Felch to Lead Faculty Development Sessions

OBU’s Faculty Development Committee will welcome Dr. Susan Felch, director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, to lead several faculty development sessions on Bison Hill Aug. 20-21. Felch also serves as professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

On Monday, Aug. 20, Felch will lead a general session designed for all faculty members, as well as a luncheon designed for first- and second-year faculty members. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, she will meet with OBU’s Faith and Disciplines Committee as well as the English faculty.

“The Faculty Development Committee is excited to begin the new academic year under our theme, ‘Teaching from a Place of Inspiration,’” said Dr. Terry James, assistant professor of education, who helped facilitate the event. “Our faculty session Monday will include the arts, music and a capstone address by Dr. Felch.”

Felch earned her undergraduate education at Wheaton College and her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. Felch was named the director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship at Calvin in 2008. Christian scholarship at Calvin College participates in the larger endeavor of “faith seeking understanding,” according to the college’s website.

A professor in the English Department at Calvin College since 1992, Felch’s research interests include 16th-century British literature and contemporary literary theory. She teaches first-year rhetoric, introductions to world and British literature, Shakespeare and other 16th-century authors, literary theory and senior seminar.

Her recent books include two volumes of “The Emmaus Readers: Listening for God in Contemporary Fiction” (Paraclete 2008, 2009), co-edited with Gary Schmidt, and “Elizabeth I and Her Age” (W.W. Norton, 2009), co-edited with Donald V. Stump, which received the 2010 Translation or Teaching Edition prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. In 2009, she won the Josephine A. Roberts Scholarly Edition Award for her book “Elizabeth Tyrwhitt’s Morning and Evening Prayers” (Ashgate, 2008), and in 2000, she received an honorable mention for her first book, “The Collected Works of Anne Vaughan Lock” (RETS, 1999), both of which were recognized as “significant and authoritative contributions to the field of early modern scholarship.”

Felch is co-director of the Kuiper Seminar, a course for new faculty at Calvin, and she has served as a mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. She enjoyed growing up as a third-culture kid in Papua New Guinea and still enjoys traveling.