Friday @ the Center
April 2, 2010
New CBTE Grant Now Available
The Center for Biblical and Theological Education is currently accepting faculty applications to receive and conduct biblical and theological education (BTE), to explore BTE’s intersections with specific academic disciplines, and to enable related consultations. Individual faculty members can request up to $5,000 for compensation, travel, books, and other materials, project development and/or research expenses. Academic units or institutional departments can request up to $10,000 to support consultations, curriculum development, scholarly or discipline-specific projects, or programs supporting biblical and theological education. Complete information and an application form are available on the CSFD website. Application deadline: May 15, 2010.
Call for Papers: Human Dignity and the Future of Health Care
Inspired by the conviction that a Christian understanding of the dignity of the human person should inform the practice of health care, the 2010 Baylor University Symposium on Faith and Culture seeks to explore the future of health care, not only in the United States but around the world. In an often compartmentalized debate, how might an acknowledgment of human dignity shape our understanding of the moral, political, and economic dimensions of one of the most pressing concerns of our time? Participants from a broad range of fields—health care professionals, theologians, philosophers, social workers, economists, aid workers, public policy specialists, and others—are invited to contribute to an intellectually rich and faith-informed discussion about the future of health care. The symposium will take place Oct. 28-30 at Baylor University in Texas. Abstracts should be submitted by July 1, 2010. For more information, including plenary speakers and further information on submitting an abstract, see the symposium website.
TOY Award: CAS Science and Technology
This quarter, F@C will feature the eight nominees for the SPU Faculty Teacher of the Year (TOY) award. The Faculty Development Committee will announce the final selection of the TOY at June 7 faculty in-service.
Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler
Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler was selected by her peers as the Teacher of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sciences and Technology. Cara has taught biology at SPU since 2007, with courses ranging from a GE course in Bioscience, the infamous pre-med/pre-nursing Human Anatomy and Physiology, and upper-division biology courses in Evolutionary Mechanisms, Bioanthropology, and Environmental Physiology (taught at Blakely). One non-major attests, “Dr. Wall-Scheffler is my hero! She runs a tight ship but she is amazing at answering students’ questions and explaining difficult topics. She knows everything about everything, and I wish that I were more interested in a science-based major so that I could take more classes from her!!” Visiting the Lucy exhibit last year as a class deeply impressed many of her students, who frequently comment on her ability to help them think about evolution: “She never pushed us to come to any certain conclusion, but did a great job in letting us know what different beliefs there are out there about evolution coinciding with religion. I never felt pressure to believe a certain thing but was grateful to be able to find my belief along the way.”
May you move through darkness into Easter light in the days to come,