Faculty & Staff News
When Westminster College resumes classes in the fall, three beloved professorial faces will be missing from the classrooms.
Professors Judy Schaneman, Kent Palmer and Bill Young have all begun retirement.
"I want to wish Judy, Kent, and Bill well as they begin their retirements," says Westminster President George B. Forsythe. "The lives of so many Westminster students have been touched by these three during their combined 83 years of teaching. They will be sorely missed and remembered fondly by all of us here. We thank them for their years of service."
Thanking Dr. Judy Schaneman for her years of service
A Fulton resident, Schaneman came to Westminster in 1996 as an Associate Professor to teach French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. During her tenure she has served as Chair of that department (2000-2006), Coordinator of International Studies (1999-2006), Coordinator of the Remley Women's Center and Women's and Gender's Studies minor (2004-2006), and Director of Off-Campus and International Studies (1998-1999).
As Project Director for Westminster's Title VI grant to internationalize the curriculum, she was a pioneer in establishing curriculum roots that would lead to the College's mission to develop leaders in a global community. Several of these early courses made possible by the grant such as Introduction to International Studies and Jazz in Japan continue to be taught today.
During her career at Westminster she received nine grants, including a Fulbright Hays Summer Seminar Fellowship in Morocco and a grant from the French Embassy Cultural Services to study in Dakar, Senegal. She was a visiting scholar in seminar programs at institutions such as Dartmouth College, Harvard-Radcliffe and Cornell University. She was a presenter at 32 different state and national conferences and responsible for six publications.
Before coming to Westminster, she was an Associate Professor at Earlham College in Richmond, IN and Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC and an instructor at the University of Colorado. Schaneman holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in French from the University of Wyoming.
Thanking Dr. Kent Palmer for his years of service
Also a Fulton resident, Kent Palmer came to Westminster in 1976 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics 1976-2006). During his tenure, he served as Project Manager of the new Wallace H. Coulter Science Center (2000-2010) and Professor and Director of the physics program (2006-2010).
During his years at Westminster, he conducted sabbatical research at Arnold Air Force Station, Kansas State University, EG& G of Las Vegas and University of Nevada. He has published 25 different articles in professional journals and magazines and presented at 18 different state and national meetings and conferences. He was also a recipient of the Missouri Governor's Teaching Award.
Prior to joining the Westminster faculty, he was a research scientist at the Mead Corporation in Chillicothe, OH (1963-1964) and a teaching assistant at Ohio State University (1966-1970). Palmer holds a Ph.D. in physics and a B.S. in engineering physics from Ohio State University.
Thanking Dr. Bill Young for his years of service
A Columbia resident, Bill Young came to Westminster in 1975 as an Assistant Professor of Religion (1975-1982). During his years at Westminster he served as College Chaplain (1975-1986 and 1989-1996), Associate Professor of Religion (1982-1988), Professor of Religion and Founding Director of the Churchill Academy (1989-1996), Professor of Religious Studies (1996-2010), Chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies (1996-2004), Cotton Chair in the Humanities (2001-2004) and Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies (2010).
He has received the Missouri Governor's Teaching Award (2003), the Gayle Nutting Miranti Award, the Westminster Alpha Chi Chapter Faculty Member of the Year Award, and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award (1990). He was elected a Fellow of the Churchill Memorial. He has written four books and a wide range of articles and reviews. He is currently working on a biography of one of the first Native Americans to play major league baseball, John Tortes "Chief" Meyers; an historical novel on the 1840 community of Delaware Crossing; and a book of daily meditations from the Old Testament. He has made 20 different presentations at state and national conferences and meetings.
Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and Instructor for the Missouri Scholars Academy at the University of Missouri-Columbia and an Assistant Professor of Religion at Willamette University. Young holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Iowa and a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.
The three professors were honored by the Westminster community with a public reception at the Coulter Science Center during Alumni Weekend.