Q&A with Dawnel Volzke

What do you do here OKWU?

I teach online courses and train and mentor new faculty.

What do you like most about teaching at OKWU?

OKWU has amazing faculty and staff.  Most of all, I love teaching at OKWU because everyone that I work with has a passion for Christ.  The OKWU team also deeply cares about each other and the work that they do.

How did you end up here?

I knew about OKWU through my involvement with the Wesleyan Church.  A colleague at another university encouraged me to submit my application online.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I knew some of the OKWU team through other connections.

Where did you originally call home?

I grew up in Worthington, Ohio.  I haven’t always lived in Ohio, but I am currently in Granville – just 30 minutes from where I grew up.

Where did you go to school and what did you study there?

The Lord has taken me on an interesting career and educational journey.  My undergraduate degree is in Technical Management from DeVry.  I have an MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  I am completing a DMin degree, focusing on leadership and global perspectives. Prayers are appreciated as I work to finish up my dissertation!

What is your family like?

This year, my husband and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary.  We have two children.  All four of us are in school at the same time!  My husband is completing the same degree as me.  Last spring my daughter graduated from Houghton College, and she moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada this fall to begin her first year of veterinary school.  My son is finishing his senior year in high school.  He is a drummer.   Next fall, he will begin college at Belmont University where he plans to study music.

What hobbies, activities, or topics do you most like spending time on?

I love to decorate, collect antiques, travel, and spend time in the outdoors.

What is one interesting fact that many people might not know about you?

I am adopted, so I don’t know my ethnic background.

What is the most interesting country you have visited or would like to visit? Why?

Every place I have visited has been transformational, so it is hard to pick just one.  The Lord spoke loudly to me when I was in Cape Town, South Africa – that was a very special trip.  This fall, I went to England and fell in love with the people, history, and culture.  My favorite places were Oxfordshire and the Peak District.  One Sunday I was able to attend Sung Eucharist at Westminster Abbey in the morning and Evensong at Christchurch Cathedral that night.  The Lord was there!

If you could go back and meet any one famous historical figure, who would you pick and why?

I would have liked to meet Esther.  She spoke up for those who are marginalized or oppressed, and also found a way to have her voice heard in an environment that did not condone women speaking out.  She did so with honor and grace, honoring the Lord and her family.  Her life circumstances did not deter her from doing the right thing.

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