Dr J Hoyt Bowers

 Dr. J. Hoyt Bowers
Professor Emeritus Biological Sciences

1900 West 7th  Street - CMB 298

Plainview, Texas 79072
(806) 291-1116    Fax: (806) 291-1968

Office: MSB 107

E-mail: bowersj@wbu.edu


Dr. Bowers joined the Wayland Baptist University faculty in 1963 and retired in May 2008. He earned a B.S. degree with a major in Biology and a M. Ed. with a major in Education and a minor in Biology, both from Sam Houston State University. He also earned a MA with a major in Zoology and a minor in Botany from Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Texas Tech University. His area of research was in cytogenetics. Dr. Bowers has taught Vertebrate Biology, Vertebrate Natural History and Taxonomy, Genetics, Developmental Biology and Introductory courses at Wayland for over 40 years. Dr. Bowers major emphasis was on teaching, however, he published sixteen feature articles and notes in eight different national and international journals. He has received numerous teaching awards while at Wayland including the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.

As professor of biological sciences at Wayland, Bowers also served as chairman of the Division of Math and Sciences from 1982-2004. During that time, he helped establish a dual degree program in math and engineering with Texas Tech, and was instrumental in securing a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund a summer science program to boost the skills of secondary science teachers in the region.

The grant, which led to the formation of the ASSIST (Academic Summer Science Institute for Secondary Teachers) and ASSET (Academic Summer Science for Elementary Teachers) programs, has been received continuously for 22 years, impacting 2,000 teachers and earning recognition from the state.

In his 45 years at Wayland, Bowers has seen great growth in the biology department, going from six majors in 1963 to 77 in 2007. The faculty has also increased on the Plainview campus, growth Bowers attributes to putting the academic and Christian welfare of the students first.

“I have made a sincere effort to inject and maintain a Christian influence in all areas of my work at Wayland. I have felt blessed in knowing what God called me to do in life where I was supposed to serve,” Bowers said. “I have seen Wayland grow and emerge as a vital tool used by God in furthering Christian education around the world. I feel blessed to have had a part in helping carry out Wayland’s mission of spreading the Gospel through the building of a strong math and sciences program.”

Bowers and his wife, Joanne, who is retired after teaching chemistry and physics at Plainview High School for 37 years, have a son, Mark, of Dickinson and two grandchildren. He is a deacon at College Heights Baptist Church.