Category: Faculty and Students Honors and Awards

Professor Nimi Wariboko featured in “In Praise of Greatness”

January 29th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

Muelder Professor of Social Ethics Nimi Wariboko is featured in a new book on Africa’s leading public intellectuals and living legends. In Praise of Greatness, by Professor Toyin Falola, University of Texas. The book chronicles the life and scholarship of Africans who have made substantive contributions to knowledge. This book is a first-of-its-kind, and Professor Wariboko is featured on pages 230-234. 

Congratulations on this honor, Prof. Wariboko!

Wabash Center Grant Awarded to STH Homiletical Theology Project

December 19th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology has awarded Professor David Jacobsen and the Homiletical Theology Project a grant for a research consultation on in-class sermon feedback and intercultural competency. The small project grant is titled Exploring Intercultural Instructional Communication for Homiletical Pedagogy: Facework Theory, Cultural Competence, and “Peering Behind the Curtain.” The project will be co-directed by both Professor Jacobsen and Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, an instructor at Abilene Christian University and PhD student at STH. The consultation will meet from January 4-6 here on the Charles River Campus with University of Portland’s Professor of Communication Studies Jeff Kerssen-Griep, whose expertise in interpersonal and intercultural communication in instructional contexts will be utilized. Ultimately, the consultation will develop research articles on in-class sermon feedback for submission to The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching in 2020. 

School of Theology and Brandeis University Awarded Henry Luce Foundation Grant

December 17th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News



Kimberly Macdonald
Marketing & Communications Manager
Boston University School of Theology

Julie Jette
Director of Media Relations
Brandeis University


Boston, MA – December 17, 2018 – Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) and Brandeis University are pleased to announce that the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a three-year $500,000 grant to support the Educating Effective Chaplains Project, which will focus on three elements critical for preparing professional chaplains for effective ministry. The project is led by the team of BUSTH Associate Professor of Theology Dr. Shelly Rambo, and Brandeis University Professor of Sociology and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Wendy Cadge.

The three primary elements of the project are:

  • The synthesis of current scholarship and practitioner expertise about the nature of effective chaplaincy, in order to evaluate how theological schools can and should support development of successful chaplains,
  • The identification of specific skills required for chaplaincy, both universally and in specific fields, such as in the military, within healthcare, and at correctional facilities, and the analysis of how theological education currently supports the development of these competencies, and
  • Support for theological educators in strengthening their scholarship, curricula, and partnerships with clinical educators to better train future generations of chaplains.

With the goal of effectively equipping chaplains for all professional settings, the project will attend to the spaces where chaplains and religious leaders are working in today’s society. Even as religious affiliations are declining, spiritual needs and questions are as significant and important as ever, and therefore the need for refining chaplaincy education is opportune.

“We are honored to receive this grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of cultivating religious leaders of the future,” said Professor Rambo. “In the rapidly changing landscape of theological education, this network has the potential to transform models of education for religious leaders doing frontline spiritual care.”

Professor Cadge, who is also the founder of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, said she is eager to bring theological educators together in a way that advances a common conversation. “This is exactly why we launched the Lab and we’re so pleased to collaborate with Professor Rambo. Innovation in chaplaincy won’t happen unless the next generation of chaplains receive the very best training and education. This grant is going to help us build new curricula and new models of education to make that happen.”

For more information about the Henry Luce Foundation, please visit


About Boston University School of Theology
Since 1839, Boston University School of Theology has been preparing leaders to do good. A seminary of the United Methodist Church, Boston University School of Theology is a robustly ecumenical institution that welcomes students from diverse faith traditions who are pursuing a wide range of vocations – parish ministry, conflict transformation, chaplaincy, campus ministry, administration, non-profit management, social work, teaching, justice advocacy, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, and more. Our world-renowned faculty and strong heritage help students nurture their academic goals and realize any ministry imaginable. For more information, please visit

About Brandeis University
As a top-tier private research university with a focus on the liberal arts, Brandeis University is dedicated to teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, engaging them meaningfully in the groundbreaking research of our faculty. Founded by the American Jewish community in 1948 as a nonsectarian institution at a time when exclusionary practices prevented equal access to some of the nation’s best universities, Brandeis has always welcomed talented students and faculty of every ethnicity, religion and cultural background. Our 235-acre campus is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation.

BUSTH-Brandeis Luce Foundation joint grant 12-14-18 FINAL

Dana Robert Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 9th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

October 2018 – Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission, Dr. Dana L. Robert was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this weekend. Dr. Robert’s selection was in 2017, but her official induction was postponed until this year due to her 2017 sabbatical stay in Germany.

With this induction, Dr. Robert joins the fine company of other extraordinary scholars at Boston University. The following people have been honored by induction into AAAS in the past. This induction remains a stellar honor since the founding of AAAS in 1780 by John Adams and James Bowdoin: 

Theology and Ministerial Practice
Edwin Prince Booth
George Croft Cell
Albert Knudson
Robert Nelson
Walter Muelder
Howard Thurman

Edgar Brightman

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Paula Fredriksen
Dana Robert

Dana Robert induction ceremony

Dr. Dana Robert is pictured here with her son Sam, who attended the induction ceremony for his mother over the weekend.


Cristian De La Rosa Receives Award of Excellence

August 16th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

Dr. Cristian De La Rosa has been honored with the MARCHA – Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana Award of Excellence for 2018. Bishop Elias Galvan described the award as being: “in recognition of her efforts and commitment to the training and development of young Latino leaders in our Church. We are aware that her contributions to our church in the development of young leaders will have a lasting and positive impact our ministry with the Hispanic/Latino community.” Congratulations, Cristian!!

Dean Moore Receives Honorary Degree from Hebrew College

June 4th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Awards, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

STH Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore receives her honorary degree from Rabbi Or Rose during the Hebrew College Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

STH Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore receives her honorary degree during the Hebrew College Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

June 3, 2018, Newton Centre, MA – Hebrew College held its 93rd Commencement on Sunday, June 3 for graduates of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, and Hebrew College’s Jewish Studies program. Boston University School of Theology Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore was awarded an honorary degree for her commitment to work in interreligious leadership and learning.

Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Miller Center of Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College, spoke about Dean Moore’s work at the commencement ceremony, saying “We at Hebrew College got to know Mary Elizabeth in the context of the Boston Theological Institute after Hebrew College became the first non-Christian member institution…Mary Elizabeth welcomed us with her generosity of spirit, gracious hospitality, and profound commitment to interreligious engagement. For your scholarship, your teaching and your leadership of theological education, for your consistent insistence that we lift up and celebrate the sacredness of the human and natural world, for your deep and passionate commitment to interreligious learning and leadership, for your partnership with Hebrew College and our Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership and peer institutions, and for creating a community of theological institutions that recognize the need for deep roots in our unique traditions – and a need to come together to seize shared opportunities and confront common challenges  we present you with this honorary degree.” 

Other honorary degree recipients included Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, PhD, Neubauer Executive Director, Tufts Hillel, Research Professor, Department of Music and Judaic Studies at Tufts University; Harold Kotler, CFA, Me’ah’99, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, GW&K Investment Management.

Hebrew College provided the following statement about their commencement activities: “We are proud of our graduates as they take their places as advanced learners, innovative teachers, and dedicated leaders. The multiple voices they have encountered in texts, in teachers, and in dialogue with each other will enable them to contribute to the enhancement of Jewish life, here in North America, in Israel, and throughout the world.”

STH Celebrates Retirements of Three Faculty Members

May 1st, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

May 2018 – The Boston University School of Theology has recently celebrated the upcoming retirements of three of its long-serving faculty members. Professors Robert C. Neville, Nancy Ammerman, and John Hart were celebrated with dedicated panels and reflections from colleagues throughout their illustrious careers.

Neville Retirement 
Robert C. Neville, Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology, was celebrated on April 19. The panel on the work of Professor Neville included an introduction by Professor Wesley Wildman with panel presentations from Michael Raposa, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University; Bin Song, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Washington College; David Rohr, PhD Candidate, Boston University; Nancy K. Frankenberry, John Phillips Professor in Religion, Emeritus, Dartmouth College. 

Ammerman Retirement

Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion, was celebrated on April 25. The panel on her work included an introduction by Professor Steven Sandage with panel presentations from Dr. R. Stephen Warner, Dr. Joyce Mercer, Dr. Bill McKinney, and Drs. Shelly Rambo and Rady Roldán Figueroa.

Hart Retirement

John Hart, Professor of Christian Ethics, was celebrated on May 2. The panel on his work included an introduction by Professor Walter Fluker and presentations from Larry Rasmussen, Roger Gottlieb, Tallessyn Grenfell-Lee, Derrick Muwina, Christine Nakyeyune, and Ian Mevorach. The event was closed with a retirement blessing ritual by Rev. Norm Faramelli, a long-time colleague of Professor Hart. 


Scholar of Religion Nancy Ammerman to Retire

April 26th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

April 25, 2018, Boston MA  Biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins wonders whether theologians—at least the kind who study things like Adam and Eve’s original sin, even though Adam and Eve never existed—should get the boot from academia. As a sociologist with a joint appointment at the School of Theology and the College of Arts & Sciences, Nancy Ammerman has spent her career studying both believers in Eden’s couple and those who understand them as allegory.

Ammerman wants you to know two things: she doesn’t take a stand one way or the other on her subjects’ beliefs; she merely studies them. And those who don’t take Genesis as literal history outnumber those who do, highlighting what she calls a common misperception among academics: that people in the pews hold rigid doctrines and “otherworldly” beliefs in an “authoritarian God”—that “religion is about believing without doubt and obeying without question,” she says.

Read the full article by Rich Barlow, originally posted on BU Today here:

Professor Christopher Evans elected an honorary fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

April 17th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

Manchester, United Kingdom – Christopher Evans, Professor of History of Christianity and Methodist Studies, has been elected as an Honorary Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre (MWRC). Honorary Fellows are elected from established scholars who support the aims of the Centre, and are part of the Centre’s ongoing work. Professor Evans was a visiting research fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute and the MWRC last year. The full list of elected Honorary Fellows can be found here. Congratulations, Professor Evans, on this outstanding achievement!

School of Theology Awards Garner Prize for Preaching 2017

November 1st, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Awards, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News

This year’s Garner Prize for Preaching took place in Marsh Chapel on Saturday, October 28. The Rev. Dr. S. Chapin Garner (STH’97), Senior Minister at the Congregational Church of New Canaan in CT, with his wife Tammie Garner, Esq. (LAW’97) along with their church in Connecticut, provide the funding for the Garner Prize for Preaching every year. We thank them for being so steadfast in their support.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Garner Prize for Preaching winners are:
1st: Nikki Young
2nd: Alicia Vélez Stewart
3rd: Danyal Mohammadzadeh
Honorable Mentions: Emelia Attridge and Roger Gordon

Be sure to congratulate them all the next time you see them! To view all of Saturday’s preachers in action, please view the online album here.