New Staff Hired

Dylan Higgs of Fishers, Indiana, has been hired as director of instructional design, to begin July 8, 2019. In this new position at the Seminary, Higgs will support faculty and students in the use of technology for course content and resources; facilitate videoconferencing and production for classes, meeting, and other events; assist in the production of videos and DVDs; and provide training and education in the use of technological communication tools as needed.

Higgs most recently taught as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College and was an instructional designer for Kelly Services, both in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 2009 to 2014, he was an adjunct instructor at the University of the Bahamas in Nassau. He earned a master’s degree in translation from Autonomous University in Barcelona, Spain, in 2009 and a master’s in higher education from Purdue University Global in Indianapolis in 2017. He is currently completing a master’s in learning design and technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

“In this position, Dylan will support the teaching faculty at Bethany in providing quality educational experiences for both local and distance students in two main areas,” says Steve Schweitzer, academic dean: “the ongoing oversight and creative use of our technology classrooms and the use of Moodle for delivering online content. The director of instructional design brings expertise in functionality and technical processes as well as pedagogical practices for the best student learning environment. Bethany’s curricula and students will benefit from having Dylan join our staff.”

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Gabriela Carrillo Chacón began her position as admissions recruiter at Bethany on June 26, 2019. She is a 2019 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, with a BA in human development and social relations and a minor in French and Francophone studies. She interned with the Human Resources Department at Universidad Técnica Nacional, in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Also fluent in Spanish, Carrillo Chacón has taught English to native Spanish speakers and done translation and interpretation.

In her role, Carrillo Chacón will initiate and maintain relationships with prospective students through personal contact and communication, Church of the Brethren networks and institutions, and other recruitment events. As a member of the Admissions and Student Services staff, she will guide students through the application process and assist in recordkeeping and management of external communication from the department.