2017 January and February Faculty News

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 January and February 2017.

Brent Brewer (Professor of Intercultural Studies) took an urban studies class on a field trip to ONE Church in Jackson, Mississippi. ONE Church is a multiethnic church. The group participated in an outreach in a large apartment complex and attended church on Sunday. Brent also preached at Lighthouse Christian Church in Powell, Tennessee.

Carl Bridges (Professor of New Testament) preached a nine-week sermon series on the Gospel of Matthew at Jefferson City Christian Church in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Heather Gorman (Associate Professor of New Testament) was a guest lecturer in “Interpreting the New Testament” at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. In January, she was appointed to the steering committee for the Synoptic Gospels Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Jeffrey Holland (Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Ministry) is the director of care services for Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) and serves as a licensed marriage and family therapist. PBT is launching a new training for pastoral care facilitators serving in various countries of Africa. Jeff will be part of a team of five instructors going to East Africa to lead the Roots of Care (ROC) Training for one week in March. Participants will advance their skills of empathy, listening, and restorative care in order for these cross-cultural servants to thrive in difficult contexts.

Landon Huffman (Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport & Fitness Leadership) attended the Inaugural Global Sports Chaplains Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) attended the Future of Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. He presented a poster session on “Game Publishing for the Classroom.” He also presented a poster session on “Robots in the Elementary Classroom” on behalf of Chris Templar (Director of Educational Technology and International Education), who could not attend the meeting.

Gregory Linton (Vice Provost for Academic Services) attended the ABHE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. He also attended the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools in Nashville, Tennessee.

Roy Miller (Dean of the Templar School of Education), Karen Eastep (Staff Instructor in Early Childhood Program Development), Patricia Fuller (Assistant Professor of Education), and Nikki Votaw (Professor of Education & Director of Graduate Studies) attended the edTPA workshop at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Roy Miller (Dean of the Templar School of Education), Duan Hua (Assistant Professor of Education and Chinese History and Culture), Patricia Fuller (Assistant Professor of Education), and Nikki Votaw (Professor of Education & Director of Graduate Studies) attended the edTPA workshop at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Roy Miller (Dean of the Templar School of Education), Patricia Fuller (Assistant Professor of Education), Chris Templar (Director of Educational Technology and International Education) and Nikki Votaw (Professor of Education & Director of Graduate Studies) attended the TACTE Conference in Franklin, Tennessee.

Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) taught a Doctor of Ministry class on “Preaching with Relevance and Creativity” at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He also attended the ABHE annual conference in Orlando, Florida. On February 22, he preached at a Homecoming session at Johnson University. On February 26, he preached for Faith Promise Sunday at Center Christian Church in Knightstown, Indiana.

David Wheeler (Associate Professor of Congregational Ministry) and his wife Cathy conducted a couples’ retreat in February at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana.

Walter Zorn (Lecturer in Old Testament) is teaching a course on “The Relevance of the Prophets” on Wednesday evenings at West Towne Christian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, from January to May. Last fall, he taught a course on the Psalms. 

Posted: 3/30/2017 10:57:27 AM

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