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Contact info and brief biography of our humanities faculty. 

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Dan Lamberton

Humanities Program director

(509) 527-2123

Dr. Lamberton is a member of the Humanities Washington Board of Directors and has served on the past four committees to select the Washington state poet laureate. Lamberton is the university’s Fulbright program advisor and has successfully advised numerous applications who have been selected by the U.S. Fulbright committee to win Fulbright awards. Graduates have conducted research all over the world including Germany, Sweden, and Albania. Lamberton is a contributing editor, writer, and advisor to Poetry Northwest, one of America's longest-running poetry journals, and has authored "On the River Through the Valley of Fire: the study of artistic collaboration."

Joel Libby

Chair, Assistant Professor of Art

(509) 527-2913


Joel grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California where he spent countless hours tending his family’s walnut orchard.  Those formative years of orchard related activity served to foster a deep seeded hatred for Walnuts and helped prompt his exodus from The Golden State to The Northwest.  Joel studied art at Walla Walla College, The Laguna College of Art and Design, Avondale College, and most recently The Academy of Art University.  His interests in art are many and varied but his primary focus is on historical illustration.  Joel began teaching at Walla Walla University in 2014.

Teaching Areas

Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting, Advertising Art, Illustration, Commercial Art, Intro to Art, Intro to Sculpture, Intro to Printmaking, Drawing, Advanced Printmaking, History of World Art, Advanced Painting, Advances Design, Methods of Teaching Art, Advanced Study: Cut-Paper Design and Professional Practices for the Artist

Greg Dodds, Chair

Professor of History

(509) 527-2851
ADM 233

Twitter: @gddodds


Teaching: 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.

Specialties: Early Modern Europe, the History of Christianity, Desiderius Erasmus, post-reformation England. 
Dodds full CV can be found at:

Current Research: The Common People and Religious Toleration in Restoration England.

Education: Ph.D. History - Claremont Graduate University (2004). M.B.A - Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (2000).

Other Activities: Dodds is the chair of the community council for the Walla Walla Children's Home Society. He is an executive officer of the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society. 

Interests: Family, travel, golf, water sports.

Timothy Golden

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

(509) 527-2217
ADM 235

Teaching: 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

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

Current Research: Constitutional Law, Individual Rights, and Critical Race Theory.

Education: Ph.D. Philosophy - University of Memphis (2011). M.A. - West Chester University of Pennsylvania (2006).

Other Activities: Practicing Law in the Federal Court of Appeals

Interests: Acting and Cooking 

Kellie Bond, Chair

Associate Professor of English

(509) 527-2825


  • B.A. Walla Walla University, 1993
  • Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2002


Literature, composition, Honors Western Thought


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


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.


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


Basketball, cats, reading novels, reading poems

Alma Alfaro


(509) 527-2262


  • PhD Hispanic Languages & Literature- UC Santa Barbara, 2004
  • MA Spanish & Latin-American Literature- UC Santa Barbara, 2000
  • BA Spanish & Latin-American Literature- Occidental College, 1998
  • BA English & Comparative Literary Studies- Occidental College, 1998


  • WWU Languages Faculty, 2004-present
  • University of California Santa Barbara, Instructor of Spanish, 1998-2004


  • Literature
  • Culture & Gender studies
  • Latinos in the U.S.

David Crawford


(509) 527-2641


  • MFA Creative Writing & Writing for Performing Arts - UC Riverside, 2010
  • BA English -Walla Walla College, 2004


  • WWU Communication Faculty, 2007-present
  • Student Missions Volunteer


  • Theater performance
  • Directing & Writing

David Thomas

Professor of Practical Theology and Apologetics

(509) 527-2194

(B.A., Atlantic Union College; M. Div., Andrews University; D.Min, Andrews University)

David Thomas is Professor of Practical Theology & Apologetics. He has been a member of the faculty at WWU since the summer of 2001. He served as Dean of the School of Theology for seventeen years (2001-2018), He is now focused on full-time teaching and writing. Prior to joining the faculty, Thomas spent some 24 years in pastoral work in New England, and in Washington. His pastoral experience ranges from multiple church districts to large, multi-staff churches. While pastoring in the east, he taught as an adjunct professor at Atlantic Union College for six years. He has served on many administrative committees at conference, union, and institutional levels. He has been a member of the Walla Walla College Board of Trustees.

Thomas, an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was born on the continent of Africa of British missionary parentage. He emigrated to the United States to attend college. He is a graduate of Atlantic Union College (BA 1975) and Andrews University (MDiv 1978). He received his doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University in 1999. His dissertation was titled, A New Evangelistic Paradigm: Using Foundational Theology Issues as an Apologetic Instrument for Evangelism in a Secular World.

A frequent speaker in churches and at seminars, Thomas’s interests are primarily in theology, apologetics, and pastoral life and function. He has published a number of articles and papers.

In 1975, Thomas married Loralee Minty, an Elementary Education major from Massachusetts who currently teaches at Rogers Adventist School. They have two sons Matthew and Jonathan who are now gone from home into the adult world where one works as a structural engineer, the other as an auditor.

Last update on November 1, 2018