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, Program Coordinator

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

Save the Date: Upcoming 2017 Regional Conference

On October 13-14, 2017, Central College in Pella, Iowa, will host "Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation."  For More information, click here


Announcing the Winner and Finalists of the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-fiction

We are happy to announce the winner and finalists of the 2016 Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-fiction.  Please click here.


February LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for February, 2017 is now available. Click here.


National Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the National 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!