a journal of analysis and comment
advancing public understanding of religion and education
Vol. 36 No. 2
Alexander W. Astin is Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. His latest book is Mindworks: Becoming More Conscious in an Unconscious World (Information Age Publishing, 2007).
Helen S. Astin, a psychologist, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Senior Scholar of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. She has published numerous articles and eleven books, including Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change and The Woman Doctorate in America.
Chad M. Bauman is Assistant Professor of Religion at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His research focuses on the interaction of Hindus and Christians in colonial and post-colonial India.
Steven Bauman is a doctoral candidate in Religion & Psychology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. As a 2007-2008 Teagle-Wabash Teaching Fellow, he taught Conversion: Models and Methods of Religious Change with Dr. Lewis Rambo followed by Introduction to Pastoral Theology with Dr. David Gortner, both with guidance from project 'meta-mentor' Dr. Kelly Bulkeley. Currently, he is writing a dissertation on the psychology of religious conversion.
James A. Donahue is Professor of Ethics and President of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.
Elizabeth Drescher is Assistant Professor of Christian Spiritualities and Director of the Center for Angelican Learning and Leadership at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a founding member seminary in the Graduate Theological Union consortium in Berkeley, CA.
Eugene V. Gallagher is the Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies and Gibney Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Connecticut College. He regularly teaches courses on Western Scriptures and Traditions, Theories of Religion, and New Religious Movements. He is a past winner of the American Academy of Religion Excellence in Teaching Award and the CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for the State of Connecticut.
Fran Grace is Professor of Religious Studies and Steward of the Meditation Room at the University of Redlands, where the student body honored her as Mortar Board Professor of the Year in 2007. Her research and publications explore contemplative life and the realm of the mystic. She is grateful for the courage and inspiration of her students, companions, and teacher.
Melissa James, M.A. completed her Master’s work at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Chicago. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. As a 2007-2008 Teagle-Wabash Fellow, she taught the course, “Introduction to Christian Ethics” under the supervision of her mentor, Dr. Martha E. Stortz.
Davina C. Lopez currently serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she teaches courses in biblical studies, ancient studies, and gender studies.
Dr. Maureen A. Maloney has served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the Graduate Theological Union since 2004. Dr. Maloney joined the GTU Student Affairs department in 1995, serving as Student Life Coordinator and, then, Assistant/Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program. Before joining the GTU staff, Dr. Maloney was a research assistant with another consortium, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. From 1984 through 1991, Dr. Maloney was the head women’s basketball coach for San Francisco State University. Dr. Maloney has an Ed.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Physical Education Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Maloney’s research interests are in higher education organizational theory, teaching and learning, and faculty development.
Nadine S. Pence is Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in Constructive Theology from the University of Chicago and has taught for many years on how knowledge is shaped by texts, bodily practices, and visual culture.
Judith Simmer-Brown Ph.D. has been Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado since 1978. She serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion's Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection group. She lectures and writes on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative education. Her books are Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and forthcoming, with Fran Grace, an edited collection of articles called Meditation in the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (Religious Studies Series, State University of New York Press, 2010).
Martha E. Stortz is Professor of Historical Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and The Graduate Theological Union. She is author of Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes as a Compass for Discipleship (Augsburg Fortress, 2008); A World According to God (Jossey-Bass, 2004); and PastorPower (Abingdon, 1993), and she serves on the editorial boards of dialog and the on-line journal of lutheran ethics. She is a community member of the Kaiser Permanente Institutional Review Board for Health and Human Services. Stortz is an avid swimmer, hiker, and writer.