Professor of History
Director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for
Christian Faith & Learning
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: (509) 777-4433
Fax: (509) 777-3711
Office Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall Suite 210J
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1973
M.A. in history, University of Washington, 1976
Ph.D. in history, University of Washington (1980)
Born in Spokane and raised in the Seattle area, Dale Soden came to Whitworth in 1985 after teaching at both Pacific Lutheran University and Oklahoma Baptist University. Specializing in American intellectual history, American religious history, and the Pacific Northwest, he has taught a variety of courses that also have included American Popular Culture, Great Trials in American History, and the History of the War in Vietnam. He is known for playing the guitar in his classes and in particular for his love of folk-protest songs from the 1960s. He also refuses to quit playing basketball with his faculty colleagues and students.
In 1990, Soden received the Whitworth Sears Award for Creative Teaching and Campus Leadership. He has also been a recipient of Whitworth’s Most Influential Professor Award, an award given each year by the university’s senior class. Soden has had a long-standing interest in the integration of faith and learning and has directed Whitworth’s Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning since its inception, in 1998.
Soden’s writing has focused primarily on topics related to religious influence on public life in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to numerous scholarly articles he has published several books. In 2015, Oregon State University Press released his Outsiders in a Promised Land: Religious Activists in Pacific Northwest History. In 2008, Turner Publishing released Historic Photos of Washington State, and in 2001, the University of Washington published The Reverend Mark Matthews: Activist in the Progressive Era. In 1990 he wrote A Venture of Mind and Spirit: An Illustrated History of Whitworth College, and in 2010 he updated that work with the release of An Enduring Venture of Mind and Heart: an Illustrated History of Whitworth University. As a consequence, he serves as the university’s campus historian and enjoys talking about all things Whitworth.
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