Ashland University Lecture to Center on ‘The Virtues of a Christian Teacher’

Ashland University Lecture to Center on ‘The Virtues of a Christian Teacher’

9/25/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – This year’s Don Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology at Ashland University will feature Dr. Wesley Null, vice provost for Undergraduate Education and professor of Curriculum at Baylor University in Texas, speaking on the topic of “The Virtues of a Christian Teacher.”

The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the AU campus. The event is free and open to the public, and this second annual Don Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology is sponsored by the AU Department of Religion and the Schar College of Education.

The lecture will discuss what virtues are most foundational to Christian teaching and what virtues should be upheld by those teacher educators and those who make decisions about teacher education curriculum.

In his lecture, Dr. Null will draw upon his background as a K-12 teacher, teacher educator, educational historian and university administrator to discuss these and related questions that are at the heart of private and public K-12 schools and universities today.

Null is the author of “Curriculum: From Theory to Practice,” 1st & 2nd eds. (2011, 2017 Rowman & Littlefield). As a former middle school teacher and teacher educator, Null has worked closely with curriculum development and the preparation of future teachers.

He draws on his love of history and philosophy as well as his deep Christian faith to explore the challenges educators face today. He works with schools and universities alike to focus on their sense of mission as they re-imagine their curriculum and the impact it will have within their communities.

Dr. Donna Breault, dean of the Schar College of Education, said, “I am thrilled that our Ashland community has the opportunity to learn from Dr. Null. Wes has been influential in K-12 and postsecondary institutions with his curriculum framework and with the many ways he draws lessons from history to inform educators today.”

The Don Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology is an annual endowed public lecture honoring the memory and continuing the work of Dr. Don Rinehart who, in his 46 years of teaching at Ashland, inspired generations of students.

Dr. Peter Slade, chair of the Religion Department, said, “We are delighted that Dr. Null agreed to give the Rinehart Lecture. The way he integrates his faith and vocation as a Christian educator chimes with Don Rinehart’s legacy here at Ashland.”

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###