Dorothy Chappell, Ph.D.

Dean of Natural and Social Sciences, Professor of Biology


Ph.D., Botany, Miami University (Ohio)

M.S., Biology, University of Virginia

B.S., Biology, Longwood College (Virginia)

About Dorothy Chappell

Dr. Dorothy F. Chappell, Dean of Natural and Social Sciences, is deeply committed to Christian Higher Education and has spent twenty-five years teaching.  17 of those years were in teaching at Wheaton College.  Following those years of teaching, she served a five and half year term as Academic Dean at Gordon College (MA) while serving on the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College. 

She assumed the role as Dean of Natural and Social Sciences in January, 2000.  She has received awards for research and teaching and has scholarly interests in the biochemistry, genetics and ultrastructure of green algae, ethics, and Christian scholarship.  Among several academic and professional honors she has received are the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at Wheaton (1981-82) and Outstanding Educator of the Chicago Region (1994).  She has also received a Fulbright Scholar’s Research Award for a year of research in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand (1989-1990). 

Through her interests in regional accreditation of colleges, she has participated in numerous accreditation teams for The Higher Learning Commission in the Midwest and also for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  She has served on, or is serving on, five boards of trustees including the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, Phycological Society of America Board of Trustees, and the John F. Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors, among others.  She has served as the president of the American Scientific Affiliation.  Dr. Chappell is active in the PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA), has served several terms as an elder, and has taught Adult Sunday School classes in the midmorning ministries programs on theological issues and issues relating to science and ethics. 

The recently published book, Not Just Science, co-authored by Dr. Chappell, was cited as a “2006 Book of Distinction” by the John Templeton Press and was featured as the Book of the Month by the American Scientific Affiliation in 2006.  A native Virginian and lover of the outdoors, she enjoys hiking and photography, music and reading in her leisure time.

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