Published on August 23, 2021 by Leighton Doores  
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Orlean Beeson School of Education welcomes a new faculty member to each of its three departments this fall.

Lisa Beckham, instructor in the Department of Educational Leadership, joins Orlean Beeson School of Education after 34 years in the K-12 education field. She has served as an adjunct instructor, doctoral committee member, committee chair and writing coach for the University of Montevallo and Samford University for more than 10 years. Beckham earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Secondary Education - English Language Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and holds Educational Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees in Educational Leadership from Samford University.  

Kate Scarborough, assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education, has served as assistant director of a preschool and kindergarten and was a member of the education faculty at Kennesaw State University prior to coming to Samford. Scarborough earned her Ph.D. and B.S. degrees from Florida State University in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, respectively. She earned her M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in School Administration and Supervision. 

Kayla Wenth, instructor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, joins Orlean Beeson School of Education after completing her Ph.D. in human development and family science this past fall at Mississippi State University. Her doctoral research focused on mental health in emerging adulthood. Wenth earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at The University of Alabama in human development and family studies where she completed the Marriage and Family Therapy program and earned an associate license in marriage and family therapy. She taught undergraduate courses at both previous institutions. Wenth has completed internships and practicums at community locations including St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine and Children’s of Alabama.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.