Professor of Theology Tyler Atkinson is the 2017 recipient of the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching at Bethany College.

The Humphreys Faculty Award was established by Don and Alice Humphreys of Great Bend, Kansas in memory of their daughter Donna Meredith (Meredy) Humphreys who earned a degree in chemistry from Bethany in 1991 and died in March 2002. The endowed gift is their way of thanking the Bethany faculty for its support of Meredy while attending Bethany.

In the nomination of Dr. Atkinson for this award it stated that he cares greatly about students not only in the classroom as an instructor, but outside of the classroom as a valued counselor. “He shows respect for all students in required religion courses, encourages new ways of critically thinking about the Bible in today’s culture, fuels students’ curiosity, shows genuine concern for students in both the academic and pastoral setting, and fosters leadership among students,” the nomination said.

Atkinson has been a member of the faculty since 2014. He is assistant professor of religion and served as director of campus ministries and first year experiences this academic year. He received his Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen and his Masters of Divinity from the Divinity School, Duke University. His interests are in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, historical theology, theological ethics, Martin Luther, J. J. Hamann, theology and race, and sustainability. He has written a book, “Singing at the Winepress: Ecclesiastes and the Ethics of Work.”