Third Time’s the Charm

Third Time’s the Charm

Don Humphrey's '89 director of the Cedarville University Center for Teaching and Learning. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Sarah Bartlett Borich ’02- Cedarville, OH

August 13, 2007

Thousands of Cedarville alumni can recount how God once led them to the University, but not many can claim He did so three times. Such is the case for Don Humphreys ’89, who last year returned to the ’Ville to serve as director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The central Pennsylvania native first visited Cedarville with his youth group as a high school junior. “I immediately fell in love with the place,” he recalled. He majored in professional writing and later went on to earn advanced degrees in technical communication as well as instructional design and technology.

As a student, Don developed a close relationship with his advisor, Sandi Welch Harner ’64, and the two kept in touch after he graduated and went to work for IBM. After Don earned his first master’s degree in 1992, Sandi asked him to return to Cedarville to teach. He stayed until 1998, when he took a position in Bank One’s training organization. After six years at Bank One, Don decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of attending seminary. “As I was winding down my seminary program, Sandi called me again and mentioned the new position in the Center for Teaching and Learning,” Don explained. “It seemed like the perfect fit.”

The Center for Teaching and Learning supports Cedarville University faculty in their pursuit of instructional excellence by 1) collaborating to build innovative, traditional, and eLearning instructional solutions and 2) providing compelling, worthwhile faculty professional development opportunities. As director, Don is responsible for meeting faculty needs in a variety of ways on a daily basis and making sure the Center runs smoothly. He also serves as associate professor of technical communication, in addition to his consulting work as a senior instructional designer with S4NetQuest, an eLearning firm based in Columbus, Ohio.

Don currently resides in Springfield, Ohio, with his wife, Becky, their three sons, Jake (10), Nick (6), Mitchell (1), and their dog, Tucker. They are actively involved in Midtown Community Church.