Originally published in Spring 2017
Dr. Vins Sutlive brings a bold vision for growth as the new chair of Asbury’s Science & Health Department — just one example of how faculty drive excellence and innovation at Asbury. Funded through gifts made to “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University,” the position will create new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
Building on the department’s rich history of preparing students for careers in medical and scientific fields, Sutlive says the newly named department will strengthen relationships between chemistry, physics, math and allied health.
“We have real potential to look at expanding into areas of environmental and computational science, which will mean increased collaboration between biology, chemistry, physics and math,” Sutlive said. “I emphasize to students that their classmates are also colleagues across the disciplines — that makes for a great environment and a lot of collaboration.”
Still a relative newcomer to the department, Sutlive says he has been impressed by students’ investment in their work, the quality of undergraduate research being done in the department and the vibrant spiritual life across campus.
“I’ve really appreciated the integration of faith and learning at Asbury,” Sutlive said. “We want to be outstanding scientists first and foremost, but it’s a richer endeavor when we emphasize that we are studying God’s creation.”