IWU's Social Studies faculty members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the social sciences. While some instructors will define their discipline as a social science, others as a behavioral science, and still others as part of the humanities, they all share a common commitment to studying human beings and the human condition, both socially and individually.

All of our faculty members are highly qualified and hold advanced degrees in their respective disciplines. They are fully committed to academic excellence, student learning, and Christian service. Through teaching and mentoring, they endeavor to challenge students to examine, analyze, and understand God's world, especially those created in his image.

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Jerry Pattengale: MA, PhD Asst Provost; Public Engagement | Exec Director; National Conversations | Distinguished Senior Scholar; Baylor | Director; Green Scholars Initiative | Senior Scholar; Sagamore Inst. jerry.pattengale@indwes.edu Department - History Division - Social Sciences


Jerry Pattengale is Assistant Provost at Indiana Wesleyan University. He also serves as Executive Director of the Green Scholars Initiative, the research and scholarship arm of the Green Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of rare biblical items. His scholarship roles include Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion; Senior Fellow, The Sagamore Institute; Research Associate, Tyndale House, Cambridge; Research Scholar, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Director of National Conversations, and; Associate Publisher, Christian Scholar’s Review. He received the National Student Advocate Award (USC), two Professor of the Year Awards (APU), an NEH Award to Isthmia, Greece, and established the record viewership for the prominent Teaching Professor broadcasts (Madison, WI). He continues to speak at universities and conferences nationally and serves on the Board for the Religion News Service. Recent books include Biblical Evidence: Logical Approaches to Objectivity; Beyond Integration; Taking Every Thought Captive; Straight Talk: Clear Answers about Today’s Christianity; Why I Teach; The Purpose-guided Student; Helping Sophomores Succeed; and Visible Solutions for Invisible Students. He contributes regularly to the Washington Post and Books & Culture, and serves as General Editor (with Dirk Obbink) and Managing Editor (with Emanuel Tov) for two research series on papyri and early Jewish texts (Brill Publishing). Dr. Pattengale is one of the pioneers of Purpose-Guided Education ©, an approach to student success built around life’s ultimate questions and humanities curricula. His humorous “Accidental Author” newsprint series has run for over a decade (Paxton Media) and is being released in a four-book series, Buck Creek: True Stories to Tickle Your Mind (2012-14). He received international acclaim for co-directing the Odyssey in Egypt initiative in the late 1990s, attached to their excavation in Wadi Natrun, Egypt and schools in Western Michigan. In 2012, Indiana Wesleyan University gave him its highest honor, The World Changing Faculty Award.


Educational Background

  • B.S., 1979, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • M.A., 1981, Wheaton Graduate School
  • M.A., 1987, Miami University
  • Ph.D., 1993, Miami University


  • Ancient History
  • Student Motivation
  • Purpose-guided Education

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