Faculty News - Spring 2010

May 20, 2010 | 7:24 p.m.

By the Office of Communications and Marketing

Old Testament Professor, Paul Ferris.

Old Testament Professor, Paul Ferris.

Jeannine Brown (New Testament, Bethel Seminary St. Paul) and Carla Dahl (spiritual formation, and marriage and family therapy, Bethel Seminary St. Paul) recently joined Wyndy Corbin Reuschling (Ashland Seminary) for a series of seminars and a future book around the theme “Becoming Whole and Holy: An Interdisciplinary Proposal from Social Science, Hermeneutics, and Ethics.” As part of an Association of Theological Schools collaborative grant, they are applying this work to ministry and classroom contexts. The three have led several sessions related to this for the Salvation Army Croc Center and Christians for Biblical Equality.

Connie Clark (nursing) presented the keynote address on qualitative research at the 5th Annual Research Conference at Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines, Iowa).

Paul Ferris (Old Testament, Bethel Seminary St. Paul) published “Lamentations: Ancient Near Eastern Background” in Dictionary of the Old Testament; a commentary on the Book of Lamentations in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary; and a commentary on the Book of Lamentations in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Ferris is also serving as president of the Midwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society for the 2009-10 term and began serving as board chairman of International Gospel Outreach in 2010.

Leo Gabriel (business and economics) co-wrote “Minnesota Home Ownership Center Case Study Illuminates Costs Of Foreclosure Counseling” in Community Dividend published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and “Gaining a Better Understanding of the Costs of Homeownership Programs: A Case Study and Recommendations for Minnesota's Home Ownership Center” for the Federal Reserve Bank Of Minneapolis Community Affairs Report.

Robin Hasslen (education) and Beth Houston (Child Development Center) presented “Advocating for Teacher Candidates with Disabilities: Making Difficult Decisions” at the Association of Teacher Educators’ National Conference in Chicago.

Juan Hernandez (biblical and theological studies) was invited to serve on the board that oversees the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) volume on the Apocalypse. The ECM, published by the Muenster Institute in Germany, is a series seeking to produce the definitive edition of the Greek New Testament. Hernandez is the only American textual-critic to serve on the board. In addition, he will teach a course on the Four Gospels at Princeton Theological Seminary under the auspices of the Hispanic Summer Program. Hernandez has also published several articles including “A Scribal Solution to a Problematic Measurement in the Apocalypse” in New Testament Studies, one of the world’s top New Testament journals.

Steven A. Kaatz (education) served as writer-in-residence for Shaping the Future, a magazine for teachers published by the Lutheran Education Association. In April 2010, he completed a term on the board of the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children.

Marion Larson (English) has been appointed as the associate editor in arts and humanities for the Christian Scholars Review.

Marion Larson (English) and Sara Shady (philosophy) have published “Tolerance, Empathy, or Inclusion? Insights from Martin Buber” in Educational Theory.

James Lewis (religious studies) published a review of “Buddhism: A Christian Exploration and Appraisal” in Christian Scholar’s Review. He also presented “Messianism as a Factor in Vietnam’s  Mass Conversion to Christianity: 1990-2010” at the Third International Conference on Hmong Studies at The Center for Hmong Studies, Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.) and presented “Christianity and Human Rights in Vietnam: The Case of the Ethnic Minorities 1975-2009” at Payap University (Chiangmai, Thailand).

A Danish translation of an article co-written by Michelle Louis (general education) was published in the journal Kognition & Paedagogik this April. The article, entitled “The principles of Strengths-based Education,” originally appeared in the April 2009 edition of the Journal of College and Character.

Julia Moen (social work) and Sara Shady presented “Religious Literacy and Interfaith Dialogue: Educating for Global Citizenship” at the annual conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.

Patricia Paulson (biology) presented “Challenges of Preparing Preservice Teachers in Performance Assessment” at the Association of Science Teacher Educators in Sacramento.

Paul Reasoner (philosophy) presented “Self and Other: Multicultural Literacy” at the University of Niigata Prefecture (Niigata, Japan).

A poem by Mark Rhoads (music) titled “Short Block” was published in the The Christian Science Monitor.

Sam Rima (D.Min. and leadership enrichment, Bethel Seminary St. Paul) gave several presentations including “Spiritual Capital Theory” at SEKEM and Heliopolis University in Cairo, Egypt. (The SEKEM initiative was founded to realise the vision of sustainable human development and to contribute to the comprehensive development of the individual, society and environment.) Rima also presented “Social and Economic Justice and Spiritual Capital Theory” at the World Council of Churches International Headquarters in Geneva..

Kristin Sandau (nursing) co-authored “National Survey of Cardiologists’ Awareness, Perceptions, and Standard of Practice for Continuous ST-segment Monitoring” in American Journal of Critical Care; “Preceptor-based Orientation Programs: Effective for Nurses and Organizations?” in the American Journal of Critical Care; and “ Critical Review of Health-related Quality of Life Studies of Patients with Aortic Stenosis” in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Sara Shady (philosophy) was one of nine North American scholars invited to join nine African scholars on a two-week research seminar in South Africa, studying the role of religion in South Africa’s democracy. 

Lisa Silmser (adjunct, College of Adult & Professional Studies/Graduate School) co-presented at the Council for Exceptional Children national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The topic related to defining the least restrictive environment (LRE) for special education students in the online learning paradigm. The title of the presentation was “Re-thinking LRE in a Virtual Learning Environment.”

Eric Snider (philosophy) presented “Socrates on What is So Good about Wisdom” at the Conference on the Cardinal Virtues: Wisdom, sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wis.).

Samuel Zalanga (anthropology and sociology) presented “Reflections on the Consequences of the Global Economic Meltdown on Africa and Haiti” as part of a panel at the Spring 2010 International Leadership Forum at the University of St. Thomas. He also presented “Pentecostalism and Its Competitors: Islam” at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies at North Central University (Minneapolis). Zalanga co-presented “Neoliberal Imperialism: Critical Reflections and Perspectives from the Third World” at the 27th Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana, West Africa).