Recent Accomplishments of Faculty & Students in Philosophy & Religion
Truman’s vibrant, active campus is made up of a community of learners. Individually and collectively, people at Truman are driven to know, to learn, to understand, and to extend the reach of shared knowledge. Here are some of the accomplishments of faculty and students in philosophy and religion:
- In 2014 Professor of Philosophy Stephen Pollard had his book A Mathematical Prelude to the Philosophy of Mathematics published by Springer.
- Philosophy and Religion majors Allison Stagner, Amy Johnson, Ben Batzer, and Jasmine Johnson, are recent inductees in the Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religious studies.
- Summer 2013 saw Dr. Mark Appold lead Truman students Jordyn Williams, Samantha Wickam, Grace Curtright, Sierra Horton, Jane Rademacher, Katie Shannon, Caitlin McGrath, and Brandon Bolte on an intensive six-week study abroad program in the Middle East.
- Dr. Mark Appold's doctoral dissertation on “The Oneness Motif in the Fourth Gospel” , published by J.C.B. Mohr in Tübingen, Germany, has been re-published by Wipf and Stock (Eugene, Oregon) due to popular demand.
- Dereck Daschke, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, delivered a lecture to the Religious Studies department at the University of Nebraska – Omaha on September 12, 2013. The talk was titled “The Most Human Thing We Do: Religion and the Need to Create” and explored the connection between religion, games, art, and other forms of creativity.
- Dr. Mark Appold's article on Philip of Bethsaida will be included in the Festschrift for John T. Greene, published fall 2013 by Cambridge Scholars of England, under the title Bethsaida in Archaeology, History, and Ancient Culture.
- Dr. Mark Appold's article, A Search for the Identity and Role of an Anonymous Judean, will be included in the forthcoming publication by J. C. B. Mohr of Tübingen, Germany, “Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John.”
- Dr. Jennifer Jesse's book, William Blake's Religious Vision: There's a Methodism in his Madness, was published by Lexington Books in 2013.
- Dr. Dereck Daschke was a correspondent for the Journal of Religion & Film at the Sundance Film Festival in February 2012. He reviewed numerous films for their presentation of religious ideas, stories, and themes and also interviewed the Palestinian-Israeli team who made “5 Broken Cameras.” The review and interview can be found on the journal’s free website.
- Dr. Chad Mohler wins Mobile for Global Good Competition
- Publication of Dr. Dereck Daschke's new book on the Jewish Apocalypse and new book on the Bible and violent cultures in psychological perspective.
- PHRE major Mark Lambert's presentation of "Baldwin IV: A Curious Case of Leprosy in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem" at multiple conferences:
The Theta Alpha Kappa section of the Central States Society of Biblical Literature's March meeting (one of ten undergraduate presenters)
—The undergraduate section of the March meeting of the Midwest Regional American Academy of Religion; winner of award for best undergraduate paper
—April meeting of the Crusader Studies Forum at Saint Louis University
- PHRE major Andrew McCall becomes Truman's first Rhodes Scholarship winner.
- End-of-the-year (2013-2014) honors:
—Outstanding Student in Philosophy: Kara Boschert
—Outstanding Student in Religious Studies: Lizzie Salsich
—Department Honors: Kara Boschert, Jessica Foster, Lizzie Salsich, Mary Louisa Williams
- End-of-the-year (2012-2013) honors:
—Outstanding Student in Philosophy: Keenan Schott
—Outstanding Student in Religious Studies: Ben Batzer
- End-of-the-year (2011-2012) honors:
—Outstanding Student in Philosophy & Religion: Nathan Hardy
—Departmental Honors: Rachel Cook, Heidi Geisbuhler, Daniel Gilmore, Nathan Hardy
—Inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies and Theology Honor Society: Nathan Hardy, Jasmine Johnson, and Ben Batzer
—Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: Rachel Cook, Daniel Gilmore, Nathan Hardy
—Winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for Graduate Studies: Nathan Hardy, $5000
- End-of-the-year (2010-2011) honors:
—Outstanding Student in Philosophy & Religion: Mark Lambert
—Departmental Honors: Marianne Cline, Lauren Greenspan, Ryan Harker, Stephanie Hulsey, Aubrey Vaughn, Amy Yeagle
—Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: Lauren Greenspan, Ryan Harker, Matthew Ziegler
—Inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies and Theology Honor Society: Amanda Brown, Marianne Cline, Lauren Greenspan, Ryan Harker, Michelle Martin, Valerie Spencer, Aubrey Vaughn
—Valedictorian Spring 2011: Lauren Greenspan, Ryan Harker, Stephanie Hulsey, Amy Yeagle