Dr. Brad Daniel
Professor of Biology, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Education, Outdoor Education Department Co-Chair
Dr. Brad Daniel has been on the faculty of Montreat College since 1984. He earned his B.S. from Appalachian State University in Biology and Experiential Education and his M.A. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and he also holds an M.S. in Outdoor Education from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Daniel received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at Antioch University. While teaching at Montreat, Dr. Daniel also worked as an adjunct faculty at Antioch University New England from 1998—2005. His work experience also includes chairing the Christian Wilderness Leadership Coalition Board and co-founding Blue Ridge Backcountry, a Christian Wilderness program.
On teaching, Dr. Daniel shares, “Teaching is the art and craft of engaging the heart and mind in order to encourage the full realization of God-given potential. It extends beyond the facts and figures. It is more than just mastery of content. It is the act of investing one’s life in students in order to encourage their mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.”
As someone with a passion for teaching, Dr. Daniel has received multiple honors and awards, including the 2011 Professor of the Decade Award (2001—2010) at Montreat College; the 2008 Montreat College Dean’s Award; the 2003 David Park’s Distinguished Professor Award; the 1996, 1997, and 2006 Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers; and the 1985, 1988, 1991, 1995 Teacher of the Year Award at Montreat College which is given by both students and faculty. Dr. Daniel has also published numerous articles. His most recent publication is titled “Nighttime Adventures: Exploring and Appreciating the Mysteries of the Night by Leading Walks After Dark,” which was published in Green Teacher Issue 93.
Dr. Dottie Shuman
Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Education
Dr. Dottie Shuman arrived at Montreat College in 1996. She has a B.S. in Recreation with Nature Interpretation from Cortland State University, an M.S. in Recreation and Parks from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho.
Dr. Shuman teaches courses including Survey of Environmental Education Curricula, Environmental Policy and Law, Teaching Methods, Environmental Interpretation, and coordinates the Master of Science in Environmental Education graduate program. She was a co-developer of the MSEE program, and also developed a wilderness/science program called CLIMBE (Center for Learning and Investigation in Mountain Backcountry Ecosystems) at Montreat College.
Dr. Shuman has worked in the field of outdoor and environmental education since the late 1970s. Some of her previous positions have included Park Ranger in Denali National Park and the C&O Canal in Maryland; a Forest Interpretive Ranger in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and the Hells Canyon recreation area in Oregon and Idaho; a downhill ski instructor in Colorado; and Director of Environmental Education at the Camp Greenkill YMCA in New York.
Dr. Shuman shares, “I teach Environmental Education because I don’t want anyone to miss the glory of our Lord in creation. It is important for me to open the eyes of my students, so that they can open the eyes of the people that they work with in the future!”
Dr. Jim Shores
Associate Professor of Communication and Environmental Studies, Communication and the Arts Department Co-Chair
Dr. Jim Shores arrived at Montreat College in 1997. He has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill; he is passionate about both fields of study. Dr. Shores teaches Environmental Communication for the Master of Arts in Environmental Education Program. For the Communication Major, he teaches Media Studies, Communication and Culture, Film History and Theory, Screenwriting, and Public Relations. In Environmental Studies, he teaches Conservation Biology, Freshwater Ecosystems, American Ecosystems, Wetland and Coastal Ecosystems, Ecology Labs, and Science Seminar.
Dr. Shores and his wife Carol have run Acts of Renewal, a nationally-touring Christian theatre company, for 20 years. They use theatre and film to explore issues of faith and the human experience, pointing to Christ for hope and healing. They have written and performed for FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, Youth for Christ, and for speakers like John Eldredge, Tony Campolo, Dennis Rainey, Gary Thomas, and more. They have also spoken multiple times at more than 70 of the CCCU college campuses in the past 20 years. Dr. Shores won best original screenplay for his comedy, Hunks, a story about body image and self-acceptance, at the Gideon Media Arts Conference in 2010.
When asked what it means to integrate faith and learning, Shores stated, “Helping students explore the integration of faith and learning is important to me. If we don’t like the culture we live in, then we must exercise technical excellence and good critical thinking, so that we can co-create culture with the rest of the world, contributing that which is hopeful and good to our chosen career field.