Dr. Robert Turnbull, professor of French at Evangel University, was recently presented with a 2011 Distinguished Educator Award from the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education.
“Evangel University is very proud of the honor that has been bestowed upon Dr. Turnbull,” said President Robert H. Spence. “In his years of service, he has distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher, and has demonstrated the qualities that are so essential to maintaining good faculty/student relationships.”
The award was established to give recognition to educators who have distinguished themselves by consistent excellence in scholarship and service in administration and teaching in the AG Fellowship. It also recognizes that they have made an outstanding contribution and lifetime commitment to postsecondary education in the Assemblies of God.
National recognition is given biennially to recipients of the award at the fellowship’s General Council, held this year in Phoenix, Ariz. (Aug. 1-5, 2011).
Since Turnbull was teaching in France all summer, he was honored before his peers during Evangel’s back-to-school joint faculty/staff meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Dr. Robert Cook, executive vice president of the Alliance, and Dr. David Moore, assistant vice president, made the presentation.
Turnbull joined the Evangel faculty in the fall of 1973. In addition to teaching French, he directs the Summer Overseas Study trips to France and Belgium, and he also helps students with overseas studies programs. Turnbull also served as chair of the humanities department for 18 years.
His stellar career has seen him honored previously in 1993 with the Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service and in 2006 with the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Turnbull received his Ph.D. from New York University; his D.E.A from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris; and his B.A. from California State University, Fullerton.