Faculty News

Welcoming New Faculty

Row 1 (L–R): Claire (Kags) Ndethiu, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry; Diana Soerens, M.A., Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Spanish; E. Kate Min, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Business; Brita Beitler, M.A., Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Education; Carleigh Schoenleber, Ed.D., Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Education; Joshua D. Norton, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Katherine Graber, M.A., Special Collections Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Science

Row 2 (L–R): Mandy Kellums Baraka, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor of Counseling; Ty Kieser, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology; Martha Van Zee, M.S.Ed., Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics; J. Brent Etzel, M.L.S., M.A., Dean of Library & Archives, Associate Professor of Library and Archives

Row 3 (L–R): Ki Byung Chae, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program; Charles M. Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology; Robert Knisely, D.B.A., Visiting Associate Professor of Business; Kent Annan, M.Div., Director of Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership, Associate Lecturer in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership; Jeremy Lundgren, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology; Taylor B. Worley, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Faculty News

Faculty Publications

160w Winter 2022 mag faculty books

The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa 

(Cornell University Press, 2020)
by Christine Jeske, Associate Professor of Anthropology

This text investigates whether and how work and the good life coincide with each other. It delves into why certain work is deemed desirable and the influences of racism on the perceptions of work.



160w Winter 2022 mag faculty books

Rose Is a Verb: Neo-Georgics

(Slant Books, 2021)
by Karen An-Hwei Lee, Provost

This collection of poetry is inspired by Virgil’s The Georgics, and parallels it in structure and motifs. The poems grapple with encounters of both beauty and hardship, ultimately pointing to the tastes of eternity with Christ amidst it all.




160w Winter 2022 mag faculty books

We the Fallen People: The Founders and the Future of American Democracy

(IVP Academic, 2020)
by Robert Tracy McKenzie, Arthur F. Holmes Chair of Faith and Learning

This book plumbs the history of American democracy and through it gleans insight on human nature and what can be learned for the sake of future democracy.

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Faculty Grants & Fellowships

Dr. Christina Bieber Lake awarded Henry Resident Fellowship

Dr. Bieber Lake is spending a year researching and writing a book about the transformational power of literary imagination through the Henry Resident Fellowship from the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

John Templeton Foundation grant awarded to Dr. Ward Davis

Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Davis was awarded a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation to spread awareness of the Open Science Movement and promote open science methodology among researchers studying religion.

CCCU and SCIO grant for STEM research awarded to Wheaton College

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) awarded Wheaton College the “Supporting Structures: Innovative Collaborations to Enhance STEM Research at CCCU Member Institutions.” The grant will be put toward various projects including a new podcast, diversity training for professors, and sending faculty members away on research.

President Philip Ryken named Senior Fellow at Newton House

Newton House in Oxford, England launched in September and is a theological research center where Dr. Ryken will serve as a senior fellow working on research, mentoring scholars, and speaking at conferences

Dr. Denise Daniels receives grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Alongside Rice University’s Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund, Dr. Daniels is researching the intersection of faith in the workplace. The grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. is enabling them to continue the research and examine the recent impact of COVID-19 and racism.

Art Seeking Understanding grant awarded to Dr. Taylor Worley

Dr. Worley of Trinity International University received the “Art Seeking Understanding” grant through the Templeton Religion Foundation and will be serving as Visiting Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College for the duration of his research on conceptual art and the framework it provides for contemplation.

Drs. Dan and Lisa Burden receive National Science Foundation grant

Drs. Dan and Lisa Burden were awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant that is going toward their studies on a toxin protein, learning how to modify it and discovering medicinal applications for it.

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