Jackson Lashier, associate professor of religion and chair of the social science division, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises on May 12.
The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members.
Lashier holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Iowa State University; a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary; and a PhD in religious studies from Marquette University.
His academic expertise is on the early development of Christian beliefs and he maintains an active research agenda by regularly presenting at conferences and writing for academic journals. He is the author of one book, “Irenaeus on the Trinity,” published in 2014, and is currently in the early stages of a second.
“While he is passionate about these projects, he originally pursued higher education because of a vocation to teach and mentor,” SC president Brad Andrews said. “He came to Southwestern in 2012 and has lived out this vocation in meaningful ways with his students. Dr. Lashier is much beloved by his students — he engages and challenges them — he respects them and guides them. He is an excellent teacher.”
In addition to his work in the classroom, he has been involved in many areas of campus life, notably as a regular attendee of the theater productions and basketball games. He also takes an active role in supporting the Discipleship team. He and his wife, Julie, currently serve as covenant group pastors.
Jackson and Julie are also the parents of three children, Ruthie, 10, Rachel, 7, and David, 5.