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Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley named ACU 2021 Teacher of the Year

One of her graduating students described her as “entertaining,” saying she “makes even the most boring lectures engaging,” and Rachel Riley, the 2021 Teacher of the Year at Abilene Christian University, found that particularly striking because she can relate. “I enjoy a good dose of humor in all things,” Riley said. “If it’s not fun, … Continued
Chelsea Van Meter, nursing instructor

Nursing instructor brings front-line experiences to the classroom

She used to have downtime during nursing shifts to chat with patients and their family members. She used to not feel so much anxiety at work, or at home. She used to not have to worry about her profession putting her family at risk.  A year into working in a COVID-19 unit at Abilene’s Hendrick … Continued

Art and design professor Nil Santana / Photo by Jeremy Enlow

Creativity is at the core of Nil Santana’s teaching philosophy

Make. Learn. Inspire. These three words embody the teaching philosophy of art and design professor Dr. Nil Santana. Santana’s passion is to instill creative thinking into students of all majors – from freshmen who take on a design challenge in their Cornerstone course to occupational therapy students who use the Maker Lab to adapt toys … Continued

Costa Rica Consulting Class Trip

Women entrepreneurs in Costa Rica benefit from ACU Study Abroad course

Abilene Christian is the highest-ranking university in Texas in a U.S. News and World Report benchmark focused on student success. Here is a look at some of the people and programs that make our student experience exceptional. The first ever Social Enterprise Consulting class traveled to Costa Rica during spring break with Dr. Laura (Cleek ’88) Phillips … Continued

Dr. James Prather with iHeart Media logo.

Professor equally at home in computer science, Bible classrooms

Ten years ago, Dr. James Prather (’14) would have never guessed that God would lead him to the classroom. Today, he enjoys teaching courses in both computer science and Old Testament, has received numerous student-voted awards such as Teacher of the Year and Mentor of the Year, continues working with students on ground-breaking research projects, … Continued

Criminal justice professor featured on crime documentary

Bob Delony didn’t need any more credentials to earn the respect of the students in his criminal justice classes at ACU, but he got them anyway. His students weren’t prepared for what they were about to see one day in class when Delony directed their eyes to the projection screen. Soon, a new episode of … Continued

10 Questions with CEHS dean Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

  Dr. Jennifer (Wade ’92) Shewmaker, recently named dean of the College of Education and Human Services, believes the university is uniquely poised to take on the challenges facing higher education today. “I believe ACU has the flexibility and ingenuity to step into the future with hope and excitement,” she says. “Our mission is timely, … Continued