The faculty of Johnson University participate in many activities beyond their normal teaching responsibilities, including writing, speaking, presenting at academic meetings, mission trips, and community involvement. Occasionally, we will publish updates on these activities. The list below describes some faculty activities in the fall of 2013.
On November 23, 2013, Dr. Carl Bridges, Professor of New Testament (TN), conducted a “Church Leaders Conference” at English Mountain Christian Church in Newport, Tennessee.
Dr. L. Stephen Cook, Jr., Professor of Old Testament (TN), attended the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, MD, from November 23 to 26, 2013.
Mr. James L. Gorman, Lecturer in History (TN), published “From burning to blessing: Baptist reception of Alexander Campbell’s new translation” in the fall 2013 issue of Stone-Campbell Journal. In the spring 2013 issue, he also published book reviews of Jerome Dean Mahaffey’s The accidental revolutionary: George Whitefield & the creation of America and George C. Rable’s God’s almost chosen people: A religious history of the Civil War.
Dr. Heather Gorman, Assistant Professor of New Testament (TN), attended the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, MD, from November 23 to 26, 2013.
In 2013, Dr. Lila L. Holt, Professor of Education (TN), published two articles. She and her co-author Vandana Singh published “Learning and best practices for learning in open source software communities” in Computers & Education. With co-authors Jeffrey Beard and Debra S. Lee, she published “Use of information technology in organizational learning: Effective practices of award-winning organizations” in Technology use and research approaches for community education and professional development, edited by Valerie Bryan and Debra S. Lee (Hershey, PA: IGI-Global).
Dr. Gregory Linton, Professor of New Testament (TN), attended the Appalachian College Association Summit in Knoxville on October 25-26, 2013. He also attended the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, MD, from November 23 to 26, 2013. In the fall, he also attended two sessions as an invited participant of the Education Roundtable for PlanET, a regional partnership of East Tennessee communities.
On November 24 and 25, 2013, Dr. Rafael Rodriguez, Professor of New Testament (TN), presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, MD: “John Miles Foley and the study of the New Testament” and “Memory distortion and the Historical Jesus.”
In August 2013, Dr. Steven M. Whitmer, Professor of Intercultural Studies (TN), traveled to Zimbabwe to speak at the National Church Conference of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, an annual meeting with nearly 1,500 people in attendance. He then traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he investigated local seminaries for the possibility of partnering to train Indonesian translators. He worked with a veteran translator to develop a mother-tongue translator training program for ALBATA, a local translation agency started by Phil Fields, a member of Pioneer Bible Translators International.