Top Undergraduate Teacher: Cliff Rosenbohm
Rosenbohm heads up the university’s social work program and consistently receives high praise from his students. He manages to balance the duties of a professor and administrator, teaching classes while also serving as director of George Fox’s nationally accredited social work program. He is lauded for being helpful and supportive. Student comments on his nomination say he is “ready to meet with students at a moment’s notice” and that “he’s easy to approach.”
“The provost has said that we ‘teach, shape, and send.’ I like that saying,” Rosenbohm says. “The teaching, shaping and sending requires an interactive and reciprocal relationship where at times the role of teacher and student is fluid and interchangeable. Our teaching goes beyond the classroom. Our teaching takes root in our students, and they in turn impact whatever part of the world they end up in.”
Top Undergraduate Researcher: John Schmitt
Schmitt is the school’s Holman Professor of Biology. He has led a dozen student researchers the past three years in a quest to find a cure for breast cancer, and his students regularly present at prestigious scientific venues, including the Experimental Biology meeting. All told, he’s received more than $90,000 in grant money (primarily from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust) to fund a large portion of his research.
Winning the award was “a testimony to the many great students who have worked in my research laboratory,” says Schmitt, adding, “I hope to continue our important research on uncovering the biological basis of cancer and potential therapeutic applications. I love being able to directly integrate my research into the classroom and make discoveries that will improve the human condition.”
Top Graduate Teacher: Laura Simmons
Simmons has taught at George Fox Evangelical Seminary for 12 years, specializing in classes that cover Christian ministry, reconciliation, discipleship and spiritual formation. An expert on pedagogy, she mixes lectures with hands-on activities, small-group discussions and relevant video clips. One of her students said Simmons goes “above and beyond, flexing her curriculum to meet the needs and interests of the unique blend of students in each class she teaches.”
“I’ve worked really hard to become a better teacher over the years, and it’s nice to have that recognized,” Simmons says. “I was nominated for this award by a student who was in my pedagogy class last fall, so to have someone recognize that I ‘practice what I preach’ is that much more meaningful.”
Top Graduate Researcher: Ken Badley
Badley teaches in the university’s School of Education, where he specializes in the integration of faith with teaching. He served this past year as editor of one scholarly volume and published four chapters in edited volumes of scholarly work. Also, working with Harro Van Brummelen, Badley published a volume on metaphors for teaching, bringing scholars from numerous traditions and disciplines together. He authored or coauthored several chapters in that volume, as well as a chapter in a scholarly work on faith-learning integration.
Badley was a contributor at International Christian Community for Teacher Education conferences and mentored student colleagues in their presentations. He also serves as book review editor for the Journal of Education and Christian Belief.
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In April, psychology professor Mark McMinn was presented the Christian Association for Psychological Studies’ highest honor, the Distinguished Member Award, at the CAPS International Conference in Portland.
Dean of Student Services Bill Buhrow was selected president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies at the organization’s annual International Conference in April.
In May, Michelle Hughes was named recipient of Westmont College’s annual Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher Award for the social sciences. Hughes, an assistant professor of education at Westmont, is currently enrolled in George Fox University’s doctor of education program.
The university was named to the 2012-13 Colleges of Distinction list by CollegesofDistinction.com. The online guide recognizes institutions for demonstrated excellence in four categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful graduate outcomes.
History professor Paul Otto was awarded a one-month Anthony N. B. and Beatrice W. B. Garvan Fellowship in American Material Culture at the Library Company of Philadelphia. He will conduct research during parts of June and July for an article with the working title “Trading in Wampum: Manufacturers and Merchants in the Eighteenth Century.”
In April, the Graduate Department of Counseling received a Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award for its work with Community Services Northwest and The Wellness Project. The department received the award for supplying student interns to the organization, which provides free counseling services for the community.
Professor Emeritus of History Ralph Beebe has authored his first fiction book, titled Cousins at War: A Civil War Novel. The novel follows two cousins who grew up together on the same farm then fought on opposite sides during the Civil War.
Religious studies professor Paul Anderson’s latest book, Following Jesus – The Heart of Faith and Practice, is on schedule to be published this summer by Barclay Press. The book will feature a collection of essays, both old and new, on the essence of Christian discipleship.
English professor Melanie Mock’s essay, “Why Christians Like Me Should Listen to Critiques of Evangelical Adoption,” was published in a recent issue of The Nation. Also, her articles “Making Yourself ‘Fit’” and “Don’t Seat the 4/4” appeared in the March and February issues, respectively, of Inside Higher Ed.
School of Education faculty Eloise Hockett, Linda Samek and Scot Headley had an article published in the winter edition of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education Journal titled “Cultural humility: A framework for local and global engagement.”
Three of English professor Ed Higgins’ poems were featured in the recently published World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation.
Last year faculty from the School of Education published a book titled Faithful Education: Themes and Values for Teaching, Learning, and Leading. The book presents nine biblical themes in essays authored by George Fox professors who share personal accounts of how these themes shaped their practice in education.
English professor Abby Rine’s article, “The Pros and Cons of Abandoning the Word ‘Feminist,’” was published in the May issue of The Atlantic.