Faculty & Staff

Want to hear our faculty speak on poetry, theology, literature, and philosophy? Check out the Constantinople podcast!

John Mark Reynolds

President and Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Reynolds is a Fellow of the Center For Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute. He is the former provost of Houston Baptist University and was the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute, the Socratic, great books-centered honors program at Biola University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he wrote his dissertation analyzing cosmology and psychology in Plato’s Timaeus. Dr. Reynolds is the author of numerous books, including When Athens Met Jerusalem: an Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought and is the editor of The Great Books Reader. He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on a wide range of topics including ancient philosophy, classical and home education, politics, faith, and virtue.

Timothy Bartel

Provost and Professor of Great Texts and Writing

Dr. Bartel holds a Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Seattle Pacific University. His essays and poems have appeared in Christianity and Literature, Notes & Queries, Pilgrimage, Saint Katherine Review, and Windhover. Timothy’s academic specialty is the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and he is the author Glimpses of Her Father’s Glory: Deification and Divine Light in Longfellow’s “Evangeline” (Wipf & Stock, 2019). Timothy has also published three collections of poems, including Aflame But Unconsumed (Kelsay Books, 2019), and Arroyos: Sijo and Other Poems (Mariscat Press, 2015), which was named a “Book of 2015” by the Scottish Poetry Library. He is one of the founding faculty members of The College at The Saint Constantine School, helping shape the writing and literature curriculum.

In his free time, Timothy designs chapbooks and paints miniatures. Though his first love is poetry, he is not above reading Star Wars and Warhammer novels for fun. Timothy and his wife Hope have three children: Gwen, Roman, and Nina. They attend St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston.

Melanie Augustus

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Dr. Augustus holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University, where she studied the intracellular signaling of hormones. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from UT Southwestern. Melanie completed her post-doctoral work at Rice University, studying the role of peroxins in Arabidopsis thaliana. She spent seven years as adjunct faculty teaching Biochemistry, Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Science courses for non-majors at multiple colleges and universities, while homeschooling her children for ten years. Melanie has presented her work at numerous conferences over the years and has published her work in several journals, including the Journal of Biological ChemistryPNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) USA, Plant CellPlant Molecular Biology, and Genetics.

David Gilbert

Assistant Professor of Great Texts and Philosophy

David Gilbert holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Texas. He spent several years teaching philosophy and religion to sailors on board three deployed United States Navy aircraft carriers with the Navy’s College Afloat program. He was most recently a founding faculty member and the Associate Director of The Academy at Houston Baptist University.

Melissa Neacsu

Instructor of Mathematics

Melissa Neacsu has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with departmental honors from the University of Oregon and the Donald Clark Honors College. She has taught lab classes in Statistics for Business Majors, College Algebra, and General Math at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. She is the author, alongside Dr. Shlomo Libeskind, of the text Non-Euclidean Geometry Topics to Accompany Euclidean and Transformational Geometry, a supplemental geometry text that has been used at the University of Georgia.

Dan Enright

Instructor of Great Texts

Dan Enright received his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and a BS in Christian Leadership at the College of Biblical Studies. He served as both a High School and College Pastor in parochial ministry for a number of years and most recently as an Adjunct Instructor for The Bible Seminary in Houston, Texas.

Dan is an avid reader, drummer, and dog-lover. He enjoys traveling to the Holy Land and leading others in connecting their faith to the land of the Bible. He loves spending time with his wife, Jennie, and their dog, Gretchen. Dan is currently pursuing Ph.D. studies in Bible Exposition at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Robert Stacey

Visiting Professor of American History and Government

Dr. Stacey is the former Associate Provost at Houston Baptist University, and was the first Dean of the HBU Honors College. Prior to HBU, Dr. Stacey served as Associate Professor in Regent University’s Robertson School of Government and as founding Chairman of the Department of Government at Patrick Henry College. He has taught courses in Presidential Studies, National Security, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, and Political Theory. His current research focuses on the inherent tension between liberty and security and how these two vital interests can be balanced in an age of modern terrorism. His previous publications include Sir William Blackstone and Common Law, in addition to a host of articles and reviews on topics ranging from intelligence oversight to presidential elections. He received his Ph.D. in Government at the University of Virginia in 1998.

Richard Cozart

Instructor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Cozart holds a Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies from the University of Wales, and is author of This Present Triumph: An Investigation into the Significance of the Promise of a New Exodus of Israel in the Letter to the Ephesians (Wipf and Stock, 2013).

Full bio: http://www.cbshouston.edu/richard-m-cozart.

Richard Gosselin

Instructor of Economics

Richard Gosselin holds an M.A. in Economics from University of Houston, and, in addition to teaching at The College at Saint Constantine, serves as chairman of the Economics Department at Houston Community College.

Angie Dorsett

College Assistant

Angie Dorsett serves as the Academic Administrator and College Coordinator for Saint Constantine, organizing schedules, calendars, classrooms, and assisting both our college students and dual credit high school students. Angie earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Most of her career experience was focused in Human Resources for a major hospital system in Louisiana. There she was involved in salary and compensation, policy and procedures and accreditation efforts. Her family has moved around a bit due to her husband’s career. Their most exciting location was Trinidad and Tobago where they spent two years enjoying island life. Angie and her husband, Scott, have four children, two of which are in college and two who are currently students at TSCS.

Angie enjoys serving in her church, cooking and gardening, being outdoors and mostly, spending time with her family.

Justine Dalbey

College Admissions Officer

Justine Dalbey holds a B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from Biola University and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute. She’s a great example of a successfully functioning adult with a really cool degree that’s never made her any money. Justine has spent her professional career working in a paleontology lab, as a barre fitness instructor, and in education with students from kindergarten to graduate level. Justine is married to TSCS teacher Nick Dalbey and is a mom to one active toddler boy and a baby girl. In what exists of her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, organizing drawers, taking toddler-paced strolls through the neighborhood, and watching Jeopardy, Project Runway, and Parks & Recreation.

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