THOMAS ALBERT (TAL) HOWARD, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry
Professor Howard holds a Ph.D. in European intellectual history from the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of several books and his shorter writings have appeared in numerous academic and general-interest periodicals.
E tal.howardgordon.edu | P 978 867 4396
Office: CFI 202
M. RYAN GROFF, M.A.
Ryan is an alumnus of Gordon College ('06) and the Jerusalem and Athens Forum (JAF 2005-06), and provides administrative oversight at the Center. He manages major grant projects, supports research and external relations opportunities, and serves the programming needs of the JAF honors program. He previously held positions in admissions and as project manager for the Critical Loyalty Project, a $2.5M grant from the Lilly Endowment. He completed an M.A. in Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has been teaching conventional and online theology and first-year seminar courses at Gordon College since 2010. His wife Laurie (Arnold) Groff ('06) coaches varsity swimming and instructs Hebrew students at the college. They live in Beverly, Massachusetts with their four children.
E ryan.groffgordon.edu | P 978 867 4227
Office: CFI 301
SUSANNE ROYER McCARRON
Susanne Royer McCarron is an alumnus of Gordon College (’81). She manages and provides administrative support for the various events, programs, and grants of the Center. She brings over 10 years of experience in program management, previously serving as program coordinator of Gordon’s First-Year Seminar and Writing program, The Great Conversation. She played a key role in the development and implementation of a peer mentor program initiated by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. In 2011 Susanne was awarded the Provost’s Award for her distinguished contribution to the education of students at Gordon College. She is currently completing a master of arts in educational ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and lives with her son and their dog, Mr. Knightly, in Ipswich Massachusetts. Her daughter will graduate from Gordon in 2015.
E susanne.mccarrongordon.edu | P 978 867 4365
Office: CFI 201