Dr. Diane Awbrey: adviser, professor, friend
April 30th, 2014 | Christina Jeter
A phenomenal thing happens to teachers in the transition from high school to college — they reach past the boundaries of the classroom. Dr. Diane Awbrey is one such professor.
While her teaching track is rather impressive — she has taught English courses at Evangel for almost 10 years — she is not limited to classroom lectures. Whether talking about assignments or types of tea, some of my favorite conversations have taken place in her office.
Many students have flopped down in the comfy chair across from her desk and talked about life matters. A Doctor Who fan and Jane Austen enthusiast, Awbrey is a down-to-earth professor who is willing to dive into questions about God, dating, graduate school, academics and many other subjects. She’ll laugh with you and listen to you, but she’s also not afraid to call you out and challenge you to greater heights.
Above all, Awbrey is a Christ-follower who is not afraid to bring everything back to our relationship with God. Delving into poems such as “Batter my heart” by John Donne and “Supernatural Love” by Gjertrud Schnackenberg, have yielded some of the most impacting spiritual experiences of my college career. Words are powerful things. Words preserve thoughts and beliefs. By digging into the words of previous generations — poems, short stories, novels — we can not only observe the thoughts of a previous generation but collect ideas which influence personal beliefs. Dr. Awbrey understands the importance of words and helps students dig into the world of literature.
Although lessons learned in the classroom are important, relationships outside of the classroom help students master the art of practical application. Dr. Awbrey is not only my academic adviser, but she is also my friend. I cherish each and every conversation, whether about novels or the great unknown future, because they have helped shape my college identity and prepare me for what is to come. Evangel professors care about students beyond academics, beyond the classroom.