Prof. Shively T. J. Smith receives The HistoryMakers 2023-24 Fellowship Award for Innovation in Pedagogy and Teaching

Assistant Professor of New Testament Shively T. J. Smith

The HistoryMakers: the Digital Repository for the Black Experience, announced in a recent email announcement and press release that Assistant Professor of New Testament Shively T. J. Smith has been awarded one of twelve 2023-24 fellowships awarded to faculty in the United States who are dedicated to diversifying higher education curricula and furthering student learning.

Prof. Smith’s award was given to further her online course “Howard Thurman: Biblical Interpreter for the Public Square,” which will be offered as part of the fully online Master of Arts in Religion and Public Leadership degree program of study. Prof. Smith will help students explore the life and vision of Howard Thurman from the perspective of “Thurman as an interpreter” to examine his “interpretive actions as a religious leader and expand understanding about the historical moments, people, and institutions Thurman engages and influence.”

According to the announcement, award recipients will “demonstrate how faculty can creatively incorporate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive into a fall 2023 semester course and syllabus.”

Many congratulations to Prof. Smith for receiving this important fellowship.

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