The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion is a community of teaching scholars. Most members teach at Baptist-affiliated schools, colleges, and seminaries, but members also hail from a wide range of institutions in the United States, Canada, and abroad, including church-related and state-supported schools.
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Dissertation Scholarship

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion: Dissertation Scholarship

The NABPR is committed to supporting academically qualified scholars and teachers of religion for the Baptist academy who carry out their teaching and research with a sense of Baptist identity.  The particular purpose of the NABPR dissertation scholarship is to foster conversations about what it means to be a Baptist teacher and scholar in relationship to church and academy, thus contributing to the formation of students in a Baptist tradition and the support of important research by Baptist doctoral students.

One scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded each year.  Recipients will be invited to attend the National NABPR meeting in the year the award is granted where they will be recognized by the association.  Recipients may also be invited to attend subsequent workshops on Baptists and higher education.

In order to be eligible the candidate must be

  • at the dissertation stage of his/her program (ABD) in an accredited doctoral program,
  • affiliated or connected in an ongoing way with some Baptist congregation,
  • a student member of NABPR (which applicants may join at the time of application with no penalty),
  • nominated by a faculty member of NABPR who agrees by virtue of the nomination to serve as the student’s mentor.


To apply the candidate must submit the following:

  • a letter of interest stating how funds will be spent, candidate’s church involvement, and long term academic goals,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • the dissertation prospectus and/or sample chapter,
  • two letters of recommendation (one of which may be the nomination mentioned above).

All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Daniel Mynatt, National Executive Secretary of NABPR, at

Deadline for submitting materials is January 15, 2017.

PDF of Scholarship Announcement

CFP: College Theology Society, in conjunction with NABPR Region at Large

NABPR Region-at-Large (CTS 2017)

June 1– 4, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island


The NABPR Region-at-Large welcomes proposals from NABPR and CTS members on topics related to the conference theme, “American Catholicism in the 21st Century.” Possibilities for paper proposals include, but are not limited to, themes such as:


  1. Contemporary Baptist/Catholic Engagement

With the European Reformations five hundred years in the past, is Baptist/Catholic ecumenical engagement the next radical Baptist reformation? Paper proposals for this section may address: varieties of Baptist dialogue and engagement with American Catholicism, including: Southern Baptist-Catholic alliances on social issues; Baptist/Catholic dialogue on doctrinal theology; community organizing alliances; and Baptist receptions of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.


  1. Baptist Social Resistance

From its earliest days, the Baptist family has actively engaged resistance against ruling political, clerical, and social powers, from the early European radical reformers, to Roger Williams, to Walter Rauschenbusch, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Paper proposals for this section may address: “baptist” reexaminations of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny; supersessionist theologies; beloved community; and Baptist appropriations of shared Catholic heritage for social resistances.


  1. Baptists in 21st Century America

Shifting cultural dynamics, refugee resettlement, and the wars in the Middle East have all contributed to the changing face of Baptist identity in America. Paper proposals for this section may address: Baptist responses to current social crises, expanding Baptist cultural identities, 21st century manifestations of early Baptist mission efforts (e.g., the growth of Burmese Baptist churches in America); expanded views of Baptist political engagement; ecclesial engagements of gender, sexuality, race, and class; and Baptist liturgy and worship.


Please submit paper proposals of 500 words, including one’s current institutional affiliation and position, to Amy Chilton Thompson or Mike Broadway by Friday, December 16, 2016.

  • Amy L. Chilton Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary,
  • Mike Broadway, Shaw University Divinity School,

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CFP: 2017 NABPR Annual Meeting

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Annual Meeting
Belmont University
Nashville, TN
May 22 – 24, 2017

Belmont University

Belmont University

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) invites paper proposals in any area pertaining to scholarship in Religion.  In an effort to develop innovative conversations among scholars, papers which create integration between traditional disciplines or broaden the margins of disciplinary conversations are encouraged.   Although many NABPR members work primarily in the traditional disciplines of Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, etc., proposals are encouraged from any field, including Ministry Studies.

Paper or panel proposals on any aspect of pedagogy related to the teaching of Religion are encouraged.

Proposals must be received by January 15, 2017.  Send a 300-word abstract to:

Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed
6210 Bresslyn Road 
Nashville, TN 37205 

Papers will be scheduled into a 30 minute time period, including discussion.
Proposals will be accepted or denied by March 1, 2017.

Graduate Students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Authors of accepted proposals must be members of NABPR in good standing by May 1.  Inquiries about dues and membership status should be directed to Joyce Swoveland: 

Fundamentalism, Fundraising, and the Transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Andrew Christopher Smith’s Fundamentalism, Fundraising, and the Transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1919-1925.


Eileen Campbell-Reed’s Anatomy of a Schism

Eileen Campbell-Reed’s Anatomy of a Schism