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Quinlin earns Faculty of Distinction honor from college association

September 11th, 2017

TOPEKA – Bethel College’s Dan Quinlin, professor of languages, was among 17 faculty members across the state selected to receive the Kansas Independent College Association’s (KICA) 2015 Faculty of Distinction award.

The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and awards luncheon in Newton Nov. 3.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.

Throughout their existence, these colleges, which include the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each student and a commitment to character, values and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives.

The 2015 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, KICA president. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual.

“Or, as one nominee was described, they help every student ‘to find their voice,’ which is a central to forming college graduates with the ability to succeed wherever they go.”

The president and/or chief academic officer (for Bethel, Perry White, president, and Robert Milliman, vice president for academic affairs) of each KICA member institution nominates the Faculty of Distinction honoree. Quinlin received Bethel’s Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2015 commencement ceremony.

This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural and physical sciences, business, education, and several social sciences, as well as art, theater, and language. They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

The 2015 KICA Faculty of Distinction are:

  • Baker University: Dr. Alan Grant, Business and Economics
  • Benedictine College: Dr. Scott Baird, Physics and Astronomy
  • Bethany College: Dr. Mark McDonald, Biology
  • Bethel College: Dr. Dan Quinlin, Languages
  • Central Christian College: Dr. Robin Jackson, Natural Sciences
  • Donnelly College: Sr. Marie Kathleen Daugherty, Philosophy and Psychology
  • Friends University: Dr. Tor Wynn, Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Hesston College: Michele Hershberger, Bible and Ministry
  • Kansas Wesleyan University: Dr. Damon Kraft, English
  • McPherson College: Ann Zerger, Art
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University: Dr. Mark Brown, Mathematics
  • Newman University: Dr. Susan Crane-Laracuente, English
  • Ottawa University: Dr. Russ McCullough, Economics
  • Southwestern College: Dr. Jackie Glasgow, Education
  • Sterling College: Peter Manely, Athletic Training
  • Tabor College: Carissa Fund, Education
  • University of Saint Mary: Dr. Van Ibsen, Theater

The Kansas Independent College Association, founded in 1976, is a 501(c)4 organization that works to provide support and services to the independent colleges of the state. For more on the new award, visit their website.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2015–16 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2015-16. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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