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North Park University Recognizes Faculty Achievements at Convocation

New faculty publications
North Park University faculty authored several books in the past year.

University celebrates faculty granted promotion and tenure, plus book authors, editors

CHICAGO (September 21, 2012) — At its annual Convocation to open to academic year, North Park University recognized outstanding faculty who were granted promotion and tenure, and those who authored or edited recently published books. The University also formally installed two recently appointed administrators.

"This is a day of great joy and celebration at North Park University," said Dr. David Parkyn, University president, who presided at the September 17 event. He noted that the Convocation recognizes many individuals who carry out the University's mission by preparing students for lives of significance and service through education.

The Convocation included a litany of recognition for faculty granted tenure and promoted, recognition and prayer for continued guidance for faculty authors, and a litany of installation for newly appointed administrators. The University Choir and University Chamber Singers performed, directed by Julia Davids, Stephen J. Hendrickson Endowed Chair in Music, School of Music. The Convocation was held in the University's Anderson Chapel.

Faculty recently promoted:

  • Ida Maduram, professor of education, School of Education
  • Paul Priester, professor of psychology, School of Adult Learning

Faculty recently granted tenure:

  • Soong Chan-Rah, associate professor of church growth and evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary
  • Joel Willits, associate professor of biblical and theological studies, Department of Biblical and Theological Studies

Recently published faculty book authors and editors:

  • Philip J. Anderson and Dag Blanck, editors: Norwegians and Swedes in the United States (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
  • Philip J. Anderson, editor: The Augustana Synod and the Covenant Church: Contact, Conflict, and Confluence 1860-2010 (Swedish-American Historical Society)
  • Gregory S. Athnos: The Easter Jesus and the Good Friday Church (Outskirts Press, Inc.)
  • Gregory S. Athnos: The Art of the Roman Catacombs (Outskirts Press, Inc.)
  • James K. Bruckner: Healthy Human Life: A Biblical Perspective (Cascade Books)
  • Stephen Chester, Grant Osborne, Mark Seifrid and Chad Brand: Perspectives on our Struggle with Sin: Three Views of Romans 7 (Broadman & Holman)
  • Julia Davids and Stephen LaTour: Vocal Technique: A Guide for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers (Waveland Press, Inc.)
  • Paul De Neui, editor: Complexities of Money and Missions in Asia (William Carey Library)
  • Barbara Levandowski: The Adventures of Muffin and Alexander: Off to School (Trafford Publishing)
  • Bradley Nassif: Bringing Jesus to the Desert (Zondervan)
  • Brock Bingaman and Bradley Nassif, editors: The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality (Oxford University Press)
  • Kristy Odelius and Timothy Yu: Kiss the Stranger (Corollary Press)
  • M. Sydney Park, Soong-Chan Rah, and Al Tizon, editors: Honoring the Generations Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson Press Publishers)
  • Richard A. Burridge and Joel Willitts, authors; Daniel M. Gurtner, editor: Jesus, Matthew's Gospel and Early Christianity: Studies in Memory of Graham N. Stanton (Library of New Testament Studies)
  • Theodore G. Zervas: The Making of a Modern Greek Identity: Education, Nationalism, and the Teaching of a Greek National Past (Columbia University Press)

Installation of recently appointed administrators:

  • Jennifer Dixon, director of undergraduate recruitment and enrollment, Office of Admissions
  • Daniel White Hodge, assistant professor of youth ministries, and director, Center for Youth Ministry Studies


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