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Student-centered faculty retire from three programs

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Emeritus Ron Miller with students in Playback Theatre.
May 14, 2013

Turning in final grade reports on May 21 marks more than the end of the spring term for faculty members Drs. Ron Miller, BoAnn Bohman and Herb Phelps. Having decided to retire, these teaching scholars were cited at the final faculty meeting and will be recognized at Commencement.

Associate professor Ron Miller who joined the faculty in 1987 is credited for moving the Theatre Department forward, creating new courses, redesigning the major and evaluating the department both internally and externally, always with a focus on students. He served as department chair from 1990-2000 and developed an entire program in the growing field of interactive and community-based theater, making McDaniel one of the few liberal arts colleges nationally to offer a specialization and a minor in this area.

Miller has directed dozens of theatre productions including “Criminals in Love,” “Hay Fever,” “Escape from Happiness,” and “The House of Bernarda Alba.” Additionally, he led and presented at conferences, institutes and workshops nationally and internationally, from the Hudson Valley to Cuba and Peru, and taught in Budapest at McDaniel-Europe. Miller is also recognized regionally for organizing Maryland Playback Ensemble. This interactive theatre methodology educates students to develop advanced skills in story structure and style, and in the community-based practices of “listening with heart” and building a sense of community with a new audience.

The Board of Trustees voted in April to honor Miller with emeritus status.

Also retiring are two graduate program coordinators and professors, Dr. BoAnn Bohman and Dr. Herbert Phelps.

Student-centered faculty retire from three programs
Two retiring faculty members, Education lecturer BoAnn Bohman, middle, and Educational Administration program coordinator Herb Phelps, right, meet with a student.

Bohman, a career administrator and teacher in Maryland Public Schools, joined the college in 1987 as adjunct faculty teaching part-time in the graduate program in Educational Administration. Her courses include “The Role of the Supervisor,” “The Role of the Principal,” and curricular design and trends. Bohman also participated on the panel charged to realign course work around the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards as well as provide expertise during national accreditation of McDaniel’s teacher education programs.

In 2004 following her full-time retirement as Carroll County Public Schools’ supervisor and director of elementary schools, curriculum and staff development, Bohman accepted the tenure-track position as assistant professor and part-time program coordinator of Educational Administration. She was responsible for advising nearly 240 students in the master’s program and additional students in the teacher certification program.

Phelps earned his master’s degree here in 1974. His career trajectory as an educator in Pennsylvania began as a high school math teacher to assistant principal with assignments in both middle and high schools, to assistant superintendent and ultimately, in 1993, to school superintendent of the Bermudian Springs School District (Pa.) where he served until 1997. Phelps taught part-time in the college’s Educational Administration program beginning in 1976.

Phelps returned to the college in 1999 as the coordinator of administrative interns and developed and managed this growing program until moving into the position of coordinator of Educational Administration. During his “second” career at McDaniel, Phelps has taught more than 100 graduate courses. His network of educational administrators throughout this region has afforded graduate students ample opportunity for internships and extended the program’s stellar reputation.

In 1994 Phelps received the Joseph R. Bailer award given annually to graduates of the college who have made significant contributions to the field of education.