Dr. John Mullen, associate professor of philosophy at Bethany College, is among the 19 Kansas college faculty members that will receive the Faculty of Distinction award from the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Professor Mullen joined Bethany College in 2012 and is the chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department. He is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in May. The award recognizes a Bethany faculty member each year who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college. And, as the chair of the Bethany Higher Learning Commission executive team, he is leading the effort in writing the assurance argument for the college’s upcoming comprehensive visit.

“John is a campus leader. In the classroom he is dedicated to educating students for a successful life and beyond the classroom he has spent countless hours leading our faculty and staff through the reaffirmation of our accreditation process,” Will Jones, Bethany College President, said. “He epitomizes our core values of integrity, hospitality, community, servant leadership and sustainability and I am so happy that he is being recognized by KICA.”

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 19 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.

“Throughout their existence, these colleges 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,” Matt Lindsey, KICA president, said. “The 2016 honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.”