Calvin Mercer Professor of Religious Studies



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Calvin Mercer

Professor of Religious Studies

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858-4353



252 • 328 • 4310 (office)

252 • 414 • 8861(cell)

252 328 6301 (fax)

mercerc@ecu.edu


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Teaching Positions Held

East Carolina University: Professor of Religion, 8/10-present; Associate Professor of Religion, 8/90-7/10; Assistant Professor of Religion, 1/85-5/90; Graduate Faculty appointment, full member, 8/94-present


Mount Olive College: Professor of Religion, 1/81-12/84
Florida A & M University: Instructor of Religion, half-time, 8/79-12/80

Administrative Experience



DIRECTOR, MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES PROGRAM

  • Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Multidisciplinary Studies Program, East Carolina University; 1/98-5/12.

  • Responsible for overseeing the academic program, participating faculty, and student majors. Reported to the office of the Dean of Harriot College.

Major Duties:



  • Supervise “Structured Concentration” faculty directors (Classics, Religious Studies, Neuroscience) with regard to managing their concentration programs.

  • Supervise “Individual Concentration” faculty mentors for Asian, International, Russian, and other smaller programs, with regard to their teaching and advising.

  • Ensure adequate advising of student majors. The Program had grown to 125 majors when I completed service as director.

  • Chair the Multidisciplinary Studies Program governing committee.

  • Develop and manage curriculum initiatives.

  • Manage assessment and other reports.


DIRECTOR, RELIGIOUS STUDIES PROGRAM

  • Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Religious Studies Program, East Carolina University; Director, 8/89-12/05, 8/13-8/15

  • Responsible for overseeing the academic program, participating faculty, student majors, budgets, fundraising, and campus/community programs. Reported to the office of the Dean of Harriot College.

Major duties:



  • Help supervise full-time and adjunct faculty with regard to teaching and service.

  • Ensure adequate advising of student majors. The Program had about 35 majors when I completed service as director.

  • Chair the interdisciplinary Religious Studies Program governing committee.

  • Manage the budget.

  • Seek private endowment and other financial support. I played a significant role in recruiting a Program friend, Dr. Jesse Peel, to donate $500,000 to establish an endowed professorship, the J. Woolard and Helen Peel Distinguished Professor in Religious Studies.

  • Develop and manage curriculum initiatives.

  • Manage assessment and other reports.

  • Manage the annual “Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture,” which became the largest public lecture series at the university. I played the major role in initiating and securing private funding for this series. The series is now named the “Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture” and is a part of the Harriot College “Voyages of Discovery” series.

  • Oversee the offering of other special programs for the campus and community.

  • Maintain an active informational email newsletter for religion-related cultural and/or academic area events. Currently, this newsletter is posted to 1,200 people, mostly regional friends of the Program.

  • Develop an alumni outreach program (in progress when I stepped down as director).


Publications (books)



Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality. Tracy Trothen and Calvin Mercer, Co-editors. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, under contract, scheduled for publication 2018.
Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement. Calvin Mercer and Tracy Trothen, Co-editors. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2015.
Transhumanism and the Body: The World Religions Speak. Calvin Mercer and Derek Maher, Co-editors. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension. Derek Maher and Calvin Mercer, Co-editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Republished in paperback, 2014.
Slaves to Faith: A Therapist Looks Inside the Fundamentalist Mind. Foreword by Martin Marty. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.
The Writings of Swami Sivananda: A Bibliographical Study. Tilak Pyle and Calvin Mercer. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 2007.
Norman Perrin’s Interpretation of the New Testament: From “Exegetical Method” to

Hermeneutical Process.” Studies in American Biblical Hermeneutics 2. Macon, GA: Mercer University, 1986.



Publications (series co-editor)
Cole-Turner, Ron and Steve Donaldson. Chips in the Brain, Immortality, and the World of Tomorrow: Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrae Macmillan, accepted for publication.
Malapi-Nelson, Alcibiades. The Nature of the Machine and the Collapse of Cybernetics: A Transhumanist Lesson for Emerging Technologies. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrae Macmillan, in press.
Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality. Tracy Trothen and Calvin Mercer, Co-editors. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, under contract, scheduled for publication July/August 2017.
Riggio, Adam. Ecology, Ethics, and the Future of Humanity. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Transhumanism and the Body: The World Religions Speak. Calvin Mercer and Derek Maher, Co-editors. In Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors. Steve Fuller and Calvin Mercer, Series Co-editors. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.




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