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Dr. Monica Coleman receives Wabash Center Summer Research Fellowship

Posted Apr 15, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman, assistant professor of systematic theology, was awarded a $7,000 Summer Research Fellowship by the Wabash Center for her proposal "Faith Responses to Depressive Conditions among Black Women."

The project will investigate black women's narratives of their depressive conditions, both unipolar and bipolar forms of the disease, and the theological issues that emerge from their experiences with depression. Dr. Coleman is collaborating on this study with Dr. Lee Butler of Chicago Theological Seminary, Dr. Ann Pederson of Augustana College (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Dr. Kathleen Greider of Claremont School of Theology.

Dr. Coleman holds degrees from Harvard University, Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Claremont Graduate University. She is an ordained elder in the Michigan Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  In addition to many scholarly articles and book chapters, her work with congregations to respond to sexual violence resulted in the book The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence.

During the 2007-08 academic year, Dr. Coleman participated in the Wabash Center Teaching and Learning Workshop for pre-tenured theological school faculty members. Workshop topics included course design, student learning styles, ethics in the classroom, teaching to prepare ministers, and issues of tenure preparation

Before joining LSTC's faculty, Dr. Coleman held the position of assistant professor of religion and director of womanist religious studies at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. The African-American Pulpit, a nondenominational preaching and ministry journal recently named Dr. Coleman one of the ‘Top 20 to Watch" in "The New Generation of Leading Clergy: Preachers Under 40."

Her areas of teaching competency include but are not limited to systematic theology, 19th Century philosophical theology, process theology, feminist and womanist theologies, and African American religions.


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