Dr. David Guthrie

Dr. David Guthrie
Phone: 8148633766
Office Address:
405D Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Professor of Education


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Higher Education
Higher Education: Administration
Higher Education: Student Affairs


David Guthrie joined the Higher Education Program in 2014, and currently serves as the co-Professor-in-Charge of the program as well as the Coordinator of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Program at University Park.  Prior to coming to Penn State, he served for seventeen years as Professor of Higher Education and Sociology at Geneva College. In addition to having full-time teaching experience at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, he has also previously served as a dean in both student affairs and academic affairs, and directed a multi-year grant from the Lilly Endowment that explored the topic of vocation in higher education, particularly at church-related institutions. Dave is the author of two monographs, several journal articles and book chapters, and numerous conference presentations. His intellectual interests include foundations of US higher education, church-related colleges and universities, and connections among religion, society, and higher education.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Education Levels


Education Types

Private Ed

Educational Studies

Educational Theory
History of Ed

Higher Education

Higher Education
Higher Education Student Affairs

Leadership Preparation

Higher Education Leadership


Learning Assessment

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Social Issues

Courses Taught

HIED 501   Foundations of Higher Education

HIED 545   Introduction to US Higher Education

HIED 504   Research and Assessment in Higher Education and Student Affairs

HIED 546   College Teaching

HIED 556   College Students

Education History

PhD, Penn State University; MA in Religion, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; BA, Sociology and Religion, Grove City College

Representative Publications

    Wells, C., Guthrie, D. and Custer, D. (forthcoming).  Degrees of meaning:  A more expansive narrative of the value of independent higher education.  In C. Morphew and J. Braxton (Eds.), The challenge of independent colleges: Moving research into practice.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Guthrie, D. and Derreth, T. (in process).  Presbyterians and higher education.  In G. Smith and P. Kemeny (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Presbyterianism.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

   Glanzer, P, Alleman, N. and Guthrie, D. (forthcoming).  How Christian faith can animate teaching: A taxonomy of diverse approaches.  In T. Laine Scales and Jennifer L. Howell (Eds.), Christian faith and university life: Stewards of the academy.    New York: Palgrave.

    Guthrie, D. (2016).  Should college be free? Experts pick sides. https://wallethub.com/blog/should-college-be-free/24403/#david-guthrie  (September 9, 2016) .

    Rine, J. and Guthrie, D. (2016).  Steering the ship through uncertain waters: Empirical analysis and the future of evangelical higher educationChristian Higher Education, 15(1-2), 4-23.

    Alleman, N., Glanzer, P., and Guthrie, D. (2016).  The integration of Christian theological traditions into the classroom: A survey of CCCU facultyChristian Scholar’s Review, Vol. XLV, No. 2 (Winter), 103-125.  

    Guthrie, David S. (2015).  Leading academe, In T. Ream and J. Braxton (Eds.), Ernest L. Boyer: Hope for today’s university.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 67-98.

Activities and Honors

Bill Boyd Student Mentorship Award, 2016-2017