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Celebrating Faculty Legacy

In February, the Board of Trustees approved the following faculty members for promotion, tenure, or emeritus status. Nine emeriti have left a profound impact on students, staff, alumni, friends of the College, and their peers throughout their many combined decades of service.


Dr. Lee Joiner
Associate Professor of Music Emeritus (40 years of service, 1983–2023)

Dr. Lee Joiner, a graduate of Julliard School of Music and Eastman School of Music, brought his expertise in strings to the Conservatory, where he taught violin and chamber music for 40 years. Dr. Joiner is known to many on campus for his string performances in the annual Faculty Artist Series.


Dr. Gary N. Larson M.A. ’83
Associate Professor of Communication Emeritus (39 years of service, 1984–2023)

Shortly after receiving his master’s degree from the Graduate School, Dr. Gary N. Larson became a faculty member and debate team coach at the College. In 2020, he was presented the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award for his years of service to the College as a faculty member, dean, administrator, parent, and donor.


Dr. Laura M. Montgomery ’78
Professor of Anthropology Emerita (14 years of service, 1984–1987, 2012–2023)

Dr. Laura M. Montgomery returned to Wheaton College’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Urban Studies after two decades of teaching elsewhere. During her career at the College, she held several leadership roles, including the dean of global programs and studies.


Dr. Douglas J. Moo
Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament Emeritus (23 years of service, 2000–2023)

During Dr. Douglas J. Moo’s time at Wheaton, he primarily worked with graduate students, especially those within the biblical exegesis program and various Ph.D. programs. Dr. Moo is also known for his service as an elder, Bible study leader, and teacher at his local church.


Dr. A. Scott Moreau ’77
Professor of Intercultural Studies Emeritus (32 years of service, 1991–2023)

As an undergraduate student at Wheaton College, Dr. A. Scott Moreau studied physics before going on to complete his graduate work in missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In 1991, he returned to the College, where he taught intercultural studies and oversaw the Graduate School as the academic dean.


Dr. Stephen O. Moshier
Professor of Geology Emeritus (32 years of service, 1991–2023)

After completing his doctoral work at Louisiana State University, Dr. Stephen O. Moshier came to Wheaton College, where he has served as the chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Science, director of Wheaton in the Black Hills at the Wheaton College Science Station, and professor of geology.


Dr. Clinton S. Shaffer ’84
Associate Professor of German Emeritus (27 years of service, 1996–2023)

After studying German at Wheaton College, Dr. Clinton S. Shaffer earned graduate degrees from Middlebury College and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began teaching at Wheaton College in 1996 and eventually served as the German section coordinator. He and his wife, Virginia, have two kids, Bill and Sarah, both of whom have participated in the Wheaton in Germany program and minored in German.


Dr. Mark R. Talbot
Associate Professor of Philosophy Emeritus (31 years of service, 1992–2023)

Dr. Mark R. Talbot began his career at Wheaton College just after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was an instructor of philosophy for 31 years, teaching classes about suffering and joy, the nature of humanity, and Augustine’s writings.


Dr. John H. Walton M.A. ’75
Professor of Old Testament Emeritus (22 years of service, 2001–2023)

After 20 years of teaching at Moody Bible Institute, Dr. John H. Walton returned to Wheaton College to teach the Old Testament. Dr. Walton has written over two dozen books about the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East. He has won numerous awards for his work from organizations like Christianity Today and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).



Dr. Denise Daniels ’91, Hudson T. Harrison Professor of Entrepreneurship

Mr. Andrew Mangin ’99, Associate Professor of Theater and Communication

Dr. Esau McCaulley, Associate Professor of New Testament

Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership

Dr. Timothy Taylor, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations



Dr. Aubrey Buster ’09, M.A. ’11, Associate Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Matthew Forsstrom, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Michael Hakmin Lee, Associate Professor of Ministry and Leadership

Dr. Emily McGowin, Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Sarah Miglio M.A. ’04, Associate Professor of Core Studies and History

Dr. Rob Ribbe ’87, M.A. ’90, Associate Professor of Outdoor and Adventure Leadership

Dr. Jordan Ryan, Associate Professor of New Testament



Dr. Stephanie Gates, Associate Professor of Spanish

Dr. David Hsu, Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics

Dr. Andrew Luhmann ’06, Associate Professor of Geology



Dr. Danilo Diedrichs, Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Richard Gibson, Professor of English

Dr. Matthew Milliner ’98, Professor of Art History

Dr. Amy Peeler, Professor of New Testament

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