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  • Measuring effectiveness: Evaluation strategies for online learning programs

    Recorded On: 05/10/2017

    Generational, social, and economic drivers are prompting more administrators and faculty to offer online and hybrid programs. Just as online courses require more thorough planning than traditional face-to- face courses, they also demand a more systematic approach to evaluation. Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online learning at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, as she shares the design, experiences, survey feedback, and learning analytics from Candler’s first full cycle of its online Doctor of Ministry program.

    Generational, social, and economic drivers are prompting more administrators and faculty to offer online and hybrid programs. Just as online courses require more thorough planning than traditional face-to- face courses, they also demand a more systematic approach to evaluation.

    Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online learning at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, as she shares the design, experiences, survey feedback, and learning analytics from Candler’s first full cycle of its online Doctor of Ministry program.

    Roxanne Russell

    Speaker

    Roxanne Russell is a teacher and instructional designer with over twenty years of university-level teaching experience and twelve years of professional experience with designing, developing, integrating, and evaluating online learning environments in a global context. She now brings her teaching, instructional design, and web development background to helping Emory University's Candler School of Theology navigate the complexities of technology integration for learning as they enter the second year of their new online Doctor of Ministry program. She also offers consulting for online learning challenges through www.fulltiltahead.com.

    Roxanne received her M.A. in English from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from Georgia State University. Her groundbreaking work on the cultural dynamics of the instructional design process is cited in the 2014 edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.


  • Leadership & change: Riding in the right direction

    Recorded On: 03/28/2017

    How do you identify and deal with a crisis? Will fundraising save a seminary? Join presenters David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary, and G. Douglass Lewis, president emeritus, as they answer these questions and share the valuable lessons they’ve learned in 35 years of leadership. Things are different now than they used to be, but lessons from the past are still crucial. All registrants will receive a free copy of G. Douglass Lewis’ book, Leadership and Change: A President’s Story.

    How do you identify and deal with a crisis? Will fundraising save a seminary?

    Join presenters David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary, and G. Douglass Lewis, president emeritus, as they answer these questions and share the valuable lessons they've learned in 35 years of leadership. Things are different now than they used to be, but lessons from the past are still crucial.

    All registrants will receive a free copy of G. Douglass Lewis' book, Leadership and Change: A President's Story.

    Dr. G. Douglass Lewis

    Former President, Wesley Theological Seminary

    Dr. Lewis served 20 years as president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He helped to transform Wesley's board of trustees and created a program of trustee development for the United Methodist seminaries.

    After retiring in 2002 he helped design and served as dean of a program on Seminary Presidential Leadership for the Association of Theological Schools. He has consulted widely with seminaries in the areas of governance, leadership, strategic planning, and development. He has taught and written in the area of leadership, including a book, Meeting the Moment: Leadership and Well-Being in Ministry. He co-edited the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents. His latest book about his 20-year presidency, Leadership and Change: A President's Story, was published in the fall of 2016.

    He joined the In Trust Center board of directors in 2003 and became the chair in 2005; in 2012, he was named Interim President. Under his leadership the organization received major funding from the Lilly Endowment.

    He received a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee; a B.D. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a PhD from Duke University. He was a World Council of Churches Fellow at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

    Reverend Dr. McAllister-Wilson

    President, Wesley Theological Seminary

    President McAllister-Wilson is in his fifteenth year as President of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He has served for nearly 30 years in theological education and has helped make Wesley one of the nation's largest and leading theological schools, preparing approximately 1,300 men and women for ministry each year.

    President McAllister-Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Northridge, in 1983. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001 from Wesley. An ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, McAllister-Wilson's main areas of interest are revitalizing the mainline Protestant church and excellence in church leadership.

    McAllister-Wilson wrote about the training and development of effective church leaders in a chapter of Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge, edited by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. He also contributed a chapter to A Handbook for Seminary Presidents, edited by G. Douglass Lewis and Lovett H. Weems, Jr., of Wesley's Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Most recently, he has contributed to the book: Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement, by Doug Johnston of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.

    McAllister-Wilson has focused his preaching, speaking and consulting in an effort to revitalize the mainline Protestant church, helping to encourage men and women to consider God's call to ministry and preparing them for leadership. With a strong interest and focus on leadership development, particularly in local congregations, he helped to establish the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley and has established a new presence for Wesley at Mount Vernon Square in downtown Washington to expand their programs in urban ministry and public theology.

    Wesley is a free-standing seminary, one of the largest graduate theological schools in North America.Affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Wesley typically has 26 different denominations and over 20 countries represented in the student body.43% of the student body is racial/ethnic minority, predominantly African-American.One of Wesley's primary commitments is to build a “communion in diversity.” Wesley has shaped a faculty and seeks to foster a confident, progressive and gracious expression of the Christian faith.

  • Considering partnership? What questions do you have?

    Recorded On: 03/07/2017

    What is important for the president and board to know before, during, and post-partnership? How can institutions avoid common pitfalls? Join Richard (Tom) Ingram, president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards, and Richard Staisloff, principal of rpk Group, as they answer your questions about mergers, alliances, and other higher-ed partnerships. Ask your own questions in advance and they’ll become the basis of the webinar. If you are considering a partnership, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to engage confidentially with experts.

    What is important for the president and board to know before, during, and post-partnership? How can institutions avoid common pitfalls?

    Join Richard (Tom) Ingram, president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards, and Richard Staisloff, principal of rpk Group, as they answer your questions about mergers, alliances, and other higher-ed partnerships. Ask your own questions in advance and they'll become the basis of the webinar.

    If you are considering a partnership, you won't want to miss this unique opportunity to engage confidentially with experts.

    Richard Staisloff

    Founder and Principal, rpk GROUP

    Mr. Staisloff is the founder and a principal of rpk GROUP, a leading national consulting firm supporting colleges, universities and other non-profits with their growth and reallocation strategies. rpk GROUP emerged from two decades of leadership positions in the higher education sector, where Mr. Staisloff developed his expertise in finance and higher education from the perspective of public and private, two- and four-year institutions, higher education commissions, and State legislatures.

    Mr. Staisloff has worked with institutions nationwide and internationally, helping them to combine a mission and market approach to strategic planning and business development. He has been a leading voice in the development of a new business model for higher education, working closely with the Association of Governing Boards, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, NACUBO, and others to develop a new language and new metrics around cost, price and finance for the higher education sector.

    Mr. Staisloff joined College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1998 as vice president for finance and administration. Prior to that, Mr. Staisloff served four years at Carroll Community College, where he helped lead the creation of this college. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Staisloff acted as a finance policy analyst for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Finally, he served with the Maryland General Assembly House Committee on Ways and Means from 1989 to 1992, focusing on education and taxation issues. Mr. Staisloff received his B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and an M.A. from The American University.

    Mr. Staisloff serves on the plant committee for St. Mary's Seminary and University, and is a member of the 2006 class of the Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership Program.Finally, Mr. Staisloff has taught in the Executive Doctorate Program for Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania, and with the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership (Arizona State University and Georgetown University).

    Richard (Tom) Ingram

    President-Emeritus, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

    Mr. Ingram is president-emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) where he served as president for 13 of his 34 years, through 2005. He is a consultant, facilitator, speaker and writer on academic trusteeship and nonprofit directorship whose current focus includes best governance practices, board self-study retreats, presidential and board performance reviews, bylaw revision, and executive coaching.

    Tom has served on the board of trustees of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) based in Washington, D.C., London, and Singapore (2006-2010). He previously served on the boards of three private colleges (Dickinson College, Allegheny College, and the University of Charleston), an independent secondary school for girls, a higher education association, a multiple-employer health insurance company, and a mutual liability insurance company -- United Educators headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland; where he was a founding director. More recently, he was on the board of directors of Concorde Career Colleges that specializes in allied health education in 16 cities.

    In addition to facilitating workshops with the boards and chief executives of nearly 300 colleges, universities, theological schools, and independent schools, Tom has worked with scores of national nonprofit organizations including the Bush Foundation, American Institute of Architects, National Symphony Orchestra, and the American Hospital Association. He has worked with educational and other organizations in Bolivia, Canada, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.Among his scores of clients in higher education are Boston University, Yeshiva University, Antioch University, and the University of Florida. More recent clients include Coker College, American University of Nigeria, Mount St. Mary's University, Hilbert College, St. Bonaventure University, and St. John Fisher College.

    His publication, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards for BoardSource, now in its Third Edition, has sold more than 300,000 copies.In addition to his several books on college and university trusteeship published by Jossey-Bass, he has written pamphlets by AGB and articles for CASE Currents, Educational Record, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Trusteeship magazine.

    Tom held various positions at the University of Maryland, and served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California. An officer with the United States Army in 1969-71, he served as director of admissions and personnel for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Preparatory School (then at Fort Belvoir, VA) and as an operations research officer in Vietnam with the rank of Captain.

    A native of Western Pennsylvania, Tom earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his doctorate in higher education from the University of Maryland in College Park.In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mitchell College (New London, CT).He and his wife, Mollie, reside in Potomac, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

  • A five-year B.A./M.Div? How 19 schools are rethinking pastoral preparation

    Recorded On: 11/02/2016

    Are you interested in learning about how a five-year bachelor of arts/master of divinity program can benefit your students? Join us for this free educational event generously sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation. Presenters Josh Good (Kern Family Foundation), David Dockery (Trinity International University), John Mark Yeats (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), and Mark Belokonny (Multnomah University) will discuss the opportunities and challenges of administering this five-year pastoral degree program. This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about this program and its impact for future pastors and the theological community.

    Join Presenters Josh Good, David Dockery, John Mark Yeats, and Mark Belokonny for a discussion of the Kern Family Foundation's five-year pastoral degree program, underway on 19 seminary/undergraduate campuses. Each speaker will highlight opportunities and challenges associated with this entrepreneurial program, including its impact for future pastors and potential program benefits for your school. Participation in this webinar is free of charge.

    Josh Good

    Program Director of the Faith, Works, & Economics program at the Kern Family Foundation

    Josh Good is program director and team leader for the Faith, Work, and Economics (FWE) Program. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Good managed the Values & Capitalism Initiative at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), working closely for three years with the FWE team.

    Prior to AEI, Good spent four years as a consultant at ICF International where he worked on responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage initiatives, in partnership with TANF welfare officials. He also worked on a national public-private partnership that supported collaborations between congregations and businesses to serve ex-prisoners.

    Good holds a bachelor's degree in history from Covenant College and a master's degree in Christianity and Culture from Harvard University. His work has been published in National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, Patheos, World Magazine, and Capital Commentary.

    David S. Dockery

    President, Trinity International University

    David S. Dockery is the president of Trinity International University. Dockery is recognized as a leader in Christian higher education across the country, having spoken at more than fifty colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as providing numerous institutional consultations. He served on the Board of Directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, serving as Board Chair in 2005 and 2006. Dockery also served as Chair for the Consortium for Global Education in 2007, while also serving on the Board of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. His leadership efforts have placed him in demand as a mentor for other leaders in the field of Christian higher education.

    Dockery has also served on the Board for Christianity Today International (where he has served as a Consulting Editor for more than 20 years), as well as the Board for Prison Fellowship Ministries, where he chaired the theology committee. He has been a member of the Board of Advisors for Birth Choice, a member of the Advisory Council for The Colson Center, for The Colossian Forum, and for Gordon College. Dockery's experience has also included Board positions at The King's College, the Manhattan Declaration, and Touchstone/St. James Fellowship. He was recently elected as the Vice President of the Evangelical Theological Society.

    Dockery received his PhD in Humanities from the University of Texas System, and he has two MDivs (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Grace Theological Seminary). He has authored or served as editor to more than 30 books, including Renewing Minds, Faith and Learning, Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, New Testament Interpretation and Criticism, Biblical Interpretation Then and Now, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, Great Tradition of Christian Thinking, Christian Leadership Essentials, Christian Scripture, and the Holman Bible Handbook.

    John Mark Yeats

    Dean, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College

    John Mark Yeats serves as both the undergraduate dean and an associate professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College. He earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell College.

    Yeats has authored three books - Franchising McChurch: Feeding our Obsession with Easy Christianity; The Time is Come: The Rise of British Missions to the Jews, 1808-1818, and Worldviews: Think for Yourself about How We See God - and has contributed articles to multiple journals as well as the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.

    Mark J. Belokonny

    Summit Director and Assistant Professor, Multnomah University

    Mark Belokonny is founding Director of Multnomah University's Summit Program (An accelerated, five year B.A. / M.Div. degree which was launched in 2015). In addition to creating and leading the coaching / mentoring courses for Summit Scholars, he also teaches Practical Theology seminary courses in Biblical Leadership, Ministry Management and Conflict Resolution.

    Belokonny received a B.A. in History from Central Michigan University, an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries from Western Seminary, and a D.Min. in Church Leadership from Biola University.

    Mark brings a wealth of practical, pastoral, and church consulting experience to the Summit Program and the courses he teaches. He travels extensively as a speaker, pastoral search consultant, and conflict resolution mediator. He is also actively engaged in church leadership training and coaching pastors.

  • Transformational philanthropy: Are you exploring the intersection of faith & giving?

    Do you find yourself measuring dollars without measuring impact? Are you struggling to achieve a mindset that elevates transformation over transactions? Join presenter Aimée Laramore for a discussion on the spirituality of fundraising and the importance of creating a culture of generosity in your institution. This webinar is ideal for any stakeholder interested in deepening their understanding of fundraising.

    Do you find yourself measuring dollars without measuring impact? Are you struggling to achieve a mindset that elevates transformation over transactions? Join presenter Aimée Laramore for a discussion on the spirituality of fundraising and the importance of creating a culture of generosity in your institution.

    This webinar is ideal for any stakeholder interested in deepening their understanding of fundraising.

    Aimée A. Laramore

    Philanthropic Strategist at Christian Theological Seminary

    Ms. Laramore is a trusted consultant, effective strategist, and premier team-builder in the field of faith and philanthropy.

    Aimée brings more than 17 years of executive nonprofit leadership to the field. In June 2015, she transitioned from serving as Associate Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, to the Director of Seminary Advancement for Christian Theological Seminary. She has served successfully in leadership roles throughout a variety of mission-driven agencies across the country in the health, human services, and community development fields. She has a passion for writing and has spent her career dedicated to systemic change for nonprofit capacity-building. Passionate teaching and coaching of national congregational teams has materialized in adaptive leadership and resource development practices to foster a culture of generosity. In addition to passionately exploring diversity in giving and the role of faith as an anchor in Black Philanthropy, she has developed continuing education initiatives which included curriculum development and training in generational differences among donors, and best practices to leverage technology in development.

    A STEM Education Advocate, Aimée is a graduate of Purdue University, College of Technology. In an effort to fuse innovative organizational development approaches with established business practices, she received her master of business administration in addition to completing community organizing and economic development training in Oakland, CA.

    Aimée also serves the nonprofit sector as owner/lead consultant for ALlyd (AL-Lid) Image Solutions. Known as powerful, poised, and results-oriented, her career is dedicated to effective operations and evaluation practices with documented success across sectors and professional environments. Specializing in facilitation, strategic planning and outcomes-based measurement, her work can be seen through more than 90 nonprofit agencies within the Midwest region of the U.S. Aimée has a long career in raising resources for mission-driven work, evidenced in annual and capital campaigns, grant writing success, the launch of new initiatives, and endowment development. She believes in passionately sharing the opportunity to unite needed human and financial resources, with entities poised to positively impact our community.

    Her most important self-described accomplishments include a successful marriage of 20 years to Aaron, and her greatest calling, being a mother to Lydia, Noah and Andrew. A woman of deep faith, you can see a common and intentional thread that transcends all areas of her personal and professional life. She believes we are all a wonderful work in progress. At the end of the day, you could say - she's a Jesus Girl, pursuing God's call with the gifts and abilities that He has provided.

  • Board orientation: Include the right ingredients

    Recorded On: 09/13/2016

    Has your school recently elected new board members? Have you been tasked with developing the orientation process, or need an orientation refresher? A well-organized orientation program will lay the foundation for successful school leadership and give new board members the tools they need to become informed decision makers. Join presenters Rebekah Basinger and William Myers as they outline the essential elements of board orientation. This webinar is ideal for presidents, administrators, and new and existing board members interested in deepening their role.

    Is board orientation on your agenda this year? Rebekah Burch Basinger and William Myers explore the topic of developing a thorough board orientation process, highlighting the critical ingredients for effective orientation. This webinar is ideal for new and current board members, presidents, and administrators.

    Rebekah Burch Basinger

    Fundraising and Board Development Consultant

    Ms. Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising who has worked closely with the Association of Boards in Theological Education for more than 25 years. Rebekah’s consulting practice has been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations.

    A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Rebekah has written numerous articles on fundraising and board life. In addition, she is the coauthor with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and is the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

    Rebekah received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Illinois, an M.A. in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She blogs at www.generousmatters.com.

    William R. Myers

    Retired Director of Leadership Education and Accreditation,

    William R. Myers served ATS for eight years, during which time he was instrumental in building its leadership education program for presidents, academic deans, development officers, financial officers, and student services personnel. While at ATS he also staffed accreditation visits, the Henry Luce III Fellowship Program, the Lilly Theological Research Grants Program, and numerous consultations for ATS institutions on degree programs, consortia, and governance.



    Myers came to ATS from eighteen years as a faculty member at Chicago Theological Seminary, where he also served as Academic Dean for eight years. Author of several books, Myers is perhaps best known for Research in Ministry and Black and White Styles of Youth Ministry. His most recent book is Closing the Assessment Loop: Nurturing Healthy, On-Going Self-evaluation in Theological Schools. In 2015 and 2016, his work was published in: Theology Today, Religious Education, Theological Education, and Teaching Theology and Religion.



    Myers holds an educational doctorate in counseling from the University of Loyola at Chicago and an MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Married, with two grown children, he has served in ministry positions in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Illinois. He and his wife, Barbara, currently live in Pittsburgh.

  • The priority of governance in really tough times

    Recorded On: 05/04/2016

    Presenter Barbara Wheeler will: •Review the major financial and enrollment challenges that threaten the strength and even survival of many theological schools •Report findings of the governance study about the fitness of boards and other governors to meet those challenges •Outline concrete steps that chief executives and governors can take to strengthen their relationship and their schools. Daniel Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools will provide a response and commentary.

    Presenter Barbara Wheeler will:

    • Review the major financial and enrollment challenges that threaten the strength and even survival of many theological schools
    • Report findings of the governance study about the fitness of boards and other governors to meet those challenges
    • Outline concrete steps that chief executives and governors can take to strengthen their relationship and their schools.

    Daniel Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools will provide a response and commentary.

    Barbara Wheeler

    Former Director, Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education

    Barbara G. Wheeler is the former director of Auburn's Center for the Study of Theological Education, which she founded in 1991 while serving as Auburn's president—a post that she held for thirty years. She served as director of the Women's Theological Coalition of the Boston Theological Institute from 1976 to 1978. She is currently conducting research on theological school students, governance, and finance under the auspices of The Association of Theological Schools. She is principal author of numerous research reports, most recently "Leadership That Works," on seminary presidents and senior administrators (www.auburnsem.org/cste ), and she has contributed to and edited a dozen volumes on the future of mainline Protestantism, congregational studies, and theological education. She is the coauthor of Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools (Oxford Press). Wheeler is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an ordained elder in the United Church of Granville, New York.

    Daniel Aleshire

    Executive Director

    Daniel O. Aleshire was elected executive director of ATS in 1998 and oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. He first joined the staff in 1990 as an associate director for accreditation and was named associate executive director in 1996. During his twenty-two years with ATS, he has overseen two major revisions to the accrediting standards, one in 1992-1996 and the most recent one in 2008-2012.

    Outside ATS, he has held positions of leadership in organizations related to accreditation, including the Commission on Postsecondary Accreditation, the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's task force to develop criteria for the non-governmental recognition of accrediting agencies.

    An ordained minister, Aleshire holds a BS degree from Belmont College, the MDiv degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and an MA degree and PhD in psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. He served on the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1990 and, before that, as a research scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, where he worked on projects related to theological education, church-related higher education, and youth service agencies.

    A frequent speaker, Aleshire has also written extensively on issues of ministry and theological education. He served as a co-author of Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries, which received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is also the author of Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools, released in 2008.

  • Social media in good times...and bad

    Recorded On: 04/26/2016

    Join In Trust publisher Jay Blossom as he offers strategies for getting your message out in "normal" times and staying on point when things are not so normal. He'll be joined by Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, who will share how her school used social media to communicate transparently during her predecessor's terminal illness, and how she's using new media now to engage constituents and get her seminary's message out.

    Join In Trust publisher Jay Blossom as he offers strategies for getting your message out in "normal" times and staying on point when things are not so normal. He'll be joined by Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, who will share how her school used social media to communicate transparently during her predecessor's terminal illness, and how she's using new media now to engage constituents and get her seminary's message out.

    Jay Blossom

    Vice President of Publications and Editor, In Trust Magazine

    Jay Blossom joined In Trust's staff in 2005, having previously served as manager of corporate, foundation, and membership giving at Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit organization that supports historic houses of worship. He has also served on the editorial staffs of medical publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the academic journal Church History and the William and Mary Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduate degrees at the College of William and Mary and Duke University, where he studied American religious and cultural history.

    Leanne Van Dyk

    President of Columbia Theological Seminary,

    Dr. Leanne Van Dyk is the president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Van Dyk holds degrees from Calvin College (B.A.), Western Michigan University (M.A.), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Princeton Theological Seminary where she earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, magna cum laude. Prior to becoming president of Columbia Seminary, she served as the Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Theological Seminary. She previously taught at San Francisco Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Van Dyk's other professional experience includes serving as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS); as a member of the advisory committee for a $6 million Lilly Grant on new models in theological education; as a member of the Wabash Center's Consultation on Theological Education; and on various projects with the Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

  • Do you understand theological school finances?

    Recorded On: 03/08/2016

    Before you think, that's someone else's job, think again. As a stakeholder, board member, administrator, or faculty member, understanding your school’s finances is critical to the mission of your school. This webinar will be especially useful to the non-financial trustee, faculty member, or administrator. Join presenter Anthony Ruger as he focuses on the concept of economic equilibrium and why this concept should be important to you.

    Before you think, that's someone else's job, think again. As a stakeholder, board member, administrator, or faculty member, understanding your school's finances is critical to the mission of your school. This webinar will be especially useful to the non-financial trustee, faculty member, or administrator.

    Join presenter Anthony Ruger as he focuses on the concept of economic equilibrium and why this concept should be important to you.

    Anthony Ruger

    Interim Codirector and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education

    Anthony T. Ruger is interim codirector and senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. He has served as principal researcher on studies of theological school revenue and national studies of educational indebtedness of theological students. He was also one of the principal developers of a strategic financial information service for theological schools.

    Ruger has served as a consultant to theological schools, denominations, and church institutions on financial strategy, institutional analysis, and policy. Previously he was vice president for business affairs of McCormick Theological Seminary and treasurer of the Association of Theological Schools. Ruger holds a degree in business from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

  • Online course design

    Recorded On: 12/01/2015

    Is your school looking to offer more and better online learning flexibility to your students? Are you familiar with best practices and strategies in online course design to best serve the needs of your faculty and students? Successful online course design requires ecological thinking, working back and forth between the intricacies of faculty presence, content curiosities, creative presentation, technological capabilities, and student expectations. Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online Learning, Candler School of Theology, Emory University as she shares design strategies and lessons learned after the first year launch of Candler's online Doctor of Ministry program.

    Is your school looking to offer more and better online learning flexibility to your students? Are you familiar with best practices and strategies in online course design to best serve the needs of your faculty and students? Successful online course design requires ecological thinking, working back and forth between the intricacies of faculty presence, content curiosities, creative presentation, technological capabilities, and student expectations.



    Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online Learning, Candler School of Theology, Emory University as she shares design strategies and lessons learned after the first year launch of Candler's online Doctor of Ministry program.

    Roxanne Russell

    Teacher & Instructional Designer

    Roxanne Russell is a teacher and instructional designer with over nineteen years of university-level teaching experience and ten years of professional experience with designing, developing, integrating, and evaluating online learning environments in a global context. She now brings her teaching, instructional design, and web development background to helping Emory University's Candler School of Theology navigate the complexities of technology integration for learning as they launch an online Doctor of Ministry program. She also offers consulting for online learning challenges through www.fulltiltahead.com.

    Roxanne received her M.A. in English from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from Georgia State University. Her groundbreaking work on the cultural dynamics of the instructional design process is cited in the 2014 edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.