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John Meadors Selected Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year


John Meadors

A stellar professor in the Mississippi College Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy, John Meadors continues to be recognized by his peers.

The Mississippi Council for the Humanities salutes Meadors as its 2018 Teacher of the Year at the Christian university. MC educators recommended the Clinton resident for the honor.

As a result, Meadors will deliver a lecture titled “Behaving Honestly When the Crowd is Untruth.” The February 12 event at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited to the program in the Aven Fine Arts Building along College Street. Admission is free.

Colleagues across the Clinton campus say his latest honor is well-deserved. The Mississippian first joined the MC faculty in 1992.

“Dr. John Meadors is one of the most effective teachers at Mississippi College,” says provost Ron Howard, the university’s chief academic officer. “His eloquence and mastery of ethics along with philosophy bring those subjects to life. His classes make for a fascinating student learning experience.”

In his judgement, “John is a great choice for the Humanities award at MC.”

A history professor, Dr. Howard received the first Humanities Council award at Mississippi College in 1996.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private non-profit funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Jackson-based group seeks to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve organizations across Mississippi.

Meadors teaches courses such as introduction to logic, and the history of philosophy. His areas of expertise range from the philosophy of religion to ethics.

A graduate of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Meadors received his master’s in divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his doctorate at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Wayne VanHorn, dean of the MC School of Christian Studies and the Arts, considers Meadors to be a first-class professor who “exemplifies scholarship, Christian deportment and collegiality.”

Over the years, Mississippi College professors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences have received the Humanities Council award 13 times. There were ten recipients from the School of Christian Studies and the Arts.

Burn Page, chair of the Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy, pours on the praise for Dr. Meadors. “John is the classic gentleman and scholar. He is highly respected by his students and peers.”