Today and tomorrow we want to share some news from our faculty: what they’ve been doing the past few months and what’s coming up this year. Look for posts on recent and upcoming publications and conference presentations. Today we’ll start with…
Congratulations to the following members of the History Department faculty, recipients of external and internal grants:
• Prof. Diana Magnuson was awarded a Minnesota Population Center Grant from the University of Minnesota, meant to allow her to write an institutional history of the Minnesota Population Center and the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) databases, beginning with the harmonization of U.S. census and American Community Survey data in IPUMS-USA.
• Prof. Chris Gehrz used his grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts to develop a two-day faculty workshop at Bethel, “The Pietist Idea of a Christian College.” Featuring talks by Chris, theology professor Christian Collins Winn, and returning Bethel faculty Roger Olson (theology, now at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary) and David Williams (philosophy, now at Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Program), the workshop explored what it means when Bethel claims roots in the Pietist tradition. Most participants then undertook summer writing projects that will be published in a book to be edited by Chris. (Stay tuned for more news on that front.)
• Chris and Prof. Sam Mulberry received both Department Computing and Online Course grants from Bethel in support of their radical rethinking of GES130 Christianity and Western Culture for an online environment, which premiered this past summer. Make plans to attend their talk on that experience — Sept. 19th, 10:15am in the Bethel University Library.
We’re also happy to announce that Sam and Chris recently earned promotions in faculty rank: Sam to assistant professor of history; Chris to full professor.