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Grants Support Christian Higher Education Initiatives

"As a twentieth-century Christian aspiring to become an English professor, I probably couldn’t have been luckier than to enter graduate school in the 1990s. The Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company had made a fortune on Prozac, which went on the market in 1988, and soon thereafter the Lilly heirs established a foundation that to this day supports a number of Christian higher education initiatives, including the postdoctoral fellowship program that led me to my position at Eastern Mennonite University in 2003. Around the same time, the Pew Foundation developed what seemed then like an endless stream of grants for Christian scholars, one of which matched me as a Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill with M.A. student Anthony Wilson at Vanderbilt and then-assistant professor Hal Bush at St. Louis University for mutual support and mentoring by Roger Lundin of Wheaton College. Pew gave us each a generous stipend for three years and covered our travel for a series of meetings, during which we shared both professional and personal concerns. One piece of advice Roger repeated to us then and in the years that followed was “use nothing only once.” Especially if you end up teaching at a small Christian college with a heavy teaching load, the only sure path to publishing productivity is to find a rich vein of scholarly inquiry and to tap it again and again." [Read more].

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