James U. Dyer
|Associate Professor of Science|
B.A. Wabash College
M.P.M. ITT Tech
M.A. Ball State University
Ed.D. Ball State University
Professional: Prior to coming to Corban, Dr. Dyer began his teaching experience in Indiana at a Sylvan Learning Center, and in various middle and high schools as substitute teacher. He then moved on to teaching at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, ITT Technical Institute, and Ball State University. He eventually decided to “go west” and stop in Oregon, where he took a position at Western Oregon University.
When his wife, Dr. Sang-Eun Dyer, came to Corban in 2006, Dr. Dyer began looking for the opportunity to join her. In 2007, he accepted a position with the Health Science department. Currently, Dr. Dyer is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, and most recently published an article entitled “A Discussion of Creation for Christian Learners of Science,” in Corban’s School of Ministry’s e-journal, Dedicated.
Personal: Jim and his wife were married in 2004, and have a daughter, Iris, and a son, Isaac. Since his daughter’s birth in 2008, Jim cites “being a daddy” as his primary interest. When away from schoolwork and kids, he and his wife like to watch Korean dramas (Dr. Sang-Eun Dyer is originally from Korea). Jim also enjoys outside activities such as bicycle riding and going to the park and loves watching NFL games (go Colts!).
Why Corban: “There is much more freedom to speak the truth about God and who I am in Him. It was frustrating and taxing in the secular schools where there was a ‘smothering’ almost palpable anti-Christian vibe at the faculty/administration level. Oh, don’t get me wrong. There were many individually nice and accepting colleagues of me personally, but I generally would not feel comfortable sharing my faith in those environments without risking some sort of professional backlash. The students were a completely different story. I intentionally self-disclosed enough of my faith, indirectly and explicitly, for them to know my stance. This was generally followed by appreciation, acceptance, and deeper conversations. So, in short … a freedom to teach and be me.”