McMurry University Receives Lilly Fellows Program Grant for 2015-16

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:34 AM
  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 next year 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. Philip LeMasters and Bryan Stewart are currently McMurry’s representatives in the network. This is McMurry’s first grant from the Lilly Fellows Program.

In preparation for next year’s conversations, former McMurry religion professor Dr. Bob Monk will lead a colloquium discussion on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 12-1 p.m., entitled “A Methodist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Is there one?”

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