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Faculty books: July 2017 report

Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). The Counseling Dictionary, 4th ed. American Counseling Association. July 2017.

Leonard, Bill. (Divinity). The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers (Homebrewed Christianity series). Fortress Press. July 2017.

Whaples, Robert M., Ed. (Economics). Pope Francis and the Caring Society. Independent Institute. September 2017 (made available in July).

Batten named assistant dean at School of Divinity

C. Mark Batten

This is a guest post of the School of Divinity:

C. Mark Batten has been named assistant dean of admissions and strategic communications at the School of Divinity.

“This appointment acknowledges Mark’s creative leadership at the school,” said Shonda R. Jones, associate dean of admissions and student services at the School of Divinity. “He has helped us in every way possible to expand the prominence of our programs and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students so that all aspects of our communications and marketing, across departments, tells a genuine story about our innovative and evolving theological education environment.”

Since 2011, Batten has led the communications and positioning strategy for the School of Divinity, leveraging social, print, and digital technologies to connect a variety of populations to the school in creative, new, and compelling ways. He has also streamlined the school’s admissions processes to enhance how prospective students move through the school’s recruitment funnel while also strengthening the application and admissions technology the office uses.

“Having the opportunity to enhance the reputation, promotion, and visibility of the School of Divinity has been one of the highlights of my career in higher education,” Batten said. “Not many have the privilege to be a part of a professional community that is as forward-thinking and responsive to the needs of people today, or one that intentionally creates an educational structure that supports the many ways the next generation of leaders desire to make an impact in our communities.”

Batten’s involvement at Wake Forest extends to other areas of the university. He was a member of the latest cohort of the Leadership Development Program, sponsored by the Professional Development Center (PDC) supporting senior leaders and faculty members through personal coaching and group dialogue on critical leadership and management topics. He is also active with Information Systems, aiding the implementation of Workday as a Change Management Partner and is participating in conversations about the evolving nature of student technology and digital experiences at the university. Batten works closely with members of the university news team to broaden the school’s reach by tapping into specific media channels and resources. He also works with the digital and print creative services teams to ensure the School of Divinity remains brand consistent with the larger University initiatives.

Prior to Wake Forest, Batten served as the admissions analyst and manager of admissions programming at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Before his work in theological education, he served in congregational ministry in North Carolina and Georgia, as a prison chaplain, and with human resources and finance for NSTAR Global Services, a semiconductor service company. He also teaches introductory religion courses at Campbell University and regularly preaches at congregations across North Carolina.

Batten earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Campbell University and a master’s of divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Faculty promotions 2017

Congratulations to Wake Forest faculty who have received promotions, effective July 1.

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Ash Wednesday services to be held March 1

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and the Office of Spiritual Life at the School of Divinity are sponsoring Ash Wednesday services on Hearn Plaza and Manchester Plaza on March 1.  The services are open to students, faculty and staff.

An announcement by those offices explains that “Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a 40-day journey of introspection and repentance in the Christian tradition.”

The Ashes on the Plaza services will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon on the steps of Wait Chapel on Hearn Plaza and from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.

In addition, various religious groups will be holding Ash Wednesday services at campus locations.  Details are available from those religious communities.

Wake Forest MLK 'Building the Dream" award winners announced

Religion professor Derek Hicks and two students Rose O’Brien and Cazandra Rebollar have been named Wake Forest University’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.

The award is traditionally presented to a professor or administrator and a student from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one faculty member and two students were selected as winners at Wake Forest.

Faculty award winner Derek Hicks is an assistant professor of religion and culture in Wake Forest School of Divinity and Department for the Study of Religions, and the Henry Luce Diversity Fellow. He joined Wake Forest in 2011.

Hicks has spoken nationwide and in the Winston-Salem community at various churches and events to discuss and provide insight on current race relations in America. He works closely with community leaders such as Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. William A. Lawson, Dr. John Mendez, and Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch to ensure meaningful discussions continue that build and enhance community relations.

“It is an honor for the School of Divinity to have the contributions of one of our faculty members recognized with this award,” said Gail O’Day, dean of the divinity school. “Dr. Hicks’s scholarship, teaching, student mentoring, and community engagement do indeed help bring the dream of racial justice closer to a lived reality for all of us.”

More information is available here.