Education expected Ph. D. Religious Ethics, The University of Chicago Divinity School



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WILLA CORNELIA SWENSON-LENGYEL
wlengyel@uchicago.edu
EDUCATION
Expected Ph.D. Religious Ethics, The University of Chicago Divinity School,

2016 June

Dissertation: “Scientific Prediction and Theological Hope: Human hope in response to the environmental crisis”

Committee: William Schweiker (chair), Kevin Hector, Lisa Sideris (Indiana University)


2010 M.A.R. Religious Ethics, summa cum laude, Yale Divinity School

Adviser: Gene Outka and Frederick Simmons


2008 B.A. Religion and Music, magna cum laude and with distinction, St. Olaf College

B.A. Thesis: “Reinhold Niebuhr and Terrorism”

Adviser: Edmund Santurri
PUBLICATIONS
Under Revision
“Beyond Moltmann: Environmental pessimism and the future of human hoping” in The Journal of Religious Ethics

Book Reviews

2016 “Review of Blessed are the Consumers, by Sallie McFague” in The Journal of Religion, Volume 96, Issue 1



Graduate Student Journal (Peer Reviewed)

2010 “Nature as Neighbor: Whether and how to love the created order” in Glossolalia - Volume 2, Number 2, Spring

2010 “A Christian Cosmos: A methodology for the interaction between religion and science” in Glossolalia - Volume 2, Number 2, Spring
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2015-2016 Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, Junior Fellow
2015 Midwest Regional AAR Graduate Student Research Prize for paper given, entitled “Dum Spiro Spero: Hope and the moral life”

2010-2015 University of Chicago Fellowship


2010 Yale Divinity School, Hooker-Dwight Fellowship for Theological Study
2009-2010 Yale Divinity School, Henry W. Allis Scholarship
2008 St. Olaf College Religion Department, Junia Prize for best thesis for distinction
2008 St. Olaf College, induction into Phi Beta Kappa
CONFERENCE ACTIVITY AND PARTICIPATION
Presenter
2017 “Implicatory Denial, Moral Paralysis, and Justification: A Lutheran analysis of common psycho-ethical responses to climate change,” Society of Christian Ethics, January 5-8
2016 “Scientific Predictions and the Future of Hope,” Religion, Science, and the Future, annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture Jan. 14-17
2016 “Facing the Future Anew: The human being as hoper," Society of Christian Ethics, January 7-10
2015 “Dum Spiro Spero: Hope and the moral life,” Midwest American Academy of Religion, April 10-11
2012 “Thinking Theologically about Extinction,” American Academy of Religion, Nov. 15-20
2012 “Augustine, Schleiermacher, and the Question of Non-Christian Virtue,” Democratic Piety? Theology and Ethics in a Post Secular Age, University of Virginia Graduate Colloquium, April 13-14
Respondent
2014 Respondent to John Hare, “Divine Command: Religion and Morality,” God: Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilities Conference, University of Chicago, April 9-11
INVITED TALKS
2011 "Existence and Extinction: Ecology, ethics, and theology on individual and communal mortality,” Zygon Center for Science and Religion, in conjunction with the Theology workshop, November 14


CAMPUS TALKS
2012 “Finitude, Extinction, and Christian Ecological Ethics,” Religious Ethics Workshop, University of Chicago, November 9
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Undergraduate
BA Preceptor, Instructor of Record, University of Chicago Environmental Studies Department (2015-2016; 2016-2017)

In this yearlong position, I advise undergraduate students on their environmental studies senior theses.


BA Thesis Colloquium, Instructor of Record, University of Chicago Environmental Studies Department (Fall 2015 and Fall 2016)
Environmental Ethics, Instructor of Record, Elmhurst College Philosophy Department (Fall, 2014)
Graduate
Introduction to the Study of Religion, Teaching Assistant to Richard Rosengarten, University of Chicago Divinity School (Fall, 2013)
History of Theological Ethics II, Teaching Assistant to William Schweiker, University of Chicago Divinity School (Winter, 2013)
History of Theological Ethics I, Teaching Assistant to William Schweiker, University of Chicago Divinity School (Spring, 2012)
Introduction to Theology, Teaching Assistant to Kevin Hector, University of Chicago Divinity School (Fall, 2011)
PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING
2015 Divinity School Craft of Teaching Syllabus Workshop, February 27
2014 Divinity School Craft of Teaching Microteaching Workshop

An intensive half-day training in lecturing for large classes.


2014 University of Chicago Writing Program’s Pedagogies of Writing Training

Quarter long course on teaching writing in humanities courses to undergraduate students.


2013-2015 Chicago Center for Teaching Seminars and Workshops

On Course Design, Assignment Design, and Teaching Philosophy

2013 Chicago Center for Teaching Workshop on Teaching in the College, September 25-26

A two-day pedagogical training for teaching undergraduate students.


TEACHING COMPETENCIES
Theological and Religious Ethics

Philosophical Ethics

Medieval History

Philosophical Environmental Ethics

Environmental Theology and Environmental Religious Ethics

Systematic Theology

Reformation and Modern Protestant Theology

Religion and Science

Humanities Core

Introduction to Religious Studies


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2012-Today Research Assistant to William Schweiker, University of Chicago

Function as editor of and academic interlocutor for his work.


2009 Research Assistant to Timothy Jackson, Emory University

Collaborated on a course “Religion, Science, and Morality,” that was taught in the Fall at the Candler School of Theology.


SERVICE TO UNIVERSITY
2014 Student representative, Search Committee for Environmental Ethics hire, University of Chicago Divinity School
2013-2014 Coordinator, Council of Advance Studies Religion and Ethics Workshop, University of Chicago Divinity School
2012-2013 Board member, Women’s Caucus, University of Chicago Divinity School
2010 Student representative, Search Committee for Christian Ethics hire, Yale Divinity School
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
2009-2010 Editor and Coordinator, Glossolalia: A Journal of Many Tongues, Yale University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Society of Christian Ethics

American Academy of Religion

International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
LANGUAGES
French, reading

German, reading


REFERENCES
William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics

Swift Hall 302

1025 East 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 702-8246

w-schweiker@uchicago.edu


Kevin Hector, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religions

Swift 300D

1025 East 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

773-702-8235

khector@uchicago.edu


Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society

Department of Religious Studies

Sycamore 230

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405

812-272-0575



lsideris@indiana.edu



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