Jonathan Downs


Jonathan Downs

Director, Center for Accelerated & Professional Education (CAPE), Assistant Professor of Business & Academic Advisor


BA; History & Pre-Law, 1998, MidAmerica Nazarene University
MA; American & World History, 2006, Emporia State University
EdD; Organizational Leadership, expected completion December 2015, Northcentral University

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“I love helping non-traditional students fulfill their dream of earning a bachelor's degree at my alma mater!  I am grateful for the opportunity to teach at an awesome university where Christ is honored and praised through our Kingdom work.”

—Jonathan Downs

Awards & Honors
Involvement at MNU

Awards & Honors

  • SuperProfessor Candidate - Faculty Row (America's Top Recognized Faculty) (2013)
  • Worldwide Who's Who - Executives and Professionals (2008)
  • Cambridge Who's Who - Honored Member (2008)
  • Manchester's Who's Who - Honored Member (2008)
  • National Scholar's Honor Society - Distinguished Member (2006)
  • Most Outstanding Performance Award - Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Charter Refinance Project (2005)
  • Leadership Moment Award - MidAmerica Nazarene University; Chosen by MNU MHR Students (2005)
  • National Register's Who's Who - Executives and Professionals (2002)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship - Emporia State University (1999-2000)
  • Elected President of Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society (1999-2000)
  • Elected Member of Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society (1999-2000)
  • Academic Achievement Award - Emporia State University; Highest Award Given to Any Graduate Student (1999)
  • Elected Vice-President of Student Council (Class of 1999) - MidAmerica Nazarene University (1999)


  • "Dr. Sullivan: The First Modern Physician of Johnson County" (2008) - Jonathan Downs, Author
  • "The Pride of Kansas City: The Kansas City Monarchs" (2006) - Jonathan Downs, Author - A socio-cultural perspective of how the premier black baseball team helped bridge the racial divide in Kansas City between 1920 and 1955.


  • Diversity Panel - International Church of the Nazarene (2005)
  • Emergency Exit: How to Reach the Unchurched in the 21st Century - M7 Conference; Kansas City, Missouri (2007)
  • Diversity Panel Presentation - Nazarene Layperson's Conference; Nashville, Tennessee (2005)
  • Blended Churches Presentation - Nazarene Layperson's Conference; Nashville, Tennesse (2005)

Presenter of the following nationally-recognized assessments and inventories

  • Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment (MBTI)
  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
  • Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
  • Desert Survival Project
  • Subarctic Survival Project
  • DISC Instrument (DISC)
  • Input-Output Systems Model (ITO)
  • Weisbord Six-Box Systems Model
  • Awareness Wheel Communication Model
  • Sentio Rapid Leadership Assessment

Involvement at MNU


  • Faculty Development Committee Book Study Club (2013-Present)
  • Professional Studies in Management Industry Advisory Board (2012-Present)
  • Professional Studies in Management Applied Project Advisors (2012-Present)
  • School of Business (2009-Present)
  • General Education Committee (2009-2013)
  • School of Business Technology Sub-committee (2011-Present)
  • Professional Studies in Management (2009-Present)
  • MNU Faculty Assembly (2009-Present)

Contact MNU

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2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Phone: 913.782.3750
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Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913.971.3800
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Liberty Site
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Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.407.3070
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