Gary Tiffin

Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Education Program

Telephone: 503-554-2874

Gary Tiffin joined the EDFL faculty in fall 2006 as a part-time instructor in the area of history of education. Prior to his teaching at George Fox, he served at three Christian universities for 37 years, including as chief academic officer at Hope International University (16 years) and Northwest Christian College (three years). During those years, he was a professor of history and social science, always teaching world civilization to college freshmen, among other social science courses.

Prior to his 26-year tenure at Hope, he taught at San Jose Christian College (now William Jessup University) for seven years. He also has been involved in educational institutions in The Ukraine and Cambodia. From 2001 to 2006, he served as administrator of Turner Retirement Homes, a Christian community of 200 in Turner, Ore. In 2004, he and his wife Pat built their retirement home there, where they continue to reside and from where Gary commutes to teach at George Fox.


PhD, Stanford University (1968) History of Education –

Dissertation: "The Interaction of the Bible College Movement and the Independent Disciples of Christ denomination."

MA, California State University at Los Angeles (1965) History

BA, California State University at Los Angeles (1964) History

BA, San Jose Christian College (1962) Bible and Theology

Selected Publications

Coauthored Faithful Education: Themes and Values for Teaching, Learning and Leading. Wipf & Stock, 2012

"Our Colleges in Historical Perspective". Christian Standard. April 23, 2006

Coauthored Redemption and Responsibility: a Few Hours with George Alder. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2000.

"Disciples Higher Education: 19th Century Roots and 21st Century Concerns." Discipliana, Spring 1999.

Contributed chapter, "Women and the Problem of Credulity: Why Women Have Not Been Believed in Western Thought", in Women and Earliest Christianity. College Press, 1995.

Contributed chapter, "Youth Culture: Backgrounds and Prospects" in Youth Ministry in the 80’s. College Press, 1980.

"Education: The Good Old Days That Never Were." Christianity Today. February 12, 1971.