Faculty Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—Each year, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) selects outstanding faculty from its 22 member schools to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award.

    On April 25, six Cedarville University faculty members received this honor: Dr. Xidong Chen, associate professor of physics; Robert Clements, assistant professor of theater; Christine Fulmer, assistant professor of social work; Dr. Timothy Gombis, assistant professor of Bible; Dr. Judith Shrubsole, associate professor of nursing; and Margaret Stowell Wheeler, assistant professor of communication arts.

Dr. Xidong Chen
    Endeavoring to find the best method to teach general physics, Chen constantly adopts new learning approaches, wanting his students to grasp the difficult subject matter. This skill has earned him consistently high teaching reviews from both his peers and his students. Chen has published numerous peer-reviewed journal papers and has presented his research at many conferences.

Robert Clements
    Drawing from over 30 years of experience in theatre design, Clements is one of the most sought-after teachers in the theatre program. He effectively mixes different approaches to teaching and skillfully incorporates the use of technology in the classroom, earning him excellent student ratings. Clements’ scenic, lighting and costume designs have been used on church, high school and university stages, and he has received several local awards for his stage design and play direction.

Christine Fulmer
    Combining the call God has for her at Cedarville University with a love for social work students, Fulmer continually searches for ways to challenge and engage her students both inside and outside the classroom. An assistant professor of social work, she shapes her classes to include an “urban plunge experience,” a global issue presentation and a community organization project. Fulmer also serves as the assistant director for the social work program at Cedarville University.

Dr. Timothy Gombis
    Modeling the gentle and gracious spirit one would expect from a theology professor, Gombis has quickly established a reputation of being approachable and caring with his students. He holds high standards of scholarship yet tempers the academic pressures by interacting with students outside of class. Gombis is on the leadership team at Midtown Christian Community, an inner-city church ministry, putting into practice the “kingdom living” he teaches others.

Dr. Judith Shrubsole
    For 16 years, Shrubsole has worked to prepare students not only for their chosen field in nursing but also for lifelong service. Shrubsole is heavily involved in the lives of her students and has led missions trips to the Central African Republic and Thailand. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Cedarville University Faculty Summer Scholar Award.

Margaret Stowell Wheeler
    Using her expertise to make the required speech class a more pleasant experience, Wheeler regularly receives high student ratings. She helped write the student manual for Fundamentals of Speech and supervises the 30 sections at the University. Wheeler spends countless hours outside the classroom interacting with students, going beyond the requirements of an educator and becoming a trusted friend and advisor.