Northwestern faculty awarded promotions and tenure

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Several Northwestern College faculty have been awarded tenure and promoted for the 2012–13 school year.

Diana Gonzalez was awarded tenure, and three faculty members were promoted to the rank of full professor: Michael Andres, Mitchell Kinsinger and James Mead.


Gonzalez earned a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Göttingen in Germany and joined Northwestern’s foreign language department in 2006. Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Gonzalez traveled around the globe, teaching linguistics and foreign language courses at universities in Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Germany. Gonzalez also worked as an editor for a publishing ministry in Costa Rica. She has given presentations at conferences of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association.


Andres joined Northwestern’s religion faculty in 1998. He earned a doctorate in philosophy of religion from King’s College at the University of London, a master’s degree in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State. Andres has presented research at conferences of the Evangelical Theological Society and the American Academy of Religion, and he is currently working on a book on holistic Christian witness that integrates evangelism, apologetics and justice.


Kinsinger received a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich., and a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. After joining Northwestern’s religion department in 2000, Kinsinger went on to earn his doctorate in religious studies from the University of Iowa. A former area director for Young Life, Kinsinger has presented research at conferences of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry and the American Academy of Religion. He currently serves as chairman of Northwestern’s religion department.

Mead served as a Presbyterian pastor for 11 years before entering Princeton Theological Seminary and earning a doctorate in biblical studies. He earned a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. Mead joined the religion faculty in 2000 and was awarded the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. His textbook, “Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods and Themes,” was published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2007. Mead has also given presentations at meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. 

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