JWHC Administrative Staff

  • David Riggs

    Dr. David L. Riggs

    JWHC Executive Director and Associate Professor of Humanities

    Dr. David Riggs (B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; M.Phil., D.Phil., Oxford University) joined the IWU community in 2000. In addition to his duties as executive director of the Honors College, David teaches courses in history, religion, and undergraduate research. His primary area of scholarly interest is society and religion in the ancient Mediterranean world. He also has a developing interest in the history of the Muslim-Christian encounter.

    David has written various articles and presented several conference papers on the religious world of late antiquity, focusing especially on the cultic life of late-antique North Africa. He is currently revising his doctoral thesis for publication with Oxford University Press (Divine Patronage in Late Roman and Vandal Africa: Reconsidering a Local Narrative of Christianisation). David is also co-leading (with Dr. Chris Bounds) a research project focused on patristic conceptions of "grace" in light of Greco-Roman models of patronage and benefaction. This project is sustained by the undergraduate research assistance of students in the Honors College.

    David has been married to his high-school/college sweetheart, Laura, for over 20 years. Laura is a CPA who currently indulges her accounting interests part time alongside the more challenging task of raising their four ultra-active children: Patrick, Christian, Alexandria and Faith.

    E-mail: david.riggs@indwes.edu

    David L. Riggs Curriculum Vitae

  • Lisa Toland

    Dr. Lisa M. Toland

    Director of Summer Scholars


    Lisa M. Toland (B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University; M.A., Miami University of Ohio; M.St., University of Oxford; D.Phil., University of Oxford) is proudly and originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is also an Anglophile having lived in England for five years. She currently resides in Marion, Indiana, and frequently travels to visit family and friends. She has worked extensively in residence life with American students studying overseas.

    Dr. Toland researches the social, legal and economic experiences of early modern English families. She focuses in particular on women's legal and economic situations, as well as the rituals of death, burial and commemoration. When in England she explores back corners of tiny forgotten parish churches and the lives of the people buried and memorialized in them. She is busy revising several articles for publication on testamentary burial requests by West Country elites, the economic independence of elite single women in 18th century Somerset, and the role of sibling correspondence in familial and individual identity formation.

    Dr. Toland spoke at the 2009 IWU Academic Convocation on the Wesley brothers and the "life of the mind." She has most recently been published in Christianity Today. Dr. Toland teaches Honors World Civilization, the History of England, and research tutorials on women in 18th century England and early Methodist female preachers.

    E-mail: lisa.toland@indwes.edu

  • Sara Scheunemann

    Sara Scheunemann

    JWHC Program Coordinator


    Sara Scheunemann is a graduate of Marquette University (B.A., English and Classics) and the University of Dayton (M.S., Higher Education Administration). In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Sara worked for several years in a variety of administrative roles with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison, Wisconsin. She also lived for a year in Duluth, Minnesota, simply because she wanted to be closer to the outdoor delights of beautiful Lake Superior.

    When not serving as program coordinator for the John Wesley Honors College, Sara is likely to be found curled up with a book, scribbling in her journal, hiking in a national park, serving at her church, running, or spending time with family and friends. She is also particularly interested in the spiritual development of college students, a subject that she researched for her master's thesis.

    E-mail: sara.scheunemann@indwes.edu

  • Holly Willman

    Holly Willman

    JWHC Graduate Assistant


    Holly Willman is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis (B.A., English) and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Student Development Counseling and Administration at Indiana Wesleyan. Her heart is to serve college students as they make work and life choices.

    Holly is excited to be back in Indiana after living in Madison, Wisconsin, for the past several years. When not working as a JWHC graduate assistant or diligently studying for classes, Holly loves reading, writing, playing guitar and tearing up the ultimate Frisbee field.

    E-mail: holly.willman@myemail.indwes.edu