Carolyn (Lanpher) Waterman
Carolyn (Lanpher) Waterman
Lifetime Service Award

Carolyn Lanpher Waterman’s Nazarene roots go deep – as a world traveler, Renaissance woman and English professor. Her real passion lies in the classroom, though,and teaching is in her bones. After graduating from ENC in 1961 with a major in History,Carolyn taught high school in Idaho and California, where she met her husband of 47 years, Darwin Waterman. His career as a professor of Psychology eventually took them to Oklahoma, where Carolyn completed her MA in 1976 and pursued doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma.

During that time, she taught in the Speech Department at Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) for 13 years, moving to the English department in 1989. As part of her assignment, she made drama come alive, directing 13 three-act plays and supervising many student-directed one-act dramas.

One of her most valuable contributions to the English Department has been planning and leading student literary tours all over the world. She loves seeing England, France, or Italy as if for the first time through the wonder of student eyes. Her favorite tours, however, have been to the northeast and Boston, introducing students to Brigham’s ice cream, ENC, the Boston Pops and of course, the Red Sox.

Though she officially retired in 2006, Carolyn still serves the English Department at SNU, sharing the love of literature and the art of writing. She is a patient mentor to high-risk students, making them feel comfortable in a new college setting with her contagious laugh and broad smile.