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Religion Staff


Dr. Sophia Arjana

Dr. Sophia Arjana
- Assistant Professor

Dr. James Barker

Dr. James Barker
- Assistant Professor

Dr. Paul Fischer

Dr. Paul Fischer
- Associate Professor

Dr. Stephen Kershner

Dr. Stephen Kershner
- Instructor (Classics)

Dr. Bella Mukonyora

Dr. Bella Mukonyora
- Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Samuels

Dr. Jeffrey Samuels
- Professor / Acting Department Head

Dr. Larry Snyder, Jr.

Dr. Larry Snyder, Jr.
- Dean, Potter College of Arts & Letters, Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Joseph Trafton

Dr. Joseph Trafton
- University Distinguished Professor (Transitional Retiree)

Markus Von Steinfort

Markus Von Steinfort
- Instructor

T.K. Waters

T.K. Waters
- Instructor

Paula Williams

Paula Williams
- Office Associate


 


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