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Excellence at Wheaton

Join us as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Wheaton faculty and staff members. Their outstanding work greatly enriches the Kingdom of God, our lives, and our community.  

Grid VariantCongratulations to Ms. Crystal Cartwright who was recently promoted from Interim Director to Wheaton's Director of the Student Activities Office. Ms. Cartwright is a tenacious leader and is currently in the second year of her doctoral studies at Azusa Pacific University. Her focus is on the racial and identity development of Black undergraduate women at Predominately White Christian Colleges. She also serves as the Vice President of the Black Doctoral Students Association at Azusa Pacific University.

Additionally, Ms. Cartwright is the Advisor for Wheaton's Student Government, Solidarity, and Sisterhood. We are grateful for her scholarship and leadership that glorify the Lord and enrich the lives of our students and community at Wheaton. 


cropMr. Stevener Gaskin is an impactful educator who serves as an Assistant Professor New Testament. He advises Storytelling Project and College Union, as well as leads student-led artistic initiatives through the platform of Studio 1:27.

He is also a talented Spoken Word and Hip Hop artist. His single Black Excellence 600 is featured on our Signs of the Times Spotify playlist. We are grateful for his creativity, scholarship, and leadership that glorifies the Lord and enriches the lives of our students and community at Wheaton. 


Dr. Bellah Kiteki is an influential educator who serves as an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Wheaton. She recently released an article, African Refugee Youth's Experiences and Impact on Career Development. Dr. Kiteki is highly published and is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, and the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. We are grateful for her scholarship, philanthropy, and leadership that magnify the Lord and enrich the lives of our students and community at Wheaton.


cropDr. Theon Hill is a dynamic educator who serves as an Associate Professor of Communications at Wheaton. He was recently inducted into the Civil Society Fellowship, a Joint Partnership between the Aspen Institute and ADL (Anti-Defamation League).

Dr. Hill also served as a panelist for the “Courageous Conversations” series co-hosted by the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence & The Purdue Policy Research Institute at Purdue University. The theme is “Social Justice in Higher Education” and will be held 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, February 23rd. We are grateful for his scholarship and activism that magnify the Lord and enrich the lives of our students and community at Wheaton.


cropDr. Esau McCaulley is a dynamic educator who serves at Wheaton as an Assistant Professor of New Testament. He recently released a book, Reading While Black, which is the Kingdom Diversity February Book of the Month. He was recently featured on the Bible Project Podcast

Dr. McCaulley will also be a keynote speaker for Biola University's 2021 SCORR Conference earlier this month. We are grateful for his scholarship and activism that magnify the Lord and enrich the lives of our students and community at Wheaton.  


cropDr. Michael McKoy is an ardent educator who serves at Wheaton as an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations. He is the Faculty honoree for the 2021 Rodney K. Sisco Diversity Students' Choice Award. He was nominated by his students as someone who champions Kingdom diversity, inclusion, justice, and unity in Wheaton's community.

Dr. McKoy is highly published and nationally awarded. We are grateful for his scholarship and activism that magnify the Lord and enrich the lives of our students and community at Wheaton.  


cropDr. Shawn Okpebholo is an accomplished educator and composer who serves at Wheaton as a Professor of Music. His newest song, Two Black Churches, is featured on Alumnus Mr. Will Liverman '10, and Mr. Paul Sanchez’s new album, “Dreams of New Day” by Cedille Records released on Friday, February 12th.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded him The Walter Hinrichsen Prize. The award carries with it the publication of at least one of his works with the C. F. Peters Music Publishers. Known as one of the most prominent classical music publishers, C.F. Peters Publishers started in Leipzig, Germany, in 1800. Early publications include Mozart and Beethoven, followed by a significant legacy of composers such as John Cage, Milton Babbitt, and George Crumb,  contemporary composers like George Lewis, Ashley Fure, and Pamala Z. 

He also debuted a piece On a Poem performed by Dr. Miho Nonaka at Harvard Square. We are grateful for his scholarship and talent that magnify the Lord and enrich the lives of our students and community at Wheaton.