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Meet the Faculty

Classical Liberal Arts Department Staff

"My classes have brought me face-to-face with some of the most important questions human beings have ever had to answer, and my professors have become friends, guiding me along the path."

—Jordan Hughes ('17)


Douglas Favelo, Ph.D.

Chairman, Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Professor of History

Dr. Favelo teaches courses in the history of western civilization, Roman history, Greek history, and historical research methods at Patrick Henry College. Prior to coming to Patrick Henry College, he served for ten years as a lecturer at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin.

Dr. Favelo's passion is to facilitate students in their intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God. He, his wife, and his six children live on a mountain farm in Loudoun County, VA, where they raise pigs, cows, ducks, and chickens.


Steve Hake, Ph.D.

Professor of Literature

Dr. Hake teaches a variety of literature courses, including Western Lit I and II in the core, and Charles Dickens, American Literature and Poetry in the upper division. He was a college professor/missionary for many years in Taiwan, and more recently launched Rivendell Study Center. He is especially concerned to see PHC students grow in discipleship and personal evangelism. His interests, in addition to literature and reading, include language learning, sailing, and backpacking.


Stephen S. McRoberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Classics

Dr. Stephen McRoberts is an Assistant Professor of Classics. He was previously at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, where he was a lecturer of Classics. Dr. McRoberts has extensive college level teaching experience in Roman History, Greek and Latin.  At PHC, Dr. McRoberts teaches Latin, Greek, and a variety of classical history courses.

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