Alumni News

1980 - 1989

Janet Dickey McDowell, '80, works as Corporate Compliance Consultant for Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA.  

Steven Pointer, '81, retired and is a professor emeritus at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL.

The Reverend J. Barney Hawkins IV, '81, is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education at Virginia Theological Seminary. He also serves as president of The North American Committee for St. George’s College of Jerusalem. 

Tim Wengert, '84, served as professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and is now retired.  

Clifton Black, '86, is the Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Stan Ingersol, '89 is a magazine consultant to three issues in the past year of Grace & Peace, a quarterly magazine of Nazarene ministers in the U.S. and Canada.


1990 - 1999

Philip LeMasters, ’90, is Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University, Abilene, TX.  

Barry Jones, '94, is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Campbell University Divinity School. 



Omid Safi, '00 serves as the Chair of the Islamic Mysticism Group at the AAR, and leads an educational tour that focuses on the overlapping legacies of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in Turkey: The program is open to everyone

Kecia Ali, '02, is currently an Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University.  Currently, she is serving on the Membership Task Force of the AAR and has begun a term as president of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. 

Daniel Castelo, '05, was promoted to full rank this year at School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University.

J. Barton "Bart" Scott, '06, has started a new position in Religion and Media at the University of Toronot.  He published Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule in May 2016 with University of Chicago Press.

Kristi Upson-Saia, '06, co-edited a volume of Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity, which includes an essay she authored, “Hairiness and Holiness in the Early Christian Desert", and co-authored an introductory essay in a special issue of JLA.

Thomas McGlothlin, '07, is an academic counselor at the Christian Academy in Japan in Tokyo.

Wakoh Shannon Hickey, '08, is teaching at Notre Dame and has been invited to serve as the Buddhist Campus Minister for Johns Hopkins University.

Chad Spigel, '08, awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX).

Matt Schlimm, '08, was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (Iowa).  

Ali Mian, '08, is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Seattle University.

Angela Tarango, '09, is Associate Professor at Trinity University.

Yael Wilfand, '11, is Research Associate in Rabbinic Literature at CNRS – Aix-Marseille University.

Ben Gordon, '13, is the Perlow Lecturer in Classical Judaism and the Ancient Near East in the Department of Religious Studies at University of Pittsburgh.

Jill Hicks-Keeton, '14, was awarded 2018 Regional Scholar Award for the Southwest Region by the Society of Biblical Literature.

Jennifer Kryszak, '14, has a position with the School of Theology and Ministry at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Mandy McMichael, '14joined the Religion department at Baylor in the summer of 2017 after five years as an Assistant Professor of Religion at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Her current research focuses on the intersection of gender and American religious culture as it presents itself in beauty pageants. Her book examining religion and identity in the Miss America Pageant will be published by Baylor University Press. 

Jeff Schroeder, '15, is Instructor of Asian Studies at the University of Oregon's Department of Religious Studies and Department of History in Eugene, Oregon.

Jessica Wong, '15, is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Mari Joerstad, '16 is a Fellow in the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at Duke University.

Daniel Stulac, '17 is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School.