Professor Emeritus of Biology at Wisconsin Lutheran College
PhD University of Iowa, Iowa City IA: Science Education – Biology
MST Union College, NY: Chemistry
MS Winona State University, Winona MN: Education
BS Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm MN: Education
Paul Boehlke is Professor emeritus of Biology at Wisconsin Lutheran College and is now living in New Ulm. He doesn’t feel that retirement is a Biblical concept and is privileged to teach EDU5103 Improving Instruction in Mathematics and Science. The teaching of inquiry-based science has always been important to him. Former students report remembering the science activities they did in his classes from years past.
At the University of Iowa Boehlke did research on plant-animal interactions and human cognitive preferences. He has also studied marine biology under Eugene Kaplan in Jamaica, apologetics under John Warwick Montgomery in France, and anatomy and physiology under Richard G. Kessel at the University of Iowa.
In 2004 Boehlke was selected for the Gary J. Greenfield Endowed Chair of Christian Leadership Studies at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He has also received recognition from the Governor of Minnesota, was selected for Project Kaleidoscope’s (PKAL) Faculty for the 21st Century, was awarded a Certificate and honorarium from the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his submission to “The AAAS Black Church Health Connection Project,” and has received the Pro Gloria Dei award from Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Starting with his assignment to a one-teacher school, he has taught at every level in Lutheran schools including chemistry and biology at Martin Luther College for 24 years and anatomy and physiology at Wisconsin Lutheran College for 15 years.
He has published over a hundred articles and reviews. Other Christian colleges and universities use several of his writings on the nature of science in their classes. His essay on the nature of science published in Zygon: The Journal of Religion and Science was recently used in a doctoral study at the The University of Southern Mississippi.
He has presented at conferences within the WELS and beyond, including the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, Concordia University Wisconsin, Radford University, Wort & Wissen in Germany, and to the faculty of Beacon School in Grenada, West Indies where he also served as a resource to improve their science program.
Boehlke is currently working on a book concerning the relationship of science and faith.
He and his wife Jeanette have four sons and eight grandchildren. Jeanette, also a graduate of MLC, has teaching experience throughout the grades and also established the preschool at St. Lucas in Milwaukee. Boehlke enjoys nature photography and building HO model trains.