Faculty Profile: Dr. Joel Funk

Meet Biology Professor Dr. Joel Funk

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My name is Joel Funk, and I’ve been teaching at JBU for about a year and a half. I teach microbiology, plant biology, and I also teach a core class in biology for non-majors. What I love about biology is just that fact that you have an opportunity to see all the wonder and beauty of creation. We went on a canoe trip, which was actually a pretty amazing place, it was only a few miles from town, going down the Illinois River. As a Christian, I understand that God created all that we have and see, as a scientist I’m trying to figure out how that happened. We are stewards of God’s creation, and we can’t sit back and say too bad that’s what’s going to happen, we can’t do anything about it. But we need to look at ways in which we can respond and try to be innovative possibly and think of new creative ways that haven’t been tried before. And in this type of environment we can talk about science, we can talk about the day to day issues, but we can also talk about our faith. And I enjoy being able to do that with students and also faculty. JBU students are interested in learning. I find that the laboratory situation is probably the best way to learn, and the same is true as far as out of class. I mean, I’m available much of the day, and I just, actually, love to have that one on one interaction because it allows you to get to know the student, but also be able to cater information for that student individually.