John Woell completed his Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in philosophy. He received his Master’s Degree in Religion from Vanderbilt University and Bachelor’s Degree in humanities and theology from Valparaiso University. Woell began his academic career as a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Greensboro College. While there he served as Director of The George Center for Honors Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion. Woell also worked as Assistant Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
For the past eight years, Woell has served as Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Albion College. At Albion, he oversaw new faculty development, national scholarships and fellowships, and Albion’s three named institutes. Woell also led the college’s Civic Engagement Initiative and strategic planning efforts and collaborated with the Newell Center for Teaching and Learning to fund innovative teaching initiatives for faculty. He is a strong advocate for students, helping secure an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for experiential learning opportunities through the Humanities and Arts Labs.