Kernodle Center faculty spotlight: Bud Warner

Warner is a senior faculty fellow in the Department of Human Service Studies and an adviser to the Service Living Learning Community.

Bud Warner is Senior Faculty Fellow and Human Service Studies faculty member at Elon who started in 2006. He is a committed member of the Elon community who has impacted the campus community in many ways.

Bud Warner, senior faculty fellow

Warner is not only a member of the faculty in the Human Services department but is also a mentor, co-leader of an abroad experience and served on the advisory board for community engaged learning. All these positions contribute to Warner’s love for the Elon community. “My role is to help facilitate the exploration” when talking about his students, he said.

Warner’s favorite aspect of Elon is its commitment to engaged learning. He enjoys teaching his students more than just memorization by focusing on critical thinking and how information relates to their real lives. Warner describes this aspect of Elon as a “blend of traditional liberal arts and life preparation.” This can speak to his passion for preparing his students for life after Elon in the work he does.

Working closely with the Service Living and Learning Community is one of Warner’s main roles at Elon and is one that he enjoys. He described the students as “eager to learn and see how their experiences relate to bigger issues.” As much as he describes his students as eager to learn, Warner is also very eager to learn as he refers to himself as a “fellow learner” with students. “I really want students to know why they think and believe things, not just parrot information or ideas,” Warner said.

His ability to foster an environment for students to think critically and engage in their learning is something to be admired about him as a professor.