Title: History Professor, Minister, Writer
Company: Western Michigan University
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Paul L. Maier, Ph.D., History Professor, Minister and Writer at Western Michigan University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ancient history, ministry, literature and higher education.
Drawing upon more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Maier is a renowned figure in the fields of ancient history and higher education, having served as a professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University for 51 years from 1960 to 2011. Reaching emeritus status at that time, he is a Lutheran scholar on the history of Christianity, a historian and novelist who has authored 25 historical fiction and non-fiction books, and the former Russell H. Siebert professor. Additionally, he served as a campus chaplain at Western Michigan University for 41 years from 1958 to 1999.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Maier pursued formal education at Harvard University, where he obtained a Master of Arts in 1954. He subsequently received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in 1955 and a Doctor of Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Basel in Switzerland in 1957. To supplement his education, he also completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Heidelberg in the Federal Republic of Germany. After gaining prestige in his field, he received three honorary doctorates from Concordia University in 1995, 2000, and 2007.
With research focus areas revolving around ancient Near East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Christianity and the Roman Empire and the Reformation Era, Dr. Maier developed two new literary genres, the documentary historical novel and the theological thriller. His first book, “A Man Spoke, A World Listened,” was a biography of his late father, Dr. Walter A. Maier, who was the founder of the Lutheran Hour radio program. In addition, he has authored such books as “A Skeleton in God’s Closet,” a #1 national best-seller in religious fiction, “More than a Skeleton,” “Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World,” and “The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?” which was a critical rebuttal of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and co-authored by Hank Hanegraaf. Notably, he has further contributed 300 articles and reviews to professional journals throughout his career.
As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Maier has accrued numerous accolades, including the Gold Medallion Book Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in 1989 and the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in 1974. He was also the recipient of a Citation from the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters in 1985 and was named Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 1984 and an Outstanding Educator in America from 1974 to 1975. He has been highlighted in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion and several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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