Robert Oglesby named 2010 University Seminar Teacher of the Year

Posted October 27, 2010

Abilene Christian University is dedicated to help incoming students transition into college life. For his commitment to that effort, Robert Oglesby, director of ACU's Center for Youth and Family Ministry, was awarded ACU’s 2010 University Seminar Teacher of the Year Award.

Robert Oglesby“It was an honor to be chosen for this award, but I was so blessed to have a class of students who loved God, cared for each other, and allowed me to guide them in University Seminar,” Oglesby says. “It is a privilege to help them negotiate that transition from high school to the ACU experience.”

Oglesby was given the award for his significant engagement with first-year students inside and outside the classroom and his ministry to them.

Dr. Eric Gumm, director of the First-Year Program, has worked closely with Oglesby.

“Robert Oglesby is a strong believer in what this course can accomplish for freshmen, and he believes strongly in the influence of the faculty-student relationship on student performance and persistence and the role of mentoring in the lives of our students,” says Gumm. “He has been and continues to be a strong advocate for first-year students on our campus.” 

ACU’s University Seminar classes are the primary gateway to plug students into the university.

“Through the ministry of our University Seminar faculty, first-year students are encouraged to catch a vision of what we believe they can become,” says Oglesby. 

For more information about ACU’s First-Year Program, visit