Houghton College Faculty

Endowed and Honorary Chairs:

Mabel Barnum Davidson Distinguished Professor in Fine Arts

The Mabel Barnum Davidson Distinguished Professor in Fine Arts award was established in 1973 to celebrate and honor faculty members who show evidence of professional growth and development, demonstrated ability as an effective teacher, and who provide a clear statement and evidence of personal application of the philosophy of Christian liberal arts.  The awardee is nominated from among colleagues and approved by the members of the area.  The award carries with it a medallion to be worn at official convocations.

The Mabel Barnum Davidson Distinguished Professor in Fine Arts for 2014-2017 is Professor Theodore J. Murphy.

Robert I. Davidson Distinguished Professor in History & Social Science

The Robert I. Davison Distinguished Professor in History and Social Science award was established in 1973 to celebrate and honor faculty members who show evidence of professional growth and development, demonstrated ability as an effective teacher, and who provide a clear statement and evidence of personal application of the philosophy of Christian liberal arts.  The award carries with it a medallion to be worn at official convocations.

The Robert I. Davidson Distinguished Professor in Fine Arts for 2014-2017 is Professor Ronald J. Oakerson

Horne-Blanchard Chair in Music

The Horne-Blanchard Chair in Music was established in 2014 through a generous gift from Dr. David and Mrs. Allene (Horne) Blanchard to honor and celebrate the gifts of music and teaching.  Mrs Allene (Horne) Blanchard, a music major at Houghton, graduated as a member of the class of 1957.  A life-long pianist and teacher Mrs Blanchard wanted to help others have the opportunity to study with gifted faculty as she had.  The award carries with it a medallion to be worn at official convocations, funding for the faculty member’s salary, and provides additional funding to use in the pursuit of academic excellence.

The Horne-Blanchard Chair for 2014-2019 is Professor William J. Newbrough.

Hoselton Chair of Private Enterprise & Ethics

This honorary chair was created with the intention of promoting thoughts and dialogue on the value and benefits of free markets and on the importance of a moral foundation for the effective functioning of free markets.  Potential topics are broad, and proposals which examine faith integration, social justice issues, moral and ethical perspectives, and global issues are especially encouraged.  The award carries with it a medallion to be worn at official convocations and a small stipend for the named individual.

The Hoselton Chair for 2014-2017 is Professor Robert A. Black.

Alan and Florence Johnson Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences

In appointing this distinguished chair, we look for evidence of excellence in the field of study, extraordinary investment in teaching and mentoring, and mature leadership and service to the disciplines in the Health Sciences.  In this award, we are celebrating distinguished contributions to a Houghton education in a truly interdisciplinary field.  The faculty member must be someone who not only has depth of expertise in a contributing discipline, but the ability to contribute strongly to conversations among the multiple fields that serve students preparing for careers in Health Sciences. Also, in an era when careers in health sciences increasingly bring practitioners face to face with difficult ethical questions, this distinguished chair acknowledges the importance of professors who can guide students in exploring deeply Christian responses to issues in the Health Sciences of our time.  The award carries with it a medallion to be worn at official convocations.

The Alan and Florence Johnson Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences beginning 2014 is Professor Karen E. Torraca.

The Moreland Chair in Biology

This honor is extended to a member of the natural science faculty who best exemplifies the standard of academic excellence set by Dr. Moreland.  Nominations are made from among faculty members who submit a proposal for research or writing project, and approved by members of the academic area.  This award carries with it a medallion to be worn at official convocations and an endowed stipend for research in collaboration with students.

The Moreland Chair for 2014 - 2016 is Associate Professor Aaron M. Sullivan.

Van Gordon Chair in Communication and Writing

The Van Gordon Chair was established to honor eligible faculty members whose primary responsibility in communication or writing is to engage in projects that benefit or enhance one or more of the following:  The faculty member's professional development, the instruction and quality of the communication and/or writing majors, cooperation and coordination between those programs, and public awareness of Houghton College.  The award is chosen among proposals submitted by eligible faculty members, and approved by members of the academic area and the Faculty Development Committee.  The award carries with it funds relevant to the project proposal.

The Van Gordon Chair for 2015-18 is Professor Laurie A. Dashnau.

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John N. Brittain

(2003-2012)
Dean of the Chapel; Professor of Religion
AB, Brown University, 1969; MDiv, The Methodist Theological School, 1972; DMin, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, 1985

Bruce C. Brown

(1974-2002)
Professor of Voice
BM, Wheaton College, 1962; MM, DMA, University of Southern California, 1964, 1974

Carol A. Brown

(1995-2002, part-time)
Assistant Professor of Education
BA, Owosso College; BS, Spring Arbor College, 1965; MLS, SUNY Geneseo, 1981

David A. Brubaker

(2006, part-time)
Assistant Professor of Biology; Director of Health Services; College Physician
BS, Houghton College, 1990; MD, SUNY Health Science Center, 1994

Deborah S. Bruce

(2013)
Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
BA, Otterbein College, 1989; MAT/MAT/PhD, Kent State University, 1992, 1993, 2012

E. Douglas Burke

(1958-94)
Professor of Physical Education; Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
BS, Wheaton College, 1953; MA, Syracuse University, 1954

Ruth G. Butler

(1969-85)
Librarian-Buffalo Suburban Campus
BEd, Geneseo State Teachers College, 1943; MLS, SUNY College at Geneseo, 1964

Jonathan P. Case

(2005)
Professor of Theology
BA, MA, Southern Nazarene University, 1983, 1986; MDiv, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1989; PhD, Luther Seminary, 1995

Daniel R. Chamberlain

(1976-2006)
President
BA, Upland College, 1953; MA, California State College at Los Angeles, 1957; EdD, University of Southern California, 1967

Larry W. Christensen

(1969-2006)
Professor of Chemistry
BA, Goshen College, 1965; PhD, Purdue University, 1969

Naomi L. Christensen

(2015)
Instructor of Accounting
BS, Houghton College, 2008; CPA, Washington State

Martin J. Coates

(2007 part-time; 2013)
Assistant Professor of Education and Field Placement Coordinator
AAS, Genesee Community College, 1987; BS, MA, State University of New York at Brockport, 1993; 2004

Marlene G. Collins-Blair

(2005)
Associate Professor of Spanish; Associate Dean of Distance Education
BA, MPhil, PhD, University of the West Indies, 1997, 1999, 2005

Judy A. Congdon

(1991)
Professor of Organ
BMus, Wheaton College, 1975; MMus, University of Colorado, 1977; Diploma, Hochschule fuer Musik, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 1979; MA, DMA, Eastman School of Music, 1990; DWS, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, 2013

E. Elizabeth Cook

(1964-88)
Associate Professor of Biology
BS, Houghton College, 1962; MS, St. Bonaventure University, 1972

Ryann Cooley

(2013)
Associate Professor of Digital Media and Photography
BA, Brooks Institute of Photography, 1993; MFA, School of Visual Arts (New York), 2012

Amanda Young Cox

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Ken Crane

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Robert L. Cummings

(1962-88)
Professor of German
BA, Houghton College, 1950; MA, University of Rochester, 1952

Robert F. Danner

(1968-2006)
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
BME, Wheaton College, 1960; MA, George Washington University, 1974; PhD, SUNY at Buffalo, 1990
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