Melanie Howard receives dual honors

Melanie Howard, Ph.D., assistant professor and program director, biblical and theological studies, has received two honors this summer:

  • Acceptance into the Wabash Center's Digital Salon on “Latinx Perspectives on Possibilities of Teaching Theology and Religious Studies.” The description states: “Our Digital Salon will use the lens of Latinx culture to address the challenges and possibilities of teaching theology and religious studies in the context of COVID-19….  We will approach our cohort as a community of inquiry and practice, wherein we will collectively problem solve, innovate, and create best practices for our teaching and self-care.” The program includes an honorarium for participants and an opportunity for a potential $7,000 project-based grant. More at
  • Election as President of the Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE). SVHE is a 96-year-old “fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society. We believe that such values call for study, reflection, discussion, and action. We pursue these activities through publications, projects, regional gatherings, and an annual national meeting.” Previous SVHE presidents have included the presidents of Emory University, Vassar College, University of Sewanee, Claremont University, Swarthmore College and Randolph Macon Woman’s College. In a competitive election, Howard was elected by higher educational professionals across the country. More at




Wayne Steffen
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