Past Fellows

2014–15


 

Steve Alter
Professor of History

THE BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE IN AMERICA: OLD TESTAMENT SCHOLARSHIP AND NEAR EASTERN ARCHEOLOGY, 1870–1940

My book project explores American scholars’ engagement with Old Testament higher criticism and ancient Near Eastern archaeology, in the era that saw both the birth of modern Bible scholarship and the golden age of Holy Land exploration. This work will be a history of ideas, grounded in the career biographies of a large cast of mostly Protestant biblical scholars and archaeologists affiliated with major American seminaries and universities. (Protestants were more active in these fields than were Catholics or Jews.) Among these, for example, were the leaders of the Harvard-sponsored excavation at biblical Samaria in 1908-10, one of the first archaeological campaigns ever conducted in Palestine.

Steve Hunt
Professor of Biblical Studies

PLACES AND SPACES IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The joint Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will be held in Boston in November 2017 and again in November 2020. Having this conference in our own backyard twice in the span of four years will most likely never happen again. This project will allow the opportunity to engage in all aspects of planning a pastors’ conference on the Gospel of John at Gordon College in both of those years. Colleagues in Johannine Studies from around the world will be invited to participate and read papers on a pre-selected theme in John’s Gospel (e.g., “Ethics in John,” “New Creation in John,” etc.—doing so with an eye towards pastors and those who teach John in the church. This will be a very exciting and unique opportunity for Gordon College and the CFI. In terms of personal research, Dr. Hunt will launch a new project “Places and Spaces: Understanding Spatial Semantics in John,” while continuing to revise a current technical study, Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John (Mohr Siebeck, 2013), for a second edition geared to pastors, students, and lay readers.

Pilar Pérez Serrano
Associate Professor of Spanish

TRAGEDY AND HOPE IN CONTEMPORARY SPANISH THEATRE

This study, which analyzes the theatre of one of Spain’s most recognized contemporary playwrights, Raúl Hernández Garrido, will culminate in a book that will be published Spring 2014 by Editorial Fundamentos, Madrid, Spain. The author utilizes myth and Greek tragedy intentionally, to make readers reflect upon the concepts of destiny and the fragility of human action as well as the fragmentation, hopelessness, and dissatisfaction of contemporary societies. However, this study also demonstrates that the formal innovation of these plays and the use of tragedy as their main framework present not only a criticism about these concepts but also an approach towards change and a social ethic of hope founded in expressive freedom and the cooperation between the text and all those involved in the creative process. This study of the author’s post-classical theatre also demonstrates a shared responsibility, which the various recipients of his tragedies realize once they have processed the “trauma” displayed through the plays’ formal structures, plots and dramatis personae.

 

2013–14


 

Brian Glenney
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Craig Story
Associate Professor of Biology
Mike Veatch
Professor of Mathematics

A NEW APPROACH TO THEISTIC EVOLUTION: DETERMINATE OUTCOMES OF RANDOM PROCESSES

Random biological processes in humans, like those involved in genetic adaptations to an environment and adaptive immunity to disease, challenge traditional religious narratives of a divine being directly creating and sustaining human beings. This project considers the possibility that these genetic mechanisms, though random in the individual modifications produced, operate on such a large scale that the overall outcome is, in important respects, determinate. The possibility of these random processes being determinate provides a novel basis for religious narratives that involve indirect divine creation and sustenance of human beings. Such narratives are also consistent with what we know of human biology.

Ruth Melkonian-Hoover
Associate Professor of Political Science

AMERICAN EVANGELICALISM AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

This study is designed to assess impacts of Christian organizational advocacy within churches aimed at changing attitudes on immigration reform. In cooperation with World Relief (WR), professor Melkonian-Hoover will evaluate the outcomes of its advocacy on attitudes of evangelicals concerning immigration and comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). She plans to pursue this research by undertaking focused surveys and interviews of parishioners of churches in two key sites in which WR has concentrated its efforts, Denver and Chicago. She will complement this research with analysis of recent public opinion data (Pew data from 2011 and 2012) evaluating non-religious factors (economic, partisan, etc.) as well as religious factors shaping evangelical attitudes on immigration and CIR.

Karl-Dieter Crisman
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

THE MORAL CASE FOR OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE

Most of us are now familiar with the distinction between programs 'on the desktop' and 'in the cloud.' Similarly, one would have to withdraw from society not to understand the distinction between software you pay for and software you do not have to pay for. But there is a third, crucial distinction. It is the one between proprietary software and open-source software, and it is only vaguely understood by most of us. Over his time at Gordon, professor Crisman has become convinced that this distinction is of great significance, one with deep resonance with Christian thinking as well as practical implications for his teaching. Through his ongoing research and this Fellowship, he hopes to reach out to academic and lay audiences with this message.

 

2006-07


 

Dr. Janis Flint-Ferguson
Professor of English

Her project focuses on disseminating her research on the use of the fine arts as integrated into general classroom learning in schools.

Dr. John Skillen
Professor of English

His project focuses largely on augmenting his work with the Gordon in Orvieto Italy program, integrating the fine arts and disseminating that work to the town and diocese of Orvieto.

Dr. Bruce Webb
Professor of Economics and Business

His project focuses on the development of a college-level textbook on economics.

 

2005-06–14


 

Bryan C. Auday
Professor of Psychology

His project focused on disseminating his work on neuropsychology and religion to a wider audience.

Brian L. Johnson
Assistant Professor of English

His project focused on the development of a biography focusing on the religious aspect of W.E.B. Du Bois' life.

Dorothy Boorse
Assistant Professor of Biology

Her project is titled "Loving the Land: Forming a Sense of Place." Her project sought to bring the love of land to the broader community with a series of experiences and resources that foster a sense of place and greater awe of God. Learn more >>

Paul Borgman
Professor of English

His project focused on using current technology to create multimedia formats for presenting studies on biblical narratives for use in churches and academic settings.

Kaye Cook
Professor of Psychology

Her project, entitled "Virtue in Context: Conflict Resolution in Multicultural Churches," focused on developing a better understanding of virtue in different cultures and applying that to churches with congregations of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Jennifer Hevelone-Harper
Assistant Professor of History

Her project, entitled "Cloud of Witnesses: Spiritual Parents from the Early and Medieval Church," focused on developing a text to gain better understanding of the spiritual heritage passed on from the historical church.

Dr. Bruce Webb
Professor of Economics and Business

His project focuses on the development of a college-level textbook on economics.

Dr. Janis Flint-Ferguson
Professor of English

Her project focuses on disseminating her research on the use of the fine arts as integrated into general classroom learning in schools.

 

2004-05


 

Bruce Herman
Professor of Art

His project, entitled "Six Public Dialogues on Art and Faith," sought to bridge the gap between the contemporary Christian artist and the church layperson. Learn more >>

Kaye Cook
Professor of Psychology

Her project, entitled "Virtue in Context: Conflict Resolution in Multicultural Churches," focused on developing a better understanding of virtue in different cultures and applying that to churches with congregations of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Paul Borgman
Professor of English

His project focused on using current technology to create multimedia formats for presenting studies on biblical narratives for use in churches and academic settings.

Dorothy Boorse 
Assistant Professor of Biology

Her project is titled "Loving the Land: Forming a Sense of Place." Her project sought to bring the love of land to the broader community with a series of experiences and resources that foster a sense of place and greater awe of God. Learn more >>

 

2003-04


 

Jennifer Hevelone-Harper
Assistant Professor of History

Her project, entitled "Cloud of Witnesses: Spiritual Parents from the Early and Medieval Church," focused on developing a text to gain better understanding of the spiritual heritage passed on from the historical church.

Bruce Herman
Professor of Art

His project, entitled "Six Public Dialogues on Art and Faith," sought to bridge the gap between the contemporary Christian artist and the church layperson. Learn more >>