The faculty of Trinity Graduate School draws upon the regular and adjunct faculty of the other schools of Trinity International University. University teaching faculty who regularly teach and work with the graduate school include:
The date that follows the listing of each faculty member indicates the beginning year of service at Trinity.
Gregory C. Carlson, 2007
Associate Dean for Leadership Studies
Professor of Leadership
BA, Grace University (Omaha)
MACE, Biola University Talbot School of Theology
PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Before Trinity, Dr. Carlson served as a pastor (13 years); dean of graduate studies and Christian education professor at Grace University (Omaha); and global training director for Awana Clubs International. Areas of research and teaching interest include leadership, teaching the Bible, educational ministry and family ministry. He has authored and edited a variety of books including Understanding Teaching Creatively Prompting Biblical Life-Change (Evangelical Training Association) and Rock Solid Teacher; Discover the Joy of Teaching Like Jesus (Bethany). Dr. Carlson is an associate instructor with Walk Thru the Bible and often speaks in ministry and leadership settings. Dr. Carlson is the Academic Director of the Emerging Leaders program and faculty mentor for the Advance BA/MDiv program.
Susan Corapi, 2015
Associate Professor of Education
BA, Wheaton College
MA, Denver Seminary
DipCS, Regent College (Vancouver)
MLS, Texas Woman’s University
PhD, University of Arizona
Dr. Susan Corapi teaches literacy classes in the Division of Education. Her work is influenced by the years she spent teaching K-12 students in public and private schools, her experience as a youth services librarian in a public library, the networking she did to generate community support for literacy development, and the international perspectives she gained while living in four countries on three continents. Her research interests center around the use of global children’s and adolescent literature to support the development of intercultural competence. She is also interested in teacher study groups as a form of professional development.
Bruce L. Fields, 1988
Professor of Faith and Culture
Joint Appointment at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
BA, University of Pennsylvania
MDiv, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, Marquette University
Dr. Fields has served on the staff of Cru in the Native American Ministry, with Athletes in Action, and on campus staff at the University of Michigan. His areas of expertise include the book of Philippians, liberation theology, and Black theology. He is the author of Introducing Black Theology: Three Crucial Questions for the Evangelical Church. He has taught theology and chaired the Biblical and Systematic Theology Department at TEDS and has taught New Testament and theology at Trinity College.
Kristin Lindholm, 1994
Associate Professor of Communication
BA, MA, University of Illinois
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, University of Illinois
Dr. Lindholm teaches how human communication occurs in a variety of contexts. She specializes in how people communicate about health-related concerns in interpersonal and organizational settings. Dr. Lindholm has coauthored several papers and book chapters, and she has received four awards for her achievements in education. She is a member of the National Communication Association.
Annette Monk, 2019
Visiting Assistant Professor
BS, Illinois State University
MS, University of Illinois
DAT, Indiana State University
Annette Monk has experience as a clinician practicing as an athletic trainer in a variety of settings since 2006. She has taught in the athletic training program at University of Illinois where she received a master’s degree in kinesiology. Her professional experience includes being the first athletic trainer at the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory program, a physical training course for Navy SEAL candidates. She also has experience working as an athletic trainer at the international level as well in the industrial and secondary school settings. Annette brings her clinical experience to teaching health science courses with hopes of inspiring future professionals to serve as leaders where God calls them forth. Her research interests include tactical athlete health and human performance and clinical athletic training education
Ruby L. Owiny, 2013
Associate Professor of Education
BA, MA, Asbury University
PhD, University of Kentucky
Dr. Owiny worked for thirteen years in both private Christian schools and public schools in Lexington, KY. She served as an elementary classroom teacher and as a special educator. Her passion for teaching lies in the inner city where she spent 11 years of her career and worked to help create higher quality inclusive settings for students with disabilities. Her dissertation was based on virtual coaching of general education and special education teachers in Guatemala to train them in the use of specific praise. Her current research interests include identifying methods for improving the quality of inclusive settings, including strategies teachers use in their general education inclusive classrooms, evidence-based practice, high leverage practice, and the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in K-12 settings. Dr. Owiny is Director of Graduate Programs in Education.
MS, PhD, University of Miami
Prior to assuming her position at Trinity International University, Dr. Skjoldal served as supervising psychologist at the University of Miami Medical Pain and Rehabilitation Center and in the Department of Behavioral Health at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. She has lectured at a number of professional societies, including The Southern Pain Society and The American Pain Society. Dr. Skjoldal often speaks to women’s, youth, and parenting groups. Her areas of interest include multicultural issues in counseling, group process, behavioral medicine, assessment of bilingual students, and the provision of counseling to cancer patients and their families as well as underserved populations. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. Skjoldal has started and directed the first Christian Counseling Center in the Southern portion of Miami in partnership with Christ Fellowship Church and is consulting to develop a similar Christian counseling center in the northern part of the county in Little Haiti with The Brook Church Miami.
Michael Sleasman, 2019
Director of Bioethics Programs
Associate Professor of Bioethics
BA, Malone College
MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Prior to joining the Trinity faculty full-time, Dr. Sleasman was the managing director and research scholar at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity for 12 years where he oversaw the Center's research agenda and online resource development. He also served as an affiliate professor, adjunct instructor, and online course tutor at the college and graduate level in the areas of philosophy, theology, ethics, and cultural engagement. His particular area of research interest focuses on the theological engagement of bioethical issues with particular emphasis on biotechnologies, other emerging technologies, and human futures, as well as the intersection of technology, ethics, and culture in general. He is a co-editor of Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends with Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Charles A. Anderson (Baker Academic). He has authored and co-authored a number of essays, book chapters, and articles in the areas of theology, emerging technology, and bioethics. Dr. Sleasman serves on the Board of Reference for the Christian Institute on Disability for Joni & Friends, as a consulting editor for the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, and as co-chair of the editorial board for Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics. He has been interviewed on a range of bioethical issues by print and radio media, and has delivered workshops, lectures, and presentations for churches, universities, and at several professional societies.
Karen A. Wrobbel, 2003
Dean, Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School
Professor of Education
BA, Biola University
MA, Wheaton Graduate School
EdD, University of Minnesota
Dr. Wrobbel brings many years of experience to the dean's role, having served at Trinity both as a teaching faculty member and as a recognized leader on the campus through responsibilities including director of the Division of Education, Associate Dean, and chair of faculty councils, committees and task forces. Before joining Trinity’s faculty, Wrobbel taught missionary kids (MKs) and other international students in Christian schools in Spain and Venezuela; she speaks Spanish fluently. Dr. Wrobbel continues to be actively involved internationally with Christian education through conference speaking, accreditation work, and as a volunteer with two educationally-focused international groups. Her expertise and research interests include the education of MKs and other global nomads, languages and education, and intercultural communication. Dr. Wrobbel’s articles have appeared in several publications, including Missiology, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, and Christian School Education.