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.
Congratulations to NABPR Dissertation Scholarship Awardee: João Chaves! Best wishes to him on the journey of dissertation.
About João Chaves.
João Chaves is a PhD candidate in the Religion Department of Baylor University, where he also did an outside minor in sociology; he holds degree in theology, biblical and theological studies, and cross-cultural studies. Joao published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on history of Christianity, theology, and education, and he is the author of Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited: An Inquiry Into the Possibility of an Evangelical-Liberationist Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Joao’s dissertation focuses on the development of religious identity and practice across transnational contexts. More specifically, João is writing on how the work of the Foreign Mission Board in Brazil—which was heavily informed by the Jim Crow imagination of Southern Baptist missionaries—was disseminated effectively through missionary control of denominational institutions of cultural production (e.g. seminaries, publication houses, and denominational periodicals) and is now being re-imagined in Brazilian Baptist churches in the United States, which are being challenged to re-negotiate aspects of their religious ideologies in the context of the ethnic communities of the new immigration. João lives in San Antonio with his wife, Paula, and his “little Americans,” Jonathan and Rebecca. He is a lecturer at the Baptist University of the Américas.
About the Scholarship
The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) offers one dissertation scholarship a year to ABD scholars who carry out research on topics broadly related to Baptist Identity. The dissertation scholarship is designed to cultivate conversations about what it means to be a Baptist teach and scholar with relationship to the church and the academy. NABPR is commited to contributing to the formation of students in the Baptist tradition and supporting the important research by Baptist Ph.D. Students. To learn more see: 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.