Philip Bowles, Ph.D.

  • Professor of English


  • A.B., Trevecca Nazarene College
  • M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School and San Diego State University


Dr. Philip Bowles arrived in 1980 to teach general and English linguistics, to strengthen the core faculty in composition, and to lead the program in English education, later serving the department as chair for one three-year term.

As a fellow in the California (San Diego Area) Writing Project, he has led teacher workshops in writing across the curriculum. He has published several articles on methods of teaching English in the professional journal California English, the quarterly of the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE), and served as the periodical’s first guest editor summer of 2011. Bowles was president of the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English in the 1990s and served as a member of the Board of Directors of CATE for four years.

At PLNU Dr. Bowles gave faculty leadership to early sustainability efforts and co-founded two cross-disciplinary programs for incoming freshmen, one of them dubbed by his dean as a “boot camp for underprepared college students.”

In recent years, Dr. Bowles and his spouse have been volunteers and leaders in sustainability and social justice efforts in San Diego. They have three adult children, two of whom are PLNU alumni.