Dr. Nathan Ward received Florida College’s Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award for the 2016-2017 academic year based on his teaching excellence, professional development and overall dedication to the campus community. Florida College’s academic dean, Dr. Brian Crispell, presented the award to Ward at the annual Employee Appreciation Dinner on May 1, 2017.

“I count it a personal pleasure to work with Nathan at this good place, and count him and his family among the college’s greatest treasures,” Crispell said.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College’s development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward’s broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of “God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including “Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper,” and has authored several additional works, including “The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book  of Genesis” and “Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.”

Throughout his teaching career at Florida College, Ward has maintained some of the highest ratings on student evaluations while also carrying some of the heaviest teaching loads. Over the past three semesters, he has averaged 212 students, equivalent to nearly half of the student body. He is actively involved on campus in the intramural athletics program and currently serves as the chair of the Sports and Recreation Committee. He has also served on the college’s Effectiveness Committee, Library Committee and Curriculum Review Committee.

“Nathan’s impact goes beyond his outstanding knowledge of the Word or excellence in delivering prepared material, though that is also evident,” Crispell said. “His real impact is measured by the great respect he has earned from his students as a fair and godly man, one who combines rigor in the classroom with humility and compassion.”

In addition to his role as a professor, Ward serves as an evangelist at the 58th Street Church of Christ and is also currently working toward a second master’s degree in Christian apologetics from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is slated to graduate with that degree in May.

The Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award is sponsored by the generosity of David and Dana Carrozza of Folsom, California, to highlight the critical value of teaching professors at the college and includes an all-expenses paid trip to northern California for the faculty winner and spouse. Recommendations for the award recipient were made by student leaders, department chairs and an array of faculty.

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Ward for being recognized for outstanding performance as a professor at Florida College!