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The Louisville Institute has announced its Dissertation Fellowship program, designed to support the final year Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects with the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions, including seminaries, while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship. Its value is $22,000. The deadline for applying is Feb. 1, 2015.

Professor Nicholas Terpstra, chair of the University of Toronto department of history, and a member of the Toronto School of Theology's Academic Council, has received the Helen & Howard P. Marraro Prize in Italian History at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association. This award particularly recognizes his new book  Cultures of Charity: Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy (Harvard University Press).

Toronto School of Theology

Toronto School of Theology (TST) mourns the passing of Dr. Janet Ritch (December 12, 2014). Janet dedicated almost two decades of fruitful service to TST as a French Language instructor. Her commitment to helping prepare students for academic vocations in theology was exhibited in her publishing a textbook dedicated to learning French for theology. She was very hospitable, warm and generous to TST and its students, staff and faculty. Details of a memorial service are here.

Toronto School of Theology

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has announced awards in its Aid to Scholarly Journals Competition, and has given a three-year grant of $83,200 to the Toronto Journal of Theology.

The journal, published by TST, and under the general editorship of Dr. Abrahim Khan of Trinity College, was ranked third of 37 journals in its category of the competition.

Toronto School of Theology

The Board of Governors of Regis College is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Scott Lewis, SJ as Dean of Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty in The Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. Fr. Lewis begins his five-year term as Dean on May 1, 2014.

Please see the attached press release for further information.

Regis College
Regis College

The American Theological Society has elected Professor Charles Fensham of Knox College to membership. New members are nominated and elected by secret ballot, based on a candidate’s record of achievement.

The Society of Biblical Literature has recently published a Jobs Report for Theological, Religious, and Biblical Studies based on 2011—2012 data. You can download it as a PDF file here.

A key finding is that the number of academic positions increased markedly from 2010 to 2011, and plateaued in 2012.

A typical new position is a full-time tenure-track appointment. However, the report indicates that non-tenure-track positions are probably under-reported.

Johanna Selles, Associate Professor of Christian Education at Emmanuel College, has been awarded the Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship. This is awarded by a unit of the United Church of Canada to a faculty member at a theological college connected with the United Church.

TST expects to open a conjoint PhD degree program in Theological Studies to a class entering in September 2015.  “Conjoint” means that the proposed PhD (in Theological Studies) will be offered conjointly by the University of Toronto and six TST member colleges.  It will be administered by TST’s Graduate Centre for Theological Studies. 

For more information about the conjoint PhD, please click here.


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