(p. xv) Contributors
(p. xv) Contributors
Daniel O. Aleshire served as the executive director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) from 1998 to 2017, having served on the staff of the Association since 1990. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a research scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An ordained minister, Aleshire holds a BS degree from Belmont University, the MDiv degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an MA and PhD in psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers (now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University). Aleshire has written on issues of ministry, theological education, Christian spirituality, and Christian education. He was part of a team of four researchers who conducted a three-year, in-depth ethnographic study of two theological schools, which was published as Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries (Oxford University Press, 1997). It received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. His most recent book, Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools, was published in 2008 (Eerdmans Press). He has served on various boards or committees of organizations that oversee the nongovernmental recognition of accrediting agencies, most recently the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. He has also served as a member of the board of the Forum for Theological Exploration, the Advisory Committee for the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education, and advisory committees for various research projects related to theological education.
Janet Bordelon is the senior editor for the Institute of Curriculum Services in San Francisco, California. Her research focused on church-state issues in American history.
Mark A. Chancey is professor of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His most recent books are Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (Yale University Press, 2012), co-authored with Eric M. Meyers, and The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life (SBL Press, 2014), co-edited with Carol Meyers and Eric M. Meyers. His four reports for the Austin-based watchdog group Texas Freedom Network and related journal articles have helped draw attention to academic, constitutional, and political aspects of Bible courses. He is a member of the editorial boards of Religion & Education and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Educational Resources and Review Committee.
(p. xvi) Susan L. Douglass is the education outreach coordinator for the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She received her PhD in world history at George Mason University in 2016, and has an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in History from the University of Rochester. Dr. Douglass has developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in 2007, served as senior researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and managed several grant projects for the Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. She has contributed to curriculum projects such as World History for Us All and Children and Youth in History, and she has designed and developed online teaching resources such as The Indian Ocean in World History and Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean. Douglass’ major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622–1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002), the children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2002), and the national study Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education, 2000).
Diana L. Eck is a professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. Her academic work has a dual focus—India and America—and in both cases she is interested in the challenges of religious pluralism in a multireligious society. Her work on India includes the books Banaras: City of Light, Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India, and India: A Sacred Geography. Since 1991, she has headed the Pluralism Project, which now includes a network of some sixty affiliates exploring the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the United States; and the issues of religious pluralism and American civil society. Her works on religious diversity and interfaith include the books A New Religious America: How A “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation and Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras. The later won the Grawemeyer Book Award in 1995. Prof. Eck received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1996, the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award in 2003, and the Melcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2003. At Harvard University, Prof. Eck has served as Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion and of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies as it made the transition to the Department of South Asian Studies. She is also a member of the faculty of Divinity. In 2012, Prof. Eck was named to a Harvard College Professorship in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Walter Feinberg is professor emeritus of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research centers on the issue of education for democratic citizenship. Dr. Feinberg earned his PhD in Philosophy from Boston University. He served as the Charles Dun Hardie Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois and as director of the Program for the Study (p. xvii) of Cultural Values and Ethics. A past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and the American Educational Studies Association, Feinberg’s many books include For Goodness Sake: Religious Schools and Education for Democratic Citizenry (Routledge, 2006) and Religious Education in Liberal Democratic Societies (Oxford, 2003).
Milton Gaither is Professor of Education at Messiah College and founding member and co-director of the International Center for Home Education Research. He is the author of History of American Education (San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, 2012); Homeschool: An American History (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008); and American Educational History Revisited: A Critique of Progress (New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2003).
Eugene V. Gallagher is the Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College. He regularly teaches courses on globalization and religion, the Western scriptural tradition, religions in the United States, new religious movements, and theories of religion. He is the author of Divine Man or Magician? Celsus and Origen on Jesus, Expectation and Experience: Explaining Religious Conversion, Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America (with James D. Tabor), The New Religious Movements Experience in America, and Reading and Writing Scripture in New Religious Movements: New Bibles and New Revelations, and many essays on ancient Mediterranean religions and new religious movements. He has written essays on teaching for Teaching Theology and Religion, Religion and Education, Spotlight on Teaching, To Improve the Academy, and Essays in Teaching Excellence. He is currently co-General Editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions and Associate Editor of Teaching Theology and Religion.
Michael Galligan-Stierle , president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), has over forty years of experience in higher education and various ministerial settings. The primary focus of his work has been in higher education and ministry with young adults as a campus minister, a religious studies professor, a seminary instructor, and a graduate ministry internship director. His 1996 book The Gospel on Campus is viewed as a standard for Catholic campus ministry in the United States. His book Promising Practices: Collaboration Among Catholic Bishops and University Presidents highlights proven ways that bishops, diocesan agencies, and Catholic colleges and universities collaborate. Michael holds a PhD in Sacred Scripture, an MA in Psychology, and an MA in Theology.
Steven K. Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law, affiliated professor of History, and director of the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He is the author of Inventing a Christian America (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-author of Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (Baylor University Press, 2008), and author of more than forty book chapters and articles on church and (p. xviii) state. He has also participated as co-counsel in three Supreme Court cases and filed more than twenty friend-of-the-court briefs at the high court.
Charles C. Haynes is founding director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, and a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life. Haynes is best known for his work on First Amendment issues in public schools. Over the past two decades, he has been the principal organizer and drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools, endorsed by a broad range of religious and educational organizations. In January 2000, three of the guides were distributed by the US Department of Education to every public school in the nation (“A Parent’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools,” “A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools,” and “Public Schools & Religious Communities”). Haynes is the author or co-author of six books, including First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America and Religion in American Public Life: Living with Our Deepest Differences. His column, Inside the First Amendment, appears in newspapers nationwide. He is a founding board member of Character.org, and serves on the steering committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. He chairs the Committee on Religious Liberty, founded by the National Council of Churches. Widely quoted in news magazines and major newspapers, Haynes is also a frequent guest on television and radio. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and on ABC’s “Evening News.” In 2008, he received the Virginia First Freedom Award from the Council for America’s First Freedom. Haynes holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Emory University.
Mark A. Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School and director of the Fahs Collaborative, A Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation. He holds a doctorate in philosophy and education and a master’s degree in higher and adult education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. His scholarship and teaching have been recognized by peers for “Teaching Excellence” as well as making “contributions that stand the test of time” to the field of transformative teaching and research. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Transformative Education, Multicultural Perspectives, and Educational Studies and the first edition of The Handbook of Research on the Social Foundations of Education. As a curriculum developer, Dr. Hicks’ work creates “aesthetic spaces” wherein participants can break through what John Dewey called “the crust of conventionalism” in order to find new ways of thinking and being. These ideas can be experienced in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith curriculum, Building the World We Dream About; the Fahs Collaborative Classroom’s Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity; and the UU Ministry for Earth’s ecojustice curriculum, Our Place in the Web of Life, with Pamela Sparr.
Robyn Ilten-Gee is a doctoral student in Human Development and Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a journalism instructor and (p. xix) reporter with Youth Radio. Her current research is on adolescents’ moral reasoning about adversity and conflict through multimodal storytelling. Her interests include exploring ways to use children’s media and literature to facilitate moral development and critical discourse.
Douglas Jacobsen (PhD, University of Chicago) is distinguished professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. His books include Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement (2003), Gracious Christianity (2006), The World’s Christians (2011), and Global Gospel: An Introduction to Christianity on Five Continents (2015).
Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (EdD, Temple University) is director of Faculty Development and Professor of Psychology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Together, Jake and Rhonda co-direct the Religion in the Academy Project, a major research initiative examining the educational effects of religion and religious diversity. They have published three books with Oxford University Press: Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation (2004); The American University in a Postsecular Age (2008), winner of the Lilly Fellows Book Award; and No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education (2012), winner of a Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
Jonathon S. Kahn is associate professor of Religion, and a member of American Studies, at Vassar College. He teaches in the areas of religion and modern philosophy, with a special interest in the intersection of religion, race, ethics, and politics. He was one of the co-founders of the workshop “Reconceiving the Secular Liberal Arts,” sponsored by the Teagle Foundation. His writing about that workshop appears on the website “The Immanent Frame.” He is the author of Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press, 2009) and he is the co-editor of Race and Secularism in America (Columbia University Press, 2016).
Brian Kaufman is a civil rights lawyer practicing in Washington, DC. He joined the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy in September 2016 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Lawyer Chapters. In this capacity, Brian works with over forty lawyer chapters across the country, supporting their growth and development in furtherance of actualizing ACS’s mission of shaping law and policy to be instruments of social justice for all individuals and communities. Brian completed his undergraduate at degree at Boston College in 2006 with majors in International Studies and Theology. In 2007, Brian completed his Master of Arts in Theology, also at Boston College, with a focus on Catholic theological ethics and social justice. Prior to beginning his legal studies at Emory University School of Law in 2014, Brian studied, lived, and worked in Paris for four years. At Emory Law, Brian served as the vice president of External Affairs of Emory OUTLaw, an organization dedicated to diversity awareness, networking, and the legal issues affecting the LGBT community. During his third year of law school, Brian revived the ACS Emory Law Student Law Chapter and served as one of the co-presidents. Prior to joining ACS, Brian worked for the National Center for (p. xx) Lesbian Rights as a Policy Law Fellow, focusing on NCLR’s #BornPerfect Campaign, the campaign to protect LGBT youth from the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy through legislation, litigation, and public education. Originally from the New York City area, Brian is passionate about spirituality, education, LGBT legal topics, and Baptiste yoga.
Emile Lester is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. His book Teaching Religions: A Democratic Approach for Public Schools (University of Michigan Press, 2011) was based in part on his research report Learning About World Religions in Public Schools (First Amendment Center, 2006). The report and book have been featured in various media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN, among other media outlets. The First Amendment Center and Wesley Theological Seminary hosted a special forum on the book at the Newseum in Washington, DC. In 2014, Prof. Lester’s review of seven proposed textbooks for US Government Grade 12 courses in Texas entitled A Triumph of Ideology Over Ideas was published by the Texas Freedom Network. He testified before the Texas State Board of Education. The review received extensive media coverage, and led publishers to make significant revisions in textbooks that enhanced their historical accuracy and balance. His numerous articles on various topics in political science and related to religion and politics have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including The Review of Politics, Polity, Journal of Church and State, Politics and Religion, and Public Affairs Quarterly. He has also written for the prestigious public affairs journal The American Interest and the esteemed education magazine Phi Delta Kappan. Prof. Lester is working on a book examining political thought and American presidents, focusing on Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
Jennifer A. Lindholm is assistant vice provost in UCLA’s division of undergraduate education. In that capacity, she is responsible for coordinating campus-wide initiatives associated with enhancing teaching and learning, addressing accreditation-related considerations, and facilitating student success. Before joining the division, she served from 2001 to 2006 as associate director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute and as director of the institute’s Triennial National Faculty Survey. During that period, Jennifer also held a joint appointment as visiting professor of higher education and organizational change in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She also served as director and co-investigator for the decade-long (2001–2011) Spirituality in Higher Education project and co-authored Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Jennifer’s most recent book is The Quest for Meaning and Wholeness: Spiritual and Religious Connections in the Lives of College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2014). Her other research and writing focuses on the structural and cultural dimensions of academic work; the career development, work experiences, and professional behavior of college and university faculty; issues related to institutional change; and undergraduate student development. Jennifer also works as a consultant (p. xxi) to colleges and universities on topics related to her areas of research and administrative expertise.
Benjamin P. Marcus is the Religious Literacy Specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, where he examines the intersection of education, religious literacy, and identity formation in the United States. He has developed religious literacy programs for public schools, universities, U.S. government organizations, and private foundations, and he has delivered presentations on religion at universities and nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. Marcus is a Fulbright Specialist, where he shares his expertise on religion and education with select host institutions abroad. Marcus chaired the writing group for the Religious Studies Companion Document to the C3 Framework, a nationally recognized set of guidelines used by state and school district curriculum experts for social studies standards and curriculum development. He earned an MTS with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics as a Presidential Scholar at Harvard Divinity School. He studied religion at the University of Cambridge and Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity in the Divinity School where he taught for 35 years in the Divinity School, the Department of History, and the Committee on the History of Culture. He focused chiefly on late eighteenth and twentieth century American religious history in the context of “Atlantic Culture.” His six-year “Fundamentalism Project” for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988–1994) led him to enlarge his focus to global interreligious concerns. Author of over fifty books, Marty has written the three-volume Modern American Religion (University of Chicago Press). Other books are The One and the Many: America’s Search for the Common Good; Education, Religion and the Common Good and Politics, Religion and the Common Good; Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography; and his Righteous Empire won the National Book Award.
Paula Moore, associate vice president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, has overseen all communications for the association, including its marketing, publications, website, and media relations, since joining the staff in 2011. She had previously been at the American Council on Education for eleven years, serving most recently as its director of publishing. There, Moore oversaw the organization’s publications and worked on promoting and branding the association. She directed its trademark and copyright program, instituting an intellectual property protection program. Prior to 2000, Moore worked as a magazine and trade press writer and editor for more than a decade. She was a finalist in 1996 for the Jesse H. Neal Awards, the most prestigious editorial honors in the field of specialized journalism.
Robert J. Nash has been a professor in the College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont, Burlington, for forty-eight years. He specializes in philosophy of education, applied ethics, higher education administration, scholarly personal narrative (p. xxii) writing, and religion, spirituality, and education. He has graduate degrees in English, Religious Studies, Applied Ethics and Liberal Studies, and Educational Philosophy. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences. He is the founder and director of the graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and the co-founder of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program (HESA).
Adina C. Newman is a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the George Washington University. Her research focuses on the implications of teaching about religion to upper elementary and middle school students in public education. She was nominated and selected to be a participant at the 2016 David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in K-12 Educational Administration and Policy. Her experience spans over a decade in both the Jewish and secular education sectors as an administrator, consultant, content developer, and educator.
Larry Nucci is adjunct professor of Human Development and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and professor emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author/editor of seven books including Education in the Moral Domain (Cambridge, 2001), Nice is Not Enough: Facilitating Moral Development (Pearson, 2009), and the Handbook of Moral and Character Education (with Darcia Narvaez and Tobias Krettenauer; Routledge, 2014). He is the editor in chief of the journal Human Development.
Erik Owens is associate director of the Boisi Center and associate professor of the practice in theology and international studies at Boston College. His research explores a variety of intersections between religion and public life, with particular attention to the challenge of fostering the common good of a religiously diverse society. He is the co-editor of three books: Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape (2009), Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (2004), and The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics (2003), the last of which was called a “must read” by Foreign Affairs in 2009. At the American Academy of Religion, he chairs the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and leads its Public Scholars Project. He received his PhD in religious ethics from the University of Chicago, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from Duke University.
Julie J. Park is assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research addresses race, diversity, and equity in higher education, with a special focus on Asian-American college students. A recipient of the Promising Scholar/Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, she is the author of When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press, 2013), an examination of how a campus religious organization was affected by shifting demographic conditions following a state ban on affirmative action. Her work on religion examines the intersection between race and religion in campus communities, as well as the role of religion in shaping educational opportunity for communities of color. She sits on the editorial review board for the Journal of Higher Education and is also a research advisory board member for the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education and the Interfaith Diversity (p. xxiii) Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey. Besides being widely published in academic journals, her writing has also been featured in venues such as the Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post. Dr. Park received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sharon Daloz Parks, senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute and principal, Leadership for the New Commons, is a teacher, theorist, and author. Her undergraduate and master’s degrees are from Whitworth University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Her doctorate from Harvard University focused on theology and human development. Subsequently, for sixteen years she held faculty and research positions at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has taught also at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Seattle University. Her publications include Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World; Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose and Faith; and co-authored, Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World. She speaks and consults nationally. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Author of the books Acts of Faith (2007), which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Sacred Ground (2012), and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer (2006), Patel is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He has taught courses on interfaith cooperation at many institutions, including the University of Chicago, Princeton Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and Dominican University in Illinois, where he was the Lund-Gill Chair. Patel delivered the Greeley Lecture at Harvard University Divinity School and a series of lectures at Union Theological Seminary, where he served as a visiting distinguished guest lecturer during the 2012–2013 academic year.
Kevin R. Pregent, originally from central New York, is an instructor at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC, where he previously served as a law and religion fellow. He received his BA from the University of Delaware and is in his final year of a JD degree program at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a contributing author to Religion in American Education: A Legal Encyclopedia (Rowman & Littlefield).
Brendan W. Randall (b. 1966–d. 2017), to whom this book is dedicated, was a senior consultant for Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization devoted to working with higher education to promote interfaith cooperation as a social norm, and an advanced doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his work focused on religious diversity and civic education. Mr. Randall was a former case study fellow and senior research associate for the Pluralism Project as well as a teaching fellow (p. xxiv) for Prof. Eck’s case-study course on religious diversity in the United States. Mr. Randall had extensive experience researching, writing, and teaching case studies. One of his last publications included a co-authored chapter in the forthcoming book Teaching Interreligious Encounters entitled “The Case Study Method as a Means of Teaching About Pluralism” as well as an article in the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies entitled “Diana Eck’s Concept of Pluralism as a Norm for Civic Education in a Religiously Diverse Democracy.”
P. Jesse Rine is clinical associate professor and director of the M.S. program in higher education administration at Duquesne University. Previously he served as assistant provost at his alma mater, Grove City College (BA in Christian Thought), and directed the research programs of two national higher education associations in Washington, DC, the Council of Independent Colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Rine is a graduate of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he earned his PhD in Higher Education with an emphasis in Social Foundations of Education. He also holds an MAT degree in Latin from Washington University in St. Louis. Rine is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award presented by the Religion & Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
Alyssa N. Rockenbach is a professor of higher education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the impact of college on students, with particular attention to spiritual development, religious and worldview diversity in colleges and universities, campus climate, community service engagement, and gendered dimensions of the college student experience. Her current work includes a grant-funded initiative, the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) in partnership with Dr. Matt Mayhew at Ohio State University and Interfaith Youth Core. In addition, she co-authored with colleagues the third volume of How College Affects Students: 21st Century Evidence that Higher Education Works. Dr. Rockenbach serves on the editorial boards of Research in Higher Education and Journal of Higher Education, and has been honored with national awards, including the American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar Award, the Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, and the American Educational Research Association Religion & Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award. She teaches master’s and doctoral courses related to research methods, quantitative analysis, and foundations of the higher education and student affairs profession. Dr. Rockenbach earned her PhD in Higher Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and her BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Charles J. Russo, JD, EdD, is the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Health Services, director of its PhD Program, and adjunct professor in the School of Law at the University of Dayton. The 1998–99 President of the Education Law Association, and 2002 recipient of its McGhehey (Achievement) Award, he has authored or co-authored more than 260 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 57 books, and more than 950 publications. (p. xxv) Dr. Russo also speaks extensively on issues in Education Law in the United States and other nations. Along with having spoken in thirty-four states and twenty-six nations on all six inhabited continents, Russo taught summer courses in England, Spain, and Thailand. He has also served as a visiting professor at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and the University of Newcastle, Australia; the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; South East European University, Macedonia; the Potchefstroom Campus of Northwest University in Potchefstroom, South Africa; the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey; Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia; and in both Peking University and Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. He received a PhD Honoris Causa from Potchefstroom University, now the Potchefstroom Campus of Northwest University, in Potchefstroom, South Africa, in May 2004, for his contributions to the field of Education Law.
John A. Schmalzbauer teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Missouri State University, where he holds the Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies. He is the author of People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education (Cornell University Press, 2003). He served as co-investigator with Betty DeBerg on the National Study of Campus Ministries. Recent publications include chapters for The New Evangelical Social Engagement (Oxford, 2013) and The Post-Secular in Question (NYU Press, 2012).
Noah J. Silverman serves as senior director of learning and partnerships at Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization working to help build the interfaith movement on college campuses. He holds an MA in religious studies from New York University and has been involved in interfaith work for over fifteen years on three continents. Prior to rejoining IFYC in 2013, he served as the associate director of multifaith education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, where he directed the international, interfaith teen-leadership program “Face to Face / Faith to Faith.” He has worked for Religions for Peace at the United Nations, the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, the Interfaith Encounter Association and the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in London, in addition to consulting with Hillel, the JCC Association, and dozens of colleges and universities. Along with colleagues at IFYC, he has written numerous articles and chapters on the methodology of interfaith cooperation and the growing academic field of interfaith studies.
Kate E. Soules, is a curriculum specialist and instructor at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. She is a PhD candidate, an educator, and researcher with a focus on teachers’ religious literacy and preparation for religiously diverse schools. She is currently a doctoral student working on Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She has conducted original research with both pre-service and in-service teachers regarding their preparation to teach about religion.
Michael D. Waggoner , PhD, is professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches in the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs graduate (p. xxvi) program. His principal scholarly interests center on religion and spirituality in education. He is in his eighteenth year serving as editor for the peer-reviewed journal Religion & Education. He is also editor of the book series “Research in Religion and Education” for Routledge Books. He is a past chair of the Religion and Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and is co-chair of the Religion in the Public Schools: International Perspectives Group of the American Academy of Religion. He is an invited member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, an association of 240 scholars from thirty-six countries who study religion and education. His most recent books are Sacred and Secular Tensions in Higher Education (Routledge, 2011) and Religion in the Public Schools: Negotiating the New Commons (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).
Nathan C. Walker is the executive director of 1791 Delegates, a consortium of constitutional and human rights experts who consult on issues of religion and public life. Walker is the author of Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception (Skinner House Press, 2016) and Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship (Chalice Press, 2014). He is the co-editor with Edwin J. Greenlee of Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). He is a contributing author to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, edited by Paul Djupe (Oxford University Press, 2019); Religion in American Education: A Legal Encyclopedia, edited by Charles J. Russo (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019); and co-author with Lyal S. Sunga of Promoting and Protecting the Universal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief through Law (International Development Law Organization, 2017). Formerly a resident fellow in law and religion at Harvard Divinity School, Walker received his doctorate in law, education, and religion from Columbia University, where he received his Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. His website is www.ReligionAndPubliclife.com.
John Witte , Jr. (JD, Harvard; Dr. Theol. h.c., Heidelberg) is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. A specialist in legal history, marriage law, and religious liberty, he has published over 250 articles, sixteen journal symposia, and thirty books. Prof. Witte’s writings have appeared in fifteen languages, and he has delivered more than 350 public lectures throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Israel, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, and South Africa. With major funding from the Pew, Ford, Lilly, Luce, and McDonald foundations, he has directed fourteen major international projects on democracy, human rights, and religious liberty; on marriage, family, and children; and on law and Christianity. He edits “Emory University Studies in Law and Religion” (Eerdmans) and “Cambridge Law and Christianity Series” (Cambridge University Press), and co-edits The Journal of Law and Religion. He has been selected twelve times by the Emory law students as the most outstanding professor and has won dozens of other awards and prizes for his teaching and research.