Philosophy & Religion


Dr. Philip M. Merklinger, Professor (Philosophy)

B.A., Wilfred Laurier University
M.A., University of Waterloo
Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Phil Merklinger's areas of research centre around philosophy of religion and the history of spirituality, 19th century Philosophy (particularly the work of Hegel), phenomenology, and existentialism. Phil has also played guitar in a local rock band. He also enjoys listening to music, especially rock and roll, and exploring Canadian, American, and German literature.

Dr. Janet Wesselius, Associate Professor (Philosophy)

Ph.D. (Free University of Amsterdam)
M.Phil.F. (Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto)
B.A. First Class Honours (University of Alberta)

Dr. Wesselius’s research mainly focuses on feminist epistemology & philosophy of science and environmental theory. She has also taught courses in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies previous to joining the Augustana Faculty. She is the recipient of the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching for 2006 and the Faculty of Arts Sessional Instructor Teaching Award for 2006, as well as the Augustana Faculty Teaching Award for 2010 and the 2010 Augustana Teaching Award for the Support of Information Literacy.

Dr. Joseph R. Wiebe, Assistant Professor (Religion)

B.Th., Canadian Mennonite University
M.T.S., Duke University
Ph.D., McMaster University

Joseph Wiebe teaches Religion and Ecology with an interest in ethics, imagination, and community. Wiebe’s ongoing research is on the ways land shaped Mennonite and Métis identities within different religious and political contexts. His dissertation, “Wendell Berry’s Imagination in Place,” is forthcoming in Baylor University Press (2016).

Rev. Craig Wentland, Part-time Instructor (Religion); Augustana Chaplain

B.A., Camrose Lutheran College
M.A., McGill University
M.Div., Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Craig Wentland teaches Religious Studies courses in the area of biblical studies and Christian theology. He is also the Augustana Chaplain and provides pastoral care. Craig has interests in permaculture gardening and cooking.

Dr. Ian Douglas Wilson, Lecturer (Religion); Associate Director (Programs) Chester Ronning Centre

B.Sc., Clemson University
M.A., Gordon-Conwell
Ph.D., University of Alberta

Ian D. Wilson teaches introductory courses on the religions of the world, theories of religion, and on the cultures of the ancient Near East. His research focuses on ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible, and his first book, Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah (Oxford University Press) is slated to appear in late 2016. Dr. Wilson also serves as Associate Director (Programs) of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, at Augustana