A Proposal for Baylor University Press and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion/Perspectives in Religious Studies
Background and Executive Summary
After twenty years of faithful service as Senior Editor of NABPR Publications, Dr. Scott Nash informed the PRSt editorial board last summer (2017) of his decision to relinquish that role in summer, 2018. We will honor Scott for his significant contributions to PRSt and NABPR publications at our meeting at Gardner-Webb in a few days.
We must also make new arrangements for the publication and distribution of the journal. With Scott’s departure, we also lose Mercer University’s generous institutional support in the production and distribution of PRSt, as well as housing the backlist inventory of the journal.
In consultation with Carey Newman, Director of Baylor University Press, the NABPR Executive Committee and PRSt editorial board propose that Baylor University Press assume all operational activities for Perspectives in Religious Studies, beginning with the fall issue of 2018. The main points of the proposed agreement include:
Financial. The cost of printing and distribution will shift to Baylor University Press (BUP). BUP will receive all revenues, beginning with the first journal issue produced by BUP. BUP will pay $1,500 to NABPR annually. BUP will absorb all costs of inventory. BUP will have the power to set institutional subscription fees and will manage library collections; NABPR retains jurisdiction over individual membership dues; individual membership to the NABPR will not be considered for determiningPRSt revenue, while institutional/library membership will. PRSt will retain its current assets (including the publications endowment).
Journal Content. The PRSt editors and publication board will continue to have exclusive jurisdiction over the academic content of the journal and will manage all correspondence between prospective contributors and authors.
The Baylor University Press Faculty Advisory Committee has given provisional approval of the agreement (pending NABPR approval). The NABPR Executive Committee and PRSt Editorial Board jointly and unanimously recommend this proposal for approval by the NABPR members meeting at Gardner-Webb University on May 22, 2018.
Update: May 31, 2018
Good Afternoon NABPR:
As you are probably aware, we will vote on a Constitutional amendment at our Annual Meeting in May. The amendment pertains to public statements made on behalf of the NABPR.
Adam has set up a discussion forum on this topic. You can read the amendment, ask questions, or make comments.
In order to participate, please register at https://meta.nabpr.org. Once we ensure that the person signing-up is a member of NABPR, Adam will enable the account.
There are two screenshots below to assist. The first shows you where the Register button is, and the second shows you where the Constitutional amendment thread is located.
If you have questions, please let me know:
The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR)
Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC
May 21-23, 2018
Greetings from the Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Welcome to the Annual May Meeting of NABPR.
Save the date for 2019: Campbell University School of Law has committed to host our meeting on May 20 – 22, 2019. The 2019 meeting will be a joint meeting with the Baptist History and Heritage Society.
The November meeting in Boston was successful. Mark your calendar for November 17. Dr. Nancy Ammerman did a wonderful job as our plenary speaker. We plan to keep the Saturday morning tradition alive in Denver.
Many thanks go to Doug Weaver, our President, and the Gardner-Webb University faculty and staff who have worked hard to bring about another successful meeting. The online registration and payment portal made the logistics much easier.
I look forward to seeing you in Boiling Springs.
Dear NABPR member,
It’s that time of year – Your annual membership renewal in NABPR is now due.
This year, we wanted to speak to you as the entire Executive Committee.
Although individual memberships increased in 2017, for the past decade, we have been experiencing a slow downward trend. We are writing you today in an effort to emphasize the importance of NABPR and your membership. NABPR is the only professional organization for Baptist professors, and we always appreciate your support.
Your dues support these NABPR initiatives:
- Cultivation of the next generation of Baptist professors through our Dissertation Scholarship Program
- The November Meeting with AAR/SBL, which features an invited plenary speaker
- The Annual Meeting in May
- Graduate student stipends for students presenting at the Annual Meeting
- In addition, your membership provides you a subscription to the NABPR journal, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and the Monograph Series, Perspectives on Baptist Identities.
As you begin the new year, we ask you to consider your support of NABPR. It is our belief that NABPR has a lot to offer to scholars both young and old. We ask you to renew your membership this year, and annually every year.
A 2018 membership form is attached but keep in mind that you can now pay dues through NABPR.org.
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
- Doug Weaver, President
- Steve Harmon, Vice President
- Helen Lee Turner, Southeast Region Representative
- Philip Thompson, Region at Large Representative
- Scott Nash, Senior Editor
- Alicia Myers, Monograph Series Co-Editor
- Adam English, Monograph Series Co-Editor
- Mike Parsons, PRS Editor
- Larry McGraw, Southwest Region Representative
- Adam DJ Brett, Assistant Secretary Treasurer
- Daniel Mynatt, Executive Secretary Treasurer
Alicia D. Myers’ Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament (OUP, 2017)