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 for August and September 2018.
Susan Calderón (Lecturer in Intercultural Studies) visited and worked with congregations in Yucatán, México, from July 1 to August 9. On July 7, 14, and 28, she led the Bible study for the women's group of the Iglesia de Cristo Nuevo Mulsay in Mérida. From August 2 to 5, she led the four women's workshops in the Campamento Familiar Cristiano XXXVII in Chuburná Puerto, Yucatán. The theme was “Forgiving One Another, Colossians 3:13.” From August 31 to September 3, she participated in the Campamento Familiar 2018 at Smoky Mountain Christian Camp. In August, she finished editing the Spanish translation of The Passion of Christ by Mark Moore and John Weece. In September, she finished editing the Spanish translation of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt by Herbert Casteel for publication by Literature and Teaching Ministries (Joplin, MO).
Steve Cook (Professor of Old Testament) wrote the lesson “God Creates the Family” on Genesis 2 for the Standard Lesson Commentary on September 23.
Josh Fish (Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences) successfully defended his dissertation on “Work-Family Spillover Experiences of Women in Ministry” at Texas Women’s University on October 1.
Kendra Fullwood (Assistant Professor of English in Rhetoric & Composition) presented at the Rhetoric Society of America's 50th Anniversary Conference “Reinventing Rhetoric: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future” in Minneapolis, MN, on June 3. The title of the presentation was “Shaping at the Point of Dialogue: Invention in Black Church Rhetorical Practices.”
Heather Gorman (Associate Professor of New Testament) was the keynote speaker at ladies’ retreats on August 25 at First Christian Church (Cookeville, TN) and on September 7-8 at Elkhorn Valley Christian Service Camp (Bergholz, OH).
James Gorman (Associate Professor of History) participated in a Teaching Retreat for Crossings’s (Knoxville, TN) upcoming study on Genesis (July 17-18, 2018) and was a guest teacher two times: “A better definition of community...three” (July 1, 2018) and “A better definition of community...five” (July 15, 2018). He joined the Faith and Justice Summit Planning Committee in September, a committee that plans an annual conference that engages teenagers and youth workers in conversations about faith and justice. He also reorganized the Johnson University Hiking Club, which had its first hike in the middle of September.
Aaron Jerviss (Lecturer in History) delivered a talk entitled “The Brethren and Abraham Lincoln” at the Brethren World Assembly in Winona Lake, Indiana, on August 10. This gathering involved representatives of seven different denominations in the Brethren movement.
Gregory Linton (Vice Provost for Academic Services) attended the Council of Chief Academic Officers of the Appalachian College Association in Kingsport, TN, on September 27. On September 28, he attended the community of practice for ADA and Title IX coordinators.
Carrie Beth Lowe (Library Director) attended the library directors meeting at the Appalachian College Association Annual Summit in Kingsport, TN, on September 27-29.
Gerald Mattingly (Director of Honors Program & Professor of Intercultural Studies) participated in the Fifteenth Biennial Symposium of the T. E. Lawrence Society at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, from September 21 to 23. He also participated in a symposium on the history and art of Oceania at the Royal Academic of Arts in London on September 27. While he was in Oxford and London, he visited special exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Pitt Rivers Museum, University Museum of Natural History, Weston Library, British Museum, British Library, Dickens Museum, National Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts. In September, he also took a group of students to see two special exhibitions at the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee.
Cynthia Norton (Professor of Health Education) presented a workshop titled “Aging Well: Mindfully, Gracefully, and Happily” to 250 seniors at Plainfield Christian Church (Plainfield, IN) on August 10. She made the same presentation to 30 members of the Shining Stars seniors group at Woodlawn Christian Church (Knoxville, TN) on September 14.
Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) preached at Owensboro Christian Church (Owensboro, KY) on August 5. On August 25, he spoke for the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at Chilhowie Christian Church (Chilhowie, VA). On September 21-22, he spoke at a Youth Retreat at Plainfield Christian Church (Plainfield, IN).
Jerome Prinston (Professor of Bible and Education) participated in the 27th Annual Convention of Christian Churches Associated with the Christianville Foundation, which took place in Gressier, Haiti, from September 13 to 16. As the main speaker for the event, he preached and taught several sessions on topics related to the history of the Restoration Movement.
Thomas Roberts (Affiliate Faculty, School of Business & Public Leadership) presented “Integrating Films into Class Presentations to Gain Student Attention” at the Appalachian College Association Annual Summit in Kingsport, TN, on September 28. He also joined a group at the Summit that plans to establish a community of practice relating to critical thinking.
John Stricklen (Administrative Assistant & Affiliate Faculty, School of Business & Public Leadership) started coursework toward a Doctor of Business Administration at Lincoln Memorial University.