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Dordt Professors Selected For Fellowship Program

Sioux Center, Iowa — Two Dordt University faculty members have been selected for a fellowship program.

Dordt officials tell us Dr. Channon Visscher and Dr. Luralyn Helming have been selected for the Lilly Faculty Fellows Program.

According to the program, there are three goals:

“Refresh and enliven a sense of calling for participants as people of faith, as teachers and as scholars; provide a space for creative exploration of how Christian thought and practice intersect with the academic vocation; provide funds for Fellows to develop and pilot Faculty Fellow programs on their own campuses.”

Visscher, who is an associate professor of chemistry and planetary sciences and director of Dordt’s Andreas Center for Scholarship and Service says that they were really encouraged by the goals of the Lilly Faculty Fellows program. He says that the program provides a great opportunity to extend their ongoing work at Dordt as they think about how Reformational thought and practice shape a robust vision of Christian scholarship.”

As one of the teams selected for the program, Visscher and Helming seek to develop a new undergraduate seminar series at Dordt that explores persistent or contemporary topical issues and is taught by faculty from different departments, such as the sciences or humanities. The program provides an $8,000 grant to assist with the establishment of the project.

Helming, who is an associate professor of psychology says that it is their hope that it will enrich student learning and promote a culture of thoughtful dialog and faithful scholarship throughout the campus community.

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