D. Gregory Sapp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility

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Department of Religious Studies

Stetson University, Unit 8354

421 North Woodland Blvd.

DeLand, FL  32723

1301 Weymouth Dr.

DeLand, FL 32720

(386) 736-9995

(386) 822-8938

 

 

EDUCATION

1999

1992

1988

Ph.D.  University of Virginia, Philosophical Theology

M.Div.  Princeton Theological Seminary, Christian History

B.A.  Stetson University, Religion

 

 

DISSERTATION

Title

 

Advisor

Readers

Imitatio Naturae Christi: A Study of the Imitation of Christ in Kierkegaard’s Thought

M. Jamie Ferreira

Langdon B. Gilkey

Charles Mathewes

Walter Jost

 

       

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2006-present

 

2005-2006

 

2004-2006

2000-2005

 

1999-2000

 

1998-1999

1998

 

1996-1997

 

1995

 

1994

 

1992-1993

 

1991

Stetson University, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility

Mercer University, Associate Professor of Christianity and Interdisciplinary Studies

Mercer University, Director of First-Year Seminar Experiential Program

Mercer University, Assistant Professor of Christianity and Interdisciplinary Studies

Gulf Coast Community College, Associate Professor of Religion, Division of Social Sciences

Mercer University, Visiting Instructor, Christianity Department

Stetson University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

West Virginia University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Program for Religious Studies

University of Virginia, Teaching Assistant for Harry Y. Gamble (New Testament)

University of Virginia, Teaching Assistant for Robert L. Wilken (Church History)

University of Virginia, Research Assistant for M. Therese Stafford (Sociology Department)

The Lawrenceville School, Instructor, Department of Theater Arts (Television Production)

 

 

TEACHING COMPETENCE

Primary

 

 

 

Secondary

History of Christian Thought

Systematic and Philosophical Theology

Christian History

Religion and Culture

Biblical Studies

Ancient Philosophy

Western Religious Thought

 

       

COURSES TAUGHT

 

First Year Seminar 101: Composing the Self (critical thinking and writing)

First Year Seminar 102: Engaging the World (critical thinking and writing)

First Year Seminar: Self and World: Community Engagement Theory

Great Books 202: Classical Cultures (Euclid, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil)

Great Books 203: Hebrew and Christian Traditions

Great Books 495: Augustine’s City of God

History of Christian Thought 1 (to the Reformation)

History of Christian Thought 2 (from the Reformation)

History of Christianity to 1600

Honors 102: Religion and Politics

The Idea of the Devil

Introduction to Biblical Literature

Introduction to Christianity

Introduction to Issues in Religious Studies

Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the Old Testament

Life and Thought of Augustine

Reading Langdon Gilkey on Science and Religion

Religion and the Civil Rights Movement

Religion and Sport

Religion in America

Religion in Film

Senior Capstone: The Quest for Wholeness

Shapers of Christian Thought

World Religions

 

 

HONORS

2007, 2008

2005

 

2005

 

2003-2004

2000-2001

1995-1996

1994-1996

1993-1994

1988

1988

Campus Life Faculty Appreciation Award, Stetson University

Spencer B. King, Jr., Distinguished Professor Award, College of Liberal Arts, Mercer University

Student Government Association Professor of the Month, Mercer University

Edwin Dargan Johnston Faculty Research Scholar, Mercer University

Edwin Dargan Johnston Faculty Research Scholar, Mercer University

DuPont Fellowship, University of Virginia

Kyle Fellowship, University of Virginia

Academic Enhancement Program Fellowship, University of Virginia

Forest Community Church Award, Stetson University

Albert Carnett Memorial Award, Stetson University

 


 

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, AND PRESENTATIONS

2009

 

 

 

2008

 

 

2008

 

 

2008

 

 

 

2008

 

 

2007

 

 

 

2007

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

 

 

2005

 

2005

 

 

2004

 

 

 

2004

 

 

 

2003

 

 

2003

 

 

 

 

2003

 

 

 

2003

 

2002

 

 

 

2002

 

 

1998

“The Sports Hero: Unification of the Self with Greatness,” paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA, April 11, 2009

“Hope in the Minor Leagues,” panel presentation at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 1, 2008

“Self-Identification with the Hero: Lifting Ourselves Above the Mundane,” public lecture given at California State University at Northridge, April 11, 2008

“The Legend of Bagger Vance: Religion and Sports Film,” paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, San Francisco, CA, March 19, 2008

“Early Christian Diversity: You Believe What?”  The Connick Lecture on Spiritual Diversity in Early Christianity, Whittier College, March 18, 2008, Whittier, CA.

“Power in the Blood: Football Fandom as Deification,” brief paper delivered as member of an invited panel on Sports and Religion at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 17, 2007

“Gilkey’s Proximate Versus Ultimate Causation and the Role of Myth in Determining Truth,” in Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies, Donald Musser and David Paulsen, eds. (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007), 435-444

“Subjective Objectivity: A Kantian Perspective on the Search for Religious Truth,” presidential address presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Region-at-Large in conjunction with The College Theology Society, Mobile, AL, June 4, 2005

An Old Testament Curriculum Guide (Dallas: Texas Baptist Laity Institute, 2005)

 “Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: A New Gospel in Film,” a paper presented at the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion (SECSOR), Winston-Salem, NC, March 12, 2005

“Controlling the Chaos: A Response to Joe Price’s ‘Conjuring Curses and Supplicating Spirits: Baseball’s Culture of Superstitions,’” an invited response by the Martin Marty Center’s Religion and Culture Web Forum at the University of Chicago, September 1, 2004

“Langdon Gilkey’s Creationism on Trial: A Foundation for Church-State Relations,” a paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society and National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Washington, D.C. June 4, 2004

“Existential Theology,” in Donald Musser and Joseph Price, eds., A New and Enlarged Handbook of Christian Theology (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003)

“The Wheat and the Tares: An Augustinian Model of Conflict Resolution,” a paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Region-At-Large and the College Theology Society, Milwaukee, WI, May 31, 2003

“Mind Over Matter: Augustine’s Struggle of the Will Over the Body,” a paper given at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion (SECSOR), Chattanooga, TN, March 15, 2003

A New Testament Curriculum (Dallas: Texas Baptist Laity Institute, 2003)

“Augustine’s Christology as a Model for Humility,” a paper given at the Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion in Jamaica, NY, June 2, 2002.

“Technology in (and out of) the Classroom,” a paper given at the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, March 8, 2002

Review of Marvin O'Connell's Pascal: Reasons of the Heart (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman's Publications, 1997) in The Christian Century, Vol. 115, No. 11, April 8, 1998, pp. 381-382

 

UNIVERSITY-WIDE ADDRESSES

2006

 

 

2005

 

 

2005

 

2004

 

 

2003

“The Wheat and the Weeds: Flourishing in Community,” a sermon delivered at the 2006 Mercer University Baccalaureate Service, May 12, 2006

“Letting Go, Growing Up, Becoming Human: Words from Genesis, Aristotle, and FYS,” an address given for Family Weekend, College of Liberal Arts, Mercer University, October 8, 2005

“Lessons from Ishmael (and the White Whale),” 2005 Penfield Address, Mercer University, Penfield, GA, August 14, 2005

“Penfield: The Past as Present Dialogue Partner for the Future,” 2004 Penfield Address, Mercer University, Penfield, GA, September 26, 2004

“Loving and Leaving the Past,” 2003 Penfield Address, Mercer University, Penfield, GA, April 13, 2003

 

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

2007-present

2007-present

 

2001-present

2002-present

 

1992-present

Association of American Colleges and Universities (Associate Member)

Society for Values in Higher Education (Steering Committee Member 2007-2009; Board of Directors 2010-present)

Society of Biblical Literature

Association of Core Texts and Courses (member of coordinating team for national conference 2003)

American Academy of Religion

 

 

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2009-2010

2009-present

2007-present

2006-present

2006-present

 

2005-2006

2005-2006

2004-2005

2003-2004

2002-2004

2002-2003

 

2002-2003

2001-2005

2001-2002

1990-1992

QEP Steering Committee (Chair)

General Education Assessment Committee

Bernard Weiner Memorial Lecture Series Committee

Faculty Service-Learning Workgroup convener

Community Engagement Council of the University Values Council (Chair)

Ad hoc committee on First-Year Seminar Program Review

Faculty Development Committee

Faculty Secretary

Great Books Committee on Excellence

College of Liberal Arts Representative to House of Delegates

Ad hoc committee on Interdisciplinary Studies Department Restructuring

Athletic Academic Advisory Committee

Judicial Committee

Honors Committee

Library Committee, Princeton Theological Seminary (student member)

 

 

SEARCH COMMITTEES

2005-2006

 

2003-2004

2001-2002

2001-2002

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science (invited to serve as outside member by Environmental Sciences Department chair)

Director of Judicial Affairs (invited by Vice President for Student Affairs)

Assistant Professor of Ethics (as member of Christianity Department)

Assistant Professor of New Testament (as member of Christianity Department) 

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

2010-2011

2010

2009

2008

2007-present

 

2007-2010

 

2006-present

2006-present

2004-2006

 

Volunteer (DeLand Little League)

Community Building (Hayesville, NC)

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (John’s Island, SC)

Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding (New Orleans, LA)

Campaign for Working Families (a United Way Agency) Steering Committee

The Neighborhood Center (Transitional Housing for the Homeless) Board of Directors

Woodward Avenue Elementary School Volunteer and Tutor

Stetson Ready Team (Disaster Relief Unit) Founder and Director

Macon/Bibb Citizen Advocacy Citizen Advocate

 

 

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