"Jill Crainshaw" Archive

Faculty and staff books: September and October 2021

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty and staff from the Reynolda Campus who reported publishing books in September and October 2021:

A message from the University Ombuds

The following is a guest post from Jill Crainshaw, Wake Forest University faculty and staff ombuds.

Photo of Jill Crainshaw, Wake Forest University ombuds, vice dean for faculty development and academic initiatives and Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology

Professor Jill Crainshaw, University ombuds and vice dean for faculty development and academic initiatives

Do you seek a confidential sounding board for a work-related idea or question that is on your mind? An active listener? A strategy for responding to a tangled situation in your daily work?

In Spring 2021, Wake Forest established an Ombuds Office as a resource to provide informal, confidential, impartial and independent resolution for all Reynolda Campus faculty and staff – both full and part-time.

What is an ombuds?

Here at Wake Forest, the ombuds helps faculty and staff to resolve workplace problems and gives general feedback to University administrators on observed trends and patterns related to overall workplace health. Read more

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Faculty Panel to be held April 7

Informational flier for the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Panel Discussion on April 7, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The flier shows headshots of WFU faculty moderator Betsy Barre and faculty panelists Katherine A. Shaner, Corey D. B. Walker and Betina Wilkinson.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity will host a virtual faculty panel on anti-racist pedagogies on Wednesday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event offers faculty across the University the opportunity to think more deeply, dialogue more broadly and act more decisively in implementing anti-racist pedagogies in their courses. The interdisciplinary panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging anti-racist pedagogy in the classroom.

“Grassroots movements across the U.S. are urgently calling for bold action to eradicate racial injustice and violence at its core,” said Jill Crainshaw, Vice Dean for faculty development and academic initiatives. “Through intentional dialogue, we hope to explore our role as educators in embodying bold action through teaching and ways to enhance our pedagogy to better prepare students for critically conscious, anti-racist leadership.”

The conversation will be moderated by Betsy Barre, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Panelists include:

  • Katherine A. Shaner, associate professor of New Testament
  • Corey D. B. Walker, Wake Forest professor of the Humanities
  • Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, associate professor and associate chair of Politics and International Affairs, and director of the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI)

This event is co-sponsored by the WFU Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI) and made possible through a departmental grant from the Program for Leadership and Character.

Registration is required.

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Provost Kersh announcement: Dean O'Day to step down

Provost Rogan Kersh emailed this announcement to Wake Forest faculty and staff on April 11:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Gail O’Day has announced that she will step down as Dean of the School of Divinity on June 30, 2018. Dean O’Day has been on research leave this academic year.

Under Dean O’Day’s leadership since 2010, in a period when many seminaries have experienced enrollment declines and have even had to merge with other institutions or close operations completely, our School of Divinity has thrived. Her faculty and staff have expanded a remarkably diverse student body whose academic, ministerial, and spiritual gifts are abundant. She has supported a growing faculty whose broad range of scholarly work and public presence has enhanced our entire University’s visibility and impact. Little wonder that the Center for Faith and Service has recognized the School of Divinity under Dean O’Day’s leadership as one of a select number of “Seminaries that Change the World.”

In addition to being a sterling administrator, O’Day is one of the best known and most respected teachers and scholars of the Gospel of John in her discipline of New Testament. She has been teaching New Testament studies in theological schools since 1983. O’Day has also written numerous reference works and articles in the field of New Testament that are widely used by scholars and ministers.

Professor Jill Crainshaw, who has served as Acting Dean during Dean O’Day’s research leave, will continue as Interim Dean for the upcoming academic year, during which we will conduct a national search.

The University celebrates with a spirit of gratitude the visionary leadership of Dean O’Day.


Rogan Kersh

Faculty publications: January and February 2015 publications

Crainshaw, Jill Y. (Divinity). They Spin with Their Hands: Women’s Ordination Rites: Renewing God’s Story with God’s People. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. February 2015.

Cunningham, Patricia M., & Richard L. Allington. (Education). Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write, 6th ed. Pearson. February 2015.

Warren, Carl S., James M. Reeve, & Jonathan Duchac. (Business). Accounting, 26th ed. Cengage Learning. January 2015.

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