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.
Kristin Lindholm, 1994
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.
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
Dr. Elizabeth Skjoldal started at the Trinity International University-Florida in 1994. Prior to assuming her position at the Florida Campus, Dr. Skjoldal served as supervising psychologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Dr Skjoldal’s research interest includes Multi-cultural counseling specifically, cultural humility and the provision of counseling to underserved populations. Her areas of clinical interest include behavioral medicine, specifically psychological treatment of Cancer patients, and the provision of counseling in both English and Spanish to the elderly. She was the founding Director of the Masters of Arts in Mental Health in Counseling with the first graduating class in 2000. In addition to directing and teaching in the master’s program of Trinity Graduate School in Florida, Dr. Skjoldal has been asked by community stakeholders to develop Counseling Centers at Christ Fellowship Church and Baptist Health South Florida Care and Counseling Center. As a licensed psychologist since 1993 (Florida PY4936) she has a private practice where she sees clients and provides supervision for Registered Mental Health Interns (in both English and Spanish). Dr. Skjoldal is married to Dr. Neil Skjoldal, the Director of Pastoral Care at Baptist hospital West Kendall and also teaches at Trinity International University, and has 2 daughters.
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 is the editor of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics, and serves on the Board of Reference for the Christian Institute on Disability for Joni & Friends and as a consulting editor for the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability. 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.