Dr. Mark Husbands
Vice President for Academic Affairs




Administrative and Academic Appointments


Honors, Awards and Grants


University of St. Michael's College (University of Toronto), Toronto.
Dissertation: Karl Barth's Ethics of Prayer: A Study in Moral Ontology and Action.

Thesis Director: Professor John Webster, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church, University of Oxford. 







Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Toronto.

Thesis: Language, Limits, and Christian Theology: An Examination of the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Thesis Director: Professor George Schner, Regis College, University of Toronto


York University, Toronto.

Major: Religious Studies
Minor: Music Performance (Classical and Jazz)





Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northwestern College

2016 - present


As the Chief Academic Officer of the college, I am charged with the duty of advancing the academic program and allocating resources to sustain excellence in student learning, faculty scholarship and creative performance. This requires the prudential management of a budget of $12,000,000. I exercise general authority over and supervise the operations of all academic departments of the college, all members of the faculty, all academic administrative officers and employees, and bear responsibility for the academic work of all students. 

I have been given responsibility for providing a clear and compelling articulation of a robust vision for the integration of faith, learning and living in the total academic program consistent with Northwestern’s Vision for Learning and Vision for Diversity statements. Key to this work is my leadership of the Strategic Planning Committee through which I seek to build capacity for an effective balance of innovative program development and responsible management of fixed and variable costs. 

In the course of advancing the academic program and fostering excellence in student learning, faculty scholarship and creative performance, I direct the work of four talented academic deans: dean of Arts and Humanities, Graduate and Adult Education, Natural and Applied Sciences, and the dean of Social Sciences. 

In addition, I supervise the work of the directors of library, computing services, audiovisual services, academic support, institutional research, and the registrar. In addition, I oversee the work of the following directors: Honors Society, NWCore, Freshman Year Seminar Program, Global Education, Institutional Assessment, and the Franken Leadership Center. 

In addition, I bear responsibility for the development, evaluation, and promotion of faculty, and provide oversight to the following committees: Academic Affairs, Academic Program Assessment, Faculty Development, Faculty Personnel Committee, Northwestern Core, Institutional Research, and the Deans Council. 

I report directly to the President of the college, serve on the President’s Cabinet, and periodically report to the Board of Trustees and the President’s National Advisory Committee on the state of the college.

In view of the  research of the National Survey of Student Engagement, I was invited to develop a new and innovative living / learning community at Hope College. In response to a Board of Trustee recommendation to facilitate greater co-operation among the three program areas of the College: academic, student development, and campus ministry, I developed the Emmaus Scholars Program. 

Based upon the biblical mandate of Micah 6:8 and Jeremiah 29:7, I designed and successfully launched a learning program with the aim of helping students to form deep friendship, to grow spiritually, and embody their love of God and neighbor in a wholly integrated fashion.

Program design, budgeting, marketing, curricular design, recruitment, consulting on the renovation of college property, and administrative oversight of this program allowed me the opportunity to build supportive relationships with individuals and offices in almost every area of the College. In addition, serving as Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program afforded me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in donor relations and grant writing.

Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program, 
Hope College




Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology,
Hope College









Beyond carrying out teaching responsibilities and scholarship related to occupying the endowed Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professorship of Reformed Theology, I was afforded the opportunity to carry out a number of administrative responsibilities and devoted considerable energy to developing several co-curricular programs.

In partnership with the Dean of the Chapel, Rev., Dr. Trygve Johnson,I developed a new series of chapel talks framed around faculty reflections upon “everyday questions". My direct contribution to this series took the form of a sermon on discerning the will of God: "Jonah and the call of God" (preached on October 2, 2014). 

I provided substantial leadership to the Veritas Forum planning committee (from 2007-2015). The clearest expression of this leadership took the form of delivering the 2011 Veritas Keynote address: "True Communities True Selves: Exploring True Community in a Virtual World”.



Assistant Professor of Theology,
Wheaton College














Beyond carrying out teaching responsibilities and scholarship related to my academic position, I took on a number of administrative roles including running the Annual Wheaton Theology Conference.
Directing the Annual Wheaton Theology Conference from 2002-2007, I oversaw the selection of topics, managed the budget, scheduling, communications, marketing, secured the participation of scholars, supervised the administration of travel, sales, and logistics. In addition, I secured publishing agreements with InterVarsity Press, organized and edited brought the following volumes to publication:

Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future. Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman, eds. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2008.

The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts. Mark Husbands, Roger Lundin and Dan Treier, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2007.

Women, Ministry and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms. Mark Husbands and Tim Larsen, eds. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2007.

The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology. Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2005.

Justification: What’s at Stake in the Recent Debates. Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, eds., InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2004.


Director of Summer School and Extension Studies, Professor of Theology
Tyndale University College







In 1999, I was appointed to the Administrative position of Director of Summer School and Extension Studies. Beyond serving on the Academic Policies Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee, I lead an extensive graduate extension studies and summer school program. This involved securing faculty for over 65 graduate and undergraduate courses (serving approximately 1,300 students) annually, and administering a year-long extension studies program in two different cities: Ottawa and Oakville.

I successfully grew enrollment, ensuring the fiscal and academic integrity of these program while setting and measurable institutional goals among a diverse student population, and generated an annual revenue of over $1.25 million returning a budget surplus to the Seminary each year.


“Belonging, Being, and Action—Calling and Purpose”: Intentional Communities on College Campuses Grant, $10,000.
This FTE Grant supported the vocational discernment of Emmaus Scholars by enabling them to:

  • Identify areas of unique individual strength and ability (StrengthsQuest) Articulate how and why calling, purpose, and identity is rooted in Christ and sustained by the ongoing work of the Spirit (Christ, Church and Calling Retreat)
  • Understand and faithful respond to key biblical texts concerning God’s mandate for justice as mishapt and tsedeqa, accurately drawing the connection between justice and shalom (Emmaus Coursework, supplemented by the Christ, Church and Calling Retreat, and the Culture Care: Serving the Common Good Lecture)
  • Articulate and live out a biblical understanding of the “knowledge of God” (yada, HEB, γιγνώσκειν and γνῶσις, GK) as a covenantal reality (Emmaus Coursework, supplemented by the Christ, Church and Calling Retreat, and the Culture Care: Serving the Common Good Lecture)
  • Understand and put into practice the essential connection between calling, worship, prayer, and justice. (Emmaus Coursework, supplemented by the Christ, Church and Calling Retreat, and the Culture Care: Serving the Common Good Lecture)

Forum for Theological Exploration Grant in support of "Belonging, Being, and Action—Calling and Purpose”: Intentional Communities on College Campuses Project









Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Outstanding Educator


Recognized in the 2006 edition of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America’s Top Schools, as one of Wheaton College's most outstanding teachers.


Competitive grants awarded to faculty conducting exemplary academic research.

Wheaton College Alumni and Aldeen Faculty Development Grants


This book, Essays Catholic and Critical presents the most significant work of the highly esteemed contemporary theologian George Schner, who died in 2000. Gathering together his writing in the areas of theology and the philosophy of religion, it offers a distinct contribution to our understanding of the prospects and perils of undertaking theology in the Christian tradition at the present juncture. Engaging key texts in philosophy of religion from the modern period, recent official Roman Catholic teaching related to the basis and doing of theology, and the work of key representatives of the so-called 'Yale School' of post-liberal theology, the essays collected here represent acute and historically informed judgment upon the problematique of the practice of contemporary theology. Drawing together a substantial body of work of recognized intellectual scope, philosophical rigour and theological richness, this volume provides invaluable insight into key questions regarding theological method, the importance of modern philosophy of religion, the nature of theological discourse and contemporary Catholic theological reflection.

G. W. Aldeen Memorial Faculty Development Grant in support of the publication of Essays Catholic and Critical