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Three GTU doctoral students receive prestigious national fellowships

Michael S. Campos, Andrea E. Davidson and Carmen R. Lansdowne, doctoral students at Graduate Theological Union, have been selected to receive a 2010 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Fellowship, a competitive national award. Both Campos and Lansdowne were recognized as 2010 North American Doctoral Fellows while Davidson received recognition as a 2010 Doctoral Fellow.

And the Winner is… Alejandro García-Rivera

Alex Garcia-Rivera receives Sarlo award“I’m amazed,” says, Alejandro (Alex) García-Rivera, Professor of Systematic Theology and GTU Core Doctoral Faculty Member, about receiving the 2010 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award. “I had very little teaching experience when I came here, and at the start, I didn’t know what I was doing. My ‘training’ came — as in an apprenticeship — mostly from colleagues and through trial and error. What I learned along the way is that teaching is about communication, and that if I pay attention to my method of teaching, it can improve and go beyond the apprentice model.” Continuous improvement has paid off. The Sarlo Award recognizes García-Rivera as a teacher who embodies the values of interreligious sensitivity and commitment, interdisciplinary approach and content in teaching, sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity, and creative classroom pedagogical methods and performance.

The View from the Back Pew

Jen OwensIdentity and experience. They continually shape one another and the path of our lives. They have profoundly guided the academic journey of GTU doctoral student Jen Owens.

While earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Loyola Marymount, Owens was introduced to Liberation Theology which emphasizes experience. She began to focus on feminist perspectives and her own bi-cultural identity — her father is of European descent and her mother hails from an upper class family in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Historically, Bolivia has been divided between the underrepresented indigenous majority and those descended from European colonizers.

2010-11 Newhall Fellows

Project Student Faculty

War and Peace in the New Testament

Peter Claver Ajer

Jean-Francois Racine

Womanist Conversations with Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat

Richetta Amen and Vanessa Hawkins

Steed Davidson

Sociology of Religion and Film: Analysis and Pedagogy

In Memoriam: Sharon-Gay Smith (1942 - 2009)

Sharon-Gay Smith, Student Services, 1977

Sharon-Gay Smith, Student Services, 1977

Sharon-Gay Smith and Claude Welch at the rededication of 2465 Le Conte

Kathleen Kook helps shape a dynamic, groundbreaking community

Kathleen KookDespite the diversity among the students of incoming classes, they all share one thing in common: Kathleen Kook has been the gateway for their matriculation at GTU. But her responsibility as Associate Dean for Admissions doesn’t stop there. She and her team personally respond throughout the year to all those who inquire about the GTU. Then Kook walks prospective students through the application process and helps them decide what area and program best suits their situation and interests -- an honor according to Kook. She believes that the Admissions department’s strength derives from intentional personal attention to applicants and warmth in receiving them into the community fold. But she says, “The whole GTU is part of the Admissions team,” acknowledging the participation of the many “extraordinary” faculty members and current students who engage prospective students. Kook says that following a scholarly path is a momentous decision, and one of her goals is to ease the transition.


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