Dawn Bond is the registrar and director of admissions at Austin Graduate School of Theology.
Texas has been Dawn’s home for most of her life. She graduated magna cum laude from Midwestern State University, located in her hometown of Wichita Falls, with a B.A in English and a minor in art. From there, she went straight into the graduate program, becoming part of a small group of students hand-picked by faculty to tutor and teach college English while completing their degrees. Dawn completed her M.A. in English with an emphasis in writing with perfect scores, receiving many accolades for her work. She was faculty-nominated two consecutive years for the Outstanding Graduate Student award and was the 2011-12 recipient of the Harry Brown Writing award as a first-year graduate student while being nominated again by faculty in her second year. Her fiction and poetry have been published in juried and non-juried college literary publications both in Texas and California, and her research on “Meeting the Needs of Creative Writers in the University Writing Lab” was presented at the San Diego conference in 2013.
Other areas of research and interest that she has written on for conferences include women’s issues, technical writing and its deficiencies in addressing a younger consumer base using class two medical devices, and fairytale scholarship. Dawn’s writing and teaching skills have also extended to curriculum development and implementation in her many teaching positions, spanning the full gamut of ages from preschool to college learners, with a focus on teaching methods that satisfy the ways that students actually learn.
In addition to her extensive writing experience and education, Dawn is also a full-time minister’s wife and has been for nine years. She graduated from Sunset International Bible Institute in 2007 with a certificate in Women’s and Deaf Ministry. Since then, she has worn many hats as her husband has worked in various full-time ministry positions, including youth, campus, and pulpit ministries. She has a great love for God’s people and currently serves her church as a deaf interpreter, as part of the Spiritual Growth and Development team, as well serving on the Steering committee for women’s ministry.
Dawn and her husband have two children. Their son is currently serving the U.S. Army as an intelligence collection specialist, and their daughter is a senior at Bastrop High School with plans to serve God in a mission field. They love the “Lost Pines” area and have lived in Bastrop for a little more than a year.