by Bethel University
Each year, faculty members have the opportunity to nominate one of their full-time colleagues to receive the Roy and Mary Shelton Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. The award is funded by a former Academic Dean Mrs. Mari Beth McGuire in honor of her grandparents—Roy and Mary Shelton—who valued excellence in Higher Education.
Faculty members present their nominees to the Review Committee as to why the candidate is worthy to receive the award. A $1,000 check and a plaque is awarded to the faculty member. The Review Committee then vets the nominations and selects a winner.
This year’s winner was awarded to Dr. Joshua Greer, sports management program coordinator and assistant professor. Greer joined the Bethel family in 2018.
“In such a short period of time, Dr. Greer has proven to be a great asset to the Health and Human Performance Department, to the College of Arts and Sciences, and to Bethel University,” said Cindy Mallard, Vice President and Academic Dean. “Dr. Greer has a passion for teaching and a dedication to our students that is at the core of what it means to be an educator in higher education. He maintains high academic standards and integrity in his courses.”
In addition to his teaching duties, he advises students, participates in curriculum development and has served on various faculty committees. In addition to all of this, Greer is program coordinator for the Sports Management program. In this role, he has arranged for Bethel students to gain valuable experience through working at events such as the NFL Draft, the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl.
“Dr. Greer spearheaded the new major in Sports Management, and our students will benefit from his experience and expertise for years to come. I commend Dr. Greer for his thoughtful, caring attitude, his cooperative nature, and his great rapport with students. Dr. Greer supports the mission of Bethel University, and I believe that our students richly benefit from the generous manner in which he teaches and leads,” said Mallard.