Faculty Highlights

Summer 2013

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Dr. Pam Barger

Pam BargerDuring the summer, Dr. Barger directed the ELIC/Wheaton partnership program and orchestrated administrative logistics pertaining to the summer modular students in the Summers-Only TESOL program. She also taught a TESOL graduate course, INTR 615: Teaching Reading and Composition to ESL/EFL Learners. 

Dr. Barger recently submitted an article that she presented in the Comparative and International Education Society conference this past Spring. She also received notification that her dissertation will be published into a book as part of the American Society of Missiology Monograph Series.

Dr. Alan Seaman

Dr. SeamanDr. Seaman spent the summer teaching in the TESOL summers-only MA program on Wheaton’s campus and finishing up the Passport to Adventure textbook series. The summers-only and ELIC MA programs brought English teachers to campus from all over the world. Alan taught two courses: INTR 617, Principles of Assessment, in June, and INTR 630, Descriptive English Grammar in July. In the Grammar course alone, 22 of the 25 students were from teaching positions outside of the United States, creating a wonderfully cross-cultural teaching context. In late July, Alan also served as part of a research team of professors who reviewed an agency’s pre-field TESOL training program for 100 teachers heading to positions in Europe and Asia.

Alan also finished writing and editing the final level of the Passport to Adventure series, Explore C, which included many hours in the recording studios at Wheaton College. In addition to recording dialogues and stories with voices which reflect the varieties of English found throughout the world (British, Australian, South African), Alan worked with Sara Vroom to write and record a number of original songs for the series, using musicians from the Conservatory, Community School for the Arts, and the Wheaton area. These songs reflected musical styles ranging from pop to rock to bluegrass and folk – all intended to enthrall children as they learn the English language in creative ways. If you’d like to hear some of the songs, stop by Alan’s office (BGC 210)!

Alan also spent two weeks in the Chatlos TV studio with a camera crew filming 14 teacher-training videos to support the textbook series. He created a classroom in the studio and brought in seven local ELL teachers and a number of immigrant and refugee children to serve as students. These videos were embedded in a global survey (sent via SurveyMonkey) of methodology which was sent to EFL teachers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The survey is currently being analyzed to determine EFL training needs throughout the world, and the videos will be provided to teachers in many countries to help them adapt to the innovative methodology of the series.

Dr. Susan Greener

Dr. GreenerDr. Greener’s summer focused primarily on children-at-risk through writing, advocacy and direct care. Throughout May and June she dedicated herself to getting several book chapters ready for publication. The titles are as follows:

       

       

       Greener, S.H. (in press). Raising Samuel: Releasing Children to Discover God’s Purpose. In D. Brewster & J. Baxter-Brown (Eds), Children and Mission: Recognizing Children and Youth as Strategic Partners in Mission.

       Greener, S.H. (in press). Whose Childhood? Global Experiences of Children-at-Risk and Spiritual Formation. In L. Tolbert (Ed), Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today's Children. Wipf and Stock.

       Greener, S.H. (in press). Conflict and Culture. In S. Moreau, E. Campbell, and S. Greener, Introducing Intercultural Communication. Michigan: Baker Books.

Also in June, Dr. Greener received a gracious and exciting invitation to help write the position paper for the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum outlining a theology, rationale, and strategy for the global church to engage with and for children-at-risk.

Dr. Scott Moreau

Dr. MoreauIn May, Dr. Moreau completed a manuscript with Susan Greener and Evvy Campbell of a book, Encountering Intercultural Communication, to be published by Baker in 2014. June took Dr. Moreau to New Haven, Connecticut for the Korean North American Missions Leaders consultation on missionary families. There were some 50 mission leaders from South Korea as well as North America and Europe that gathered to present case studies and discuss missionary families.

Dr. Moreau also attended the American Professors of Mission and American Society of Missiology annual conference that was hosted at Wheaton for the first time in June. To finish up the summer, he taught Contextualization at Wheaton from July 15 to 19.

Dr. Cheri Pierson

Cheri PiersonCheri Pierson taught 2 courses this summer in the Intercultural Studies MA program: INTR 611 Theoretical Foundations for TESOL Methodology (June 10-28) and EVAN 573 Qualitative Research (July 25-27). In addition she met with her co-authors, Will Bankston and Marilyn Lewis, and made progress on their book, Exploring Parables in Luke: Integrated Skills for ESL/EFL Students of Theology. She traveled with Steve to China and Cambodia for the ELI program in August.

Beth Seversen

Beth SeversenBeth Seversen presented as a Works-in-Progress her collaborative research on “Emerging Adults and the Future of Evangelism” at the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) in June. She and Dr. Rick Richardson are working on an article based on their research.

Beth also taught several lectures in EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global and EVAN 534: Global Apologetics this summer at Wheaton Graduate School on the topics of: American Neo-paganism and New Age Movements; Emerging Adults and Future Implications for Evangelism; and Burning Man.

Beth attended the 2013 Burning Man festival in Nevada August 26 – September 1 as a researcher with Dr. Richardson, students and graduates of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership program. This research project is partially funded by the Wheaton College Aldeen Grant and examines the spiritual lives and narratives of Burning Man attendees.

Dr. Robert Gallagher

Dr. GallagherDr. Gallagher had a busy summer, spending several weeks in his Australian homeland. From May 31 - June 2, he presented at an annual prophetic conference, Tapping the Source, in Stirling, South Australia. This conference presented an opportunity to “Experience God, hear from him and be directed by him.”

Next, June 4-5, Dr. Gallagher traveled to Adelaide, SA, Australia and facilitated a time of reflection, replenishment and renewal for pastors and church leaders. He encouraged the leadership to invest in one another and create time to hear from God.

June 7th found Dr. Gallagher at the LoCCSA Conference as he presented on the “Changing Shape of Mission: International Perspectives.” He presented for the South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) whose mission is “to assist the churches across South Australia in their journey towards more visible signs of Christian unity and to explore what they might do better together than individual and by nurturing and nourishing their understanding, spiritual growth and practice of ecumenism.”

On June 12th at Tabor Adelaide in Australia, Dr. Gallagher presented about Luke’s account of the early church. He gave a one day workshop on the depth of Acts and “recovering the centrality of God’s word” to benefit the church in this generation. The workshop dealt with Principles of Exposition and better handling Bible texts.

Lastly, on June 12th in Tabor Adelaide, Dr. Gallagher carried out a seminar examining Paul’s missionary methods as observed in the book of Acts.
 

Dr. Pam Barger

Pam BargerDuring the summer, Dr. Barger directed the ELIC/Wheaton partnership program and orchestrated administrative logistics pertaining to the summer modular students in the Summers-Only TESOL program. She also taught a TESOL graduate course, INTR 615: Teaching Reading and Composition to ESL/EFL Learners. 

Dr. Barger recently submitted an article that she presented in the Comparative and International Education Society conference this past Spring. She also received notification that her dissertation will be published into a book as part of the American Society of Missiology Monograph Series.

Dr. Alan Seaman

Dr. SeamanDr. Seaman spent the summer teaching in the TESOL summers-only MA program on Wheaton’s campus and finishing up the Passport to Adventure textbook series. The summers-only and ELIC MA programs brought English teachers to campus from all over the world. Alan taught two courses: INTR 617, Principles of Assessment, in June, and INTR 630, Descriptive English Grammar in July. In the Grammar course alone, 22 of the 25 students were from teaching positions outside of the United States, creating a wonderfully cross-cultural teaching context. In late July, Alan also served as part of a research team of professors who reviewed an agency’s pre-field TESOL training program for 100 teachers heading to positions in Europe and Asia.

Alan also finished writing and editing the final level of the Passport to Adventure series, Explore C, which included many hours in the recording studios at Wheaton College. In addition to recording dialogues and stories with voices which reflect the varieties of English found throughout the world (British, Australian, South African), Alan worked with Sara Vroom to write and record a number of original songs for the series, using musicians from the Conservatory, Community School for the Arts, and the Wheaton area. These songs reflected musical styles ranging from pop to rock to bluegrass and folk – all intended to enthrall children as they learn the English language in creative ways. If you’d like to hear some of the songs, stop by Alan’s office (BGC 210)!

Alan also spent two weeks in the Chatlos TV studio with a camera crew filming 14 teacher-training videos to support the textbook series. He created a classroom in the studio and brought in seven local ELL teachers and a number of immigrant and refugee children to serve as students. These videos were embedded in a global survey (sent via SurveyMonkey) of methodology which was sent to EFL teachers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The survey is currently being analyzed to determine EFL training needs throughout the world, and the videos will be provided to teachers in many countries to help them adapt to the innovative methodology of the series.

Dr. Susan Greener

Dr. GreenerDr. Greener’s summer focused primarily on children-at-risk through writing, advocacy and direct care. Throughout May and June she dedicated herself to getting several book chapters ready for publication. The titles are as follows:

       

       

       Greener, S.H. (in press). Raising Samuel: Releasing Children to Discover God’s Purpose. In D. Brewster & J. Baxter-Brown (Eds), Children and Mission: Recognizing Children and Youth as Strategic Partners in Mission.

       Greener, S.H. (in press). Whose Childhood? Global Experiences of Children-at-Risk and Spiritual Formation. In L. Tolbert (Ed), Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today's Children. Wipf and Stock.

       Greener, S.H. (in press). Conflict and Culture. In S. Moreau, E. Campbell, and S. Greener, Introducing Intercultural Communication. Michigan: Baker Books.

Also in June, Dr. Greener received a gracious and exciting invitation to help write the position paper for the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum outlining a theology, rationale, and strategy for the global church to engage with and for children-at-risk.

Dr. Scott Moreau

Dr. MoreauIn May, Dr. Moreau completed a manuscript with Susan Greener and Evvy Campbell of a book, Encountering Intercultural Communication, to be published by Baker in 2014. June took Dr. Moreau to New Haven, Connecticut for the Korean North American Missions Leaders consultation on missionary families. There were some 50 mission leaders from South Korea as well as North America and Europe that gathered to present case studies and discuss missionary families.

Dr. Moreau also attended the American Professors of Mission and American Society of Missiology annual conference that was hosted at Wheaton for the first time in June. To finish up the summer, he taught Contextualization at Wheaton from July 15 to 19.

Dr. Cheri Pierson

Cheri PiersonCheri Pierson taught 2 courses this summer in the Intercultural Studies MA program: INTR 611 Theoretical Foundations for TESOL Methodology (June 10-28) and EVAN 573 Qualitative Research (July 25-27). In addition she met with her co-authors, Will Bankston and Marilyn Lewis, and made progress on their book, Exploring Parables in Luke: Integrated Skills for ESL/EFL Students of Theology. She traveled with Steve to China and Cambodia for the ELI program in August.

Beth Seversen

Beth SeversenBeth Seversen presented as a Works-in-Progress her collaborative research on “Emerging Adults and the Future of Evangelism” at the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) in June. She and Dr. Rick Richardson are working on an article based on their research.

Beth also taught several lectures in EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global and EVAN 534: Global Apologetics this summer at Wheaton Graduate School on the topics of: American Neo-paganism and New Age Movements; Emerging Adults and Future Implications for Evangelism; and Burning Man.

Beth attended the 2013 Burning Man festival in Nevada August 26 – September 1 as a researcher with Dr. Richardson, students and graduates of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership program. This research project is partially funded by the Wheaton College Aldeen Grant and examines the spiritual lives and narratives of Burning Man attendees.

Dr. Robert Gallagher

Dr. GallagherDr. Gallagher had a busy summer, spending several weeks in his Australian homeland. From May 31 - June 2, he presented at an annual prophetic conference, Tapping the Source, in Stirling, South Australia. This conference presented an opportunity to “Experience God, hear from him and be directed by him.”

Next, June 4-5, Dr. Gallagher traveled to Adelaide, SA, Australia and facilitated a time of reflection, replenishment and renewal for pastors and church leaders. He encouraged the leadership to invest in one another and create time to hear from God.

June 7th found Dr. Gallagher at the LoCCSA Conference as he presented on the “Changing Shape of Mission: International Perspectives.” He presented for the South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) whose mission is “to assist the churches across South Australia in their journey towards more visible signs of Christian unity and to explore what they might do better together than individual and by nurturing and nourishing their understanding, spiritual growth and practice of ecumenism.”

On June 12th at Tabor Adelaide in Australia, Dr. Gallagher presented about Luke’s account of the early church. He gave a one day workshop on the depth of Acts and “recovering the centrality of God’s word” to benefit the church in this generation. The workshop dealt with Principles of Exposition and better handling Bible texts.

Lastly, on June 12th in Tabor Adelaide, Dr. Gallagher carried out a seminar examining Paul’s missionary methods as observed in the book of Acts.