Faculty Receive Excellence in Education Award

November 08, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Five faculty members from the University of Mount Union are recipients of the Excellence in Education Award sponsored by Ohio Magazine.

Betsy Ekey, assistant professor of physician assistant studies; Dr. Jeffrey Draves, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Mandy Capel, assistant professor of education; Dr. Grant Cook, associate professor of music and director of choral activities and Dr. Nicole Johnson; associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, were formally recognized for their teaching achievements in Ohio Magazines’ special section “Excellence in Education,” which will appear in the magazine’s December issue.

“Our faculty members are not only experts in their fields, but they also go above and beyond to form strong relationships with students as they prepare for a meaningful future,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.

Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the University said, “We are proud to have so many excellent faculty members who provide a quality educational experience for Mount Union students.”

Dr. Mandy Capel joined the Mount Union faculty in in 2007. She teaches both undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program. Capel received the Mount Union Young Alumni Award and was recently selected for Harvard’s Women in Educational Leadership Institute.

Capel earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University, a Master of Arts degree in general education from Marygrove College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Mount Union.

Dr. Grant Cook believes that education begins at the nexus of the heart and brain and is deeply committed to facilitating his choir members’ entire musical experience, one that extends beyond the bounds of technical knowledge and skill. He guides students with belief in the transformative power of corporate sound.  

Cook earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in historical musicology-ethnomusicology and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Heidelberg College.

Dr. Jeffrey Draves has worked in the industrial and government sectors on air quality monitoring and modeling projects and has taught chemistry and environmental science at the university level for 20 years. He has served as Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Mount Union for seven years.

Draves earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Monmouth College.

Betsy Ekey teaches her students about diseases from "A to Z," enabling them to be knowledgeable medical care providers. She also prepares students with medical decision-making and problem-solving skills that are critical in the clinical healthcare setting. She is active nationally in service to the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Ekey earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and a Bachelor of Medical Science degree from Alderson-Broaddus College.

Dr. Nicole Johnson works to establish an atmosphere of hospitality in the classroom, where diverse religious, cultural and ethical perspectives can be explored, compared and critiqued. Experiential learning opportunities are a feature of her courses, as is the incorporation of her own research and scholarship.

Johnson received a Doctor of Theology degree in practical theology from Boston University School of Theology, a Master Arts degree in applied theology degree from Wheeling Jesuit University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and political science from Westminster College.

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