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a journal of analysis and comment advancing public understanding of religion and education
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Spring 2004, Vol. 31 No. 1


Felicia Blacher-Wilson holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Iowa State University and is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at ITT Technical Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formerly Assistant Professor of Education at Xavier University of Louisiana, her educational career crosses a number of areas including serving as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, director of schools and programs and Dean of Education (Dillard University). Blacher-Wilson served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her research interests are in the relationship between spirituality and leadership and the process and instruments used to effectively evaluate administrators.

Amanda Burger
is a Ph.D. student in the clinical psychology department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She presently is involved with multiple studies of intellectual and personality factors relating to students, learning, and educational milieu.

Diana Denton,Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She teaches courses in leadership, communication, and performance. Her publications include In the Tenderness of Stone: Liberating Consciousness Through Awakening the Heart (Sterling House, 1998) and a co-edited collection Spirituality, Action & Pedagogy: Teaching From the Heart (Peter Lang Publishing, 2004).

Michael W. Firmin, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the psychology department at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. He has taught psychology for 16 years, is a licensed psychologist, and has conducted research addressing a wide range of educational issues.

Perry L. Glanzer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Baylor University. His research and teaching interests include moral education, the relationship between religion, education and politics, and the philosophy of education. He recently authored The Quest for Russia’s Soul: Evangelicals and Moral Education in Post-Communist Russia (Baylor University Press).

Angela M. Leonard
, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Loyola College in Maryland. She has published in academic journals, including Maryland Historical Magazine, the North Carolina History Journal, the Journal of Southern History, and contributed articles to edited volumes. She is currently working on a bio-history of communities where she has located graves of formerly enslaved Africans.

Neil Southern is a Research Associate at the University of Ulster. He graduated with 1st class honours from The Queen’s University of Belfast with a B.A. in Politics (major) and Social Anthropology (minor), and was awarded the Lemberger-Mettrick Prize for Politics. He completed his Ph.D at Queen’s in the Department of Politics. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Queen’s University. Neil lives in Bangor, Northern Ireland, with his supportive wife Julie and six wonderful children, Emma (13), Benett (11), Bonar (8), Christian (7), Bronte (3) and baby Honor (1).