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NNU Faculty and Senior Fellow Awarded Chewning Award

Dr. Sam Dunn, NNU business faculty and Senior Fellow since 1994, was recently awarded the Chewning Award from the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA), the highest award given by this organization.

"As Senior Fellow, Dr. Dunn continues to serve the NNU College of Business by teaching...

Centered in Jesus Christ: Reflections from a Theologian

By Dr. Diane Leclerc

The mission of Northwest Nazarene University is the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.

I have...

Dr. Judy Marlett Performs at Carnegie Hall

Dr. Judy Marlett, NNU’s Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Music, recently performed in New York at Carnegie Hall. Her performance singing the mezzo-soprano solos in the oratorio A Family Portrait was significant for her as the oratorio uses letters from three generations of...

NNU Announces New Dean of the College of Business

Earlier this month Northwest Nazarene University announced the appointment of Dr. Joshua Jensen as NNU’s new Dean of the College of Business. Jensen has been at NNU since 2008, most recently serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Leadership.

“I am honored to have been...

Dr. Michael Poe Named NNU’s 2022 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator

Dr. Michael Poe, Professor of Graduate Education, has been named this year’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator by Northwest Nazarene University. The award was presented at a private reception on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Dr. Poe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science in 1978...

NNU to Unveil Steinway Spirio Piano at Homecoming 2021

NNU has had the distinct honor to purchase the exclusive Steinway Spirio Piano that was featured during Homecoming 2019. Dr. Walden Hughes’ family provided a final generous gift, completing the $120,000 fundraising campaign launched by NNU’s Department of Music during the fall of 2019 in his honor....

NNU Introduces New Faculty for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty for the 2021-2022 academic year:


Center for Academic Success and Advising


JJ King, Math Specialist and Academic Advisor


King earned her BA in Secondary Education with a math emphasis from NNU in 2017, and a Master in Mathematics from Boise...

Spring 2021 Emeriti Recipients Announced
Six faculty and staff were presented with emeriti status this month at NNU’s annual Celebration of Service. Please join us as we honor these devoted NNU community members.
More than Music—Finding Ways to Carry on Despite a Global Pandemic

By Dr. Philip Miller, Department of Music Chair

Music Breathes
Music Speaks
Music Breathes Beauty into Ugliness
Music Speaks Love into Hatred
Music Breathes Light into Darkness
Music Speaks Truth into Deception
Music Breathes Life into Death
Music Speaks Hope into Despair

The realities...

International Bushfire Research

NNU Computer Science Professor Dr. Dale Hamilton worked as Science Lead on a project with the Australian/New Zealand Frontier Development Lab Data Quest on research using artificial intelligence to address bushfire issues by using space-based sensors.


Hamilton recruited computer science majors...

NNU Introduces New Faculty for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

NNU Introduces New Faculty for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. They include:


College of Nursing


  • Rebekkah Hulen, Associate Professor of Nursing; Undergraduate BSN Program Chair

    Hulen is currently working on her Ph.D. in Nursing from Idaho State University (‘20). She has taught nursing for 12...

The Making of a Major

After years of equipping students to enter careers in wildlife biology, Northwest Nazarene University now has the official degree program to accompany it. This fall NNU is introducing a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and a minor in Wildlife Biology and Ecology.

“The Wildlife Biology...

Becker Successfully Defended Her PhD Dissertation

On June 23, 2020, Catherine Becker successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Seriality, Context, and Format: Early American Literature and the Periodical" to earn her PhD from Idaho State University.
Becker is currently an assistant professor at the NNU Writing Center. Her defense was a...

College of Theology and Christian Ministries Holds Virtual Ceremony

The College of Theology and Christian Ministries honored and celebrated student achievements during a virtual awards program held April 20.


“Obviously, this year has provided extra challenges for everyone, but also an intense degree of loss for our Seniors,” Dr. Brent Peterson, Dean of the...

NNU Uses 3D Printer to Make Medical Gear Amid COVID-19

By Veronica Craker


In the face of unprecedented times surrounding the global pandemic of COVID-19, the NNU engineering department is finding a way to use its knowledge and resources to help the community. The university sprang to action last week in response to a plea from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch...

NNU Relaunches RN-BSN Program

NNU’s College of Nursing is excited to announce the relaunch of its RN-BSN program. This program is designed to help current registered nurses (RN) earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.


In today’s healthcare industry, many hospitals are encouraging their nurses to earn their...

Expanding Educational Partnerships

By Stephanie Tomlinson


Transformation. Truth. Community. Service. These are the four values at the heart of NNU’s mission to provide each student an education that “instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable [him or her] to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world...

Dr. Darrell Marks Leaves a Lasting Legacy

By Veronica Craker


Professor Emeritus Dr. Darrell Marks passed away Dec. 5, 2019. Dr. Marks dedicated more than 60 years of his life to NNU. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in 1958 before returning a year later to serve as a faculty member for more than 30 years.


Dr. Marks’ wife...

Introducing Deans and New Faculty for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

NNU is excited to introduce its new faculty to campus for the upcoming academic year. There are four returning faculty members who have been selected to serve in new roles as deans and nine new faculty members.



College of Arts & Humanities – Dr. Judy Marlett

Dr. Marlett is a Professor...

Missing Walden

By Veronica Craker


Northwest Nazarene University mourns the loss of longtime Music Professor Walden Hughes, who passed away on March 26 at the age of 64 years. Dr. Hughes served the university and students for more than 40 years.


“It has been my privilege to count this truly unique...

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