For over 30 years, Cathleen Shultz has ministered to others through the field of nursing. In 1976, she arrived at Harding University to help start the College of Nursing. "The main reason [I came] was that the church needed a program like this," Shultz says. "We were the only church school with a nursing program." Shultz has a Ph.D. in higher-education administration from Vanderbilt University and has completed post-doctoral work at Harvard. But her commitment to her students is more laudable still. Shultz has led a Bible study for students for 17 years. "Strong relationships are forged between faculty and students," says Shultz. "Those relationships extend past the student's years here. For the student who embraces those relationships, they are invaluable."
Ray Bower, Ph.D., professor of experimental psychology, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Ray Bower is committed to Olivet Nazarene's focus on relational instruction, and regularly mentors his students for the American College Counseling Association symposium and for an annual competition sponsored by the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers. "Dr. Bower mentors at least 13 research projects, often meeting with students on Saturdays. The result is that his students have won national research awards four years in a row," says Gregg Chenoweth, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Bower says, "What we're trying to do is teach the whole person, to provide high-quality academic training along with aspects of faith." Bower also teaches a class at his church in which many Olivet students participate. "The more I can identify with students, the better they will learn," says Bower.
Caring educators whose commitment to Christ is evident help students know that God also takes an interest in their lives. These high-caliber mentor-professors leave a long-lasting impression on their students of what it means to be an effective, Christ-like professional in the 21st century; an impression that remains long after a diploma is in hand.
Diane Vescovi is a freelance writer in Pennsylvania. Her writing for various publications focuses on holistic mission and ministries.