"School of Divinity" Archive

Faculty books: August 2020

Clendinning, Elizabeth A. (Music). American Gamelan and the Ethnomusicological Imagination. University of Illinois Press. 2020.

Jones, Shonda R., & Pamela R. Lightsey, Eds. (Divinity). Transforming Service: Reflections of Student Service Professionals in Theological Education. Pickwick Publications. 2020.

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Faculty books: December 2019

Miguel-Prendes, Sol. (Spanish & Italian). Narrating Desire: Moral Consolation and Sentimental Fiction in Fifteenth-Century Spain. The University of North Carolina Press. 2019.

Neal, Lynn S. (Study of Religions). Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America. New York University Press. 2019.

Rogers, Melissa. (Divinity). Faith in American Public Life. Forward by E.J. Dionne Jr. Baylor University Press. 2019.

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Proposals funded: Senior, Duchac, Shugoll

Congratulations to John Senior, assistant teach professor in the School of Divinity, whose proposal entitled “Thriving in Ministry Initiative 2018” has been funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Congratulations to Jonathan Duchac, professor in the School of Business, whose proposal entitled “Fund for Peace: Divestiture Project” has been funded by the Fund for Peace.

Congratulations to Brad Shugoll, assistant director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, whose proposal entitled “Campus Kitchen Summer Feeding Site” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and by (subaward/subcontract from) the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

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Library Partners Press names awards in honor of O'Day and Coates

Library Partners Press, an imprint of Wake Forest’s Digital Publishing Division, has named its inaugural literary awards the Gail O’Day Award and the David Coates Award.  O’Day and Coates were distinguished members of the University’s academic community before their deaths in 2018.

The Gail O’Day Award for Poetry recognizes outstanding achievements in poetry. “Throughout her career, Gail O’Day relied on poetry–individual poems and collections alike–to guide her teaching, sermons, and reading life,” according to a Literary Partners Press announcement.  O’Day, professor of New Testament and preaching, served as dean of the School of Divinity from 2010 until June 30, 2018.  She died Sept. 22.

The David Coates Award for Non-Fiction honors outstanding achievements in non-fiction, including histories, memoir and creative non-fiction.  Coates “was an expert on American politics, economy and society, and he was a prolific scholar and author of books, articles, and blog posts on capitalism, immigration, and presidents,” according to the announcement.  At Wake Forest, he was Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies.  He died Aug. 7.

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Gail R. O'Day

This message from President Hatch was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 22:

It is with great sadness that I share with you that former Wake Forest University School of Divinity Dean, Gail R. O’Day, died this morning. Dr. O’Day served as Dean from 2010 until June 30, 2018.

For more than 35 years, Dr. O’Day offered her leadership as a scholar, teacher and administrator to theological schools and the broader world of theological education. When she arrived at Wake Forest, she led the School of Divinity into its second decade, establishing innovative programming and initiating curricular revisions that strengthened the School’s identity as a place where leaders are equipped for ministries and the work of justice, reconciliation, and compassion.

Dr. O’Day was wonderfully creative in her ability to relate the work of the School of Divinity with other dimensions of the University, resulting in new programs that responded to existing needs and were attractive to students and faculty alike. The School now emphasizes critical historical and public issues, such as race and class, gender and sexuality, and religious pluralism, and encourages students to explore ways to connect these concerns with their identities as Gospel proclaimers, pastoral care providers, and teachers.

Dr. O’Day was beloved by the School of Divinity community, especially students. The vision she shared through her writing, teaching, and leadership continues to influence them as they follow their own vocational pathways, carrying her transformative spirit into the wider world.

To honor the life and leadership of Dr. O’Day, we have established a remembrance website – https://gailoday.wfu.edu – where members of our community can share memories, leave condolences and learn more about Dr. O’Day’s remarkable scholarship and contributions to Wake Forest.

We hold her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Details about a memorial service will be posted when they become available.


Nathan O. Hatch

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