• August 30, 2016

CBU Honors Three As Top Professor, Scholar and Employee of The Year

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (April 19, 2016) -- Students at California Baptist University recently honored Jeff Lewis, assistant professor of intercultural studies, as the 2015-2016 Faculty Member of the Year and Jay Stovall, director of cultural and commuter programs, as Staff Member of the Year.

Lewis has taught at CBU for 17 years, teaching courses such as Introduction to Global Studies, Models of Discipleship and Marketplace Strategies for Global Advancement.  Lewis is also interim director of the Office of Mobilization; in July, he officially takes over the position.

"Being named Faculty Member of the Year is a great honor," Lewis said. "It's good to know that I can still connect with students."

Lewis said he tries to create a global context for the Christian faith when he teaches.

"Western Christianity reinforces our self-centered view of the world, thinking we can manipulate God to yield to our plans and agenda," Lewis said. "My goal in teaching is to challenge and awaken students to the reality that biblical Christianity liberates man from the slavery of living for self so that we might live completely engaged in the intimate pursuit of knowing Him and glorifying Him among the nations." 

Stovall ('10, '12), who has worked at CBU for five years, primary responsibilities include overseeing student orientation programs and establishing and implementing programs that display the cultures represented within the campus community. He also works with the commuter population helping them to connect with the various campus resources available at CBU.  

"I'm humbled and honored to be chosen by (the students)," Stovall said. "My goal is to serve and love on the students so to be chosen by them is a testament of God's faithfulness and blessings."

Stovall said he tries to treat the students like family.

"My main goal as I interact with students is to show them that they have eternal value," he said. "I truly do care about them."

The voting process, conducted by the Associated Students of California Baptist University (ASCBU) organization, was a two-tiered process. First, students nominated their choices for both recognitions. Next, the top 10 names in both categories were placed on the ballot with student Senate candidates.