Dietrich G. Buss, PhD

Dietrich Buss

Title: History Educator, Department Chair, Professor Emeritus
Company: Biola University
Location: La Mirada, California, United States

Dietrich Buss, History Educator, Department Chair, and Professor Emeritus at Biola University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of history education and higher education administration.

As a student, Dr. Buss studied at Biola University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1963, and continued his education at California State University, earning a Master of Arts in 1965. He started his career as an educator, working as a faculty member for Culter Academy, and left after a year to become a professor of history at Biola University. Dr. Buss worked as a professor for more than a decade, and in 1976, he earned a PhD from Claremont Graduate University. Upon receiving his doctorate, he became chairman of the department of history at Biola in 1977, and currently holds the rank of professor emeritus.

Dr. Buss has been published on a wide range of subjects in United States’ economic, political and religious history, as well as biography. Below are Professor Buss’ selected publications linked to subject-matter categories.

Entrepreneurial history

           Henry Villard: A Study of Transatlantic Investments and Interests 1870-1896, Arno Press (New York Times), 1978, 296 pp, 9 chapters, bibliography, index.

“Thomas Edison and Henry Villard: Growth of Incandescent Lighting”, Essays in Economic and Business History, James H. Soltow, ed. Michigan State University, 1979, 3-14.

Dietrich G. Buss and Arthur Glasser, Giving Wings to the Gospel: The Remarkable Story of Mission Aviation Fellowship, Baker Books, 1995, 377 pp, 22 chapters, maps, photos, notes, index.

Millennialism in America

          “The Millennial Vision as Motive for Religious Benevolence and Reform: Timothy Dwight and the New England Evangelicals Reconsidered”, Fides et Historia, 16(Fall/Winter 1983), 18-34.

“Meeting of Heaven and Earth: A Survey and Analysis of the Literature on Millennialism in America, 1965-1985 Fides et Historia 22(January 1988), 5-28.


Entries on Thomas C. Horton, Louis T. Talbot, Harry Rimmer, William Evans, Edward Griffin, Hosea Ballou, Andrew Norton, and The Navigators, in Dictionary of Christianity in America, Inter-Varsity Press, 1990.

Entries on American evangelicals: William Cogswell, Jeremiah Day, Thomas H. Gallaudet, Henry Lyman, Edward Payson, William Richards And Samuel Spring, in The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860, Blackwell Publishers, 1993.

Betty Greene and Dietrich Buss, Flying High: The Amazing Story of Betty Greene, Christian Publications inc. 2002, 17 chapters, 227 pp., maps, photos.

Interpretive studies and an article on educational philosophy

          “Interpretive Studies for Students Enrolled in Introductory Survey Courses that Structure a Weekly Discussion Section”, Directory of Teaching Innovations in History, L.R. Meeth and Dean S. Gregory eds. Arlington, Va., Studies in Higher Education, 1981.

            Christian Perspectives on the American Past: A Book of Readings for United States Survey Courses, Biola University, 1981, revised 1994, 2000.

“Did the Founding Fathers intend to create a Christian nation?” History in Dispute: The American Revolution, Garland Press, 2003.

“Integrating Faith and History in the Teaching of General Education Requirements”, Faculty Forum, Biola University, 1984, 14-17.

“Educating Toward a Christian World View: Historical Perspectives and Prescriptions” Faculty Dialogue (Spring-Summer 1994), 63-89.

Geography Education

“A Geographic Approach to Teaching Global Perspectives,” International Curriculum Content For Teacher Education, Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) 1985.

Encyclopedia Articles

Entries on John Eliot, Nathaniel Emmons, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, American Anti-Slavery Society, Emancipation Proclamation, and Thomas Edson, in Encyclopedia USA volumes 25-27(1998, 1999, 2001).

Entries on John Gresham Machen, missionary aviation, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Charles Ward “Chuck” Smith, Marcus Whitman and Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, and John Winthrop, in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, 4 vol. (Wiley-Blackwell) 2011.

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