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2015-16 Wake Forest Fellows named

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By Madeline Stone, News and Communications Intern

Ten seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working in the President’s Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices around campus.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional graduates with a chance to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time University employee for a year. In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“I am excited about welcoming aboard this class of new Fellows,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the President. “They are a tremendously talented group and they’ve been involved in every aspect of the life of Wake Forest and making it a better place. My hope for them is that they continue to learn all they can as Fellows and that they grow personally and professionally.”

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2015-16 are:

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Foskett to deliver 2015 Hubert McNeill Poteat Lecture

Mary FoskettMary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religion, will lecture on “Biblical Studies and the Humanities: Reflections on Past Practices and New Directions” on Tuesday, April 21 at 4 p.m. at the Kulynych Auditorium at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

Foskett joined Wake Forest in 1997. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biblical studies and is the director of Wake Forest University’s Humanities Institute. Her publications include,  A Virgin Conceived: Mary and Classical Representations of Virginity, Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation, and a forthcoming essay in The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in the New Testament.

Foskett serves on the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and as Chair of Council for the Society of Biblical Literature.

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25 Years Later: President Hatch’s Book on American Christianity

Christianity-Democratization-headerA quarter century after it was published, scholars are still talking about the award-winning book, “The Democratization of American Christianity,” written by Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.

To mark the book’s 25th anniversary, Wake Forest will host a half-day symposium Feb. 6 featuring seven of the country’s most distinguished scholars of early American religion reflecting on the influence of the book.

The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. A detailed schedule is posted on the symposium website.

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Retired professor and chair of religion Willard Hamrick dies

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Willard Hamrick, a retired professor and chair of religion well-known for his archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East, died on Jan. 8, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 91.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley (MAEd ’74), a retired associate director of admissions at Wake Forest, and one son, Allen (’83). A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.

Hamrick joined the faculty in 1952 and retired as Albritton Professor of Religion in 1988. An Old Testament scholar, he undertook more than a dozen archaeological excavations at biblical sites in Jordan and Israel, often with students. He was especially adept at identifying ancient coins unearthed at excavation sites.

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November faculty publications

Cunningham, Patricia M., & James W. Cunningham. (Education). Teaching Common Core English Language Arts Standards: 20 Lesson Frameworks for Elementary Grades. Solution Tree. August 2014.

Leonard, Bill J. (Divinity). A Sense of the Heart: Christian Religious Experience in the United States. Abingdon Press. November 2014.

Wiethaus, Ulrike. (Religion). German Mysticism and the Politics of Culture (American University Studies – Theology and Religion series). Peter Lang. September 2014.

Young, Julian. (Philosophy). The Philosophies of Richard Wagner. Lexington Books. September 2014.

October faculty publication announcements

Ilesanmi, Simeon O. (Religion), Win-Chiat Lee (Philosophy), & J. Wilson Parker (Law), Eds. The Rule of Law and the Rule of God. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

McFall, Todd A. (Economics). The (Peculiar) Economics of NCAA Basketball. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). Digital DNA: Social Networking and You. Rupa Publications. September 2014.

Otteson, James R. (Business). The End of Socialism. Cambridge University Press. October 2014.

Wood, John H. (Economics). Central Banking in a Democracy: The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives (Routledge Explorations in Economic History series). Routledge. October 2014.

Memorial service for Dan Via

Dan O. Via, who taught in the religion department from 1956 to 1968, died Oct. 12, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Saint Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.

A native of Charlottesville, Via graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. In 1960, following the arrests of 10 Wake Forest students who participated in a sit-in at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Winston-Salem, Via helped pay the students’ bonds so they could be released from jail.

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July 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining the University in July 2014.

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July 2014 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones in July 2014:

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Teaching and Learning Center recognizes innovative teaching

Ted Gellar-Goad was one of five professors recognized for innovative teaching.

Ted Gellar-Goad was one of five professors recognized for innovative teaching.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Teaching and Learning Center 2014 Teaching Innovation Awards.

  • T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, teacher/scholar/post-doc fellow in classical languages
  • Lynn S. Neal, associate professor of religion
  • D. Stokes Piercy, assistant teaching professor in communication
  • Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics
  • Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication

Jennifer Collins, associate provost for academic initiatives and law professor, presented the awards at an April 30 luncheon held in the recipients’ honor.

This award recognizes the effort put forth by faculty who have redesigned their courses or introduced new courses, using new methods or innovative approaches to applying the research on learning to the practice of teaching.

Read more about Teaching and Learning Center awards and funding here.