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September 4th, 2015 | Faculty News
The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has selected Michelle Voss Roberts of the School of Divinity as one of its 2015 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion. She is associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of theology in the School.
In particular, she was selected for the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies. The award recognizes her book, “Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion.”
The Awards for Excellence recognize new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. The awards honor books of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. For more information, see https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/book-awards.
Awards will be presented at the AAR’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Nov. 22.
Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of religion scholars, and its mission is to foster excellence in the study of religion by promoting research, publishing, and teaching about religion in academia. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad.
The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.
August 20th, 2015 | Staff News
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August 19th, 2015 | University Announcement
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July 6th, 2015 | Faculty News
This story written by C. Mark Batten was originally posted on the School of Divinity website.
James Dunn, who was a champion of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, passed away on July 4 at the age of 83. For Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Dunn was a teacher and mentor with an inspirational ingenuity and comedic wit.
Dunn served as resident professor of Christianity and public policy from 1999 until his retirement in 2014. He taught courses on Christian Ethics and electives on the Church and State in America, Christianity and Public Policy, and God and the New York Times.
Many of Dunn’s courses involved travel to Washington, D.C., giving Divinity students the opportunity to meet with national, political religious leaders, many with whom Dunn had developed lasting relationships when he served as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (1981-1999). These courses have given lasting memories to students of James Dunn and the role of religion in the public sphere.
The Wake Forest University community joins the nation in mourning the victims and searching for answers in light of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
“In the wake of this terrible tragedy, we search for hope, understanding and healing,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “We continue to keep the people of Charleston in our thoughts and prayers and offer support to all those in our own community who have been affected by this horrible event.”
On Friday, June 19, a prayer service was held on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Wake Forest community gathered from 2-3 p.m. in Davis Chapel to show solidarity and support. The service was organized by the Office of the Chaplain and coordinated by Associate Chaplain K. Monet Rice-Jalloh with the help of the LGBTQ Center, the School of Divinity, and others across campus.
“The history of America and the Negro is wrought with incidence of violence in worship spaces,” said Rice-Jalloh. “Yet, we continue to gather and pray not because we are mindless pawns seeking anesthetic for our minds, but because we know that prayer is resistance and power and repair for our souls. The grief of those gathered for our prayer meeting was like an aroma of heaviness. But the audacity to pray beneath a dense theological cloud, lifts the words of scriptural faith in our midst, ‘hither to (to this place) has the Lord kept us.'”
Wake Forest offers counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, and the Office of the Chaplain at 758-5210. Faculty and staff may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.
June 15th, 2015 | Faculty News
Gala, Candelas. (Romance Languages). Creative Cognition and the Cultural Panorama of Twentieth-Century Spain. Palgrave Macmillan. May 2015.
Leonard, Bill. (Divinity). Word of God Across the Ages: Using Christian History in Preaching, 3rd expanded ed. Smyth & Helwys. May 2015.
Wilson, Eric. (English). Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life. Sarah Crichton Books. May 2015.
The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:
Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:
- Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
- Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.
Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:
- Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.
Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:
- John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
- Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
- Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.
For more information, please visit http://provost.wfu.edu/current-faculty/faculty-resources/grants-and-funding/
April 13th, 2015 | Faculty News
Entitled “William James and the Protestant Conversion Crisis,” the lecture dealt with James’ approach to religious conversion as a guide for interpreting Protestant conversion processes and practices, past and present.
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Brown, Amanda Kate; Visitor Experience Specialist; Reynolda House: Store
Dillon, Lawrence M.; Adjunct; Music
Dragoni, Lisa ; Associate Prof., Management; WFUSB-Instruction
Featherstone, Amber Danielle; Dir., International Programs; Law: Admissions
Greiner, Geni H; Executive Dir, University Events; Advancement
Hartzog, Rebecca Glen; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Magee, Benjamin Ryan; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
McEnany, Michael Patrick; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
Pate, Mary Kinsey; Coordinator, Athletic Comm; Athletics: Media Relations
Payne, Seth Cornell; Recruiting Assistant; Athletics: Football
Schuyler, Joshua Trey; Technician; Advancement: Information Systems
Shoaf, Edwin Innes; Health Law & Policy Res. Asst.; Law: Instruction
Shriver, Dawn Wagner; Administrative Coodinator; WFUSB-Administration
Wheelock, Jennifer R.; Adjunct; Divinity: Vocational Development
Whicker, Courtney Alexandra; Outreach Coordinator; Bioethics