0 Jonathan Gates

Jonathan Gates

Jonathan Gates

Jonathan Gates

Professor of English

Teaching Philosophy:

Rooted in Biblical principles, experience, study, and the counsel of respected mentors, my philosophy of teaching responds to Jesus’ core teaching that his disciples are to “love the Lord their God with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their mind… and to love their neighbor as they love themselves.” (Matt 22:37-39). My teaching practice—a skill and an art–has become more effective as my relationship with the holy triune God and understanding of His vast creation has deepened. This journey I share in precept and practice with my fellow students in the classroom and beyond. Through our conversation, study, and practice we aim to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). Together, we learn the value of the careful use of words, the joy of an apt phrase, and the power of a penetrating story. We learn to question and be questioned with grace. We learn to empathize with the downcast and champion the mistreated. Together, we learn to love God and their neighbor.


  • Ph.D. Drew University (1999)
  • M.Phil. Drew University (1997)
  • M.A. Miami of Ohio (1987)
  • B.A Houghton College (1985)

Courses Taught:

  • Writing In the Liberal Arts
  • American Literature
  • Spoken Word
  • Creative Writing
  • World Literature

Professional Organizations:

College Composition and Communication
Christianity and Literature


Summer’s Lease…Too Short a Date
Select biographies in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives
Poem collection in The Shawagunk Review

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-a-gates

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