About Dr. Herman K. Wentzel
Dr. Herman K. Wentzel is a professor emeritus of education and psychology at Concordia University, St. Paul. He received his B.A. at Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota, his Ed. D. from Columbia University, New York, and a certificate in college and university administration from the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University. He was awarded the honorary L.L.D. by Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. At Concordia University, St. Paul, Dr. Wentzel taught in the education department and served as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Vice President, and Acting President. He was active on many committees and in faculty development projects. Prior to coming to St. Paul, he taught and served as academic dean at Concordia College, Bronxville, New York while also leading its development from a two-year institution to a four-year college. He also served as teacher and principal in Lutheran schools in Kansas and Missouri, and as a teacher and dormitory counselor at St. Paul's College, Concordia, Missouri. In addition, he has served as congregational organist, choir director, president, and committee member.
Drawing on his experience of 47 years as a Christian educator, in the Seventh Annual Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning, Dr. Wentzel will set forth the basis in faith for all our activities at a Christian university. He will emphasize the centrality of the University's mission, noting especially "the context of the Christian Gospel," while also noting parallels in methodology in achieving the two goals of the University, growth in faith (the spiritual realm) and development of appropriate habits of thought (the rational realm). He will explain how the methodology used in the development of habits of thought may contribute positively to the development of faith as the University carries out its role as Christian educator. He also asserts that the pursuit of freedom and truth which the University fosters in the rational realm is not complete without the accompanying freedom found in the Gospel. Finally, he will discuss how changes in the culture and methodology of the University present challenges in carrying out its mission.