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New Frontiers: Faculty Expand Their Influence

Gordon has long recognized the impact and influence of its professors beyond the classroom and into the broader academic landscape. Recently, four professors took on new opportunities. While on sabbatical this semester, Tim Sherratt, professor of political science, was named as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, D.C. His role there will be to continue writing and Read full article »

Writing the Personal and the Profound

For most professors, writing and publishing in their disciplines is a regular extension of their scholarship. But when writing becomes personal—and passionate—it has a different impact on both the audience and the scholar. Recently, three Gordon professors saw such pieces published. In the current issue of Commonweal Magazine, Agnes Howard, associate professor of English and history, explores the difficult but crucial Read full article »

Screwtape on Stage, Thanks to Jones and Stevick

Norm Jones The imperfections of the human soul provided British writer C. S. Lewis plenty of fodder for his classic novel The Screwtape Letters, a humorous story told by a tempter in Hell offering instruction on the art of deception. Now, to mark the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death and to celebrate his life and works, Theatre Arts Professor Norm Jones 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 »

Visiting the Land of Peter Rabbit and His Creator

Janis Flint-Ferguson in Ambleside, England. As many fans and scholars honor the 70th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's death, Janis Flint-Ferguson, professor of English and education, visited the author's home in June to see first hand the setting that launched such works as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and "The Tale of Gloucester." A lecturer with Wisconsin Lutheran College for its "Best Read full article »

Public Scholarship: Faculty Lend Expertise to the News

July has been a busy media month for several Gordon professors as they've discussed their expertise with national and regional journalists, and offered unique perspectives for the public with their observations on current issues. Here are a few examples of how Gordon professors are helping shape public discussions:   On July 19, Ruth Melkonian Hoover, chair and associate professor of political Read full article »

An Innovative Slave Narrative Affects Popular Culture

Andrea Frankwitz William Wells Brown, one of the country's first African American writers to publish a variety of creative works, was also a slave. As part of her ongoing scholarship on slave narratives, Andrea Frankwitz, associate professor of English, will present on Brown's literary contributions at the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., March 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 »

Theatre in Scotland & England: ‘A Crucible of Culture and Conversation’

Professor Mark Stevick, center, with students at All Soul's Church in London. If all the world’s a stage, the United Kingdom is the host and this year marks the 18th consecutive theatre trip there for Gordon professors and students. From August 10-26, 2012, Mark Stevick, associate professor of English, and Norm Jones, professor of theatre arts, will lead 30 students—the most Read full article »