Dr. Marlin Adrian was appointed to Salem in 1998. He started his teaching career at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas and later taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and Averett College in Danville, Virginia. He has been involved in department and committee leadership at Salem. He served as chair for the Religion and Philosophy Department and was previously division director of Humanities. Dr. Adrian has also been part of numerous committees, including Curriculum, Tenure and Promotion, Academic Council, Admissions Committee, and Faculty Advisory Board.
Some of the courses Dr. Adrian teaches include The Religious Dimension, Western Religious Traditions, Eastern Religious Traditions, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Religion and Ethics, and Indigenous Religious Traditions. Much of his research involves religion and modern culture.
Dr. Adrian’s family includes spouse Marie Clark, a retired physical therapist, daughter Stephanie, son-in-law Blake, and grandson Jackson Elias. The Adrians have a family dog, Charlie, a graduate of the Guilford County prison program, whom Dr. Adrian describes as his “personal trainer.”
Advice to prospective religion students: “Religion majors are the most interesting people at every party they attend, and can choose from a wide variety of paths after graduation.”