University College Faculty Update
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Tyndale University College faculty continue to be experts in their respective fields across a diversity of disciplines. Their contributions to academic areas of study lend influence to our modern culture, their peers and those they mentor with their careful research, analysis and voice. Below are just a handful of noted forums and publications that faculty members have been involved in this past fall and early winter.
Dr. Anthony Hutchinson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Human Services, was a featured academic presenter at the community forum The Rose(s) that Grew from Concrete: Conversations with Former Gang Members about Violence, Trauma and Policy Options, hosted by the University of Toronto in October 2018. The Forum discussed and explored the gang phenomenon with former gang members, researchers, policy makers and the Toronto Gun and Gang Taskforce. This past September, he also spoke at the God Nation City Prayer Breakfast: Mission GTA in Mississauga and led the more than 10 participating churches in prayer.
Dr. Nathaniel Ojong, Assistant Professor, International Development, presented his paper titled "Culture and Financial Capitalism: Insights from Cameroon" at the Association of Social Economics (ASE) Conference held in January in Atlanta, Georgia. At the conference, he was also invited to chair a session on the theme Topics in Social Economics. Founded in 1941, the ASE promotes high-quality research in the area of social economics. As well, Dr. Ojong’s article “Informal Borrowing Sources and Uses: Insights from the North West Region Cameroon” was featured in the leading International Studies journal Third World Quarterly in April 2018.
Dr. Brad Fought, Professor and Chair, Department of History and Global Studies, took a sabbatical trip to Israel and Jordan early in the year for his latest book project Allenby: Making the Middle East. This spring, he will be attending the Ethics and Empire conference held by the research institute the McDonald Centre in Oxford, England. He was also interviewed by History Television as an expert on Britain and India for the World Without programs; the same production company aired a three-part video series The World Without Canada hosted by Dan Ackroyd. The World Without programs will air sometime in 2019.
Dr. Natasha Duquette, Professor and Chair, Department of English, co-presented a paper with Dr. Melissa Davis, Assistant Professor of Music & Worship Arts, this past February. The paper titled "Sion’s Songs’: Benjamin Wardaugh’s Musical Setting of Richard Crashaw’s Psalm 137" was presented at the Early Modern Songscapes conference at the University of Toronto. The Interdisciplinary conference organized by Toronto’s Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies brought together poetics and musicology. Dr. Duquette also presented her paper titled "Admiring Wonder: Perceptions of Madame Roland in her Final Days" in October at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Niagara Falls, Ontario. At the same bilingual and multidisciplinary conference, she moderated a round-table discussion called Inciting Wonder: Advocating for Eighteenth-Century Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Davis also attended the Brooklyn Tabernacle Music Conference in Brooklyn, New York, this past October. The conference aimed to equip, network and inspire worship leaders, choral directors, musicians and different music ministers for ministry.
Dr. Paul Franks, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, presented his paper titled "Objectivity, Obligation and Moral Arguments" in November 2018 at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in Denver, Colorado. This April, he will be leading a discussion colloquium called New Perspectives on Political Problems for the Institute of Humane Studies at Florida Golf Course University. His book Explaining Evil: Four Views was published by Bloomsbury Academic this past January.
Dr. Daniel Scott, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Christian Ministries, was nominated and selected for a Christian Horizon’s Excellence Award in September 2018, and the award was presented at the Christian Horizon’s Annual Community meeting in Markham, Ontario. He was a keynote presenter for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda From There to Here: Revitalization in a Presbyterian Church held in Gwillimbury, Ontario, in November 2018. He also published an article titled "Celebrating a Great Hymn Writer: Grundtvig’s House of Spirits" in the summer 2018 issue of the Organ Canada Journal of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
(Written by Julia Friesen, Student Journalist)