National and international experts in their fields, Wittenberg's faculty members, many of whom have earned prestigious Fulbright Awards, strive to be the best as as they challenge students in creative and extraordinary ways.
Award-winning biology professor Horton Hobbs, for example, has single-handedly elevated cave research throughout the state, which has in turn inspired students to pursue all aspects of the field in their professional lives. Associate Professor of History Amy Livingstone, an expert on Chartres Cathedral in France,was featured recently in a National Geographic Channel documentary. Dar Brooks Hedstrom, associate professor of history, is considered a leading expert in Egyptian archeology, a fact that has opened unprecedented doors of opportunity for Wittenberg students to participate in an international dig or two.
Then there's Warren Copeland, religion professor and mayor of Wittenberg's hometown of Springfield. He tirelessly devotes himself to enriching the lives of both students and local residents. In his new role as faculty director of Wittenberg's Center for Civic & Urban Engagement, Copeland is now ensuring that Springfield and Wittenberg continue to work together to create a more vibrant, cohesive community.
Whatever their field or personal research interests, Wittenberg professors give our students the best of their talents. From small class sizes to personal academic advising, the whole educational experience is taken to a more human level because of them. It's all about the passing on knowledge — and that’s done best person to person, and friend to friend. At Wittenberg, professors don’t just enlighten students; they become friends for life.