Jonathan Downs


Jonathan Downs

Chair, 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, 2016, 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™ Member – Faculty Row (America’s Top Faculty)
  • North American Educators Association (NAEA) – Honored Member
  • Cambridge Who's Who – Honored Member
  • Manchester's Who's Who – Honored Member
  • National Register’s Who's Who – Executives & Professionals
  • Worldwide Who’s Who – Executives & Professionals
  • Outstanding Performance - Charter Refinance - ELGSS
  • Chairperson of numerous committees – ELGSS & MNU
  • Received The Leadership Moment Award – MNU (Awarded by MNU students)
  • Dissertation Award/Scholarly Poster Presentation Nominee – Highest award given for a doctoral dissertation at NCU (2016)
  • Academic Achievement Award (AAA) - Highest award given to any graduate student at ESU (1999)
  • Golden Key™ International Honour Society – Top 5% of graduate students internationally
  • Academic Achievement Award (AAA) Scholarship - ESU
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scholarships - ESU
  • Academic Scholarships - NCU
  • National Scholar's Honor Society - Distinguished Member
  • President - Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society
  • Member - Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society
  • Vice-President - Class of 1999 - MNU
  • Voting Member of Who's Who of America - MNU


  • Downs, J. (2016). Exploring blended learning: A case study of adult learners using a learning management system in face-to-face classes. Prescott, AZ: NCU.
    • ProQuest
    • Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL)
    • Dissertation Center – Northcentral University
    • Crossroads Journal – MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Downs, J. (2009). Dr. Sullivan: The first modern physician in Johnson County, Kansas. Shawnee, KS: Old Shawnee Town Museum.
  • Downs, J. (2006). The pride of Kansas City: The Kansas City Monarchs;A socio- cultural perspective of how the premier black baseball team helped bridge the racial divide in Kansas City between 1920 and 1955. Emporia, KS: ESU.


  • Served as Project Advisor for 450+ students.
  • Served as Academic Advisor for 350+ students.
  • Conducted extensive research on several topics at numerous libraries and archive facilities; including the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
  • Produced numerous reviews of leading historical books, journals, and articles at ESU.
  • Produced numerous reviews of leading business books, journals, and articles at NCU.
  • Former Member of Diversity Panel for the International Church of the Nazarene.
  • Featured speaker for Nazarene Laymen's Conference, M7 Conference, and other seminars.
  • Presenter of Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment, Strong Interest Inventory, Strength Deployment Inventory, Desert Survival Project, Subarctic Survival Project, DISC Instrument, ITO Model, Weisbord Six-Box Model, Awareness Wheel Communication Model, Sentio Rapid Leadership Assessment, Personal Best and The Leadership Moment, among many other nationally-recognized assessments and inventories.

Involvement at MNU


  • General Education Committee (2009 – 2013)
  • Academic Policy Committee
  • Educational Technology Committee
  • Faculty Assembly
  • Instructional Design Committee
  • Professional & Graduate Studies Council
  • School of Business Department
  • School of Business Technology Sub-committee
  • SPGS Chairs Committee
  • Technology Integration Faculty Learning Community

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