Oct. 6, 2014
For Immediate Release
|Dr. Twyla Hernandez, center, received the Non-Tentured Faculty Award from President Michael V. Carter, left, and Dr. Frank Cheatham, right, senior vice president for academic affairs. (Campbellsville University Photo by Rachel DeCoursey)|
By Kasey Ricketts, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Dr. Twyla Hernandez, assistant professor of Christian missions, was presented with the Non-Tenured Faculty Award at Campbellsville University recently.
Hernandez, who has been employed at CU since 2011, was presented the award by Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, and Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs, at the first chapel of the semester.
Serving as lead professor in Christian missions, Hernandez has been an active faculty member participating in numerous mission activities. She is the founder and director of the Hispanic Bible Institute and served in Cuba and Mexico in the summer.
She has taught leadership training in Cuba since 2011 and taught ministry in Mexico in 2012.
Other places she has served include Argentina, Chile, Panama, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
In presenting the award, Cheatham said individuals nominating Hernandez said she was an “excellence classroom teacher respected by students,” “respected by colleagues” and “routinely goes above and beyond expectations.
Hernandez conducts field trips related to her classes, conducts mission trips and experiences for students, is active in the School of Theology, where she teaches, and in other extracurricular activities, and led in the development and sponsorship of the club for Hispanic students at CU.
Her students said Hernandez was: “very prepared,” “always includes multiple ways for us to learn” and “she allows us to take about a wide range of issues and learn from one another’s differing point of view.”
Hernandez served as an adjunct instructor at CU from 2007 until she became a full-time professor.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in English and minor in Spanish. Her master of divinity and Ph.D. are from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in evangelism and church growth.
She has been published in various publications including: “Rural Church Planting: A Missiological Primer,” “Preparing for the Pressures of Church Planting,” “On Mission” magazine and “The Challenge of The Great Commission.”
She is married to Jose Clemente Hernandez and daughter of the late James A. and Barbara Fagan.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.