NNU News

Life as mission

February 6, 2014

Dr. Ben Earwicker, called "Profe" by many students, isn't one to take his academics—or his calling—lightly. After completing four majors in four years at NNU in 2001, he began a career as a social worker with the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare. Latin American studies remained his passion, and he went on to earn a master's degree in that field from the University of Otago in New Zealand, a school to which he returned to earn a doctorate of philosophy.

As assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, Earwicker has seen this philosophy of education have an impact on his students year after year. "I love it when students read great literature in Spanish because they want to, apart from any assignment I've given," he says. "I love it when students cultivate their own passions and love for literature, languages, cultures and travel as a result of class discussions and conversations. I am gratified to have former students working all over the world doing things they love."

By clearly demonstrating his love for learning and passion for global culture through his own life and academic pursuits, Earwicker presents an authentic picture of what it means to be a lifelong learner and Kingdom builder. This genuine passion has become a contagious element that inspires his students to pursue the things they love through their own studies and travel.

"His faith flows through the classroom, and he teaches students that life is about more than just living," says Hannah Grow, one of Earwicker's Spanish students. "I also think his calling is to educate students about the importance of being humble towards other cultures. Life is about experiences that change your way of thinking, challenge your beliefs and test your faith. He is such a well-traveled educator, and I can see how that has shaped him to be the great professor he is today."

NNU has provided me with innumerable opportunities for ongoing professional development.

Earwicker also appreciates how his time at NNU has been filled with opportunities to grow in his calling to prepare the next generation of Kingdom builders. "NNU has provided me with innumerable opportunities for ongoing professional development. In my 10 years at NNU, I have experienced a close-knit university environment while cultivating academic connections throughout the United States and around the world."

Because Profe fosters connections throughout the world and teaches from a place of personal passion, one can expect that he will continue to inspire students to be globally minded sharers of the love of Jesus for decades to come.

"His calling is to educate students about the importance of being humble towards other cultures. Life is about experiences that change your way of thinking, challenge your beliefs and test your faith."