Dr. Peter Bowen

Wayland a Good Match


Dr. Peter Bowen spent his early years in Waurika, OK and graduated from high school in Memphis, TX. About the time he was finishing his graduate work at the University of Rochester (New York) his father, a pastor at First Baptist Church in Memphis, was speaking to Charles Bassett, who was in charge of church/denominational services for Wayland at the time.

“In the conversation, my dad found out that Wayland was trying to hire a psychology professor and let me know. Turned out to be a good match!”

For the past 23 years, Bowen  has worked with “really wonderful people,” and been given the freedom to teach a wide variety of courses.

“I love constantly learning new things and finding new ways to get ideas across to students,” Bowen said.

Bowen said his lifelong fascination with science led him to a career in the social sciences.

“I originally was deciding between computer science and wildlife biology,” Bowen said. “I studied biology, planning to focus on animal behavior, and then along the way began to realize that brains and human behavior were pretty fascinating, too. So, after graduating from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in biology and chemistry, I set off for grad school in neuroscience and psychology.”

Bowen and his wife of 29 years have two college age sons and a dog. When he’s not teaching psychology at Wayland, he enjoys camping, backpacking and reading.