Friday @ the Center
January 21, 2011
Congratulations to Daniel Castelo
In December 2010, Daniel Castelo, Associate Professor of Theology, was named a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Templeton Award for Theological Promise. This annual prize is awarded to the twelve best post-doctoral scholars worldwide based on their doctoral dissertations or first post-doctoral books related to the topic of "God and Spirituality."
Castelo received this award for his book The Apathetic God: Exploring Contemporary Relevance of Divine Impassibility, which explores a centuries-long debate about whether God suffers with his people. A revision of The Apathetic God was funded through a 2007-2008 Faculty Research Grant administered by the Center. Castelo will be honored at an awards ceremony at the University of Heidelberg on Friday, May 20, 2011.
Palmer Lecture and Luncheon
The School of Theology invites you to attend the 2011 Palmer Lecture. Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor in Theology and Black-Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, will be the guest lecturer. Dr. Carter will address issues of race, theology, and the church as he discusses "Post-Racial Religion: Or, The Question of the Neighbor in the 21st Century." The SPU campus is invited and encouraged to attend two events on January 27: the Palmer Chapel at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church, and the Palmer Lecture at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn.
Faculty are also invited to attend a luncheon with Dr. Carter on Wednesday, January 26, at 12:30 p.m. in upper Gwinn. Please RSVP to Kelsey Holloway today if you are interested.
Funds for Stimulating Conversation
The Lilly Fellows Program has issued a call for proposals for small grants of $1,500 and $3,000 to stimulate conversation about church related higher education. Examples include on-campus reading or discussion groups, workshops for faculty, and administration on church-related mission or academic vocation, lectures, discussion groups or peer mentoring. Please see the call for proposal for more detail on process and fundable endeavors. Proposals must be submitted through the Center and are due in the Center office March 11, 2011. Please contact me if you are interested in submitting a proposal.
Last week I mentioned a decent “Bang for the buck” resource titled The Teaching Professor. Another great resource is the Professional & Organization Development Network in Higher Education. They have a very active listserve with generally interesting topics (if you sign up for it you may wish to sign up for the digest which comes out every couple days.) They also publish an annual compendium titled “To Improve the Academy” with fairly meaty topics. This year’s chapters include “Support Needs of University Adjunct Lecturers” and “Student and Faculty Perceptions of Effects of Midcourse Evaluation.” It Is worth a 10 minute perusal of their website.
Margaret Diddams, Ph.D.