Teaching Civic Engagement
Edited by Forrest Clingerman and Reid B. Locklin
Forrest Clingerman is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Ohio Northern University. He is co-editor of Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (2013) and Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (2011). He has published on different topics related to environmental theology and philosophy, as well as in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Reid B. Locklin holds a joint appointment in Christianity and Culture at Saint Michael's College and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Spiritual but Not Religious? (2005); Liturgy of Liberation (2011); and other works in comparative theology, Hindu-Christian studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Swasti Bhattacharyya is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Buena Vista University. She earned her A.S. in nursing and B.A. in religion from Loma Linda University; an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary; another M.A. in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity from the University of Virginia; and a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. She has been on the Committee on Teaching and Learning of the American Academy of Religion and is a board member for the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She is the author of Magical Progeny, Modern Technology (SUNY, 2006), along with other articles and presentations on ethics, religion, and pedagogy. Her current project is exploring the living legacy of Vinoba Bhave (disciple, friend, confidant, and spiritual successor to Mahatma Gandhi).
Forrest Clingerman is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Ohio Northern University. His scholarship investigates the intersection between theology, philosophical hermeneutics, and environmental thought. He is co-editor of Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (Fordham University Press, 2013) and Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics (Ashgate, 2011). He is also author of a number of articles and essays on environmental thought and the idea of place. His recent scholarship has focused on climate change, geoengineering and religion.
Elizabeth W. Corrie is Assistant Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding and Director of the Youth Theological Initiative at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.A. in Religion from the College of William & Mary in 1993, her M.Div. from Candler School of Theology in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Historical Studies from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Her research interests include practical theology and youth ministry, transformative pedagogy, theories of nonviolence, and conflict transformation.
Marianne Delaporte is Professor and Chair of the philosophy and religious studies department at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She received her Ph.D. at Princeton Seminary in Medieval Church history with a dissertation on the abbot Hilduin of St. Denis and his vita of Saint Denis, the headless holy man. She is the co-author of "Hell as a Residual Category" in Companion to Sociology of Religion (Blackwell Publishers, 2001), as well as of many other published articles. Her current research focuses on the connection between motherhood and spirituality. She began her work on this subject, concentrating on the 14th century and Birgitta of Sweden's mystical experiences. Since then she has focused her attention on the LaLeche League and The Farm commune in Tennessee.
Karen Derris is Professor of Religious Studies and the Virginia C. Hunsaker Distinguished Teaching Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands. Her research and publications primarily consider the intersections of literature, ethics, and history in Buddhist traditions. She is co-editor with Damcho Diana Finnegan of a book by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out (Shambala, 2012) that developed from a course she led to Dharmsala, India where her students spent three weeks in conversation with the Karmapa.
Rebekka King is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Middle Tennessee State University. She is a cultural anthropologist and teaches courses on Christianity, ethnographic practices, and method and theories in the study of religion.
Reid B. Locklin holds a joint appointment in Christianity and Culture at Saint Michael's College and the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. A graduate of Boston University and Boston College, he is the author of Spiritual but Not Religious? (Liturgical Press, 2005), Liturgy of Liberation (Peeters, 2011), and other works in comparative theology, Hindu-Christian studies, and spirituality.
Carolyn M. Jones Medine is Professor of Religion and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia. She is the General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professor for 2014-2017. Dr. Medine writes about African American religion and literature, particularly that of Southern black women and on theoretical issues. Her most recent work, co-written with John Randolph LeBlanc is Ancient and Modern Religion and Politics: Negotiating Transitive Spaces and Hybrid Identities (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). In 2013 she received the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Thomas Pearson is the Associate Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He has published on cross-cultural religious conversion in the central highlands of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
Tina Pippin is the Wallace M. Alston Chair of Bible and Religion at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women, in Decatur, GA. As an activist educator she teaches in the areas of biblical studies, ethics and social justice, gender and women's studies, and human rights. Publications include, Death and Desire: The Rhetoric of Gender in the Apocalypse of John (Westminster/John Knox, 1992) and Apocalyptic Bodies: The Biblical End of the World in Text and Image (Routledge, 1999). She was also a member of the collaborative writing group, The Bible and Culture Collective (The Postmodern Bible, Yale University Press, 1995), and a co-editor (with David Jobling and Ron Schleifer) of The Postmodern Bible Reader (Blackwell, Spring 2001). She is the editor, with Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, of Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children (Semeia Studies, 2010). For the past 15 years she has been involved with students at Agnes Scott in a mentoring relationship with "at-promise" young women and teen moms at Decatur High School. As part of her involvement in the Agnes Scott Living Wage Campaign, Tina facilitates and teaches in the ESOL program for college staff.
Ellen Posman is Associate Professor of Religion at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She holds degrees in religious studies from Stanford University, Harvard University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her expertise lies in the area of comparative religion, with specializations in Buddhism and Judaism.
Nicholas Rademacher is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Social Justice Minor at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. Community collaboration and interfaith dialogue are central to his teaching and scholarship. Dr. Rademacher has long been involved in the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning. He is co-founder and faculty fellow in the Voices of Justice Living and Learning Community and he has published collaboratively and individually in the area of community based learning. More broadly, his scholarship focuses on the intersection of faith and justice, with special attention on the lived tradition of Catholic social thought and practice across the twentieth-century.
Erin Runions is Associate Professor at Pomona College in Religious Studies and Gender Studies, and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. She is a specialist in the Hebrew Bible, which she reads from the perspective of cultural studies and gender and sexuality studies. Her most recent book is The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty (Fordham University Press, 2014). She has also been involved in social justice movements for many years. She currently helps facilitate a writing workshop inside a women's prison in Chino.
Melissa Stewart is Professor of Religion at Adrian College, where she teaches courses in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, ethics and women's studies. She holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. She is the director of Adrian College's Center for Effective Teaching, and she most recently published "Mary, the Mother of God: Ecumenical Bridge or Barrier?" in Theology Today, (January 2011).
Hans Wiersma is Associate Professor of Religion at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. He is a fellow at Augsburg's Center for Teaching and Learning (2011-2014). He was awarded a Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning fellowship (2006-07) and has written for the Journal of Teaching Theology & Religion. He has contributed to the development and content of a wide range of books and learning resources, including The Lutheran Handbook (2005), Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms (2008), Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms (2009), The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation (2010), and the digital edition of Introduction to The History of Christianity: First Century to Present Day (2014).
Philip Wingeier-Rayo is Professor of Christian Mission and Intercultural Studies, as well as Director of the Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program and the Regional Course of Study at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Previously he was Professor of Religion at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina where he taught for 11 years. He has also served as adjunct professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary, and has lived and taught at seminaries in Cuba and Mexico. He has published numerous articles and two books: Cuba Methodism: The Untold Story of Survival and Revival, 2nd edition, Atlanta, GA, Dolphins and Orchids (2006) and Where are the Poor? An Ethnographic Study of a Base Christian Community and a Pentecostal Church in Mexico, Pickwick Publications (2011).