2017 September & October 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 September and October 2017.

Christopher Beard (Candidacy Coach, Ph.D. in Leadership) published an article on “Connecting Spiritual Formation and Adult Learning Theory: An Examination of Common Principles” in the Christian Education Journal 14, no. 2: 247-69. On October 28, he presented “The Value of Adult Learning Theory Principles for Spiritual Formation: A Presentation of Research” at the Society of Professors in Christian Education in Dallas, TX.

Pete Cummins (Professor of Counseling) attended the American Association of Christian Counselors International Conference in Nashville from September 27 to 30.

Emily Eisenhart (Director of Clinical Services) co-presented with Camden Morgante (Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences) a workshop on “An Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy” at a continuing education seminar hosted by the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, which was held at the Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville on August 28. She also attended the American Association of Christian Counselors International Conference in Nashville from September 27 to 30.

Heather Gorman (Associate Professor of New Testament) was the main speaker at Butler Spring Christian Camp’s Women’s Retreat in Lynchburg, Ohio, on September 23. She published an article on “Education, Hellenistic” in The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, which was edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr., and Elsie R. Stern and published by Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark. She led a group of fourteen students to Missio Alliance’s SheLeads Conference at Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, TN. She participated in a panel discussion on how men and women together can rediscover God’s vision for shared leadership in the church and ministry.

James Gorman (Associate Professor of History) published a book review of Angela D. Sims, Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016), on Reading Religion (American Academy of Religion’s online book reviews). He also published a review of Christopher M. Hays and Christopher B. Ansberry, eds., Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013), in Restoration Quarterly 59, no. 4: 250-52. He also presented “Evangelical Revivalism and Race Relations in the Early Second Great Awakening” at the Believer’s Church Conference held at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, on September 15. He accepted an invitation to be a member of the Continuation Committee for the Believer's Church Conference, representing the Stone-Campbell tradition. In October, a several-month long review of his book, Among the Early Evangelicals: Transatlantic Origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017), began on an email discussion group called Stone-Campbell Group. In that forum, a different person reviews one chapter of his book each week, followed by discussion in the group.

Kristel Headley (Associate Professor of Counseling & Director of the Graduate Counseling Program) presented a workshop on “Sandtray as an Assessment and Therapeutic Tool” at a
continuing education seminar hosted by the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, which was held at the Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville on August 28. She also attended the American Association of Christian Counselors International Conference in Nashville from September 27 to 30.

April Kilinski (Professor of English & Literature) has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2018 seminar of the prestigious Key West Literary Seminar. The topic is “Writers of the Caribbean.”

Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) presented “Game Publishing for the Classroom” at the ACSI Professional Development Forum in Atlanta on October 26-27.

Gregory Linton (Acting Academic Dean & Vice Provost for Academic Services) attended the 50th anniversary of Woodbridge Christian Church in Woodbridge, VA, on October 29. He served as the fourth of five ministers in its history from 1997 to 1999.

Gerald Mattingly (Honors Program Director & Professor of Intercultural Studies) took a group of students to the Knoxville Museum of Art to see the special exhibition “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony.” He also took groups of students to the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture to see the special exhibition “Northwest Coast Art: A Community of Tradition.” On September 12, he attended a lecture on “Morgan’s Great Raid” at the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. During the month of September, he hosted ten members of the Karak Resources Project (from five different states) to conduct research and writing. On Wednesday nights, he taught a series of lessons on the Book of Numbers at Gap Creek Christian Church.

Curtis McClane (Lecturer in Bible) graduated in September from Oxford Graduate School in Dayton, TN, with a D.Phil. degree. His dissertation was titled “A Middle-Range Grounded Theory for the Crisis of Forced Termination as a Catalyst for Christian Leader Development.” He has also been invited to serve on the board of Net e-Journal, which is an online journal focused on Distance Learning in Theological Education.

Camden Morgante (Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences) co-presented with Emily Eisenhart (Director of Clinical Services) a workshop on “An Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy” at a continuing education seminar hosted by the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, which was held at the Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville on August 28. She also attended the American Association of Christian Counselors International Conference in Nashville from September 27 to 30.

Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) preached at several churches in September and October. On September 10, he preached for an area church gathering in Monrovia, IN. On September 17, he preached for an area church gathering at the Cane Ridge Meeting House in Paris, KY. On October 15, he preached for the Homecoming Service at East Union Christian Church in Tipton, IN.

Wilbur Reid (MBA Program Director & Professor of Business Administration) presented a paper on “Servant and Level 5 Leadership in Turbulent Times: Do They Actually Work?” at the International Leadership Association conference in Brussels on October 13.

Pat Robinette (Intern Coordinator of Education) recently completed more than 50 total years in education.

Rafael Rodríguez (Professor of New Testament) published articles on “Great Divide,” “Jesus Tradition,” “Narrative Gospels,” and “Reputation” in The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, which was edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr., and Elsie R. Stern and published by Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark.

Nicole Saylor (Associate Professor of Human Services) worked this summer with other professionals and parents to form two new communities of support for parents. Parenting with Connection—China Adoption is a Facebook group for parents with adopted children from China who seek consultation and support in parenting with Trust-Based Relational Interventions for children with a history of trauma. She also helped to found, and continues to serve on, the administrative team for Special Needs Parents of East Tennessee, a Facebook group resource for parents of children with special needs from the region. On August 28, she presented a workshop on “Adoption: A Primer for Clinicians” at a continuing education seminar hosted by the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, which was held at the Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville.

Michael Shannon (Professor of Congregational Ministry & Indiana/Kentucky Program Director) wrote his quarterly sermon illustration column for Preaching Magazine. In September and October, he preached at Erlanger Church of Christ in Erlanger, KY. On October 20, he represented Johnson University at the Indianapolis College Fair. On October 29, he preached at Kent Christian Church in Madison, IN.

Chris Templar (Professor of Education) spoke at the ACSI Professional Forum on using robots to teach coding.

Ron Wheeler (Professor of English and Literature) led a study at Jefferson City Christian Church for their JC3 University’s Fall semester kick-off from August 9 to September 20. He led a seven-week series on Wednesday nights that surveyed Philip Yancey’s Where Is God When It Hurts. The 7-week series met Wednesday nights and ran from August 9 through September 20. he also met with them on October 4 to look at “Relational Discernment,” an examination of Matthew 7.

Kenny Woodhull (Professor of Intercultural Studies & Executive Director of the Center for Urban Alliance) attended the annual conference of the Christian Community Development Association in Detroit from October 4 to 7. He also attended The Rabbit Room’s Hutchmoot annual conference in Nashville from October 5 to 8. From October 23 to 26, he retreated with twenty-five Evangelical Romanian Christian leaders in the Translyvanian Alps (at Alpinis, Mission Link International Retreat/Conference Center, near Sibiu). Blending reflections from his father's life and legacy with biblical exposition grounded in a select number of Jesus' parables, Kenny was honored to lead the group in a series of teachings and facilitated conversations.

Mark Ziese (Professor of Old Testament) published articles on “Cylinder Seals,” “Ostraca,” and “Potmarks/Potter’s Marks” in The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, which was edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr., and Elsie R. Stern and published by Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark.

Walt Zorn (Lecturer in Old Testament) preached at Gap Creek Christian Church on October 29.
Posted: 11/6/2017 1:23:05 PM

 

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