Department of Religion
Ph.D., Divinity School, The University of Chicago (Bible)
M.A., The University of Kansas (Biblical Studies)
B.A., The University of Kansas (Mathematics and Computer Science)
I have been teaching (mostly biblical studies) at BW for 31 years.
I have long been fascinated by the media history of the Bible, from ancient oral culture, to handwritten manuscripts, to the printed Bible, to the metamorphosis of the Bible in the Electronic Age.
2011 being the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, I am currently reading about the KJB, and I'm doing speaking engagements for churches on the topic.
Questions and answers
Why did you choose to teach at BW?
Initially, because I was offered a job here! However, I'm very happy now how it has all worked out. BW is a positive, comfortable environment in which to work.
What characteristics distinguish BW from other colleges/universities?
No one can beat us on "personal touch"! We really do care about our students and do everything in our power to help them to succeed.
How do you mentor students?
I try to be open, interested, and sympathetic to them. Interestingly, these are several of the attitudes also required of a biblical scholar trying to understand ancient texts written long ago and far away. I try to give respect to both persons and texts, but I also feel obligated to ask questions of both. If we ask no questions, we get no answers!
What do students like best about your class?
Learning new things about religion that they have never dreamed of before, and being authorized to ask probing questions that they may never have been allowed to ask before.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?
Probably trying to put to good use 25 years of experience with Macintosh computers!