Tyndale University College Faculty Update

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tyndale University College faculty members are researching and teaching across a diverse range of academic disciplines. The following are some of the recent contributions that faculty members have made to their field of research:

Dr. Brad Faught, Professor of History, is currently on a six-month sabbatical, during which the completion of a biography of Lord Kitchener is anticipated. He was also recently awarded the Erebus Medal by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in recognition for assisting in last year’s discovery of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin’s Northwest Passage flagship upon which he died. One of the great mysteries of Anglo-Canadian exploration, the Erebus had been lost in the Arctic since 1847.

Dr. Richard Davis, Professor of Philosophy, lectured at Cedarview Community Church in Newmarket, Ontario, throughout the month of February 2015. His lecture series was titled “Questions About Calvinism.” He also presented an academic paper, co-authored with Dr. Paul Franks, Associate Professor of Philosophy, titled “On Plantingean Pro-Theism: Transworld Depravity, Incarnation, and Atonement.” Dr. Davis and Dr. Franks presented the paper at Ryerson University in March 2015.

Dr. Doug Hayhoe, Associate Professor of Education, wrote a chapter for the booklet When God and Science Meet: Surprising Discoveries of Agreement (March 2015, National Association of Evangelicals). The chapter is titled “The Competencies and Limitations of Science.” The booklet, with chapters written by believing scientists from different disciplines, was launched at the national conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in March 2015.

Dr. Scott Masson, Associate Professor of English, lectured at a Durham Region multi-church event on the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum in March 2015. His lecture, “The new sex-ed curriculum – how should we respond?” was followed by a Q&A and open discussion. This talk addressed two questions: whether the curriculum squares with Christian ethics, and whether it contains its own proselytizing agenda, as some critics have claimed. Dr. Masson’s second article of his two-part series on the theme of ‘Social Justice’ appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Jubilee Magazine. The article, titled “Exclusive tolerance, the new fundamentalism,” describes Cultural Marxism's development since the sexual revolution, in particular the way it has inverted the West’s 300-year-old notion of tolerance through political correctness and an explicitly anti-Christian sexual ethics. It identifies these developments with ’60s guru Herbert Marcuse, whose concept of 'liberating tolerance' underlies the 'new fundamentalism.'

Dr. Amanda Azarbehi, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented a paper at the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Jam) Research Conference in Toronto, Ontario, in March 2015. Dr. Azarbehi presented the paper with psychology honours thesis students Cory Laflair and Marliegh McConnell. 

Dr. Natasha Duquette, Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of English, had an article published in the journal The Female Spectator (March 2015). Her article is titled “Mary Knowles (1733-1807): Artist, Abolitionist, and Poet.” Dr. Duquette also lectured at The American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, in March 2015. Her lecture, “Watching, Speaking, Writing: Images of African Women’s Social Engagement,” centred around three eighteenth-century visual representations of African women as actively engaged subjects. Each of the images discussed, a painting and two etchings, arose out of the late eighteenth-century French and American revolutionary contexts. 

Dr. Paul Arsenault, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, had an article published in the Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics (De Gruyter Mouton, February 2015). His article is titled “Retroflex consonant harmony: An areal feature in South Asia.”


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