phd profiles

Three of the Seminary’s doctoral students are recipients of 2011 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) North American Doctoral Fellowships, a national award that supports diverse scholars and leaders. Princeton Seminary recipients are: Lisa BowensXavier Pickett, and Andrea Pippins. They received grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. FTE is an ecumenical organization that advocates for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship by providing grants to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who plan to teach religion, theology, or biblical studies in theological schools and universities.  

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Ph.D. candidate Adam Eitel was selected by the William J. Fulbright Scholarship Board as a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. The scholarship is affording Eitel the opportunity to study abroad in Switzerland as a visiting Ph.D. student at the University of Fribourg’s Thomas Aquinas Institute for Theology and Culture.  While in Switzerland, Eitel is participating in doctoral colloquies and pursuing research centering on Aquinas’s account of trust as expressed in his moral psychology, theory of action, and virtue theory. Eitel’s research will provide the groundwork for his dissertation at PTS.

Adam Hearlson was one of two students in the country selected to receive the Make a Difference! Doctoral Studies Award for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Each year, the United Church of Christ awards the scholarship to members who are engaged in a doctoral studies program that prepares students to teach at a seminary. Hearlson’s award will finance his cost to attend two upcoming conferences, cover a portion of tuition costs, and support his research project.  Hearlson’s Ph.D. work is in the area of homiletics.

Carmen Maier, a resident scholar at Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minnesota, is working on her dissertation, titled Poetry as Exegesis:  Ephrem the Syrian’s Method of Biblical Interpretation. Maier received a grant at St. John’s in Collegeville during the 2010-2011 academic year.  While in Minnesota, Maier was also developing a course on early Christian monastic practices and their relevance for today.  

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