Teaching As Relationship (Teaching Tips)

Last summer I was given the opportunity to teach my first college-level class: a senior-level lecture course on the history of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. I frankly wasn’t that nervous and I went into the course thinking that my job consisted of a simple two-step process where I simply downloaded information into my students’ brains and then challenged them to think critically about the past and its connection to the present. Read more…

As Christ First Loved Us (Teaching Tips Series)

Every Monday morning, my work week begins the way I always dreamed it would, with chalk hitting the chalk board as I pace in front of thirty something young minds who were befuddled by the reading assignment I gave them over the weekend. Teaching at the university level is not only my dream job; it is also my real life job! Read more…

How Can Christians in Science Respond to Claims that Faith Is Irrational? (STEAM Grant Series March Question)

Is faith in God fundamentally irrational? Many people think it is. As someone with a PhD in theoretical chemistry who worked in academia for over a decade, I’ve heard my scientific colleagues offer three main justifications for this comparison.Read more…

New Series: Why I Appreciate Christian Scholars

This spring semester, ESN is delighted to introduce a new series, “Why I Appreciate Christian Scholars.” In this series, we’ll hear from believers in many vocations and walks of life who want to share an encouraging word on why they value the work of Christians in academic vocations. We launch the series today with a reflection and prayer by Gary Anderson, a Gordon-Conwell seminary student and Park Street Church pastoral intern with a background in business.Read more…

Highlighting Community: Spring Lineup at Center for Christianity and Scholarship (North Carolina)

Since 2012, the Center for Christianity and Scholarship has worked with students and faculty at Duke University and around North Carolina’s Research Triangle to create and sustain a community of scholars interested and engaged in discovering what it means to think as Christians about the workings of the physical world, social structures, history, art, philosophy, and other fields of study. Read on for spring events. Read more…

Excerpt: On the Dangers of “Using” Scripture

Longtime readers of the blog and members of the Emerging Scholars Network know we have a close relationship with InterVarsity Faculty Ministry. Where ESN helps students and young faculty who are pursuing academic careers, Faculty Ministry serves current faculty, primarily at secular universities, throughRead more…