Dr. Matt Stringer: Education Department Assistant Chair
February 11, 2014
When Matt Stringer graduated from Evangel in 1989 after playing football for the Crusaders, he decided to teach the game to others. He was a high school coach and teacher for 11 years while simultaneously earning master’s and doctoral degrees.
When the opportunity came to join Evangel as a faculty member and football coach, Stringer jumped at it. He says he has always loved to teach at any level, especially at his alma mater.
No longer coaching football for Evangel, Dr. Stringer now serves the Assistant Chair of the Education Department. His responsibilities include overseeing the Graduate Education programs: Educational Leadership, Secondary Teaching, Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction and School Counseling.
How has Evangel changed most since you graduated in 1989?
The newer buildings have all been added since I graduated. Adding Zimmerman Hall, Trask Hall, the baseball/softball facility, the clock tower, Riggs Hall, Barnett Fine Arts Center, Cantrell Student Union and the Crusader Dining Hall has transformed the appearance of the campus.
What has stayed the same?
The atmosphere of the campus. Evangel has a very friendly campus where people will open doors for you!
“A Christian education gives students the skills needed to make a difference in the lives of people. ‘God, I pray that you equip me with the skills, and the ability to recognize when to step in and make a difference in a student’s life’ is a quality daily prayer for a teacher.” – Dr. Matt Stringer
What experiences in the field of education did you have prior to returning to Evangel as faculty?
I was a chemistry teacher and football coach for eleven years at a local high school.
What made you want to teach at the college level?
Initially, the opportunity to coach football at the college level drew me to Evangel. What I am most passionate about now is teaching students and doing research.
You are headed for a service trip in Belize this spring with students – what compels you to go on a trip like that?
My daughter and I went on a service trip to Costa Rica with an Evangel group. It is a tremendous chance to grow in all areas of your life.
Your wife (and adjunct professor) Pam Stringer was recently named Missouri’s Business Educator of the year. What makes her such an outstanding educator?
Pam works really hard at all aspects of her job and her students recognize that she truly cares about them.
Who is the best educator in your household?
Me! Hopefully Pam doesn’t read this.
Find out more about Evangel’s graduate programs in the field of education.