virginia Tech, she taught General Biology, Microbiology, and Pathogenic Bacteriology labs. Her graduate research involved using microbial genetics to study germination in Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax. The courses that Dr. Lambert teaches at Bluefield College include General and Fundamentals of Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology, Parasitology, and a variety of special topics. Dr. Lambert strives to bring out the best in her students so that they may realize their full potential as students and children of God. In her spare time, Dr. Lambert enjoys spending time with family, farming, and traveling.

Doug Minnix

Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science; ESS Department Chair

Education

Ph.D. in Exercise and Health Promotion (emphasis in Sports Psychology), Virginia Tech, 2010
M.S. in Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1992
B.S. in Exercise Science, Bluefield College, 1990

Bio

Doug Minnix, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sports Medicine at Bluefield College, where he has taught since 2001.  Doug’s academic focus and research interests have covered a broad spectrum in sports medicine.  His undergraduate focus was in exercise physiology and wellness.  These interests were strengthened during ethnographic field research in Kyoto, Japan.  This research opportunity afforded complete immersion into the Japanese culture.  Subsequently, Doug gained an emic perspective into Japanese indigenous health practices, religion, and martial arts.  Doug’s research evolved into his senior thesis, submitted to Friends World College, Kyoto, Japan. 

His master’s work at the University of Tennessee promoted specialization in three areas of human performance, including biochemical aspects of exercise physiology, spinal stabilization in therapeutic exercise, and cardiac rehabilitation.  During graduate studies at UT, his research focused on ramp protocols for stress testing and prospective coronary risk factors, such as waist circumference and the ear crease sign. 

Following graduate studies at UT, he took the position of Clinical Program Director for the cardiopulmonary rehab and therapeutic exercise programs at Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  Doug has also worked in the field of Occupational Medicine as a Functional Capacity Evaluator and a therapist. 

Doug received his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 2010.  During his doctoral studies, his research focused on health promotion and sport psychology.  His present interest includes the mental and biological aspects of mental toughness in high pressure contexts, such as defensive tactics.  Recently, his work in the area of mental toughness was published a text written by Richard Cox; Sport Psychology Concepts and Applications.  Doug has also made professional presentations of his work, including the Association of Applied Sport Psychology’s 2010 Annual Conference.

Currently, Doug resides in Bluefield, VA, along with his wife of 20 years and three children.  In his spare time, he practices and teaches karate and kung-fu.  He is an active member of his church and enjoys “hanging out” with family.   

Martin Offield

Professor of Biology

Education

Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University at Nashville, ‘96
B.S. in Biology, Liberty University at Lynchburg, ‘88

Bio

Professor Offield came to Bluefield College in the fall of 2011 as Associate Professor of Biology. Prior to this, Prof. Offield spent a year as Research Scientist at Vanderbilt University after completing his Ph.D. work, and then took a second research position at the University of Virginia. His research has involved many aspects of embryological development and the development of new technologies for studying development. Prof. Offield’s Ph.D. work led to the discovery of one of the chief genes, PDX-1, which directs the development of the pancreas—and later regulates insulin production. This work has been continued by others as a possible way to cure diabetes. After taking the Research Scientist post at UVa, Prof. Offield was part of a team of researchers who were interested in developing genetic technologies within the Xenopus laevis—clawed toad—so that it could enable them to enhance the research of developmental processes. Prof. Offield also served as Associate Professor of Biology at Liberty University for nine years, just prior to coming to BC—teaching General Biology, Molecular Biology, and Embryology, as well as other courses. Prof. Offield often shares from Psalm 19 how the study of nature just shouts, “Glory to God!” Especially in the area of biology, the more we look into it, the more we are struck by awe and wonder at what God has made.

Joe Saunders

Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Department of Chemistry

Education

Ph. D. in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
B.S. in Chemistry, Mathematics Minor, Messiah College, 1996

Bio

Dr. Saunders joined the Bluefield College community in the fall of 2007 as an Associate Professor of Chemistry.  His background includes over 18 years of pedagogical leadership in chemistry, teaching class sizes from 1 to 200 (while at PSU) students.  Dr. Saunders kindled a passion for instruction while at Messiah College, leading Supplemental Instruction study sessions for Organic Chemistry, followed by teaching assistantships while in graduate school, and five years as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Concord College/University.  He currently teaches the following courses at BC: General Chemistry I & II; Organic Chemistry I & II; Introductory General, Organic, and Biochemistry (online); Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis; Biochemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Earth Science; The Science of Chocolate (online); and Chemistry Senior Seminar.  His outreach includes overseeing a biennial chemistry laboratory sequence for primarily home-schooled high school students, directing Forensic Fun weekend events, and holding week-long science camps in the summer. Dr. Saunders encourages students as they ponder careers in science to apply one of his favorite verses, Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”