A glimpse of some of our regular contributors . . . Interested in joining us by writing a single post, a series, or possibly even becoming a regular contributor on the Emerging Scholars Network Blog and/or on the Emerging Scholars Network Facebook Wall, then please drop the Emerging Scholars Network an email or complete our writer survey to share your proposal(s). We have a number of guest contributors to Scholar’s Compass: a devotional for academics, by academics and Summer Snapshots. Stay tuned for a page highlighting these contributors (Fall 2016).
Kateri Collins has a B.A. in Child Studies and Psychology from Lesley University. She is a freelance artist who loves caring for children, especially her nephew Shamar. This year at Lesley University she will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Expressive Art Therapy where she can grow in her continual love for helping people by exposing them to drama, music, poetry and theatre. She has been an active member in the Black Women’s Support Group, Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP), InterVarsity as well as previous president of the Multicultural Club at Lesley University. For many years she has watched the children at the InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministry Regional Leadership Meeting and thoroughly enjoyed that. She has also been very active in helping to plan and execute the BSAP Northeast Conference in April for the past few years.
Hannah Eagleson is a writer/editor on staff with InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). She edits Scholar’s Compass (i.e., ESN’s collaboratively written devotional for academics) and Scholar’s Call. In addition to being the author of a growing number of ESN blog series (e.g., The Kingdom of God: Poems for Ordinary Time, Mentoring, Summer Quotations Series, What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School), she has written excellent pieces for InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries (Helping Undergrads Find a Mentor) and The Well (Work in Progress: Finding the Shape of my Vocation). Note: What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School: Surviving the Workload is among the top five of ESN’s most visited blog posts. Hannah holds a PhD in English literature, and she’s working on a novel about a dragon who gave up fending off knights to become a tea importer in eighteenth-century England.
Dr. Mark Eckel is president of The Comenius Institute, serving the Indianapolis university community. Mark teaches for various institutions and is Professor of Leadership, Education, and Discipleship for Capital Seminary & Graduate School. Indianapolis, Indiana is his home. For over 30 years Mark has served the Christian education community as a high school teacher, college professor, curriculum writer and international speaker. Mark’s responsibilities have included daily instruction, curriculum development, mentoring teachers, and conference speaking on Christian education issues in hundreds of venues.In 1995 Cedarville University selected Mark as the Delta Chi Teacher of the Year. In 2010 Lenawee Christian School honored Mark with its Heart for Leadership Award. For more with regard to Mark’s curricula, publications, and family read his full bio on his blog Warp and Woof. His contributions to ESN’s blog include series on the Marks of a Christian Scholar, movies, and suffering.
Monica Greenwood (pseudonym) waited impatiently for three years for the day she walked into her first graduate seminar in philosophy. Before that momentous day, she was an undergrad upperclassman studying philosophy at a state school known for its agriculture program. Today, she writes, studies, teaches, and her passion remains the same: the education of undergraduates, specifically underclassmen, in introductory philosophy courses. Monica’s Letter to a New Graduate Student has been an inspirational piece to a number of our readers and is part of our Graduate Student Journey Resource collection.
Mark is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Manhattan, Kansas, where he ministers to Faculty at Kansas State University and surrounding campuses. He has been in campus ministry 22 years, 11 of those years in faculty ministry. He has a Master’s degree in philosophy and theology from Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA, and is passionate about Jesus Christ and the life of the mind. Mark, his wife and three daughters make their home near K-State. Mark’s various contributions include an interview of the astronomer Jennifer Wiseman and a consideration of the Fruit of the Spirit in Academia.
Beth Madison holds a PhD in soil microbiology from Kansas State University, and an MS in agronomy from the University of Kentucky. She completed her undergraduate work in plant and soil science at the University of Tennessee. Beth has been teaching at the university level for nearly 22 years. She served as assistant professor at Western Kentucky University before “retiring” to be a stay-at-home mom for nearly 10 years while adjunct teaching at Waycross College (University of Georgia system) and then at Union University. When her youngest son began school, she returned to full-time teaching as an assistant professor at Union University. Beth has been married for 25 years to an awesome and selflessly giving man who loves God and His creation deeply as a professor of biology, also at Union University. Their favorite activities include being outside in the woods or on the water almost any time of the year, and visiting with friends while eating good food. Her post If I Had to Do It Again: the Graduate School and Early Professor Years Edition is part of Scholar’s Compass: a devotional for academics, by academics.
Will Mari is a recent PhD graduate of the University of Washington’s Dept. of Communication. His areas of research include media history, the history of media technology, and journalism studies. He loves teaching at Northwest University in nearby Kirkland, Washington. Also, Jesus, Ruth, tea, and Hamilton in that order. He began his contributions to the ESN blog with a series on Processing your PhD.
Dr. Meagan Medley’s school based work includes a focus in response to intervention (RTI), positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS), crisis prevention and management, systems-wide data analysis, special education eligibility evaluation, and functional behavior assessment (FBA). Medley has published research concerning the response to intervention. Her current research interests include treatment integrity, educational practice with students with vision impairments and blindness, best practices in school-based service, school-based crisis, and international education. Medley spends her free time traveling, coordinating mission work with World Changers through Lifeway Ministries, and occasionally ringing a cowbell for her alma mater, Mississippi State University. Her Summer Snapshot: Research, Teaching, Missions is a part of the growing library of encouraging and insightful Summer Snapshots.
Jeff Neely is an assistant professor of journalism at The University of Tampa, where he teaches courses in newswriting, feature writing, multimedia journalism and literary journalism. His research has examined the role narrative and literary journalism can play in broadening our understanding of various issues and experiences life brings our way, from identity formation to environmental ethics. He has also studied how youth journalism programs, where young people tell their own stories and those of their peers, can help strengthen local communities. He is currently working with local non-profit outreach organizations to build a youth journalism program called Tampa Youth Voice. Prior to entering academe, Jeff worked as a writer and editor for various publications in and around the Tampa Bay area, as well as a case manager and resource development specialist for the Florida foster care system. His focus for the ESN blog is exploring the vocation of journalism, this will include an interview series of Evangelical scholars over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Galina Pylypiv is a senior Biomedical Engineering student and biomechanics undergraduate research assistant at the University of Akron. She is Vice President of the University of Akron Society of Women Engineers and leader of the InterVarsity International Student Ministry small group on her campus. Born in Ukraine and raised as a third culture kid in the US, she is interested in cross-cultural community that brings together the differing perspectives of culture, faith, and science. Her The Secret of Solitude is a part of the growing library of encouraging and insightful Summer Snapshots.
Kelly Seaton lives in Durham, North Carolina (go Duke!), where she is an HIV vaccine researcher. She is a graduate of Messiah College and Penn State University-Hershey. Her cross-cultural experience includes studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, as well as traveling to Haiti and South Africa. She loves the movies Emma and The Shawshank Redemption. Outside of work, she loves hanging with friends, playing volleyball, and any and all outdoors. Her post Finding a Postdoc in the Sciences: Nailing the Interview is the most visited ESN blog post.
I am a PhD student in theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I am studying the theology of John Williamson Nevin, who taught in the seminary of the German Reformed Church in America in the mid-nineteenth century. He was also the president of Franklin and Marshall College and a friend to James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States. I am currently a teaching fellow at CUA, teaching undergraduate theology and Church History classes. My goal is to teach at a college or university after completing my degree program. I am also the current vice-president of the graduate student association at CUA. Before life as a grad student (if that were an acronym it would be BLaaGS) I was a teacher and principal in secondary education at various Christian schools in the Northeast. My family and I currently live in Hagerstown, MD. Note: Michael’s contributions to the blog include a series on Returning to Graduate School.
A physician scientist, Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass is a professor of Laboratory and Genomic at Washington University in Saint Louis (http://swami.wustl.edu/). He obtained his PhD in Information and Computer Sciences and an MD from UC Irvine in 2009. Currently, he runs a scientific research group focused on designing computational solutions to key problems in drug development, biology, and medicine. He also advises and speaks for groups working to understand how to better integrate faith and science. This includes work over the last several years at churches and campus ministries (with Cru, Veritas, Intervarsity and Urbana). More recently, he serves with the AAAS as an advisor to the Science for Seminaries Program at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis (http://www.scienceforseminaries.org/). He spoke at Urbana 15 about following Jesus in graduate school (http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2015/12/why-should-a-missional-student-ever-consider-gradschool/). Through this work, his message is that nothing in science diminishes the power, relevance, and importance of the Gospel. Nothing in science diminishes Jesus. Joshua wrote Finding Common Ground: Christians, Scientists, and History of Science for the blog.
Bob Trube is Senior Area Director for InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministry team in the Ohio Valley (Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania) and leads the ministry to graduate students and faculty at The Ohio State University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio, with Marilyn and enjoys reading, gardening, choral singing, and plein air painting. Bob is a significant contributor to book reviews on the ESN blog. His most visited review is of Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible.
Andy has worn many hats in his life. He knows this is a dreadfully clichéd notion, but since it is also literally true he uses it anyway. Among his current metaphorical hats: husband of one wife, father of two elementary school students, reader of science fiction and science fact, enthusiast of contemporary symphonic music, and chief science officer. Previous metaphorical hats include: comp bio postdoc, molecular biology grad student, InterVarsity chapter president (that one came with a literal hat), music store clerk, house painter, and mosquito trapper. Among his more unique literal hats: British bobby, captain’s hats (of varying levels of authenticity) of several specific vessels, a deerstalker from 221B Baker St, and a railroad engineer’s cap. His weekly science post has explored a number of topics, including questions from those who read/follow the blog, under Science and Faith. As you have a question drop him a line :)
Joshua received his PhD in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2015. His research examines the intersection of religion and politics, especially foreign policy, through statistical analyses of historical public opinion polls and survey experiments. In his dissertation, he examines how presidential use of religious rhetoric during foreign policy crises affects foreign policy public opinion. He currently works at a market research firm in Rochester, NY where his wife is a pediatric resident at the Golisano Children’s Hospital. They welcomed baby Evelina at the end of 2015 and attend Grace Road Church. Joshua is originally from Taiwan and has also lived in Singapore, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and London. His research website is joshuawu.com. His ESN blog post The Myth of the Evangelical Voter has been a significant conversation starter in the context of the 2016 presidential race.
David’s a resident (physician-in-training) that often bridges very different worlds. Vocationally, his foci are in internal medicine and pediatrics. Geographically, he grew up in the suburbs but now lives in the inner city. Ethnically, he’s Asian and American. Socially, he’s an introvert that enjoys public speaking (mainly as a platform for ideals). Politically, he leans center-left but with largely fundamentalist Christian morality. Academically, he’s studied engineering, medicine, and health policy. Faith-wise, he’s decidedly Christian. His Writing a Christian Personal Statement is among the top 10 most visited post on blog.
Tom serves as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). Beginning in 2016, he will bring 20 years of campus ministry experience with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1996 – present). After a decade of service in Pittsburgh, Tom moved to South Central Pennsylvania to pioneer InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Faculty Ministry. His passion to identify, encourage, and equip Christian scholars to be redeeming influences among the people, ideas, and structures of higher education led to the development of the Central PA Christian Scholars Network and the Central PA Christian Scholar Series (primarily in partnership with Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, but also including events in partnership with InterVarsity chapters, local educational institutions, Elizabethtown Public Library, and Hearts & Minds Bookstore). As efforts among faculty at small liberal arts college and state universities is a growing area of ministry for InterVarsity, he has been collating his methods and findings to make them available to other staff. Since Tom has written for the ESN blog from its beginning in August 2008, the blog has provided one forum for sharing these resources and the inspiration behind them. Since January 2012 he has edited ESN’s blog, Facebook Wall, and Twitter Account. In addition to his labors with ESN, he continues to staff the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA at the Penn State College of Medicine, develop (and present) material for students considering higher education or health care professions as a vocation, partner with InterVarsity Press in advocating the use of their resources (e.g., by blogging on new/recent releases, creating GFM Campus Resource Sheets — 2015-2016 Academic Year Edition, hosting authors), participate in the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, teach adult electives for Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, and serve as a Brethren in Christ World Mission affiliate. Tom and his wife Theresa grew up in Lancaster County, PA, met while attending high school, and studied at Grove City College. In his spare time Tom enjoys book discussions, hanging out with the family, playing basketball, and film (especially drama, mystery, sci-fi). He has a M.A. in Higher Education (Geneva College) and is currently pursuing a MAR in Spiritual Formation at Evangelical Seminary. Theresa stays at home to care for their children, including twins Hayley and Ellen, Eden, and Lily. Theresa volunteers with InterVarsity as possible, but currently focuses most of her time and energy in the home and family. She enjoys the creative re-use of fabric, sewing, and gardening, and assisting other families with children with special needs. Tom also blogs at his personal website, GroshLink.net, where you can find a spiritual autobiography written a few years ago — to be updated in 2014 or 2015. Click here to read God’s Grace in Higher Education — an interview by Amy Hauptman for InterVarsity’s website (8/3/2012). Photo credit: Circle of Life Photography