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Teacher of the Year Ashlock known for genuinely caring

Teacher of the Year Ashlock known for genuinely caring

By on December 12, 2018 in ACU News, Faculty Spotlights with 2 Comments

One of the student comments that led to Dr. Rodney Ashlock’s selection as ACU’s 2018 Teacher of the Year must have been especially pleasing. When the award was presented in May, several of the comments were read, but one may stick with Ashlock forever. “He is supportive of all students, recognizes their success publicly, remembers […]

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Bible professor finds healing, answers through solitude

Bible professor finds healing, answers through solitude

By on September 10, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 2 Comments

A young Jerry Taylor spent a lot of time wrestling with the same question over and over, “Why me?” An older Dr. Jerry Taylor finally got his answer. “I now understand why,” he said, sitting in his office in ACU’s Biblical Studies Building. Taylor discovered his “why” through years of questioning – and listening. He […]

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Dr. Denise Barnett | Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Denise Barnett | Communication Sciences and Disorders

By on June 19, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 0 Comments

Dr. Denise Barnett is one of the first faces to greet incoming students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. And she can definitely relate to these students. After graduating high school, Barnett left her hometown of Monahans to come to ACU and major in speech-language pathology. She had never even seen the campus before […]

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Dr. Cynthia Powell | Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Cynthia Powell | Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

By on June 19, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 0 Comments

“A very important movement in science education is the inclusion of inquiry-based experiments,” says Dr. Cynthia Powell, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the prehealth professions program. “Inquiry-based experiments require students to plan and execute their own experiments. And a lot of research has shown that this type of experiment helps students […]

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Dr. Rebecca Hunter | Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Rebecca Hunter | Associate Professor of Biology

By on June 19, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 0 Comments

Dr. Rebecca Hunter, associate professor of biology, has traveled to many places in her search for learning, including the deep waters of the Antarctic. She spent four months on a research vessel in the Southern Ocean, earned a master’s degree in wildlife and fishery sciences and a Ph.D. in biological sciences, and did research on […]

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Haley brings advertising experience into the classroom

Haley brings advertising experience into the classroom

Having a great professor can change a student’s outlook on college. Joyce Haley, who teaches advertising in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, is that and more. Students love her spunky attitude and the way she brings an advertising agency feel to life in the classroom. In addition to teaching, she also serves as […]

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Aquino’s love of teaching stems from love of learning

Aquino’s love of teaching stems from love of learning

By on May 1, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 1 Comment

The irony of the last name isn’t lost on Dr. Fred Aquino. It’s pronounced “Aqueeno” and comes from the same root as “Aquinas,” as in Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century Dominican friar who heavily influenced Western thought and is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Both names derive from the town of […]

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Nil Santana | Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Director of Maker Lab

Nil Santana | Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Director of Maker Lab

By on April 17, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights, Features with 0 Comments

The integration of technology into the 21st-century classroom is an essential part of the ACU experience. However, for professors in ACU’s creative arts programs the use of technology requires – ironically – more creativity. Today, there is a sense of communal construction of knowledge. Students are not restricted to the walls of the classroom, nor […]

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Rusty Towell: Innovative scholar, down-to-earth teacher

Rusty Towell: Innovative scholar, down-to-earth teacher

By on January 25, 2018 in Academic News, Faculty Spotlights with 3 Comments

Remember the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” when meeting Dr. Rusty Towell (’90) for the first time. More to the point, don’t pre-judge Towell based on the cover of his scholarly books, publications and presentations. Don’t let titles like “Recent Measurements With the NIFFTE Fission TPC and the Potential to Advance Thorium […]

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Dr. Mark Riggs | Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Mark Riggs | Professor of Mathematics

By on January 21, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 0 Comments

Dr. Mark Riggs’ area of expertise is statistics, but at heart he is a musician. And, he notes, the two often go hand in hand. “Many people seem to link an aptitude in mathematics with music, and I am no exception,” says Riggs, professor of mathematics at ACU. “I have played the viola almost all […]

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