Several faculty from the School of Divinity and Wake Forest College will support the project.
- Project Leader: Dr. Kevin Jung
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, School of Divinity
Kevin Jung works on the intersection of theological ethics and philosophy. His research interests are primarily in the areas of moral epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. In addition, he has an interest in metaethical issues in bioethics, serving on the faculty of the graduate bioethics program. Jung is the author of two books, Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality: An Intuitionist Account (Routledge, 2015) and Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics (Peter Lang, 2011), and coeditor of Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics (Fortress Press, 2006). He also translated Gene Outka’s Agape: An Ethical Analysis (CLSK, 1999) and co-translated John Witte’s From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage and Law in Western Tradition (CLSK, 2006) into Korean. During 2008-2009, he was named a Lilly Theological Scholar by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). From 2004 to 2005, Jung was a Spruill Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the Emory University School of Law.
- Participating Faculty: Dr. Bill Leonard
Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History, School of Divinity
Leonard’s research focuses on Church History with particular attention to American religion, Baptist studies, and Appalachian religion. In addition to a variety of articles in journals and monographs, he is the author or editor of some 22 books including Christianity in Appalachia (1999); Baptist Ways: A History(2003); The Challenge of Being Baptist (2010); and Can I Get a Witness?: Essays, Sermons and Reflections (2013). His newest book, A Sense of the Heart: Christian Religious Experience in the U.S., was be published by Abingdon Press in October 2014. He is currently researching the history of preaching in Appalachia. Leonard is on the editorial board of the Journal of Disability and Religion, and writes a twice-monthly column for Associated Baptist Press. He is an ordained Baptist minister and a member of First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue (American Baptist Churches, USA) in Winston-Salem.
- Participating Faculty: Dr. Neal Walls
Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, School of Divinity
A scholar of the Hebrew Bible and related ancient Near Eastern texts, Walls is fascinated by the breadth, depth, and complexity of Old Testament literature. Walls is the author of two books, The Goddess Anat in Ugaritic Myth (1992) andDesire, Discord and Death: Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Myth (2001). He is the editor of Cult Image and Divine Representation in the Ancient Near East (2005). Walls is currently engaged in research on ancient Near Eastern mythology and a commentary on Genesis 1-11. He also enjoys leading pilgrimages and travel programs throughout Africa and the Middle East.
- Science Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Alexander
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, Wake Forest College F.M. Kirby Faculty Fellow
Rebecca Alexander earned her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry at University of Pennsylvania and joined Wake Forest in August 2000 after postdoctoral research at MIT and The Scripps Research Institute. She teaches biochemistry to undergraduate and graduate students. Her research, funded by the National Science Foundation, uses experimental and computational tools to study protein-RNA interactions in protein biosynthesis and viral infection. She has previously served as co-director of the Undergraduate Research and Creativities (URECA) Center and is also co-director of the Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling, a multidisciplinary research center supported by the Provost’s Office.
- Science Advisor: Dr. Paul Anderson
Professor, Department of Physics, Wake Forest College
Paul Anderson’s main research interests are in an area called quantum field theory in curved space which is at the interface between quantum and gravitational physics. The primary applications are to cosmology and black holes. He has published more than 45 refereed articles in scholarly journals such as Physical Review D. In 1998 he received the Excellence in Research award from Wake Forest University. He received his B.S. in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1976. He received his M.A. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Physics in 1983. He has been at Wake Forest University since 1990.
- Collaborator: Dr. Sarah Fick
Professor, Department of Education, Wake Forest College
Sarah Fick earned her Ph.D. in Science Education at University of Michigan, and joined Wake Forest in July 2014. Before returning to graduate school, Sarah was a teacher for five years, working with students from K-12. She worked with students formally and informally, including time as a classroom teacher and an outdoor educator. Her classroom teaching experience was with students in grades 7-12. She taught biology, environmental science, and earth science. Her research focuses on supporting teachers to implement the new national recommendations for science standards, studying both the learning and opportunities to learn associated with standards-based curricula. At Wake Forest, she works with undergraduate and graduate level preservice science teachers at both the elementary and secondary level.
Sarah assists with the creation and data analysis of the surveys for grant-related courses.
- Collaborator: Dr. Katy Lack
As a neuroscientist, Katy Lack provides lectures and lab experiments for divinity students in the area of neuroscience.