David Koeller

David Koeller, History professor
Professor of History

At North Park since: 1993

As a member of the Covenant Church, David Koeller felt called to North Park University, where he has taught history for 20 years. With a departmental focus on research and writing, Dr. Koeller often steers students to use the resources of Chicago, including the Chicago History Museum and the Newberry Library, for original research projects. “We are all very accommodating to student interests,” he says. “Many students work one-on-one with a faculty member on an independent study project.”

For example, one student, who was also a double major in Spanish, found original reports sent by Spanish missionaries back to Spain about their first encounters with the people of Mexico in the 1500s at the Newberry Library. She used the primary documents to write a paper on the differences between Jesuit and Dominican missionaries and their attitudes toward the indigenous population of Mexico. He worked with another student who plotted Marco Polo’s trip on Google Maps, annotating the map to show highlights and animating it to see the variety of terrains on the journey.

Dr. Koeller is also developing courses that will take students to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Adler Planetarium. He has taught an array of courses, from World Music to World History, and weaves in issues of faith in different ways, including one course on secularization in the 19th and 20th centuries. “I think it is important to offer students an opportunity to learn about and discuss challenges to faith in a safe, supportive environment,” he says.

On campus, Professor Koeller is involved with Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. He is a member of the American Historical Association, National Council for History Education, and the Peer Review Corps of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


  • PhD, History, University of California at Berkeley
  • MHEA (Master of Higher Education Administration), North Park University
  • MA, History, University of California at Berkeley
  • BA, Philosophy, Syracuse University

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