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Jeff KeussJeff Keuss, director of the University Scholars program, is a professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture, as well as associate dean in the School of Theology. He teaches theology in the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as advising honors thesis and graduate research. He came to SPU in 2005. A 1987 SPU graduate in English and psychology, he has a master of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in English literature, theology, and cultural study from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. His dissertation is on the early works of Victorian novelist George Eliot in light of the 19th-century quest for the historical Jesus.

He has published articles, chapters, and reviews on the interdisciplinary engagement of theology, literature, and contemporary culture. He is the North American general editor for the journal Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press), and he is on the advisory board for The Other Journal. He is the author of A Poetics of Jesus: The Search for Christ Through Writing in the 19th Century, The Sacred and the Profane: Contemporary Issues in Hermeneutics, Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity and Mission at the Crossroads, and Your Neighbor’s Hymnal: What Popular Music can Teach Us About Faith, Hope and Love (Cascade, 2011). He also has two chapters in Cinema Divinite addressing the role of film studies in theological reflection in the work of director Stanley Kubrick.

A true lover of popular culture, Dr. Keuss is actively involved in the local arts community and is a regular panelist on The Kindlings Muse podcast -- a monthly live radio program addressing topics of pop culture, creativity, and the arts in relation to faith. He and his wife, Diana, lead a summer SPU study abroad trip to Kyoto, Japan. He enjoys students visiting his office, looking through his vinyl collection of classic rock albums and geeking out on old school comic books and science fiction. He is a regular blogger on his personal website He can be reached at



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Professor of English Tom AmoroseTom Amorose, professor of English, did his undergraduate work at Ohio State University, where he wrote an honors thesis on Heart of Darkness and other works by Joseph Conrad. He received his doctorate at the University of Washington, with a dissertation on John Milton's epic, Paradise Lost.

After teaching, administering, and developing policies and programs at several colleges and universities, he came to SPU in 1986 and currently teaches courses in academic writing, creative nonfiction, and early English literature, along with Texts and Contexts II.

His research interests have covered language politics, the rhetoric of the public sphere, and the administration of writing programs at small colleges/universities. Dr. Amorose and his wife are state-approved forest stewards, enjoy gardening, and bike throughout the Pacific Northwest whenever they can. He can be contacted at

Associate Professor of English Christine ChaneyChristine Chaney is an associate professor of English and co-teaches Texts and Contexts III. She did her undergraduate study primarily at UCLA and UC-Berkeley and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Her scholarly work focuses on philosophy, comparative literature, and English across the 18th and 19th centuries. Her recent publications include articles on the rhetoric of narrative emotion, Victorian hybrid texts, and teaching literary theory at Christian colleges.

Dr. Chaney is also SPU’s faculty coordinator for UCOR 1000, a required freshman course on the arts and the Christian community in the Common Curriculum.

She and her husband have a daughter who recently graduated from SPU and a son who attends Western Washington University. The family enjoys music, movies, their beloved dog, Jack, and being together at their family cabin in the Methow Valley. Dr. Chaney welcomes your emails at

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Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology Bruce CongdonBruce Congdon, who teaches Faith and Science II, is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that, he was chair of the Biology Department for seven years.

With a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California at Riverside, he’s taught at SPU since 1985 and has published over a dozen articles on various kinds of bugs and spider mites.

Bruce and his wife, Shari, have two adult children who are both SPU graduates: a daughter who graduated in 2007 and received a master's degree in 2010, and a son who graduated in 2010.

While gardening, backpacking, or walking, Bruce says he also enjoys thinking about evolution, faith, Scripture, the earth, time, and eternity. He rides the bus, plays a little guitar, and reads Wendell Berry, John Haught, and Stephen Jay Gould. He attends University Presbyterian Church. You can email Professor Congdon at

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Associate Professor of Economics Douglas DowningDouglas Downing joined the SPU faculty in 1983. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and a B.S. from Yale with a double major in economics/political science and astronomy/physics.

He has written several books including a mathematics textbook trilogy in the form of adventure novels. In addition to teaching economics and quantitative methods in the School of Business and Economics (SBE), he teaches introductory astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences and Texts and Contexts IV in the University Scholars program.

He has served as SPU faculty chair, SBE undergraduate chair, SBE study abroad coordinator, and leader of SBE's study abroad trip to China.

His mother Peggy was an SPU student when SPU only had three buildings. He met his wife, Lori, at the Camlann Medieval Faire near Carnation, Washington. Check out Dr. Downing’s home page at, or email him at

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C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics Owen EwaldOwen Ewald joined the SPU faculty in 2001. He earned a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Washington and a B.A. in classics from Yale.

He has published articles on Vergil and Josephus and serves as associate editor for Latin Diagnoses for the journal North American Fungi.

Current chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, he teaches Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, and a survey of European art. He also teaches Texts and Contexts I together with Dr. Reinsma, and he has been first or second reader on at least a half-dozen honors projects as well.

His thoughts and musings in Latin may be found on his blog, Sputa Tilica. He and his wife, Ellen, met at Christ Episcopal Church in Seattle's U-District, and they have two young daughters, who love horses and the outdoors. You may email Dr. Ewald at


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Professor of History Don HolsingerDon Holsinger brings his interests in Middle Eastern, African, and global history to the University Scholars Seminar. After graduating from Bethel College (Kansas) in 1970, he and his wife spent a year in France studying French and Arabic followed by two years teaching English in Algeria.

Awards from the Danforth Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and the Social Science Research Council supported graduate studies at Northwestern University where he completed his Ph.D. in African history in 1979. His dissertation focused on the history of a sectarian Muslim community situated in the Algerian Sahara.

After teaching at George Mason University for 10 years, he joined SPU’s Department of History in 1990. Dr. Holsinger has published in the fields of African history, Middle Eastern history, world history, and the pedagogy of “writing-to-learn.”

He has completed three terms as scholar-lecturer for the Washington Commission for the Humanities and has served as Middle East affairs analyst for Seattle television and radio stations. His Weter Lecture at SPU compared Western/Non-Western frontier interaction in Algeria, southern Africa, and Argentina through the eyes of Alexis de Tocqueville, David Livingstone, and Charles Darwin.

In the summer of 2000, he participated in a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. In addition to UCOR 2000, Dr. Holsinger regularly teaches courses on Islamic civilization, the modern Middle East, the history of Africa, comparative non-Western history, and global historiography.

His favorite pastimes are pickleball and snowboarding. He can be reached at

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Assistant Professor of Art History Katie Kresser

Katie Kresser, assistant professor of art history, came to SPU in 2006 from Harvard University. There, she wrote her dissertation on the late-19th-century American painter John La Farge. Prior to that, she was at Indiana University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

In addition to an ambitious array of art history courses, ranging from classical to renaissance to contemporary, she teaches USCH 1112 Texts and Contexts II on medieval and renaissance literature and art.

She has written articles on Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Jeff Koons, and Jacques Maritain. She is working on a book-length account of John La Farge. In Summer 2011, she and Dr. Maier offered a study-abroad program in Rome, “Art and Incarnation."

A semi-avid birdwatcher, Dr. Kresser is pretty good at telling you who’s singing around your head when you walk through the forest. When she’s not teaching, Dr. Kresser chills out by watching quality cable television shows on DVD. (She recommends The Wire, Mad Men, and Deadwood.) Dr. Kresser’s can be emailed at

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Associate Professor of Physics John LindbergJohn Lindberg, associate professor of physics, has taught several courses in the capstone science sequence.

A graduate of North Park College, the University of Washington and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, he received a Ph.D. in physics in 1999.

Dr. Lindberg began his career as an industrial physicist at Boeing working on optical detection methods for aerospace. When the West won the Cold War, Dr. Lindberg switched from aerospace to bio-medical research and began working full time at Abbott Laboratories.

He has received several patents and has published papers based upon his work in non-invasive measurements of blood chemistry using optics. In 1997, he also began teaching at Trinity International University in Illinois. He joined the Physics Department at Seattle Pacific University in 1999. Dr. Lindberg is also working with the SPU Engineering department teaching classes for the new degree sustainable and appropriate engineering.

He and his wife, Lynne, have four children. You may email Dr. Lindberg at

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy Patrick McDonald Patrick McDonald contributes to the philosophical dimensions of the Faith and Science Seminar. He joined the Philosophy Department at Seattle Pacific in 2001 after completing his doctoral studies in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame. Recently he participated in the Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity that continued for three summers.

Dr. McDonald earned a bachelor's degree from Seattle University, and while a student at Notre Dame, he earned a Fulbright fellowship to study for a year at the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin.

Dr. McDonald offers courses in science and religion, the philosophy of science, and in the history of philosophy. His research interests lie primarily in issues concerning the intersection of evolutionary biology and Christian faith. He has also done work in the philosophy of science specifically concerning the intersection of philosophy, physics, and experimental psychology in 19th century Germany. He has published articles on the philosophy of science and experimental work of several German scientists, including Hermann von Helmholtz, Rudolf Hermann Lotze, and Gustav Theodor Fechner.


He and his wife, Hannah, have three daughters, and the family enjoys a range of activities unique to the Northwest, from hiking the pine forests of Eastern Washington to taking in the vistas of Seattle’s Discovery Park. Email Dr. McDonald at

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Associate Professor of Sociology Kevin NeuhouserKevin Neuhouser brings his expertise in Latin American history and culture to one section of the University Scholars Seminar each Autumn Quarter.

A professor in the Department of Sociology, Dr. Neuhouser received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, after doing his undergraduate work at Taylor University. He is the author of Modern Brazil (1999) as well as numerous articles.

Dr. Neuhouser has done extensive on-site research in an urban Brazilian squatter settlement (where he had lived for three years), paying special attention to gender roles. He has also led six SPU student SPRINT teams (short-term missions) to Brazil for which students received credit for courses in cultural anthropology or community development.

In 2011, Dr. Neuhouser was selected Faculty Member of the Year by the students of SPU. In 2002, he was selected to present the annual faculty Weter Lecture on Christian responsibility in a global world. Dr. Neuhouser was also a member of the SPU's Men's A-League Intramural Basketball Championship team in both 2000 and 2001. Dr. Neuhouser's email address is

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Associate Professor of Physics Lane SeeleyLane Seeley, an associate professor of physics at SPU since 2001, graduated with a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound. He received his master's in science from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

He teaches a variety of physics courses, including University Scholars physics for the program’s non-science majors.

Recently professor Seeley’s professional interest became increasingly focused on the critical role of energy in our lives from the personal to the global level. He is part of the SPU Energy Project, which explores learner ideas about energy and supports K-12 teachers.

Professor Seeley is particularly interested in the nucleation and the surface melting of ice, a topic upon which he’s published several articles in recent years. Together with his colleagues in physics, he is also the recipient of several NSF grants to improve physics education.

With their three children, Dr. Seeley and his wife, Andrea, live north of Seattle, where they attend Holy Rosary Church. A former all-American collegiate distance runner, he now mentors runners on SPU’s cross-country team and competes in triathlons in the summer. Dr. Seeley welcomes your emails at

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Associate Professor of History Rodney StilingRodney Stiling, associate professor of history, came to SPU in 2001 with over a decade's experience with the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A graduate of UCLA, Dallas Theological Seminary, and the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Stiling received his Ph.D. in the history of science.

He brings to the Faith and Science sequence a love of students and learning, as well as interests in the scientific revolution of the 16th-18th centuries, the history of relations of science and religion, history of geology, and the history of evolutionary thought.

His other assignments at SPU include teaching world history and philosophy for the Core Curriculum and teaching history of science for SPU's History Department.

Recent publications include articles on 19th-century American geology and the history of scientific interpretation of the Genesis Flood.

Retired in 2002 from the U.S. Naval Reserve, he served on active duty or with reserve units in both the U.S. and foreign countries. Dr. Stiling and his wife, Ruth, have living all over the United States and abroad. They have also had many years of ministry together to college students. They have three adult children and say they love living in the West, where both mountains and ocean delight the eyes and nourish the soul! You may email Dr. Stiling at

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Professor of Physics Stamatis VokosStamatis Vokos, professor of physics, joined Seattle Pacific University in 2002. A native of Greece, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kent in England and received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of California at Berkeley.

He has spent the past several years at the University of Washington and then here at SPU researching how students learn physics – and how they might learn it more effectively.

In addition to teaching Faith and Science I for University Scholars, he teaches not only general physics but also courses in quantum mechanics and physics education.

Dr. Vokos has been to India on several occasions to teach physics to the monks of the Dalai Lama, and he travels with his wife and children to Greece every summer to visit his extended family. You can reach Professor Vokos at

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