Faculty Honorees

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Clockwise from upper left: Sojung Hong, Amber Randolph, Keith Krispin, Joy Towner, Mike McKeever, and Josh Jones

At the November Faculty Assembly, the accomplishments of six colleagues were highlighted:

  • Keith Krispin & Mike McKeever, approved for sabbatical leaves in AY1819
  • Amber Randolph, promoted to the rank of associate professor
  • Sojung Hong, promoted to the rank of full professor
  • Josh Jones and  Joy Towner, both awarded tenure

Congratulations to these excellent professors who bring distinction on themselves, their disciplines, the university; we are so fortunate to teach, serve, and grow alongside you!

Reading Circles for Spring 2018

00.pngFaculty and staff are now invited to register for next semester’s reading circles. This spring we will discuss James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love (read the Artistic Theologian’s review here). Circles will meet biweekly at the following days and times (to be finalized/altered by the members of each group, based on teaching and committee schedules):

  • Tuesdays, 8:15-9:15
  • Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00
  • Thursdays, 12:00-1:00

If you’d like to take part, please email your preference(s) of day/time to JAmundson@JudsonU.edu by December 1. (For the seven specific meeting dates, please follow this link.) If you are among the first on the list, she will deliver a book to you before Christmas Break!

upcoming prayer service for faculty & staff

JU faculty & staff, please mark your calendars and join your colleagues for a service of prayer and lament on Friday, November 3 in the (new) Reed Room in Lindner Tower. The service will start at 10:10 AM and conclude before 11:00 AM. We will gather to offer in worship some of the anxiety and pain that we have felt across our campus in recent months through song, guided prayer, and silent reflection led by Mark Torgerson and Warren Anderson.

First Faculty Colloquium for 2017-2018: Robert Wallace & Mark Torgerson

Our first faculty colloquium for the academic year will feature two presentations drawing from recent projects that join scholarly research with educational practices.
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Robert Wallace, “Reading the Old Testament through the Psalms”
In 1999, W. H. Bellinger gave a presentation in which he suggested that the book of Psalms might be a productive canonical starting point for further conversation for a theology of the whole Old Testament. Bellinger’s creative starting point became the springboard for this project. Additionally, active learning classroom exercises demonstrated the power of using context based learning in general and the Psalms in particular. This project uses the book of Psalms as a dialogue partner to produce a context-based introduction to the Old Testament text. A canonical starting point as a gateway into the rest of the Old Testament provides a special, and perhaps even sacred, place to begin.
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Mark Torgerson, “Wisdom Beyond Ourselves:  Teaching World Religions Today”
Religion is an integral part of human life.  Religion is a shared human experience among people of all cultures and countries.  With communication and transportation advancements of the last fifty years, more and more people of different faiths are encountering one another.  As incentives to migrate from one part of the world to another increase, nations are becoming less and less homogenous in their religious practices.  Achieving at least a base knowledge of world religions is increasingly helpful for interpreting the choices and actions of people around us and being a thoughtful neighbor.  This presentation includes insights concerning the teaching of religion to undergraduate students based in Mark’s recent participation in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute concerning the teaching of world religions and drawing from recent travels in India and Nepal.  The project seeks appreciation for the common search for wisdom beyond ourselves that can inspire each of us to know and share our own faith with confidence and joy.
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The colloquium will be held on Tuesday, October 31, at 11:00-12:30 in LTOW E/F. To ensure the adequacy of refreshments and room arrangement, please register by Monday, October 23 by following this link.

author James Lang at this year’s ACCA symposium

Whether or not you have joined one of the groups reading Small Teaching this semester, you may like to hear from its author, James Lang, who will present the plenary address at this year’s ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium. Information on this annual event, held this year on the campus of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, can be found on the PDF available here.

reading circles meeting fall semester 2017

Reminder of meeting locations for this semester’s reading circles: Wednesday midday in LTOW 3 MLA; Thursday midday in Creekside 116, and Thursday morning in HAWAC Blue Room. Looking forward to hearing about the discussions and teaching experiments and pedagogical innovation prompted by Small Teaching!