The heartbeat of Union University is student learning. The mission of this University is to provide a Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society. Student learning is broad and multifaceted; we sometimes say it is both curricular and co-curricular, traditional and non-traditional, graduate and undergraduate. Union University is a comprehensive University with much learning activity. Yet, there is a centrality to it all. Union University recognizes that student learning is best done in relationship, a dynamic relationship between student and teacher. When we say we provide Christ-centered education we mean that we strive toward an understanding of the truth that all knowledge is held together in the person of Jesus Christ. And we also mean that we do this in the context of relationships where members of the Union University student body, faculty, staff and administration seek to live unified in Christian community. READ MORE
The teaching role is primarily a function of the faculty but is well supported by a surrounding team of men and women who are contributing to student learning in a myriad of ways. Under a concept we call Learning Community, student learning is taking place in classrooms, laboratories, community agencies in Jackson and around the world, clinical settings, and mission fields. Learning is taking place as well on athletic and intramural fields, in residence life apartments, in coffee shops, and in the chapel. There is not a place on campus that is NOT considered a classroom.
The Office of the Provost is a hub, a center of activity designed to enhance student learning. Much of that activity is done at the hands of a faculty team working together across disciplines, exploring what it means to articulate and advance a distinctively Christian education as a comprehensive, liberal arts based institution of higher education.
In the pages of this website I present to you the Union University faculty. Leading the way with widely recognized scholarship in theology and worldview development is the University's 15th president, both an outstanding academician and a highly sought after leader in Christian higher education and denominational life, David S. Dockery. You will read about the work of faculty through roles in teaching and service, and particularly about the advancement of knowledge in many traditional disciplines through noteworthy faculty scholarship, published and presented widely. You will read about the University's Centers, highly co-curricular in nature, where faculty and students are promoting ideals and intellectual discipleship, all for the purpose of equipping us all to engage today's most pressing issues. You will see the faculty's work with students through the endeavors of undergraduate research and intercultural study at home and abroad.
The faculty of Union University is privileged to take its place among colleagues from other very fine institutions as together we strive to educate future generations of responsible, intellectual, and moral individuals ready to take up the cause of Christ for future generations. Thank you for taking the time to explore the team of faculty at Union University who is accomplishing much toward that end.
Faculty scholarship is highlighted in the website's regular "Faculty Spotlight" segment; faculty receiving awards/recognitions are noted in the "Faculty Newsmakers" column.
Associate Dean of Education and Professor of Special Education
Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture
Dr. Hal Poe, Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America this past spring for his new biography of Edgar Allan Poe entitled “Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories.”
“I was truly surprised,” said Poe, who is a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe. “One doesn’t expect to win an award like this. It’s one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country, comparing with the National Book Award or a Pulitzer Prize. It was a huge honor.”
The Mystery Writers of America established the Edgar Awards to recognize the best mysteries each year, and the best critical biographical books related to mysteries. Awards are given in such categories as best novel, best short story, best screenplay, best children’s book and best teleplay.