2017 June Faculty News

The faculty members of Johnson University participate in many activities beyond their normal teaching responsibilities, including writing, speaking, presenting at academic meetings, mission trips, and community involvement. The list below describes faculty activities in June 2017.

Brent Brewer (Professor of Intercultural Studies) attended the American Society of Missiology Conference at Wheaton College from June 16 to 18.

Susan Calderón (Lecturer in Intercultural Studies) is serving as Local Arrangements Committee treasurer for the Convención Nacional Cristiana to be held on campus from July 18 to 20. She will participate in the praise group from Iglesia Cristiana Vida Nueva and lead singing for the opening service the evening of the 18th. Also, she has been selected to serve as one of the chaplains for a new website, TheWomanVeteran.com, which was launched on June 23. Her first devotional was published in the first edition, and she will be writing a couple a month for the site.

Heather Gorman (Associate Professor of New Testament) responded to two papers in the “Memory, Orality and the Jesus Tradition” unit at the Christian Scholars’ Conference annual meeting at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, from June 7 to 9. Along with Rafael Rodríguez and Brian Leslie, she also taught the second cohort of the Future of Hope Institute. The week-long immersion experience involved sixteen high school students from ten high schools in the Knoxville area. The students spent four days at Wafloy Mountain Village in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and four days in Knoxville visiting area nonprofit agencies that address various needs in the community.

Duan Hua (Assistant Professor of Education and Chinese History & Culture and Director of International Relations) presented her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “A Narrative Inquiry of Women Pastors in the Protestant Church in Contemporary Mainland China,” at the 3rd Biennnial ILA Women & Leadership Conference at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, on June 13, 2017.

Landon Huffman (Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport & Fitness Leadership) presented on “Inner strength: College athletes’ use of spirituality for managing life experiences” at the 2017 Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS) Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Aaron Jerviss (Lecturer in History) participated in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in U.S. History in Tampa, Florida, from June 3 to 9. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. This was the seventh year he has participated in this event.

Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) spoke on “Game Publishing for the Classroom” at Tennessee Educational Technology Association’s P-16 Summer Summit on June 7 at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Brian Leslie (Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries) served as assistant director for the Christ in Youth’s (CIY’s) Move conference on the Tennessee campus from June 12 to 17 where there were 900 students and adults in attendance. In addition, he served as assistant director for the Move conference on Milligan College’s campus from June 19 to 24. He also had the opportunity to be a part of the teaching team for the second cohort of the Future of Hope Institute along with Rafael Rodriguez and Heather Gorman. The week-long immersion experience involved sixteen high school students from ten high schools in the Knoxville area. The students spent four days at Wafloy Mountain Village in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and four days in Knoxville visiting area nonprofit agencies that address various needs in the community.

Carrie Beth Lowe (Library Director) attended the Association of Christian Librarians Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 12 to 15. She presented a workshop on “Advanced Indexing for Christian Periodical Index (CPI).”

Gerald Mattingly (Professor of Intercultural Studies) attended the American Society of Missiology Conference at Wheaton College from June 16 to 18. He also hosted seven team members of the Karak Resources Project on campus for research and writing.

Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) preached for the Homecoming service at Range Community Christian Church in Elizabethton, Tennessee, on June 4. On June 25, he preached at Seymour Heights Christian Church in Seymour, Tennessee. From June 27 to 29, he attended the North American Christian Convention in Kansas City. Upcoming speaking engagements include the following: Fayetteville Christian Church, Fayetteville, Georgia (July 9); revival at Surfside Christian Church, Surfside Beach, South Carolina (July 21-23); and homecoming service at Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson, Georgia (July 30).

Rafael Rodríguez (Professor of New Testament) made two contributions to the 2017 Christians Scholars’ Conference at Lipscomb University on June 7-9. He participated on a panel discussion of the neuroscience of memory and forgetting, featuring the work of Stuart Zola (former director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and current interim provost of Emory University). He also presented a paper on “Swimming in the Past: Baptism as a Commemorative Site and Rite.” Along with Heather Gorman and Brian Leslie, he taught the second cohort of the Future of Hope Institute. The week-long immersion experience involved sixteen high school students from ten high schools in the Knoxville area. The students spent four days at Wafloy Mountain Village in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and four days in Knoxville visiting area nonprofit agencies that address various needs in the community.

Chris Templar (Professor of Education Emeritus) spoke on “Developing Your Makerspace” at Tennessee Educational Technology Association’s P-16 Summer Summit on June 7 at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee. She serves as treasurer of Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (TAILACTE).

Posted: 7/17/2017 2:22:08 PM

 

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