Mentors and 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 the Ph.D. degree right through the dissertation defense.

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You are strongly encouraged to be in communication with your preferred mentor or mentors regarding your proposed research topic prior to submitting your application and to contact him and/or the program coordinator with any specific questions you may have concerning the Wheaton doctoral program. 

Areas of Study

Applicants to the degree will choose a specific mentor and a corresponding area of dissertation interest. 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 or in Old Testament/New Testament 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. 

Additional faculty are available to teach doctoral seminars, serve as resources, and act as secondary readers for dissertations.

Biblical Theology, Old Testament Emphasis

m. Daniel Carroll R.Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) Blanchard Professor of Old Testament
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2017) 

  • Theological foundations and themes in OT social ethics
  • OT theology and exegesis from ethnic minority (especially Hispanic) and Majority World perspectives
  • Literary-theological approaches to OT historical narratives and to the Book of the Twelve, especially Hosea—Zephaniah
  • Biblical-theological approaches to ancient and contemporary migration and diaspora
  • Themes in OT biblical theology, including the mission of God, theodicy, history, and worship 

 

Dr. Schultz Dr. Richard Schultz
Blanchard Professor of Old Testament
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2017)

  • 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. Doug MooDr. Douglas Moo
Wessner Professor of New Testament
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2017)

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

 

Dr. PerrinDr. Nicholas Perrin Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2017)

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

 

Systematic/Historical Theology Emphasis

Dr. CortezDr. Marc Cortez 
Associate Professor of Theology
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2017)

  • 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. TreierDr. Daniel Treier 
Blanchard Professor of Theology
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2017)

  • 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 learn from faculty in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department and faculty from related disciplines at Wheaton College Graduate School.  


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