New Faculty Appointments in Music, Psychology, & Spanish
This fall, the Covenant community is pleased to announce four faculty appointments in music, psychology, and Spanish: Mr. Lok Kim, Dr. Brianne Kobeck, Mr. David Tahere, and Dr. Carole Yue.
Mr. Lok Kim, who has served as a visiting professor of music since 2010, joins the music department as assistant professor of music. After earning his BM from Anyang University in Korea, Kim received his MM from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kim conducts Covenant’s chamber orchestra and is interested in the relationship between a conductor and musicians.
“Unlike other performers, a conductor is dealing with human beings, not instruments,” said Kim. “Spending time with people is always priceless.”
This fall, Kim will teach Introduction to Musical Structure, Basic Conducting, Chamber Orchestra, and performance and ensemble seminars.
Dr. Brianne Kobeck joins the foreign language department as assistant professor of Spanish. Kobeck received her BA from Union University and both her MA and PhD from the University of Alabama in Spanish and applied linguistics. Kobeck is interested in how culture influences the language we use. Her current research interests investigate how Spanish used outside of the classroom affects students inside the classroom.
“It is my hope that students will leave my classroom learning not only the lexicon and grammar necessary for communicating in Spanish but also the different cultural norms that shape the way the language is used,” said Kobeck. “By doing so, students will be equipped to communicate in global contexts.”
Kobeck will teach Elementary Spanish I and Intermediate Spanish I this fall.
Mr. David Tahere, who has served our students as a visiting professor, now joins the music department as assistant professor of music. Tahere earned his BM from Lee University and went on to receive his MM from Temple University. In addition to his work as a professor at Covenant, Tahere continues to perform as a vocalist both on and off campus.
“The opportunity to teach has been one of the most challenging periods of my career,” said Tahere. “The conversation with an audience, whether through an operatic role or in a recital, is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. The conversation that I am a part of in the classroom is very similar, but it affords me one advantage: dialogue.”
This fall, Tahere will teach Introduction to Musical Style, German Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, and voice lessons.
Dr. Carole Yue joins the psychology department as assistant professor of psychology. After receiving her BA from Samford University, Yue went on to earn her MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Yue’s research centers on the educational applications of human learning, memory, and metacognition.
“I am interested in how instructors can apply empirically supported principles to design educational environments that optimize learning, as well as how students can improve their own understanding and application of effective learning strategies,” said Yue. “My goal in the classroom is for students to gain knowledge and research skills that they can then use to be successful in their chosen professions.”
Yue will teach General Psychology, Advanced General Psychology, and Developmental Psychology this fall.
“I am thrilled with the faculty hires the Lord has provided this year,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs. “Professors Kim and Tahere are no strangers to Covenant and their joining the music program as a part of the regular faculty signifies the complete reestablishment of the department. Dr. Kobeck’s experience and academic preparation will allow Covenant to offer a Spanish major without interruption as we move forward. Dr. Yue is bringing an exciting dimension of study to the College with her specialization in cognitive psychology from UCLA. All of these professors bring a vibrant faith, a love for their academic callings, and a passion to influence the lives of students.”