2013 Siegfried H. Horn Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship

Award Category: Arts, Humanities & Education

Tevni Grajales Guerra
Professor of Research and Statistical Methodology
School of Education

Tevni Grajales Guerra is professor of research and statistical methodology in the School of Education and has taught at Andrews University since 2006.

Prior to teaching at Andrews, Grajales worked as secretary of the Panama Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 1980 to 1983. He has also worked as the educational supervisor, lay activities director and ADRA director for the Central American Union, and served as president of Central American Adventist University until 1995, when he became the Educational and Research Center Director for Montemorelos University in Mexico, where he worked until 2006.

Tevni has made a reputation as a prolific scholar both in Spanish and in English. Grajales has written five books and has a sixth forthcoming. His many articles have been published in Spanish-language journals such as Revista Internacional de Estudios en educacion and Enfoques, and he has given presentations at conferences around the world. He has recently developed a youth survey in Spanish for the Inter-American Division focused on spiritual identity development and religiosity in young adults. During the past six years he has also published a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles. He is also a member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Educational Council.

Grajales has a reputation for being a very patient and knowledgeable professor who makes graduate-level statistics understandable rather than intimidating. One student says he exudes “an excitement for his subject and advocacy that statistics can be conquered.”

He has won first place in the State Contest of Health Research of Mexico in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Juliaca City Medal awarded in 1999, and several other honorary awards.