George Fox recognizes top teaching and research with faculty achievement awards
MaryKate Morse lives what she teaches. As one of the pastors of a church plant in southeast Portland, she encounters the same challenges her students will face when they enter the ministry.
That’s one reason Morse, associate professor of pastoral studies and spiritual formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, is praised for “a classroom alive with learning,” as one student puts it. “Her presentations are creative, stimulating, and thought-provoking.”
Morse directs the seminary’s master’s programs, teaches leadership and spiritual-formation courses, and is a consultant on leadership training and team building. “Students laud her personal commitment to them. She has a compassionate and tender heart,” says Jules Glanzer, dean of the seminary.
Morse, who earned a doctorate from Gonzaga University, also knows how to have fun. She collects squirt guns, but only those disguised as something else.
Morse’s antics have caught some students off guard. “They think the flower on my lapel is just a flower. They’re quite stunned when they learn otherwise.”
Michael Magill enjoys the simple things in life — a day of backpacking, driving his jeep, or leaving a lecture knowing his students “got it.”
Magill describes the latter pleasure as the “greatest feeling.” The professor of mechanical engineering strives to connect with pupils verbally and visually — which may require him to bring in a machine part or conduct a plant tour to illustrate a point.
“His ability to teach is unmatched. He has an incredible heart for students,” says a student who nominated him for the award.
Magill came to George Fox from Purdue, where he was a tenured full professor and department head of mechanical engineering technology. Even then he believed he would end up at a Christian university. “Since 1986, my wife and I prayed for an opportunity to teach at a place like George Fox,” says Magill, who earned a doctorate in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University. “It is so meaningful to connect with the students on engineering and spiritual issues.”
Magill’s ability to make that connection has resulted in nine major teaching awards in his career. This most recent honor is special “because it came from my students,” he says. “They initiated it and worked for me to receive it. I am humbled by their vote of confidence.”
Researcher of the year
He will go anywhere — Israeli caves of Qumran included — to conduct research. As a result, countless others will reap the benefits of his passion for biblical manuscripts.
Steve Delamarter, professor of Old Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, is assembling what will be one of the largest collections of Ethiopian manuscript images in the United States — a total of about 100 books and 150 magic scrolls and amulets. They will be deposited in four research libraries next year, making them available to scholars investigating scribal practices and the forms Bibles have taken over the centuries.
“Steve has raised the bar for research and scholarship,” says Jules Glanzer, dean of the seminary. “He inspires us all.” Delamarter’s interests are broad: During the past year he published articles on astronomy and cosmology, technology and pedagogy, and Ethiopian manuscripts, among other topics.
Delamarter earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate from Claremont Graduate School.
Delamarter’s research was featured in the Spring 2005 issue of Journal.