Lilly Fellows Program Staff

Mark Schwehn, Ph.D., Founding Director

Mark Schwehn is Professor of Humanities in Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University, where he as taught  since 1983 and where he was dean from 1990-2003. In addition, he has taught at the California State University at San Jose (1969-1972), the University of Chicago (1975-1983), and served as  Provost of Valparaiso University from 2009 to 2014. From 1967-1975 he held a Danforth Graduate Fellowship at Stanford University where he completed a PhD in history and humanities. His  publications include Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America (Oxford, 1993), Everyone a Teacher(Notre Dame,  2000), and with Dorothy C. Bass Leading Lives That Matter (Eerdmans, 2006).

Dorothy Bass, Ph.D., Senior Fellow

Dorothy Bass received a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.  She has taught at Wellesley College, University of Chicago, and Chicago Theological Seminary. In 1992 she became Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a Lilly Endowment project that has developed resources on Christian faith and life.  Among the books she has written or edited are Practicing Our Faith(Wiley, 2d ed. 2010), Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time (Jossey-Bass, 2000), Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life (Eerdmans, 2003) and, with Mark SchwehnLeading Lives That Matter

Joe Creech, Ph.D., Program Director

Joe Creech received his PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame. He teaches history and humanities in Christ College  at Valparaiso University and specializes in American cultural, political, and religious history. In 2005 he was named one of the notable "Young Scholars in American Religion" by the Center  for the Study of American Religion and Culture. He is the author of Righteous Indignation: Religion and the Populist Revolution (Illinois, 2006). To contact Joe,  click here.

Joe Goss, Assistant Program Director

Joe Goss received an M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to working with the Lilly Fellows Program, Joe worked for 12 years as Assistant Director of Valparaiso University's Core Program, an interdisciplinary humanities course. He also has taught philosophy and general studies courses at Valparaiso University. Joe is in addition the assistant editor of the Owl of Minerva, a scholarly journal which focuses on the work of the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel. To contact Joe, click here.

Noteworthy News

March LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for May, 2018 is now available. Click here.


Registration is Now Open for the 2018 LFP National Conference

Registration is now open for the 28th National Conference, Robust and Receptive Ecumenism, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 12-14, 2018.  For more information and to register, Click Here.


Registration is Now Open for the 2018 Workshop for Senior Administrators

Registration is open for the 2018 Lilly Workshop for Senior Administrators on the theme, Hiring for Mission, which will take place on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 11-12, 2018.  For more information and to Register, Click Here.


Call for Applications: Lilly Network Exchange at Azusa Pacific University, March 27-30, 2019

The High Sierra Humanities Program of Azusa Pacific University will host a Lilly Network Exchange on March 27-30, 2019, for ten faculty members and administrators at Lilly Network Schools interested in learning about the program’s “para-university” model for humanities education.  For more information and to apply, Click Here.


Save the Date: Regional Conference at Dordt College on “The Prodigal Love of God,” April 4-6, 2019

On April 4-6, 2019, Dordt College and the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, in partnership with the Lilly Fellows Program, will host a conference titled “The Prodigal Love of God: Reencountering Dordt at 400 and Beyond.” For More information, Click Here.


Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.


Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!

The LFP is now sponsoring a new blog, Exiles from Eden.  Go check it out!