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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.

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 2022)

  • 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 

Old Testament professor Dr. Richard Schultz
Blanchard Professor of Old Testament
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2022)

  • 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

Wessnery professor of new testament Dr. Douglas Moo
Wessner Professor of New Testament
(Unable to accept applicants for Fall 2022)

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

photo of mentor Amy Peeler, prof of new testament
Dr. Amy Peeler
Associate Professor of New Testament
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2022)

  • Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Mary in the NT
  • Gender in the NT
  • Select topics in the Synoptic Gospels, especially Mark

Dr. Esau McCaulley
Assistant Professor of New Testament
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2022)

  • Topics in Pauline Theology and Exegesis (Particularly the letters of Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians)
  • African American Biblical Interpretation and Theology (and other contextually informed Exegesis)
  • New Testament Ethics (especially topics related to the Roman military and it's policing powers, slavery, and justice)
  • Intertextuality
  • Luke/Acts

Systematic/Historical Theology Emphasis

professor of theology Dr. Marc Cortez
Professor of Theology
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2022)

  • 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

professor of theology Dr. Daniel Treier
Knoedler Professor of Theology
(Accepting applicants for Fall 2022)

  • 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 School of Biblical and Theological Studies and faculty from related disciplines at Wheaton College Graduate School.