0 Marcus Dean

Marcus Dean

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Marcus Dean

Professor of Global Studies, Director of Off-Campus Studies

Teaching Philosophy

As I teach at Houghton, my goal is to help students connect course content to everyday life. My education alternated between degree programs and different life and ministry experiences. This back-and-forth interaction enabled me to make connections between learning and life. I value that students at Houghton are connecting what they learn with real-world experiences as part of their majors.

Also, in the classroom I endeavor to guide students in grasping the connection between faith and culture. We need to understand how our culture interacts with living out our faith. I desire that students come to see how the area of Intercultural Studies relates to living out our faith and making Christ known in whatever intercultural context we are in. This is equally true for the student of missions as it is for those who are living as Christians in any setting. At the base of it all, we can look to Jesus, who is in fact the ultimate example of learning to live and serve in a second culture. Likewise, we can learn from God’s people throughout the Bible who interacted in other cultures while representing God and his kingdom.


  • Ph.D., Trinity International University (2001)
  • M.Div, Th.M. Asbury Seminary (1987, 1988)
  • B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University (1981)

Courses Taught

  • Intercultural Competencies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Missions and the Global Church
  • History of the Global Christian Movement
  • Culture Change and Globalization

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