Christ College has its own faculty of accomplished teacher-scholars who are deeply committed to fostering students’ intellectual and personal growth.

Gretchen-BuggeInGretchen Buggeln, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History & Humanities

Samuel-GraberSamuel Graber, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Humanities and Literature

Tal Howard profileThomas Albert (Tal) Howard, Ph.D.
Professor of European Intellectual and Religious History

Agnes-HowardAgnes Howard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Humanities and Ethics

Slavica Jakelić, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities & Social Thought

Jennifer Prough, Ph.D.
Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities & East Asian Studies

Matthew PufferMatthew Puffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Humanities and Ethics

Julien Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities & Theology

Edward-UptonEdward Upton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities


Since 1991, Valparaiso University’s Christ College has been home to the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, a nationally prominent initiative that has played a major role in revitalizing Christian higher education in the United States. Each year three scholar-teachers with newly completed doctorates receive two-year appointments as faculty members in Christ College. As part of their preparation for potential careers at church-related colleges or universities in the United States, the Lilly Fellows teach courses in both Christ College and the College of Arts and Sciences at Valparaiso University.


Abigail Gomulkiewicz
Lecturer in Humanities


Amanda Ruud
Lecturer in Humanities


Nicholas-DenysenkoNicholas Denysenko, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology

Susan Holman, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and the Healing Arts