Supporting Faculty

Supporting Faculty advance CUE's mission and interdisciplinary programming through their teaching and research in many other departments and programs. 

Vincent Bacote - Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Vincent Bacote teaches Theologies of Transformation, Political Theology, and Neocalvinism, and his interests revolve around the ways that Christian faith intersects with various dimensions of public and private life, particularly culture, politics and business. He is author of The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper and The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life, and speaks and writes frequently on faith and culture.

Jim Beitler - Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Jim Beitler is a Professor of English and his research focuses on the rhetorical activity of truth and reconciliation commissions.

Johann Buis - Associate Professor of Musicology

Dr. Johann Buis' scholarship ranges from early music performance history to the aesthetics and reception history of black music between the United States and urban centers in Africa. He has been in demand as a lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other organizations. In addition, he held seminars in the USA, the Caribbean, and Germany. 

Sally Canning - Professor of Psychology

Dr. Canning is a Professor of Psychology and her work supports the healthcare and educational objectives of faith-based community organizations serving poor neighborhoods. Outside of the classroom she conducts research and provides clinical services for underserved women and children in Chicago. She recently received the Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women in Psychology. 

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) - Blanchard Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Carroll is a Professor of Old Testament and also serves on the steering committee of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. Due to his bilingual and bicultural upbringing his experiences in this country and abroad have led to his appreciation for the contributions that ethnic minorities, women, and the global church make to the interpretation of the Old Testament. At Wheaton he is intent on modeling a commitment to careful biblical scholarship with the mission of the church amidst the complex questions of today. 

Jeremy Cook - Assistant Professor of Economics

As a labor economist Dr. Jeremy Cook studies labor market behavior and the economics of education. His current research focuses on the efficacy of school resources on the labor market outcomes of public school teachers. Dr. Cook teaches Economics of Labor & Poverty and Urban Economics.

Susan Greener - Associate Professor of Communication

As a professor of intercultural studies, Dr. Greener has invested in work and research with children-at-risk for over two decades in universities and Christian non-governmental organizations. She is passionate about resourcing the church to engage in holistic and transformational ministry, particularly concerning children and families in challenging circumstances. Her experience includes serving in the academy as a researcher in emotional intelligence and health behavior at Yale University, an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of an Early Head Start program while at Berry College, and a Dean of Students for Trinity Evangelical Divinity and Graduate Schools

Theon Hill - Associate Professor of Communication

Dr. Hill, an Assistant Professor of Communication, focuses on the importance of communicating the transformative power of the gospel. He has contributed to The Atlantic online and the Chicago Tribune and is passionate about examining the role of radical rhetoric as an important form of civic engagement and public advocacy.

Brian Howell - Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Howell is particularly interested in courses dealing with global Christianity, culture theory and inequality as well as anthropology and popular culture, and strives to incorporate such issues into his courses. Dr. Howell and his wife Marissa Sabio reside in Wheaton with their three children and are active church members. Some of Dr. Howell's hobbies include scuba diving, tennis and piano.

Karen Johnson - Assistant Professor of History

Karen Johnson teaches American Cities and Suburbs. She is completing her book manuscript on interracial Catholic activism in Chicago's civil rights movement. She has published in Religion and American Culture and Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (Oxford, 2013), and writes for the Religion in American History blog. Johnson served as a site director for Inter-Varsity's Chicago Urban Project, and lived, worshipped, and ministered in an inner-city context for six years.

Chris Keil - Professor, Geology & Environmental Science

Chris Keil's scholarly expertise lies in pollution exposure assessment. He has been involved in projects assessing air, water and noise pollution in urban areas such as Chicago, Toledo, Ohio and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Gregory Lee - Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Gregory Lee teaches Theologies of Transformation alongside other courses in theology, history, and ethics. His current research focuses on Augustine’s understanding of the church and the church’s relation to the world. Dr. Lee lives in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, where he and his wife are active members of Lawndale Christian Community Church. 

Brian Miller - Assistant Professor of Sociology

Courses Dr. Brian Miller teaches include Urban Sociology, American Suburbanization, The Suburban Church, Statistics, and Research Methods. He has published research on the Cabrini-Green Housing Project in Chicago, McMansions, suburban growth and development in Naperville, West Chicago, and Wheaton, and immigrants in the suburbs. 

Matthew Milliner - Assistant Professor of Art History

Matthew Milliner is a graduate of Wheaton College (’98). After working in North Philadelphia public schools and in Urban ministry in Chester, PA, he earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an M.A. & Ph.D. In art history from Princeton University. He has taught at Wheaton College since 2011, where his courses use the city of Chicago as a living textbook of the history of architecture. 

Leah Samuelson - Instructor of Art

Leah Samuelson was trained as a muralist before her graduate work in urban studies and arts for social change at Philadelphia-based Eastern University. She worked with expressive arts in trauma-intervention and healing with BuildaBridge International in Philly and with their global partners. Leah now focuses on collaborative pedagogy and grass roots social change for restraint within the global top 2% and leads the Community Art concentration in the Art Department.

Michael Stauffer - Associate Professor of Communication

As an Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Stauffer has focused on research exploring the relationship between communication and the theater. He examines the avenues in which theater affects the church and the culture at large.