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Oglethorpe Faculty

Dale A. McGowan

Part-Time Lecturer, Core Studies – Core Office: dmcgowan@oglethorpe.edu

B.A., Music, University of California Berkeley
M.A., Instrumental Conducting, Cal State Northridge
Ph.D., Music Composition and Theory, University of Minnesota

Dale McGowan is the author of eight books and three podcasts on topics including nonreligious life, science communication, death, and music. He and his wife Becca, an elementary ESOL teacher, have three adult children.


Office Hours:

  • Tuesday, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, 1-2 p.m.

Areas of Research and Interest:
Emotional communication in music


  • Sharing Reality (Pitchstone, 2017)
  • Parenting Beyond Belief (AMACOM, 2007, 2016)
  • In Faith and in Doubt (AMACOM, 2014)
  • Atheism for Dummies (Wiley, 2013)
  • Voices of Unbelief (Greenwood, 2011)
  • Raising Freethinkers (AMACOM, 2009)
  • Good Thunder (Xlibris, 2010)
  • Calling Bernadette’s Bluff (Xlibris, 2002)

Honors and Awards:

  • Boston Art Song competition – Win for ‘Armgart’
  • American Composers Forum competition – Honorable Mention for ‘Snickelways of York’
  • University of Minnesota Orchestral Composition Award – ‘Interactivity’
  • Faculty Teaching Award – St. Catherine
  • University Humanist Visionary – Foundation Beyond Belief
  • Humanist of the Year – Harvard University

Courses Taught (various institutions):

  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Orchestra
  • Orchestration
  • Music & Culture