Meet the Tutors
This section of informal tutor biographies is not part of Gutenberg’s official catalog. We include it here for prospective students to help “put a face on” Gutenberg.
Charley Dewberry, academic dean and tutor at Gutenberg, is thankful for the opportunity the college provides to learn and explore the most important questions in life with others in a community of believers.
Charley also works as a research scientist, diving and counting salmon throughout the Pacific Northwest. Charley’s experiences working with streams and fish has made him think a lot about what it means to be a believer and to care about God’s creation. It also led him to write Gutenberg Press’s first release, Saving Science: A Critique of Science and Its Role in Salmon Recovery. Gutenberg Press released his second book, Intelligent Discourse: Exposing the fallacious standoff between Evolution and Intelligent Design, in 2006.
Charley has been married to Susie Dewberry since 1993, and they have two sons, both of whom attend Gutenberg College. The Dewberrys live in Florence, Oregon, where they keep a garden and have chickens, ducks, and a Chesapeake Bay retriever (who has been taught NOT to retrieve the resident poultry). When they get a chance, they enjoy hikes on the many trails along the coast.
Eliot Grasso was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Eliot joined the faculty of Gutenberg College in 2012 where he teaches courses on art, music, and aesthetics. Eliot is committed to fostering the intellectual development of his students through discussions centered on primary source readings. He believes that it is important for a Christian to develop the right kind of relationship with the idea of art, and that this can be accomplished through a rigorous analysis of one’s personal beliefs and biases relating to art and music.
Eliot has performed, recorded, taught, and lectured on Irish traditional music internationally. Scholars, critics, and performers have described him as “one of the finest uilleann pipers in the history of Irish music in America.” Eliot has performed for the National Endowment for the Arts Awards, the National Heritage Awards, Glasgow’s International Piping Festival, Piping Live!, Armagh’s William Kennedy International Piping Festival, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. As a recording artist, Eliot has produced numerous recording projects in America and in Ireland. In 2007, his solo album, Up Against the Flatirons, inaugurated Na Píobairí Uilleann’s (Ireland’s national piping society) Ace and Deuce of Piping recordings series, an artistic enterprise funded by the Arts Council of Ireland that was initiated to document the finest living exponents of the uilleann pipes.
Eliot holds a B.A. in music from Goucher College, a M.A. in ethnomusicology from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. He studies the relationship among melodic variation, cognition, and socio-cultural context. Eliot’s scholarship and teaching have been recognized with awards from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the University of Oregon. He also serves on the faculty of the University of Oregon and the John G. Shedd Institute for the Performing Arts where he teaches performance practice.
Eliot and Kate Grasso currently reside in Oregon with their two children. A fuller picture of Eliot’s intellectual and artistic endeavors is available at www.eliotgrasso.com.
Ron Julian met his wife, Robby, soon after he became a Christian in 1971, and they were married in 1978. They have two grown children, a son and a daughter who are both Gutenberg graduates and married Gutenberg graduates, and three grandsons. The Julian family has a long-time interest in the arts, especially film and music, and they would be embarrassed to admit how much time they each spend working at computers.
Ron and Robby are deeply committed to the work done at Gutenberg and McKenzie Study Center; they are grateful that they have had the opportunity to play a part in it for so long. Ron started working at McKenzie Study Center in 1982 and has had been a tutor at Gutenberg since it opened in 1994. Robby is an editor for Gutenberg College and McKenzie Study Center; she has edited the monthly newsletter News & Views since 1993.
Ron earned his B.A. degree in linguistics from the University of Oregon and his M.A. in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of Righteous Sinners (now available as an e-book) and co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible.
Tim McIntosh, provost and tutor at Gutenberg, was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia; he received his B.A. from Bryan College (TN) and his M.A. in Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary. He spent his early professional life in politics, working at the Georgia State Legislature, and later worked as a freelance writer.
During an extended trip through Europe, he visited the Swiss L’Abri community, a visit that renewed his view of the Christian faith. After returning to the States, he helped start a small Christian study community near Athens, Georgia. After six years there, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he heard about Gutenberg College.
In addition to teaching writing to Gutenberg freshmen and sophomores, he is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. His play Søn of Abraham received a “Best New Plays” award, and the film of his screenplay Mandie was released by Kalon Media in spring 2009. His dramatized version of Dante’s Divine Comedy was performed at Gutenberg College in fall 2009.
Tim likes basketball, flyfishing, and playing on Gutenberg’s “intramural” soccer teams.
Chris Swanson, president and tutor at Gutenberg, was one of the men who began planning Gutenberg College a few years before it opened in 1994. Prior to that he taught at the University of Oregon, Northwest Christian College, and Westmont College (his alma mater). He became Gutenberg College’s second president in 2016.
Chris believes that Gutenberg’s discussion-based approach helps students to retain far more of the material than do other teaching methods. He also values the Christian commitment shared by the faculty because it provides a forum for pursuing truth as students form their worldview. Chris primarily teaches mathematics and the sciences, but he also greatly enjoys tutoring in areas such as philosophy and literature.
Chris and his wife, Cynthia, are blessed with three children, two sons and a daughter. They homeschooled their two sons, both of whom went on to graduate from Gutenberg, and they homeschool their daughter. All the Swansons share an addiction to Chris’s excellent homemade pizza.
Cynthia Swanson has been happily married to Dr. Chris Swanson (Gutenberg’s president) since 1986. The couple have three children. Cindy became a believer while in high school, which led her to enroll at Westmont College. She earned a degree in English and an independent major called “Dramatic Studies” at Westmont. She then studied at the University of Oregon, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. She worked with theatre companies for several years prior to returning to teach at Westmont College as an adjunct professor of English. Cindy joined the teaching staff at Gutenberg in 1994. She helps homeschool her daughter (her two sons attend Gutenberg) and has written three children’s novels. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and traveling.
John Wagner has studied at several universities, and has a B.A. in German and an M.A. in linguistics, both from the University of Oregon. John has taught since 1990, most recently German at the University of Oregon. He enjoys studying (theology, eschatology, and linguistics, among other subjects) and coaching and participating in sports.
John has lived in rural Lane county for most of his life, but he has also been able to travel much. During middle school, he lived in Mexico and Belize. He lived in Germany twice—for a year each time—first as an exchange student in Tübingen and then as an exchange teacher in Saarland.
He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1989. Since 2000, they have lived in the Triangle Lake area, where they have chickens, goats, llamas, two cats, a dog, and lots of flowers and trees. They have two grown children who live in Portland and Corvallis.
Karen Zeller studied Latin in her first term at Princeton, when she intended to become an attorney. Latin captured her instead, and she added Greek the next year, ultimately taking more than half her college courses in the Classics department. She earned her A.B. in classics, language track, in 1982, following independent work on Latin and Greek elegiac poetry and a senior thesis about early church fathers’ attitudes toward women.
She then studied for her M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She taught Koiné Greek I, II, and III at Vanguard College in Costa Mesa, California. She finished her M.Div. degree with concluding work in intergenerational education. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in educational measurement and assessment at the University of Oregon.
Karen and her husband, Ralph, homeschooled their three children in Cottage Grove, Oregon. While homeschooling, Karen began a Latin program at HomeSource, a homeschooling resource center in Eugene. There she developed a program that delivered a series of basic grammar courses that could be completed in middle school or high school, followed by a rotating four-year sequence of college-level Latin courses. At HomeSource and other schools, she has taught innovative and challenging courses in Greek, English, and other subjects for twenty-five years. She has written model curricula for the College Board and presented at classical studies conferences in California, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Of all of the things she has done, what she loves most, next to reading great books with her kids, is reading great books in Latin and Greek with her students.