Faculty

Jonathan Downs

Jonathan Downs

Chair, Center for Accelerated & Professional Education (CAPE)
Program Director, Online Associate of Arts in Business (OAAB)
Program Director, Public Administration
Associate Professor, School of Business

EdD; Organizational Leadership, 2016, Northcentral University
MA; American & World History, 2006, Emporia State University
BA; History & Pre-Law, 1998, MidAmerica Nazarene University 
C.P.M.
S.H.S.
T.C.S.
R.M.M. I, II, III

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
    • 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
  • Publications
    Scholarship-Publications
    • Downs, J. (2018). Finding Wesley: A 21st century find of an 18th century treasure. Holiness Today. Kansas City, MO: Church of the Nazarene.
    • Downs, J., & Flanders, B. (2017). A farther appeal to men of reason and religion [Digital photocopy of the original manuscript]. Olathe, KS: Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL).
    • 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.
      Publications
      • Submitted to Adult Education Quarterly (pending editorial review)
      • 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.
    Scholarship-Research/Publications in Progress
    • Downs, J. (In Progress). (Pioneer woman: Linda Balletti and the rise of adult education). 
      Abstract:  Original research to be offered as a publication article on an early woman contributor to the emerging field of adult education in the 1930’s.
    • Downs, J. (In Progress). (Eduardian rules: Appraising the works of Eduard Lindeman in the context of 21st century andragogy).
      Abstract:  A critical examination of “the father of adult education” Eduard Lindeman to 21st century trends and practices in adult higher education.
    • Downs, J. (In Progress). (Finding Wesley: A 21st century appeal to people of reason and religion).
      Abstract:  A report about a personal discovery of a rare original, first edition of John Wesley’s A Farther Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion.
    • Downs, J, & Murphy, M. (In Progress). (One & done: An economic study of the NBA draft rule).
      Abstract:  A co-disciplinary, economic analysis of the one year high school NBA draft eligibility moratorium.
    Scholarship-Peer Reviews
    • Cawsey, T.F., Deszca, G., & Ingols, C. (2017). Organizational change: An action-oriented toolkit. Los Angeles: SAGE.
    Scholarship-Presentations
    • Downs, J. (2017). Andragogy 2.0: From theoretical framework to practical application. Olathe, KS: MidAmerica Nazarene University. Adjunct Faculty Orientation.
    • Downs, J. (2017). Exploring blended learning: A case study of adult learners using a learning management system in face-to-face classes. Olathe, KS: MidAmerica Nazarene University. Poster Presentation.
    • Downs, J. (2017). Incorporating memes into teaching. Olathe, KS: MidAmerica Nazarene University. School of Business.
    • Downs, J. (2017). Technology integration faculty presentation report. Olathe, KS:  MidAmerica Nazarene University. Technology Integration Faculty Learning Community.
    • Downs, J. (2007). Emergency Exit: How the Church is Losing Generations X & Y. Kansas City, MO: M7 Conference, International Church of the Nazarene.
  • Presentations
    • 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

    Committees:

    • New Horizons Task Force 
    • General Education Committee 
    • Academic Policy Committee 
    • Professional & Graduate Studies Council 
    • Faculty Development Committee
    • Educational Technology Committee
    • Instructional Design Committee 
    • Technology Integration Faculty Learning Community 
    • School of Business Department 
    • School of Business Technology Sub-committee 
    • MNU Faculty Assembly 
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