Having lived in Korea for 33 years, Assistant Professor J.P. Rader thoroughly understands the third culture experience and brings this unique perspective to his classroom. Prof. Rader graduated from Asbury College in 1983 with a B.S. in Physical Education earning a lifetime teaching certificate from the State of Kentucky. Rader moved immediately to Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a Masters in Physical Education in 1984. After teaching Physical Education, Coaching and serving as Athletic Director at Young Harris College from 1984-87 Prof. Rader moved to Korea with his family to begin a 22 year teaching career at Korea Christian Academy and Seoul Foreign School. During this period Rader taught High School P.E., Bible and Social Studies while coaching Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’ Basketball and serving as Athletic Director. In 1997 Prof. Rader and his family took a sabbatical at the University of Southern Mississippi and Rader added an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2006 Prof. Rader again went on sabbatical and returned to EKU to add an M.A. in Educational Leadership, a Rank One certificate and a Kentucky Principal’s Certificate. After returning to Korea Prof. Rader took the position of Assistant Principal at Seoul Foreign School. In 2009 Prof. Rader was hired at Asbury University as the Women’s Volleyball Coach and added the title of Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education the following year. Prof. Rader is currently a Doctoral candidate at Morehead State University.
Prof. Rader and his wife Helen are the parents of Kristina Rader ’06 Erny (Ben ’06), Paul Rader ’09 (Hannah ’09) and Brittney Rader ('13) and have three grandchildren.