Honors program faculty

Contact info and brief biography of our Honors faculty.

The honors general study program brings together top faculty from many Walla Walla University academic departments. Many honors courses are interdisciplinary and team-taught by faculty from different areas.

Cynthia Westerbeck

Professor of English
Honors General Studies Program Director 

(509) 527-2370


  • MA Washington University in St. Louis
  • PhD Washington University in St. Louis

Teaching Areas

English major seminars in Restoration and Enlightenment, Romantic British Literature, Victorian Literature, Honors Western Thought, composition, Literature and the Arts and Environmental Literature


She has a particular interest in the intersection between literature and the arts as reflected in her dissertation, "Jubal's Journey: The Musician as Exile in Victorian Literature."

Nineteenth- century British literature


Playing viola and piano, hiking, mountaineering


  • Joined the faculty at WWU in 2017
  • Served as Chair and Professor of English at Pacific Union College and Columbia Union College

Larry Aamodt

Associate Dean, Professor of Engineering

(509) 527-2058


  • PhD Washington State University, 1999
  • MSEE Washington State University, 1990 

Teaching Areas
Digital logic, embedded system design, digital design, VLSI design, analog system design, computer architecture and instrumentation 


  • School of Engineering, Walla Walla College, 1987, 1989-Present
  • Biomedical Engineering, Loma Linda University Medical Center, six years


  • Active research in medical instrumentation: Tissue Water Monitoring

Audio, acoustics and time domain relectometry  


Professional Associations

  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)


Chan Shun Pavilion 265

Dr. Aamodt's website

Kellie Bond

Chair, Associate Professor of English

(509) 527-2825


  • BA Walla Walla University, 1993
  • PhD University of Oregon, 2002

Teaching Areas

Literature, Composition and Honors Western Thought


  • Joined the Walla Walla English Department in 2004
  • Served as College Writing Coordinator from 2005-2009


Modern poetry is the focus of her research, as it was at the University of Oregon—specifically the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, and Sterling Brown.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, modern literature, poetry, composition


Basketball, cats, reading novels and reading poems

    Karen Clausen-Brown

    Associate Professor of English

    (509) 527-2782


    • MA University of Notre Dame
    • PhD University of Notre Dame

    Teaching Areas

    Biblical, medieval, and Renaissance literature, composition and Honors Western Thought


    "Remembering the Sabbath: Law, Labor, and Liberty in Milton and His Contemporaries"

    English Renaissance literature, and interactions between religion and literature

    Hilary Dickerson

    Professor of History

    (509) 527-2065


    • PhD Washington State University, 2011; U.S. History
    • MA Washington State University, 2004; American Studies

    Teaching Areas
    History of the U.S., Modern East Asian History, Spain and Latin America, History of the Pacific Northwest and Western Thought


    Cultural exchanges between Japan and the U.S. from the 1920s-1950s, particularly focused on the lives on Nobuo Tatsuguchi and B.P. Hoffman

    Twentieth Century American History; Japan, particularly from the Meiji-Era to the American Occupation; America during World War II and the Cold War; US foreign policy
    Other Activities: Member-at-Large, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Board.

    Family, travel, literature, camping and cooking



    Administration Building 232

    Greg Dodds

    Chair, Professor of History

    (509) 527-2851


    • PhD Claremont Graduate University, 2004; History
    • MBA Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, 2000

    Teaching Areas
    Medieval and early modern Europe, History of Christianity, Science and the Enlightenment, women and society in early modern Europe, History of England, Western Thought and summer study tours in England


    The Common People and Religious Toleration in Restoration England

    Early Modern Europe, the History of Christianity, Desiderius Erasmus, post-reformation England

    Family, travel, golf and water sports



    • Chair of the community council for the Walla Walla Children's Home Society
    • Executive officer of the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society


    • Administration Building 227


    • @gddodds

    Dr. Dodd's website >

    Paul Dybdahl

    Professor of Mission and New Testament

    (509) 527-2467


    (BA, Walla Walla College; MDiv, Andrews University; PhD, Andrews University)

    Paul Dybdahl was born in Thailand and spent the first eight years of his life in Asia before moving to the Walla Walla Valley. He attended grade school and high school in College Place, and graduated from Walla Walla College in 1992. He then accepted a call to be a pastor in the Oregon Conference, where he served for nearly five years. His time as a pastor included a sojourn to Andrews University, where he earned his MDiv in 1995. Paul later returned to Andrews for his doctorate and received his PhD in Missiology in 2004. His academic interest centers on the issues related to the effective communication of the gospel, especially across cultural barriers. Paul has been teaching at Walla Walla University since 2001.

    Paul and his wife, Kristyn (also a graduate of Walla Walla College), have three children: Noah, Alyssa, and Sarah.

    Mathilde Frey

    Professor of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament

    (509) 527-2379


    (BA, Seminar Marienhoehe, Darmstadt, Germany; PhD, Andrews University)

    Mathilde Frey comes to Walla Walla University with a European background. She grew up in communist Romania where she attended elementary and high school, and graduated with the Baccalaureate. In 1984, she immigrated to West Germany, studied Theology in Austria and Germany, and served as a pastor in the South German Conference for five years. In 2003, she moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, and earned a PhD in Old Testament from Andrews University. Her dissertation is titled, The Sabbath in the Pentateuch: An Exegetical and Theological Study.

    In 2008, Mathilde received a call to teach Old Testament and Hebrew Language at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines, a graduate level school conferring master and doctoral degrees in Theology, Education, Business, and Public Health. In addition to teaching in the Biblical Studies Department, Mathilde was the editor of the Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary (JAAS) and the chair of the Master of Arts Theology Program until she moved across the globe to the Walla Walla Valley in 2014.

    Mathilde's academic interest is focused on close reading of the Hebrew Bible. She has written articles and book chapters on the Sabbath, has authored the Deuteronomy commentary for the Andrews Study Bible, and is currently writing a commentary on the book of Judges for the Seventh-day Adventist International Bible Commentary. Her international experience combined with pastoral ministry and academic work enriches her teaching in the classroom and her other contributions to the Walla Walla University campus.

    In 1990, Mathilde married Marcus H. Frey, currently an Advancement Officer in the Alumni and Advancement Department at Walla Walla University. They have two daughters, Delia Sarah and Eva Chiara.

    Bob Gardner

    Professor of Social Work and Sociology

    (509) 527-2512



    • PhD University of Utah, 1977

    Teaching Areas
    General sociology, sociological theory, sociology seminar, social research methods, social policy and advocacy

    The Social Transformation of Seventh-day Adventist Medicine and Health Care, Church and Sect in Postmodern America, Navajo Health Disparities

    Traveling, indigenous art, reading, skiing and golf


    Professional Memberships/Affiliations  

    • Pacific Sociological Association


    • Walla Walla University Seventh-day Adventist Church

    Ron Jolliffe

    Professor of English

    (509) 527-2861


    • BA Walla Walla University
    • MA Claremont Graduate University; literature and film
    • PhD Claremont Graduate University; textual studies

    Teaching Areas

    Literature, film and writing


    He uses film (a) as an effective way to examine narrative structure, (b) as the focus of College Writing Research papers, and (c) as a dialogue base toward understanding whole-person care for medical students. His recent publications include two research volumes on gospel sources published by Peeters Press, Leuven, Belgium.


    • Directs the campus Film Studies minor

    Dan Lamberton

    Assistant Professor of English
    Humanities Program Director

    (509) 527-2123


    • MFA University of Washington; creative writing

    Teaching Areas

    Humanities Program Director, Fulbright adviser and Oxford (CMRS) year abroad program adviser


    Timothy Golden

    Professor of Philosophy
    Director, Legal Studies
    Director, Donald Blake Center

    (509) 527-2217


    • PhD University of Memphis, 2011; Philosophy 
    • MA West Chester University of Pennsylvania 2006

    Teaching Areas
    Intro to Philosophy, Essentials of Critical Reasoning, History of Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, African-American Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Social/Political Philosophy and Philosophy and the Bible


    • Practiced law in the Federal Court of Appeals


    Constitutional Law, Individual Rights and Critical Race Theory

    Kant and 19th/20th Century Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion/Philosophical Theology, African-American Philosophy/Critical Race Theory

    Acting and cooking 



    Administration Building 235 

    Monique Vincent

    Assistant Professor of History

    (509) 527-2863


    • PhD University of Chicago, 2016; Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

    Teaching Areas
    Ancient Near East, Western Thought and Physical Geography


    Iron Age Households at Khirbat al-Balua, Jordan (co-director of the Balua Regional Archaeological Project)

    History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East; Households and Communities of the Iron Age Southern Levant (circa 1200 BC)

    Travel, knitting and cooking



    • Vice President of the Walla Walla Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
    • Publications Manager for the Madaba Plains Project - Tall al-Umayri excavation report series


    Administration Building 233

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