College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., 1992, Miami University, Ohio
M.A., 1987, Miami University, Ohio
B.A., 1976, Miami University, Ohio
Dr. Bower joined Olivet’s faculty in 1987. Currently, he is department chair and teaches courses in several of the experimental areas of psychology (research methods and statistics, learning, cognition, physiological psychology), as well as a course covering the history and systems of psychology. In addition, he directs the independent research projects conducted by undergraduate students. His areas of special interest are human learning, memory and cognition.
While an undergraduate at Miami University, Dr. Bower was elected to two national honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. He is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science; and a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers.
In 2011, Dr. Bower received the Bill M. Sullivan Founder's Award from the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR). The award is the highest honor given by ANSR, and Dr. Bower was chosen unanimously by his peers for his work in developing a new generation of social researchers to serve the Church of the Nazarene.
For the past 11 years, ANSR has also sponsored the Harold Young Research Award (HYRA) as a way of engaging students from the 11 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities in researching issues that pertain to the Church of the Nazarene. Over the past decade, Bower has mentored Olivet students in their research for this prestigious award and has enjoyed working with five winners and four runners-up.
In 2004, Dr. Bower received the Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from Olivet.
Dr. Bower’s hobbies include hunting, hiking and fishing — especially trout fishing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He also enjoys watching his favorite sports teams in action.