Student Engagement

Student Engagement inspires students to get involved in high-impact, active learning experiences to develop the whole student, build community, and cultivate kingdom citizenship.


Steve IvesterSteve Ivester, Ph.D.

Dean For Student Engagement

B.M. Wheaton College, 1993
M.A. Wheaton College, 2003
Ph.D. Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, 2013

Through his own educational experience as an undergraduate at Wheaton, Steve can attest that God used others, including faculty, mentors, and friends in powerful ways in the process of his own growth – it was nothing short of transforming for his faith and his worldview. As Dean for Student Engagement, he is committed to educating and equipping college students through relational ministry, program advising, and leadership development experiences that develop students’ identity, skills, knowledge, and attitudes to engage an increasingly interconnected world, to encounter Jesus Christ throughout all aspects of their life, and to graciously share their growth and faith in Christ with others.

Steve is an active member of College Church in Wheaton where he serves as an elder, a devoted sailor, an adventurous downhill skier, and an enthusiastic fan of Van Morrison’s music. The lyrics of Avalon Sunset and No Guru No Method are a few of his favorites that ring through his head on any given day.
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250x250 staff portrait image 2020 student engagementBarb Nussbaum

Program Manager|Student Engagement 

B.A. Wheaton College, 1988

Managing projects on behalf of Student Engagement, Barb especially enjoys working with students to plan large programs like New Student Orientation.  She advises the student media team, coordinates logistics for Student Leader Training week, manages many aspects of August and January Orientation, and supports the work of Steve Ivester, Dean for Student Engagement. 

As an undergrad at Wheaton, Barb served in Residence Life as an RA and as an Admissions intern.  After college, she worked in Admissions, Student Activities, and educational enrichment programming to round out her college personnel experience before returning to Wheaton in 2008. The most rewarding part of her current role is working with student leaders and providing a greenhouse for them to gain valuable leadership experience.
Beamer Student Center, 061

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