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Our Faculty

Honors Faculty

Robin A. Collins
Robin A. Collins

Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy; Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2012-2017

Robin A. Collins

Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy; Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2012-2017

Honors courses taught: 

  • Philosophy of Religion

Richard D. Crane
Richard D. Crane

Associate Professor of Theology

Richard D. Crane

Associate Professor of Theology

Honors courses taught:

  • Senior Honors Seminar: Christianity and Economic Ethics
  • Created and Called for Community

Dean C. Curry
Dean C. Curry

Director of the College Honors Program; Professor of Politics

Dean C. Curry

Director of the College Honors Program; Professor of Politics

Honors courses taught:

  • The Rise of Modern China

Craig Dalen
Craig Dalen

Director of Sustainability

Craig Dalen

Director of Sustainability

Honors courses taught:

  • Environmental Issues and Sustainable Solutions

Edward B. Davis
Edward B. Davis

Professor of the History of Science; Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2013-2018

Edward B. Davis

Professor of the History of Science; Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2013-2018

Honors Courses taught:

  • Senior Honors Seminar: Ideas of God, Nature, and Humanity
  • The Origins Controversy in America
  • FYS – Galileo and the Church: The Warfare of Science & Faith?

Crystal L. Downing
Crystal L. Downing

Professor of English and Film Studies; Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2012-2017

Crystal L. Downing

Professor of English and Film Studies; Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2012-2017

Honors Courses taught:

  • FYS – The Signs of the Times

Eric M. Forst
Eric M. Forst

Assistant Professor of Music

Eric M. Forst

Assistant Professor of Music

Honors courses taught: 

  • Studies in Ethnic Music

David K. Foster
David K. Foster

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science; Chair, Sustainability Studies Major Committee

David K. Foster

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science; Chair, Sustainability Studies Major Committee

Honors courses taught: 

  • Environmental Ethics
  • New Zealand: Ecological Anthropology of the Maori World

Milton C. Gaither
Milton C. Gaither

Professor of Education

Milton C. Gaither

Professor of Education

Honors courses taught:

  • Senior Honors Seminar
  • What is an American? Pluralism, Education, and National Identity

David J. Hagenbuch
David J. Hagenbuch

Associate Professor of Marketing; Co-Chair, Department of Management and Business

David J. Hagenbuch

Associate Professor of Marketing; Co-Chair, Department of Management and Business

Honors courses taught:

  • Advertising Ethics

Joseph P. Huffman
Joseph P. Huffman

Professor of European History, Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2010-2015

Joseph P. Huffman

Professor of European History, Messiah College Distinguished Professor, 2010-2015

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS Growing the Family Tree: Family History, Genealogy, and Personal Identity

Jan Hughes
Jan Hughes

Adjunct Professor

Jan Hughes

Adjunct Professor

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS – Learning to Tell Our Stories

Richard T. Hughes
Richard T. Hughes

Distinguished Professor of Religion

Richard T. Hughes

Distinguished Professor of Religion

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS – Learning to Tell Our Stories

James B. LaGrand
James B. LaGrand

Professor of American History; Director of the Core Course

James B. LaGrand

Professor of American History; Director of the Core Course

Honors courses taught: 

  • Senior Honors Seminar: My Country Right or Wrong?
  • Created and Called for Community

Jonathan D. Lauer
Jonathan D. Lauer

Director of the Murray Library and Learning Commons

Jonathan D. Lauer

Director of the Murray Library and Learning Commons

Honors courses taught: 

  • Japan and the Cross
  • FYS – Bob Dylan, Song and Dance Man

Robin M. Lauermann
Robin M. Lauermann

Professor of Politics; Assistant Dean of General Education and Common Learning

Robin M. Lauermann

Professor of Politics; Assistant Dean of General Education and Common Learning

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS – Democracy in America: The Critical Citizen

Erik D. Lindquist
Erik D. Lindquist

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science

Erik D. Lindquist

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science

Honors courses taught: 

  • Cultures and Ecosystems of Malaysia & Borneo
  • Ecological Anthropology of the Andes
  • Environmental Issues and Sustainable Solutions

James V. Makowski
James V. Makowski

Professor of Biology

James V. Makowski

Professor of Biology

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS – Science Fiction and Society

J. E. McDermond
J. E. McDermond

Professor of Christian Ministry and Spirituality; Fitness for Ministry Coordinator

J. E. McDermond

Professor of Christian Ministry and Spirituality; Fitness for Ministry Coordinator

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS – Images of Jesus

Caleb D. Miller
Caleb D. Miller

Professor of Philosophy

Caleb D. Miller

Professor of Philosophy

Honors courses taught: 

  • Moral Problems
  • Created and Called for Community

Douglas K. Miller
Douglas K. Miller

Professor of Health and Exercise Science; Wellness Director

Douglas K. Miller

Professor of Health and Exercise Science; Wellness Director

Honors courses taught:

  • FYS – God, Goals and Glory: A Closer Look at Competition & Christianity

Theodore L. Prescott
Theodore L. Prescott

Professor Emeritus of Art

Theodore L. Prescott

Professor Emeritus of Art

Honors courses taught: 

  • Senior Honors Seminar: Beauty, The Undisciplined Muse

Paul M. Rego
Paul M. Rego

Associate Professor of Politics; Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations

Paul M. Rego

Associate Professor of Politics; Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations

Honors courses taught: 

  • Created and Called for Community

David J. Schenk
David J. Schenk

Associate Professor of Philosophy

David J. Schenk

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Honors courses taught: 

  • FYS – Philosophy of C.S. Lewis

David L. Weaver-Zercher
David L. Weaver-Zercher

Professor of American Religious History

David L. Weaver-Zercher

Professor of American Religious History

Honors courses taught:

  • Senior Honors Seminar: Dying for God: Self-Denial, Martyrdom, and Reward in the Christian Tradition;
  • FYS – An Amish Paradise?

Cynthia A. Wells
Cynthia A. Wells

Assistant Professor of Higher Education; Director, Ernest L. Boyer Center; Fellow, Ernest L. Boyer Center, 2012-2014; Program Director, Graduate Program in Higher Education

Cynthia A. Wells

Assistant Professor of Higher Education; Director, Ernest L. Boyer Center; Fellow, Ernest L. Boyer Center, 2012-2014; Program Director, Graduate Program in Higher Education

Honors courses taught: 

  • Personal Narrative, Pluralist World
  • Created and Called for Community

John R. Yeatts
John R. Yeatts

Senior Pastor, The Grantham Church; Professor of the Psychology of Religion, 1980-2013

John R. Yeatts

Senior Pastor, The Grantham Church; Professor of the Psychology of Religion, 1980-2013

Honors courses taught:

  • Senior Honors Seminar: World Views