About Our People

Eloise Hockett (Education) and John Muhanji published a new book, Lessons from Cross-Cultural Collaboration: How Cultural Humility Informed and Shaped the Work of an American and a Kenyan (Wipf and Stock). In it, the authors share their unique experiences of cross-cultural collaboration using the principles of cultural humility, primarily in Kenya. From Mt. Elgon, to a village in rural Kenya, to working with teachers in schools, John and Eloise describe each project through the lens and perspective of an American and a Kenyan. Within these narratives, they also share their journey of how they learned to engage and work with one another and learn from each other.

Ed Higgins (English) presented a workshop, “The Push and Pull of Poetry Writing,” at the eighth annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnvile on April 22. The annual festival is sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and held at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley branch campus. Also presenting at the event was former adjunct professor Lynn Otto, who conducted a workshop on revising poetry, “Getting to Know Your Poem.” Ed also had his micro-flash story, “To a student left out,”  published on Tiny Text’s April 24 Twitter site. The challenge was to create a story in 140 characters or fewer.

Mark McLeod-Harrison (Christian Studies) recently published Image, Incarnation, and Christian Expansivism: a Meta-Philosophy of Salvation (Cascade Books, April 2017). In the book, Mark considers what’s wrong with both narrow exclusivist and narrow inclusivist accounts of the gospel, and proposes a broad inclusivism called “expansivism.” Expansivism makes human access to the gospel unique to the individual and enables Christian theologians to provide varying, potentially conflicting yet true accounts of the theological underpinnings of the salvation provided by Christ.

This spring, Sarita Gallagher (Christian Studies) published a chapter, “Interfaith Education and the Missio Dei: A Case Study in the Pacific Northwest,” in the book Engaging the Nations: Contours of Mission Theology in Global Perspectives (Orbis Press). She also presented an academic paper, “The Spirit of God in Enemy Camp: Cross-Cultural Mission among the Philistines in 1 Samuel 4-7,” at the 2017 Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference at Urshan College/Urshan Graduate School of Theology in Florissant, Missouri, in March.

Mary K. Schmitt (Christian Studies) published an essay, “The Communal Dimensions of Birthing Imagery in Paul’s Epistles,” in the Spring 2017 issue of the Wesleyan Theological Journal. Schmitt asserts that Paul’s birthing imagery operates metaphorically in ways that correspond to John Wesley’s phrase “new birth,” and that careful examination of birthing metaphors offer important avenues for reframing some of the conversation around new birth in the Wesleyan tradition.

Laura Hartley (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences) was one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2017-18 Senior Leadership Academy. Laura will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio in November and a closing seminar in Washington, D.C., in June of 2018. She will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year. The academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division – including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement – in independent higher education.

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