Mentors & Areas of Interest

We work with a model of strong personal and academic relationships between our students and their doctoral mentors (supervisors) from the very start of their program right through their dissertation defense. Additional faculty are available to teach doctoral seminars, serve as resources, and act as secondary readers for dissertations. Applicants to the program will choose a specific mentor and a corresponding area of dissertation interest.


Areas of Study

Students will choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Biblical Theology (Old / New Testament emphasis)
  • Systematic (and/or Historical) Theology

Students interested in systematic/historical theology should preference a particular mentor but also indicate whether or not this preference is exclusive. Since topic areas for supervision can overlap, willingness to work with one or more of the other mentors might increase a student's chances for admission. We seek to construct the best overall cohort of students depending on our applicant pool, and the number(s) of new students anticipated by a mentor can sometimes shift throughout the year as previous students complete the program. However, certain topics for study or interests in our program are naturally mentor-specific. Please be in communication with your preferred mentor and/or the theology coordinator before applying.

Biblical Theology, Old Testament Emphasis

Dr. Richard Schultz (Accepting applicants Fall 2015)

Blanchard Professor of Old Testament

  • Wisdom Theology or Wisdom Ethics
  • Theological Themes in Isaiah
  • Theological Themes in the Prophetic Corpus--especially covenant, eschatology, messianic expectation, nationalism and universalism, and social ethics)
  • Inner-Biblical Exegetical or OT Intertextual Approaches and Biblical Theology
  • Canonical Approaches and Biblical Theology
  • Theological Themes in OT Narrative Texts

Biblical Theology, New Testament Emphasis

Dr. Douglas Moo (Accepting applicants for Fall 2015)

Wessner Professor of New Testament

  • Topics in Pauline Theology
  • The Epistle to the Hebrews
  • New Testament Theology and Environmental Issues

Dr. Nicholas Perrin (Accepting applicants for Fall 2015)

Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies

  • Historical Jesus and ethics
  • Theology of the Synoptic Gospels
  • Theology of second-century Christianity
  • New Testament Theology

Systematic/Historical Theology Emphasis

Dr. Marc Cortez (Accepting applicants for Fall 2015)

Associate Professor of Theology

  • Theological Anthropology (esp. the image of God, the body/soul relationship, human sexuality, race/culture, and theologies of work)
  • Contemporary Christology (esp. the incarnation and the humanity of Christ)
  • Philosophical Theology (primarily the relationship between metaphysics and systematic theology)
  • Global and Contextual Theology (the nature of culture, the impact of cultural context on theology, particular expressions of contextual theology)
  • The Theological studies on Gregory of Nyssa, Karl Barth, and Jonathan Edwards

Dr. Daniel Treier (Accepting applicants for Fall 2015)

Blanchard Professor of Theology

  • Ecclesiology and aspects of political theology (especially engaging Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jacques Ellul, and/or Oliver O’Donovan)
  • Protestant Christology and Trinitarian doctrine (including faith-and-history concerns; engagement with biblical theology)
  • Justification and atonement
  • Prolegomena and theological interpretation of Scripture
  • Other select topics in evangelical and modern systematic theology

Additional Faculty Resources

In addition to the mentors listed above, students in the Ph.D. program are able to draw on the resources of the twenty-five person Biblical & Theological Studies department, as well as faculty in related disciplines at Wheaton College.

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