Christian Formation and Ministry
Associate Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry, Department Chair
On Faculty since 2002
Ed. D., Educational Administration, Northern Illinois University, 2000
M. A., English, Northern Illinois University, 1992
B. A., English, Northern Illinois University, 1985
About Laura Barwegen
Dr. Laura Barwegen sees her dual mission at Wheaton College to enhance students’ intellectual and spiritual growth. She is passionate about mentoring students to view their intellect from a Christian perspective and their faith in Christ with deep wisdom and understanding, always being prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks them for the hope that they have. These are the marks of excellence in education. Dr. Barwegen joined Wheaton’s faculty from Aurora University where she was the Assistant Dean of Education and Director of the Center for Professional Renewal. Previously she was the University Coordinator of Teacher Certification at Northern Illinois University and a 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher at a public middle school.
While attending graduate school, a friend shared his faith in Christ and understanding of Scriptures which led to her acceptance of Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord. She later married this friend, Mark, a middle school art teacher, and they currently have two delightful adult sons, Jim and Chris.
She serves in her church as a member of the Adult Ministries Leadership Team, a prayer counselor, community group leader, and the teacher of the Belonging membership classes.
- Learning and Development
- The Psychology of Human Learning
- Statistics in Education
- Research Methodology
- Mentoring Tutorials: Neuroscience, Theology and Education
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Educational Research Association
- Phi Delta Kappa
- National Staff Development Association
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Association for Teacher Education
- Neuroscience and Theology
- Neuroscience and Pedagogy
- Neuroscience and the Christian Educator
- Quantitative program assessment
- Statistical analyses of educational program/policies/pedagogies
Barwegen, L., Brulle, A., Goreham, H. & Sale, R. (January 2009). Illinois Principals’ Attitudes Toward Clinical Placements. Critical Issues in Teacher Education, 15, 4-13.
Brulle, A., Barwegen, L., Loomis, S., Egeland, P., Morrison, S., & Lederhouse, J. (2009). Liberal arts teacher preparation in a Christian environment: More than simply standards. Monograph article for the Association of Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education, 29-42.
Barwegen, L. & Hamil, D. (Fall, 2008). Developing the Mind of Christ. Discipleship Journal, 29(1), 23-27.
Barwegen, L. (Winter, 2008). Neuroscience and Education: The Importance of a Christian Understanding of Human Persons. ICCTE Journal, 4(1).
Barwegen, L. (Feb-Apr, 2008). Neuropsychological definition of learning: Strategies for rewiring neural networks. Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4).
Selected Radio Interviews
Barwegen, L. (October 2010). What Makes Something Memorable: Neuroscience of Memory. Lifetalk Radio Interview on the Steve Gallimore Show.
Barwegen, L. (24 February 2010). How Do You Feel: Emotions and Cognitive Neuroscience. Lifetalk Radio Interview on the Steve Gallimore Show.
Barwegen, L. (October 2011). Neuroplasticity: The link between learning and living. Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.
Barwegen, L. (July 2011). Neuropsychological influences upon the practice of teaching and learning. 3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy & Society: Paris, France.
Lederhouse, J., Barwegen, L., & Morrison, S. (April 2011). Holistic teacher induction: Attending to the professional and spiritual needs of first year Christian teachers. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA.
Barwegen, L. (May 2008). Neuroscience and Education: The Importance of a Christian Understanding of Human Persons. International Coalition of Christian Teacher Educators Conference, Boston, MA.
Selected Presentations with Student Research Teams
Barwegen, L., Fallt, L., Hansen, L., McClymonds, S., & Niewrzol, R. (May 2010). Preparing Teachers who Understand Neuroplasticity: Why It Matters for Spiritual Formation and Pedagogical Practice. International Coalition of Christian Teacher Educators Conference, Longview, TX.
Barwegen, L., Fallt, L. & Hansen, L. (October 2009). Integration of Neuroplasticity and the Spiritual Disciplines and Implications for the Practice of Teaching. Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.
Brulle, A., Barwegen, L., Goreham, H. & Sale, R. (June 2006). Illinois Principals’ Attitudes Toward Practicum Placements and Portfolios. Illinois Education Research Council. 5th Annual Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium, Springfield, IL.
Barwegen, L., Berg, E., Edelman, J. & Gibbens, M. (Spring 2005). Variables Affecting Student Achievement on the Prairie State Achievement Exam. MidWest Association of Teacher Educators, Regional Spring Conference: Lafayette, Indiana.
Barwegen, L., Stair, E., & Edelman, J. (Spring 2005). Preparing Teachers as Researchers: Student/Faculty Research Teams. Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education Spring Conference: Washington, DC.
Barwegen, L.M., Stair, E.E., & Putnam, S.J. (April 2004). Student research teams: One teacher educator’s response to NCLB. Midwest Association of Teacher Educators, Regional Spring Conference, Champaign-Urbana, IL.