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 July and August 2017.
Susan Calderón (Lecturer in Intercultural Studies) led the four women’s workshops at the Campamento Familiar Cristiano XXVI in Chuburná Puerto, Yucatán, from August 10-13. She is also serving on the Planning Committee for the Smoky Mountain Christian Women's Getaway, which will be held at Smoky Mountain Christian Camp from September 22-24.
Steve Cook (Professor of Old Testament) spoke in the Fresh Encounters Sunday School class at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills, TX, on August 13.
Kendra Fullwood (Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Composition) attended the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Conference on July 19-22, which was held in Knoxville and hosted by the University of Tennessee. The Council of Writing Program Administrators is a body of scholars/pedagogues/researchers who administer writing programs at colleges/universities in all of its orientations: first-year writing, writing centers, first-year seminars, writing studies, community-based literacy initiatives, digital writing, and writing studies research. It also advocates for the many ways that the work of literacy education gets done. Since the School of Arts & Sciences developed a pilot program of providing writing consultations to students in the spring term with Dr. Fullwood as the Writing Consultant, she joined and became a member of this council.
James Gorman (Associate Professor of History) published a book review of Everett Ferguson, The Early Church and Today, 2 vols. (Abilene: ACU Press, 2012 and 2014), in Restoration Quarterly 59, no. 3 (2017): 190-92. He also published Among the Early Evangelicals: Transatlantic Origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017), which is available on Amazon.
Kristel Headley (Associate Professor of Counseling and Director of the Graduate Counseling Program) attended the annual conference of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) in Richmond, VA from July 8-10. While there, she and Sean Ridge (Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences) co-presented a 90-minute education session entitled “Practicing What We Preach: Infusing Student Wellness in Graduate Counseling Curricula.” Dr. Headley also co-facilitated a mediated panel discussion with Dr. Richard Henriksen of Sam Houston State University entitled “Conservative and Traditional Religious Counselors in Relation to ACA and ASERVIC,” which sought to open dialogue and improv relationships between conservative counselors and some voices in the field who have questioned the appropriateness of holding such values in the counseling field. From July 21-23, Dr. Headley attended the Leadership Development Institute of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA). She has been chosen to chair a new committee for the TCA this year, tasked with developing grant funding and research guidelines for the TCA.
Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) led a workshop on “Hackaball, the Computer You can Throw” at the Elementary Faculty Professional Development Workshop on July 20 at Fairview Elementary School in Maryville, TN. The workshop was so well received that he was asked to do a second session of the workshop to accommodate those who were unable to attend the first session.
Carrie Beth Lowe (Library Director) took a course on “Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies” at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education from July 23 to 28.
Gerald Mattingly (Professor of Intercultural Studies) published “Revisiting Nelson Glueck’s The River Jordan (1946)” in ARAM 29 (2017): 253-62. He also framed and installed an exhibit of five works of art by Ward L. Patterson in Johnson University’s Museum of Archaeology. They are rubbings (on linen) of scenes from ancient Egyptian monuments done by the late Ward Patterson (1934-2005), who was campus minister at Indiana University, professor at Cincinnati Christian University, world traveler, and artist. With special permission from local authorities, Patterson made these pictures at the actual monuments as he traveled by motorcycle across Asia and the Middle East in the 1960s. Dr. Weedman acquired these items several years ago and offered them to the museum for display. They have been framed for display and preservation.
Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) preached at several churches in July and August. On July 9, he preached at Fayetteville Christian Church, Fayetteville, GA. From July 21-23, he preached a revival at Surfside Christian Church, Surfside Beach, SC. On July 30, he preached for Homecoming at Galilee Christian Church in Jefferson, GA. On August 27, he preached at Lower Shell Christian Church in Elizabethton, TN.
Linda Whitmer (Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies) co-edited Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of World Christianity: The 2016 Proceedings of the Association of Professors of Mission, published by First Fruits Press. In June, she attended the Association of Professors of Mission and the American Society of Missiology at Wheaton, IL. She also attended Discovery at Pioneer Bible Translators in Dallas, TX, and the North American Christian Convention in Kansas City. She is currently serving as President of the Association of Professors of Mission.