Abbylynn Helgevold

Assistant Professor of Religion

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Abbylynn Helgevold joined the Wartburg College faculty in 2020 after teaching at the University of Northern Iowa since 2012. Helgevold earned a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies from Iowa State University and a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Iowa.

The breadth of Helgevold’s teaching experience and interests include courses on western civilization, sexual ethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, world religions, religion and film, comparative religious ethics, and philosophy.

Helgevold remains engaged in scholarship and public speaking. Her current research focuses on the ethics of microaggression and the value of a virtue ethical approach for shedding light on the complicated dynamics and questions involved. This research is tied to deeper questions about the role of emotions in the moral life.

Concurrent with her teaching and research, Helgevold is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, which hosts annual meetings with the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics and the Society of Jewish Ethics. At UNI, she facilitated workshops with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and developed a teaching strategy focused on strengthening resilience for first-year students with the TEACHUNI certificate program.

Recent professional awards and honors include Provost’s Leadership Academy (II) Participant, “First-Year Student Advocate” recognition and “Transfer Student Friendly” recognition, among many more.