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A “Privileged” Life

As the nation pauses on Monday to honor the vision and efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., some professors at Gordon are also considering his impact on their work. Katie Knudsen, adjunct professor of Christian Theology, and The Great Conversations, and Coordinator of Academically-Based Service-Learning in the Office of Community Engagement, offers the following personal essay in recognition of the Read full article »

When Women Lean in, Men Grow Up

On today's home page of Inside Higher Ed, Provost Janel Curry challenges readers to see the benefits for institutions and culture when women and men lead together. When Women Lean In, Men Grow Up December 2, 2013 By Janel Curry Recently, I had lunch with a group of women who had moved to the upper levels of leadership in higher education. As is usual Read full article »

How a Liberal Arts Education Inspires Entrepreneurial Thinking

Gordon has long enjoyed a culture where new initiatives match new ideas. And scholarship anchors both. From the Institute for Public History and Global Education programs to green chemistry research and theatre productions,  the ethos of the  liberal arts tradition and a Christian world view fit easily with entrepreneurial thinking. So when Carter Crockett, an entrepreneurship scholar and social entrepreneur, joined the faculty Read full article »

Gordon Scholars Explore: Rejection and Cinema, Values and Mentoring

Around the world and across the Internet, Gordon professors continue to offer their expertise and scholarship for the greater good. Here are more examples of recent contributions from Gordon faculty at the start of a new academic year: Jonathan Gerber, associate professor of psychology, continues his scholarship on rejection with an article in The Journal of Social Psychology on, "Clarifying the Read full article »

This Just In: Gordon Faculty Continue to Offer Public Scholarship

Even at the start of a new academic year, Gordon faculty members are contributing their gifts and scholarship to the broader community in a variety of ways. Below is just a sample of what's been happening lately for some professors outside of the classroom: Tal Howard, professor of history and the executive director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry, wrote Read full article »

Thinking About the Flesh-and-Blood Jesus

New Testament scholar and theologian Scot McKnight used to ask his students if they thought Jesus made mistakes learning Hebrew or mathematics or Israelite history. "The question, I learned, was a good way to get students to think about the humanity of Jesus." Those discussions also confirmed for him that many Christians did not know how to think of Jesus Read full article »

How the Liberal Arts Can Prepare Entrepreneurs

In his most recent column in the Huffington Post, President and Sociologist D. Michael Lindsay explores the many benefits of a liberal arts education, especially for future entrepreneurs.  Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges President Lindsay By D. Michael Lindsay "It's happening all around us, and the higher education community needs to pay attention. More and more, young people today are Read full article »

Center for Faith & Inquiry Honors Faculty Scholarship: Part I

In an effort to promote outstanding scholarship that can reach both professional and public/church audiences, the Center for Faith and Inquiry recently announced its inaugural Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Congratulations to the follow faculty! Ruth Melkonian-Hoover Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, associate professor/chair of political science and international affairs, will continue her scholarship focus through a project entitled, “Evangelical Attitudes toward Immigrants Read full article »

Faculty Kudos: Essays, Books and Professional Contributions

As the fall 2012 semester came to a close, there was much to celebrate with our faculty's many recent contributions in their respective fields. Here's a very brief overview: Provost Curry The Chronicle of Higher Education published an essay by Provost Janel Curry this week in its careers section. The essay entitled, "The Education of a Provost" chronicles Dr. Curry's path to Read full article »

Studying the Craft of Writing for Greater Conversations

Denise Frame Harlan Writing is hard work, and reading great stories can be as inspiring as it is instructive for the aspiring writer. That's why Denise Frame Harlan, adjunct professor and committee member for The Great Conversations courses at Gordon, models the writing life to her students. This month, for instance, the Englewood Review of Books invited Frame Harlan to reflect on a classic for Read full article »