McMurry University Receives Lilly Fellows Program Grant

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:47 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University is pleased to announce its reception of a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in the amount of $3,000. This grant will help fund a year-long faculty discussion program during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The proposal, written by Dr. Bryan Stewart, associate professor of religion, capitalized on two important initiatives at McMurry: the recent board-approved Centennial Vision that encourages on-going dialogue and conversation about faith and learning, and the current university theme of “Ubuntu”—an African word emphasizing our humanity within community.

The aim of the program, entitled “Ubuntu: Scholarship and Pedagogy in Christian Community,” will be to foster intentional on-going faculty conversations about questions of scholarship and pedagogy within the communal context of a Christian university. A select group of approximately fifteen faculty members will meet on a monthly basis throughout the 2015-2016 academic year for a sustained discussion of readings which address scholarship and pedagogical practices in a church-related context. Additionally, the larger McMurry community will be invited to participate in a colloquium each semester to further the conversation.

McMurry University has been a member institution of the Lilly Fellows National Network of Church-related Colleges and Universities since 2012. Dr. Philip LeMasters and Dr. Bryan Stewart are currently McMurry’s representatives in the network. This is McMurry’s first grant from the Lilly Fellows Program.

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