Huntingdon Welcomes New Faculty
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College welcomed four new full-time faculty to campus this week. Joining the faculty this fall are Jennifer Canfield, Chad Eggleston, John Saunders, and Henry Walding.
While not new to students at Huntingdon, Canfield will be a full-time faculty member at the College for the first time. Canfield taught for the Huntingdon Department of Music part-time as she completed her doctorate in music education at Auburn University last year. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education at Troy State University. A National Board Certified Teacher, Canfield has served as a choral director and/or music teacher at both public and private schools, including Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phenix City, Ala.; St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala.; Department of Defense Schools in Woodbridge and Upwood, United Kingdom; and Summerville High School, in Summerville, S.C. She has served as an adjunct professor of music at Charleston Southern University and a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University. She has taught private voice, piano, and organ lessons, as well as other classroom-based music classes. In addition to teaching, Canfield has directed several high school musicals, composed choral works, accompanied other singers, adjudicated singing competitions, served as a church organist and choir director for five churches, and performed as a soprano soloist with ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and operas in five states in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
Eggleston joins the College’s Department of Religion faculty after completing his doctoral course work at Duke University, specializing in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, where he attended on a Lilly Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. His dissertation, on the Book of Jeremiah, is expected to be completed during the coming year. He was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and served as the student coordinator for the Department of Religion Teaching and Learning Program at Duke. He is a National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Dissertation Scholarship Recipient. Eggleston earned a Master of Divinity degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University Divinity School, where he received the Bible Award and the Henry C. Duncan Scholarship and served as a Leadership Scholar in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Samford University, cum laude, receiving the John R. Mott Award for Exemplary Christian Service and the Herman Ross Arnold Award as the top graduating religion major. Eggleston served as a teaching assistant, visiting instructor, assistant instructor, and preceptor for Duke Divinity School and as a visiting teacher for Renk Bible College in Renk, Sudan. He will teach full-time in Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament studies for Huntingdon.
Saunders earned his doctorate in speech communication from the Pennsylvania State University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Memphis. He has taught courses for both of his graduate alma maters and for Columbus State University. Saunders’ research interests and expertise include the rhetoric of fairytales, the use of mnemonic devices for personal memory, the literature of Dr. Seuss as cultural pedagogy, and overcoming speech anxiety, among other topics. Saunders has served as a reviewer and secretary for the Popular Communication division of the Southern States Communication Association, as a judge for the Penn State University Public Speaking Contest, as a presenter for Columbus State University’s “Read Out Children’s Books” events, and as a co-organizer and judge for CSU’s Top Public Speaker contest. He was a reviewer for the fourth edition of A Speaker’s Guidebook, a textbook by Dan O’Hair, Rob Stewart, and Hannah Rubenstein, and for the third edition of the Cindy L. Griffen textbook, Invitation to Public Speaking. Saunders joins the College as chair of the Department of Communication Studies.
An experienced educator and administrator, Walding joins the College’s Department of Teacher Education as an associate professor of education. He earned his doctorate from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; master’s degree from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma; and bachelor’s degree from Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Washington State University-Pullman, and the National Superintendents’ Academy. He has served as a consultant, superintendent, administrator, principal, and teacher for school systems in Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Hawaii, and Saudi Arabia, and has taught at the college level for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of South Carolina, Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho), and Shorter College (Georgia). He has served as an expert spokesman before the Texas Senate on child-related issues, and has produced and broadcast television and radio programs on parenting and education.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto is, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.”