Faculty and Staff

Robbins Jeffrey W. Robbins, Chair of Religion and Philosophy; Professor of Religion; Director of American Studies and the Undergraduate Research Symposium; and Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Texas Christian University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

His area of specialization is in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and religion and politics. In addition to teaching courses in religion, he also is the director of the American Studies program and the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Westar Institute where he actively participates in the ongoing seminar on “God and the Human Future,” and is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Center for Advanced Studies.

Telephone: 717-867-6720
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: robbins@lvc.edu
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Hubler Noel Hubler, Professor of Philosophy & interim Dept. Chair
B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Noel Hubler is a specialist in Ancient Greek metaphysics and science and explores the connections between Ancient epistemology and political theory. He has published articles on Aristotle, Plotinus, and the Neopythagoreans. He also has research interests in contemporary political theory. Additionally, he is the translator of the book of Ezekiel for the New English Translation of the Septuagint (Oxford University Press).

Telephone: 717-867-6131
Address: Humanities 306-B
Email: hubler@lvc.edu
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Marshall Cona Marshall, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Telephone: 717-867-6482
Address: Humanities 208-D
Email: marshall@lvc.edu

Sayers Matthew Sayers, Associate Professor of Religion
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County; M.A., Florida State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Matthew R. Sayers earned his Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages at The University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the relations between the living and the dead and his research includes the Hindu and Buddhist traditions in ancient India as well as the later history of and contemporary practice at the pilgrimage site Gaya in Bihar, India. His book, Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India, discusses the development of ancestral rites from the ?g Veda to the formative stages of Hinduism and is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is currently working on the development of Gaya as a pilgrimage place in the Puranic period. He teaches across the religion curriculum, including special courses on Evil, Death and Dying, and Scripture, and also teaches introductory Sanskrit.

Telephone: 717-867-6133
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: sayers@lvc.edu
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Vahanian Noelle Vahanian, Professor of Philosophy
Baccalauréat, Lycée International des Pontonniers; B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., Syracuse University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

Dr. Noelle Vahanian’s approach to philosophy is both problem-oriented and existential. Her research interests aim at evaluating the master concepts—concepts that we take for granted, but that play an inordinate role in how we understand ourselves and our actions. Such concepts can be the topic of a class: Happiness, Madness, Faith, or Genocide, for example. On the other hand, her interests go beyond analysis. She is committed to the notion that philosophy is a way of life, not merely a tool to serve other ends: a way of thinking is a way of living. Her teaching expertise in Continental Philosophy of Religion reflects this understanding. She is the author of two books, and is currently engaged in research on philosophy, identity, and genocide.

Telephone: 717-867-6134
Address: Humanities 307A
Email: vahanian@lvc.edu
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Valgenti Robert T. Valgenti, Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.A.T., Fairleigh Dickinson University; M.A., DePaul University; Ph.D., DePaul University

Dr. Valgenti teaches courses on ethics, Kant, Nietzsche, the history of philosophy, and 19-20th Century Continental philosophy. He is an active translator of Italian philosophy into English and has published and presented in the areas of hermeneutics and contemporary Italian philosophy. His current work focuses on the Italian philosophers Luigi Pareyson and Gianni Vattimo, as well as rethinking the connections between food and philosophy.

Telephone: 717-867-6132
Address: Humanities 307-B
Email: valgenti@lvc.edu
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An Yountae An, Assistant Professor of Religion
B.A., Presbyterian College; M.Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Drew University

Dr. An received his Ph.D. from Drew University in 2014. He specializes in the philosophical study of religion and his work encompasses philosophy of religion, religions of the Americas, Latin American/Caribbean intellectual tradition, and critical theory of race and gender. His first book, “The Decolonial Abyss: Mysticism and Cosmopolitics from the Ruins” has been published by Fordham University Press in 2016.

Telephone: 717-867-6551
Address: Humanities 201
Email: yan@lvc.edu
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Fullmer Paul Fullmer, Chaplain and Director of Service and Volunteerism
B.S., University of Southern California; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

As Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Fullmer coordinates both spiritual life and community service at the College. He also teaches courses in scriptural interpretation for LVC’s Department of Religion and Philosophy. Following the completion of his doctoral dissertation on the Gospel of Mark (Resurrection in Mark’s Literary-Historical Perspective [T&T Clark, 2007]), Fullmer published a series of four workbooks designed to help people read New Testament Greek (Read Greek by Friday [Wipf & Stock, 2005-2011]). In 2011, he published a pictorial history titled Annville Township (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), the preparation for which also produced an extensive “Electronic Archive” of Annville available via Google Drive. Since 2013 he has served as a co-host of the radio show You and Your Faith which airs the first Wednesday of each month on WLBR (1270 a.m.). “Chaps” (as he is known to students) lives in Annville with his wife, Becky, daughter, Juliana, and a miniature poodle named Mimi.

Telephone: 717-867-6135
Address: Miller Chapel 202
Email: fullmer@lvc.edu

Gary Gates, Adjunct Instructor of Religion

Telephone: 717-867-6213
Address: Humanities 201
Email: gates@lvc.edu

Jennifer Tyre Lancaster, Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: lancaste@lvc.edu

Tabitha P. Ssonko, Adjunct Instructor in Religion

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 200
Email: ssonko@lvc.edu

Rev. Darrell D. Woomer, Adjunct Religion

Email: woomer@lvc.edu

Byrne Donald E. Byrne, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., St. Paul Seminary; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., Duke University.

Telephone: 717-867-6356
Email: byrne@lvc.edu

Voorhis C. Cantrell, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Greek
B.A., Oklahoma City University; Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., Boston University.

Email: vcc001@lvc.edu

Heffner John H. Heffner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; B.A.; A.M., Boston University; Ph.D.; M.A.R., Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Email: heffner@lvc.edu

Warren K. A. Thompson, Associate Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy
A.B., Trinity University; M.A., University of Texas, Austin.

Telephone: 717-867-6130
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: thompson@lvc.edu

Perry J. Troutman, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., Houghton College; M.Div., United Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University.

Email: troutman@lvc.edu

L. Elbert Wethington, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., Wake Forest; B.D., Divinity School of Duke University; Ph.D., Duke University.

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