Two HU Professors Receive Promotions, Two Announce Sabbaticals

Huntington University is pleased to announce the promotion of two faculty members: Dr. Tanner Babb and Professor Christian Washington.

Babb has been promoted from associate professor to professor of psychology. Washington has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of animation.

Before Babb worked at Huntington University, he was a child and adolescent case manager for three years at the Bowen Center in Huntington, Indiana, and a marriage and family therapist. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Huntington University and his Master of Science degree in education with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from Indiana University. At the University of Toledo, he earned his PhD in counselor education and supervision.

"I was honored and humbled to be promoted to Full Professor,” said Babb. “My passion is teaching, and I have devoted many years of my life to that pursuit at Huntington. I love working at Huntington, where I am surrounded by great colleagues, wonderful friends, and amazing students. I am thrilled to be promoted to Full Professor, and I appreciate all the support from my friends and colleagues that have helped throughout this process."

Washington earned his Bachelor of Science degree in animation from Huntington University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in animation from Ball State University. His graduate thesis film, Brotherhood, was very successful. It was an official selection at 12 film festivals and won an award for Best Animated Feature. Before he returned to his alma mater as a professor, he worked as an admissions counselor and an animation instructor. He has also taught animation at the Art Institute of Indianapolis.

Along with these promotions, Huntington University is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Kent Eilers and Dr. Fred Miller will each be taking a sabbatical during the spring semester of 2024.

Eilers earned his undergraduate degree at Calvin College, his Master of Divinity degree at Denver Seminary, and his PhD in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He’s been the author of a plethora of books, articles, essays, encyclopedias, book reviews, and presentations at professional conferences.

Miller teaches in and is the chair of the Department of Kinesiology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Huntington University, his Master of Science degree in sports science from Eastern New Mexico University, and his PhD in kinesiology from the University of Houston.