JOHN A. SCHMALZBAUER

Department of Religious Studies

Missouri State University

901 S. National Avenue

Springfield, Missouri 65897

 

                                                             

EDUCATION

 

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Ph.D., Sociology, 1997.

 

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, M.A. (with distinction), Sociology 1992.

 

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, B.A. (cum laude), Political Science, 1990.

 

 

POSITIONS

 

Associate Professor and Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Missouri State University, 2004-Present

 

Assistant Professor and Edward Bennett Williams Fellow in Catholic Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, 1998-2004.

 

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Project on the Teaching and Practice of Religion in American Colleges and Universities, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis, 1996-1998.

 

 

BOOKS

The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education (with Kathleen A. Mahoney). Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2018. 

People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003. Single author for this study.

 

Conrad Cherry, Betty DeBerg, and Amanda Porterfield, with the assistance of William Durbin and John Schmalzbauer. Religion on Campus. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.  Post-doctoral research associate for this study, not a co-author.

 

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS 

 

"Campus Ministry." In The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education, edited by Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018, 453-465.

 

"Answering Dystopia in the Baptist South." Perspectives in Religious Studies 42(1): 115-122 (2016).

"Marsden and Secularization." In American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History, edited by Kurt W. Peterson, Thomas S. Kidd, and Darren Dochuk. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014, 283-311.

"Whose Social Justice? Which Evangelicalism? Social Engagement in a Campus Ministry." In The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013, 50-72.

 

"The Blessings of an Uneasy Conscience: Creative Tensions in Evangelical Intellectual Life." In Christ Across the Disciplines: Past, Present, Future, edited by Roger Lundin. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013, 35-73.

"Campus Religious Life in America: Revitalization and Renewal." Society 50(2): 115-131 (2013). Symposium: The Changing Shape of Higher Education Since the 1960s.

"Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy" (with Kathleen A. Mahoney). In The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society, edited by Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey and Jonathan VanAntwerpen. New York: New York University Press, 2012, 215-248.

 

"Why No Christian Sociology? The Hidden History of an Interdisciplinary Conversation." In Beyond Integration: Inter/Disciplinary Possibilities for the Future of Christian Higher Education, edited by Todd Ream and Jerry Pattengale. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2012, 63-84.

 

"Popular Culture." In The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America, edited by Philip Goff. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 254-275.

 

"Social Engagement in an Evangelical Campus Ministry: The Case of Urbana 2006." Journal of College and Character 11(1): 1-11 (2010).

 

"Sociological Approaches." In Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, Washington, DC: CQPress, 2010, 2109-2117.

 

"American Scholars Return to Studying Religion" (with Kathleen A. Mahoney). Contexts, Winter 2008, 16-21.

 

"Commentary: Catholic Sacramentalism as Media Event:  A View from the Sociology of Religion and the Sociology of Media." In Practicing Catholic: Ritual, Body, and Contestation in Catholic Faith, edited by Bruce Morrill, S.J., Susan Rodgers, and Joanna E. Ziegler. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, 223-226.

 

"Searching for Protestantism in the Encyclopedia of Protestantism." Religion 35(4): 247-265 (2005).

 

"Journalism and the Religious Imagination." In Quoting God: How Media Shape Ideas about Religion and Culture, edited by Claire H. Badaracco. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2005, 21-36.

           

"Reading Herberg from Wheaton: Protestant-Catholic-Jew and American Evangelicalism." U.S. Catholic Historian  23(1): 25-39 (2005).

 

"Between Objectivity and Moral Vision: Catholics and Evangelicals in American  Journalism." In Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion and Culture, edited by Stewart Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002, 165-187.

 

"Telling Catholic and Evangelical Stories in American Journalism: The Impact of the Religious Imagination." U.S. Catholic Historian 20(2): 25-44 (2002).

 

"Involvement and Detachment Among French and American Journalists" (with Cyril Lemieux). In Rethinking Comparative Cultural Sociology: Repertoires of Evaluation in France and the United States, edited by Michele Lamont and Laurent Thevenot. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 148-169. Published jointly by the Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Paris).  Chinese translation Zhong Hua Book Company.

 

"Between Professional and Religious Worlds: Catholics and Evangelicals in American Journalism." Sociology of Religion 60(4): 363-386 (1999).

 

"Between Fundamentalism and Secularization: Secularizing and Sacralizing Currents in the Evangelical Debate on Campus Lifestyle Codes" (with Gray Wheeler). Sociology of Religion 57(3): 241-257 (1996).

 

"Cultural and Moral Boundaries in the United States: Structural Position, Geographic Location, and Lifestyle Explanations" (with Michele Lamont, Daniel Weber, and Maureen Waller). Poetics 24: 31-56 (1996).

 

"Evangelicals in the New Class: Class Versus Subcultural Predictors of Ideology." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion  32(4): 330-42 (1993).

 

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

"The Life and Death of Evangelicalism's Little Magazine." Comment, 12 January 2017.

"The God of Abraham Praise: Wheaton College Considers Its Muslim Neighbors." Religion & Politics, 22 December 2015.

"A Modern 'Old-Time Religion'" (review essay on Timothy Gloege's Guaranteed Pure). Books and Culture, September/October 2015.

"An Evangelical (Millennial) on the Canterbury Trail" (review essay on Rachel Held Evans' Searching for Sunday). Religion Dispatches, 7 April 2015.

"Who's in Charge Here? American Evangelicalism's 'Crisis of Authority'" (review essay on Molly Worthen's Apostles of Reason). Books and Culture, January/February 2014.

"Fifty Years of Non-Sectarian Study of Religion." Proceedings: Third Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, June 2013, 10-12.

"A Review: The Look of Catholics: Portrayals in Popular Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War" (review essay). American Catholic Studies Newsletter, Spring 2012, 16-18.

 

"The Grand Rapids Intellectuals" (review essay on The Best of The Reformed Journal). Comment, 28 March 2012.

"The Marginalization of Evangelical Scholarship (Among Evangelicals)" (review essay on Randall J. Stephens' and Karl W. Giberson's The Anointed). Comment, 14 December 2011.

"Route 66 Evangelicals" (review essay on From Bible Belt to Sunbelt). Evangelical Studies Bulletin, Summer 2011, 1-5.

 

"Worshipping the Values of Journalism" (review essay on God and the Editor). Nieman Reports, 63(2): 80-81 (2009).

"Big Shots, Born Again: A Look at the Evangelical Power Elite." Wall Street Journal, 18 October 2007, D7. 

"Searching for Protestantism in the Post-Protestant University." Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion 36(1): 23-28 (2007).

 

"Campus Ministry: A Statistical Portrait." Essay Forum on "The Religious Engagements of American Undergraduates." New York: Social Science Research Council, 6 February 2007.

 

"Harvard Loses Its Edge." Wall Street Journal, 15 December 2006, W17.

 

"Against the Manichaeans" (review essay of Philip Jenkins's Decade of Nightmares). Books and Culture. March/April 2006, 9.

 

"Without Jack Chick or Andrew Greeley: The New American Religious Revolution has Begun" (review essay on William Shea's The Lion and the Lamb). Evangelical Studies Bulletin, Spring 2004, 5-8.

 

"Hatfield, Mark Odum." Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, ed. Timothy Larsen (Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 2003).

 

"Church as Civics 101" (review essay of James Guth, John C. Green, Corwin E. Smidt, Lyman A. Kellstedt and Margaret M. Poloma's The Bully Pulpit). Books and Culture, May/June 2003, 40-42.

 

"Keeping Faith: A Religious Profile of Holy Cross Students" (with Royce Singleton). Holy Cross Magazine, Winter 2003, 22-27. 

 "Rediscovering My Catholic Family." Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, Fall 2002, 40-43.              

 "Religion: A Comeback on Campus" (with Kathleen A. Mahoney and James Youniss).  Liberal Education (magazine of the Association of American Colleges and Universities), Fal1 2001, 36-41.

 "The Religion Beat in American Journalism." Religious Studies News 12(2): 18 (1997).

  

REPORTS AND WORKING PAPERS

The Evolving Role of the College and University Chaplaincy: Findings from a National Study, Commissioned by the Council of Independent Colleges and NetVUE with support from Lilly Endowment, 2014.

Betty DeBerg, with John Schmalzbauer and Sarah Ehlinger. National Study of Campus Ministries: A Report to Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2008. Unpublished 145 page report.

 

"Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy" (with Kathleen A. Mahoney), SSRC Working Papers, Social Science Research Council, New York, New York, 2007.

 

Revitalizing Religion in the Academy: Summary of the Evaluation of Lilly Endowment's Initiative on Religion and Higher Education (with Kathleen A. Mahoney and James Youniss), 2000.

 

Revitalizing Religion in the Academy: An Evaluation of Lilly Endowment's Initiative on Religion and Higher Education (with Kathleen A. Mahoney and James Youniss), 2000. Unpublished 172 page report.

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

"Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 57(3): 647-648 (2018).

"Paranoid Science: The Christian Right's War on Reality." Critical Research on Religion 6(2): 214-218 (2018). 

"Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity." Sociology of Religion 78(3): 365-367 (2017).

 

"New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 84(3): 861-864 (2016).

 

"A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada." Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity 7(1): 117-119 (2016).

 

"Red State Religion." Journal of Religion 93(3): 391-393 (2013).

 

"Religious Ideas for Secular Universities." Theological Studies 72(2): 460-61 (2011).

 

"To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern." Christian Scholar's Review 40(2):  217-220 (2011).

 

"What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion." Journal of Religion 91(3): 435-36 (2011).

 

"Korean American Evangelicals: New Models for Civic Life." Social Forces 88(2): 980-982 (2009).

 

"Evangelicals and the Continental Divide: The Conservative Protestant Subculture in Canada and the United States." Journal of Religion 87(1): 106-08 (2007).

 

"Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45(3): 472-73 (2006).

 

"Protestantism and the American Founding." Religious Studies Review 32(2): 135 (2006).

 

"Making the American Religious Fringe: Exotics, Subversives, and Journalists, 1955-1993." Journal of American History 92(1): 309 (2005).

 

"Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post Welfare Era." Contemporary Sociology 33(4): 459-460 (2003).

 

"The Return of the Primitive: A New Sociological Theory of Religion." Theological Studies 64(4): 897 (2003).

 

"The Church on the World's Turf: An Evangelical Christian Group at a Secular University." Theological Studies 64(1): 189-190 (2002).

 

"American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving." Sociology of Religion 60(3): 336-337 (1999).

 

"Cultural Wars in American Politics."  Social Forces 77(3): 1216-1218 (1999).

 

"War Stories: The Culture of Foreign Correspondents." Contemporary Sociology 26(1): 97-98 (1997).

 

"Modern Christian Revivals." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 33(4): 392 (1994).

 

 

GRANTS, CONTRACTS, AND AWARDS 

Outstanding Thesis Advisor, 24th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, Missouri State University, 2017. 

"Teaching Religious Studies to Undergraduate Students in Health-Related Fields," Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion ($30,000). Assisted project director Stephen Berkwitz, 2016.

 

Subcontract on University of Northern Iowa Lilly Endowment Grant ($6,781). Co-investigator with Betty DeBerg, National Study of Campus Ministries, 2007.

 

Sponsored Projects Special Recognition Award, Missouri State University, 2007.

 

Ozarks Studies Mini-Grant,  Religion in the Ozarks lecture series, Missouri State University (with Kathy Pulley). 2007.

 

Subcontract on University of Northern Iowa Lilly Endowment Grant ($116,007).  Co-investigator with Betty DeBerg, National Study of Campus Ministries. Total amount of University of Northern Iowa Grant: $687,189, 2004-2007.

 

Member, Young Scholars in American Religion, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, 2004-2005.

 

Subcontract on Boston College Lilly Endowment Evaluation Grant (with Kathleen A. Mahoney), Phase II ($15,299), 2000-2002.

 

Subcontract on Boston College Lilly Endowment Evaluation Grant ($57,529). Co-Evaluator with Kathleen A. Mahoney and James Youniss of $15.6 million Lilly Religion and Higher Education Initiative. Total amount of Boston College Lilly Evaluation Grant: $332,572, 1999-2000.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Project on the Teaching and Practice of Religion in American Colleges and Universities.

 

Honorable Mention, Thompson Paper Award; American Sociological Association section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, 1996.

 

Collaborator on "Princeton-Paris Project on Evaluative Models." directed by Michele Lamont (Princeton University) and Laurent Thevenot (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).  Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, 1994-1996.

 

Dissertation Fellow, Louisville Institute (Lilly Endowment), 1994-1995.

 

Graduate Fellow, Center for the Study of American Religion, Princeton University, 1991-1994.

 

University Fellow, Sociology, Princeton University, 1990-1994.

 

First Prize, North Central Sociological Association, Student Paper Competition, 1989-1990.

 

First Prize, Midwest Sociological Society, Student Paper Competition, 1989-1990.

 

First Prize, Illinois Sociological Association, Student Paper Competition, 1989-1990.

 

 

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

"Campus Prophets, Spiritual Guides, or Interfaith Traffic Directors? The Many Lives of College and University Chaplains," Luce Lectures on the Changing Role of Chaplains in American Higher Education, New York University (November 2018).

"Comments on Sam Perry�s God's Family: The Global Orphan Care Movement and the Limits of Evangelical Activism," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Las Vegas, Nevada. (October 26, 2018).

 

"Where the Millennials Do Their Seeking: Undergraduate Spirituality in American Catholic Colleges and Universities," Chief Academic Officers Conference, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC (February 2018).

"Exploring the Ozarks: Mapping Religious Diversity in the Buckle of the Bible Belt," Paine Lecture, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (October 2017)

"Comments on Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher Scheitle's Religion vs. Science," Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada (August 2017)

"Religio-cultural and Ecclesial Contexts," Panel discussion, Collegium: Pause at 25 Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota (June 2017)

 

"Comments on Heath Carter's Union Made" (delivered in absentia), Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (August 2016).

"The Unsecular Campus: The Diversification of Student Religious Life in America," Paine Lecture, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (March 2016).

"The Evolving Role of the College and University Chaplaincy: Findings from a National Study," NetVUE Chaplaincy Conference, Council of Independent Colleges, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2014).

"Answering Dystopia in the Baptist South," Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy, Regent's Park College, Oxford (July 2014).

"Taking Stock of the Role of Digital Media in Religious Intellectual Life," Religion, Digital Media, and Possible Futures, Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, New York (June 2014).

"The Evolving Role of the College and University Chaplaincy: Findings from a National Study," NetVUE Chaplaincy Conference, Council of Independent Colleges, Chicago, Illinois (March 2014).

"Campus Ministry in America: The State of the Profession," Faith on Campus: A Conference on the Religious and Moral Lives of American Undergraduates, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (June 2013).

 

Panel on "Fifty Years of Non-Sectarian Study of Religion: Goals, Limitations, Expectations," 3rd Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (June 2013).

 

"Campus Religious Life in America: Revitalization and Renewal," Danforth Colloquium on Religion, Politics, and Culture, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis (Februrary 2013).

 

"Campus Religious Life in America: Many Places and Spaces," Seminar on Sacred Space in a Secular Nation of Believers, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. (October 2012).

 

"Campus Religious Life in America: Revitalization and Renewal," Conference on Changes in Higher Education Since the 1960s, Society and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, University Club, New York City. (October 2012).

 

"Whose Social Justice? Which Evangelicalism? Social Engagement in a Campus Ministry," Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Conference on the New Evangelical Social Engagement (May 2012).

 

"Campus Religious Life in America: Past and Present," Virginia Wesleyan University, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Religion on Campus: A Semester-Long Conversation (April 2012). 

 

Books in Public Scholarship Workshop for The Return of Religion in American Higher Education (book manuscript), Religion and Public Life Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas (November 2011). 

 

"A Forum with Houston Religious Leaders," Rice University Religion and Public Life Program, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. (November 2011).

 

"Visit to Introduction to Religion (Rice University)," Rice University Religion and Public Life Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2011).

 

"The Blessings of an Uneasy Conscience: Creative Tensions in Evangelical Intellectual Life," Wheaton College 150th Anniversary Lecture Series, Wheaton, Illinois (November 2010).

 

"Balancing Competing Obligations" (Panel on This Academic Life), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting (October 2010). 

 

"Christianity in the Post-Secular University, Conference on American Religion in a Post-Secular Society," Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture and Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan (October 2009).

 

"Crossing Over to the Promised Land in Popular Culture," Michigan State University Religion and U.S. Culture Colloquium (October 2009).

 

 "Media Memorialization of 9/11 and American Catholicism," Duke University Seminar on America's Gods (August 2009).          

 

 "Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy," Exploring the Post-Secular Conference, Yale University/Social Science Research Council (April 2009).

 

"Comments on Elaine Howard Ecklund's Waging Peace on the Science and Religion Battleground," Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life, Rice University (February 2009).

 

"The Campus Minister Today: The State of the Profession" (with Betty DeBerg), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky (October 2008).

 

"Crossing Over to the Promise Land in American Popular Culture," Christian Scholars  Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee (June 2008).

 

"Reinventing Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University," Appalachian Studies Association, Annual Meeting (March 2008).

 

Panelist, A Contexts Town Hall Meeting. Midwest Sociological Society, Annual Meeting (March 2008).

 

Organizer and Presider, Panel on "Christianity, Politics, and the Press in the Recent United States." American Society of Church History, Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C. (January 2008).

 

Panelist, Evening Public Program, Conference on "The Opening of the Evangelical Mind." Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University (December 2007).

                       

Presenter, "Evangelical Intellectuals in Sociology" Panel, Conference on "The Opening of the Evangelical Mind." Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University (December 2007).

 

Presenter, Author Meets Critics Session on Michael Lindsay's Faith in the Halls of Power. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida (November 2007).

 

Convener, Session on Religion and Higher Education. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting Tampa, Florida (November 2007).

 

Author Meets Critics Session on Elaine Howard Ecklund's Korean American Evangelicals: New Models for Civic Life.  Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting, New York, NY (August 2007).

 

"The Campus Religious Marketplace in Contemporary America," Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting, New York, NY (August 2007).

 

"The Return of Religion to American Higher Education," Christian Scholars Conference, Rochester College, Rochester Hills, Michigan (June 2007).              

 

"Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular Academy" (with Kathleen A. Mahoney), Working Paper circulated prior to "Are We Living in a Post-Secular World?  A Working Meeting on Social Science and the 'Return of Religion.'" Social Science Research Council, New York, New York (June 2007).

 

Presider and Organizer, Session on Religion and Popular Culture in the Ozarks. Midwest American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Forest Park, Illinois (March 2007).

 

"The Post-Secular Academy: The Return of Religion Across the Disciplines,"  Public lecture presented to the Social Science and Religion Network, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (March 2007).

 

 "The Return of Religion in American Higher Education," Public lecture, Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture,  College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts (March 2007).

 

 "Chaplains and Their Professional Lives: Survey Results," Presentation to the Final Conference of the Programs for  the Theological Exploration of Vocation (with Betty DeBerg and Sarah Ehlinger), Indianapolis, Indiana (February 2007).

 

"The Religious Imagination in American Journalism and Popular Culture," Plenary Speaker, Journalism Through the Eyes of Faith Conference, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 2006).

 

"Explaining the Resurgence of Religion on Campus: A Social Movements Approach," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting, Rochester, New York (November 2005).

 

Convener, Session on Religion and Education. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting, Rochester,  New York (November 2005).

 

"Religion and Knowledge in the Post-Secular University," Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (August 2005).

 

Response to Herman De Dijn, "Cultural Identity, Religion, Moral Pluralism, and the Law," Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.  The Empty Throne, The Empty Church?  Fourth Catholic Intellectual Exchange Program.  June.

 

"Religious Vitality in Post-Protestant Colleges and Universities," American Society of Church History, Annual Meeting, Louisville, (May 2003).

 

Respondent, "Author Meets Critics" session for People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City (November 2002).

 

Discussant, "Practicing Catholic: Ritual, Body, and Contestation in Catholic Faith" Conference, Holy Cross College (October 2002).

 

Panelist, Collegium Panel, Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.  Boston College, (July 2002).

 

Convener/Presider/Organizer, Regular Session on Religion, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California (August 2001).

 

"From Ghetto to Mainstream: Catholics and Evangelicals in the 'Knowledge Professions,'" Presented at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College (May 2001).

 

"Revitalizing Religion in the Academy: A Report from a Study on Religion and Higher Education" (with Kathleen A. Mahoney and James Youniss). Presented at the Life Cycle Institute Brown Bag, Catholic University of America (January 2001).

 

"Telling Catholic and Evangelical Stories in American Journalism: The Impact of the Religious Imagination," Paper presented at the American Catholic Historical Association/American Society of Church History meetings, Boston, MA (January 2001).

 

"Catholics and Evangelicals in the Knowledge Professions: From the Margins to Mainstream," Paper presented at the Association for the Sociology of Religion meetings, Washington, D.C. (August 2000).

 

"The Campus as Sacred Space: Interpreting the Material Culture of American  Higher Education," Presented at the Religion on Campus Conference, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis (April 2000).               

 

"God and the Newsroom: Catholics and Evangelicals in American Journalism," Invited lecture, Baylor University Department of Journalism (March 2000).

 

"Catholics and Evangelicals in the Academy," Invited lecture, Baylor University Department of Sociology/Anthropology (March 2000).

 

"Making Room for Religion in a Culture of Disbelief: Catholic and Evangelical Academics as Public Intellectuals," Presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meetings, Boston, MA (November 1999).

 

"Bach, Rock, and the Rock of Ages," Presented at the Association for the Sociology of Religion meetings, Chicago (August 1999).

 

Presider for "Religion, Health, and Aging" session. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meetings, Montreal, Quebec (November 1998).

 

"Telling Catholic and Evangelical Stories in American Journalism: The Intersection of Religious and Professional Narratives," Presented at the American Sociological Association meetings, Toronto, Ontario (August 1997).

 

"Sociology as a Religious Vocation: Catholics and Evangelicals in the Social Sciences," Presented at the Association for the Sociology of Religion meetings, Toronto, Ontario (August 1997).

 

Discussant for "Negotiating Faith Within Pluralistic Modernity" session.  Association for the Sociology of Religion meetings, Toronto, Ontario (August 1997).

 

"Between Objectivity and Moral Vision: How Evangelical and Catholic Journalists Manage the Boundary Between Professional and Religious Worlds,"  Presented at Conference on Religion, Media, and Culture, University of  Colorado at Boulder (January 1996).

 

"Between Fundamentalism and Secularization: The Reshaping of Evangelical Lifestyle Codes" (with Gray Wheeler). Presented at the American Sociological  Association meetings, Los Angeles, CA (August 1994).

 

"Problems of Involvement and Detachment Among French and American  Journalists" (with Cyril Lemieux). Presented at the International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, IL (April 1994).

 

"Secularization Theory Versus the New Sociology of Religion Paradigm: The Case of Evangelical College Campus Rules" (with Gray Wheeler).  Presented in absentia at the American Sociological Association meetings, Miami, FL (August 1993).

 

"Evangelicals in the New Class," Paper presented at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meetings, Pittsburgh, PA (November 1991)

 

"The Sociological Function of the Eucharist: Lutheranism and the Anabaptist  Movement," Paper presented at Association for the Sociology of Religion  meetings, Washington, D.C. (August 1990).

 

 

COURSES TAUGHT

 

Religion, Spirituality, and Health (Missouri State University)

North American Religions (Missouri State University)

Congregations on the Ground: Exploring Local Religious Worlds (Missouri State University) Ozarks Religion (Missouri State University)

Religion in Society (Missouri State University)

Religion in America (Missouri State University)

Bible Belt Religion: Conservative Protestants in America (Missouri State University)

Religion, Media, and Popular Culture (Missouri State University)

The Sociological Perspective (Holy Cross College)

Sociology of Religion (Holy Cross College)

Catholicism, Media and Popular Culture (Holy Cross College)

Sociology of Media and Popular Culture (Holy Cross College)

Sociology of American Catholicism (Holy Cross College)

From Ellis Island to Long Island: Losing Our Religion? (Holy Cross College)

From the �Greatest Generation� to the MTV Generation (Holy Cross College)

Religion and the American Media (at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis)

Introduction to Religion (at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis) 

 

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

           

Member, Book Prize Committee, Religion Section, American Sociological Association

Member, Book Prize Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2016-2017

Chair, Religion and American Culture, Midwest American Academy of Religion, 2008-2015

Editorial Board Member, Contexts, 2009-2012

Chair, Jack Shand Grants Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2009-2010.

Member, Jack Shand Grants Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2008 Manuscript Reviewer, Routledge

Manuscript Reviewer, University of Alabama Press

Manuscript Reviewer, University of California Press

Manuscript Reviewer, Oxford University Press

Manuscript Reviewer, Princeton University Press

Manuscript Reviewer, Blackwell          

Manuscript Reviewer, Baylor University Press

Manuscript Reviewer, Sociological Quarterly

Manuscript Reviewer, Review of Religious Research

Manuscript Reviewer, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation

Manuscript Reviewer, Social Forces

Manuscript Reviewer, Contexts

Manuscript Reviewer, Poetics

Manuscript Reviewer, Sociology of Religion

Manuscript Reviewer, Social Problems

Manuscript Reviewer, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

  

 

UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE SERVICE

 

Graduate Scholarship Committee, University, 2017-Present

Faculty Concerns Committee, Religious Studies Department, 2013-2017; 2018-Present

Graduate Program Committee, Religious Studies Department, 2005-2013; 2017-Present

REL 131 Course Coordinator, 2014-Present

Student Recruitment Committee, Religious Studies Department, 2013- 2018

Chair, American Religious History Position Search Committee, 2015-2016

College Council, College of the Humanities and Public Affairs, 2014-2016

Scholarships Committee, Department of Religious Studies, 2013-2014

Faculty Senate, 2010-2014

Faculty Senate Rules Committee, 2011-2013

Mission Goals, and Endowed Chairs Committee, Religious Studies Department, 2007-2011

College of Humanities and Public Affairs Dean Search Committtee, 2008-2009

Judaism Position Search Committee, Religious Studies Department, 2007-2008

Ozark Studies Advisory Board, 2007-2009

Ozarks Studies Endowed Professorship Search Committee, 2007-2008

Public Affairs Professorship Committee, 2008 

College of Humanities and Public Affairs Awards Committee, 2006

Professional Standards Committee, Religious Studies Department, 2005-2006

Assessment Committee, Religious Studies Department, Fall 2004-Spring 2005 


 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

Board Member, Convergence on Campus, Spring 2018-Present

Member, Professional Advisory Group, Mercy Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau, Missouri Humanities Council, 2014-2018

President, Greene County Historical Society, Springfield, Missouri

Council Member, German-Austrian-Swiss Society of the Ozarks