a journal of analysis and comment
advancing public understanding of religion and education
Fall 2005, Vol. 32 No. 2
Alyssa N. Bryant is an educational researcher at RTI
International in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and also serves as an
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Higher Education at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education and
Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles where she
worked for five years at the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). She
currently collaborates as a research associate with her colleagues at HERI on a
study entitled, Spirituality in Higher Education: A National Study of College
Students’ Search for Meaning a Purpose, funded by the John Templeton
Foundation. Her primary research interests include religious diversity on
college campuses, the intersection of gender issues and spirituality in faith
development, and the role of spiritual struggles in college students’
Connie R. Green is a professor in Language, Reading and
Exceptionalities at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She
recently co-authored with Susan B. Oldendorf "Teaching Religious Diversity
through Children’s Literature" in Childhood Education.
Ralph E. Lentz II holds a M. A. in History from
Appalachian State University where he has taught World History courses for the
past six years. His current research fields include New Testament studies, the
Enlightenment, and U. S. cultural history.
Joanne M. Marshall is an assistant professor in
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.
Her research focuses on the relationship between spirituality and the success of
public school students, teachers, and administrators in their respective school
roles. A former high school English teacher, Professor Marshall holds a
doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently
working on analyzing the roles of religious faith, practice, and congregational
context in young adults’ postsecondary educational attainment.
Sandra B. Oldendorfis an associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She recently co-authored with Connie R. Green "Teaching Religious Diversity through Children’s Literature" in Childhood Education.
Scott Andrew Schulz is a doctoral candidate in higher
education organization and administration and research associate at the Center
for the Study of Higher Education at The University of Arizona. His
interests concern a broad range of issues related to student development and
[Editor’s Note: In one of those unusual coincidences, two articles in this issue were submitted from authors at the same institution – Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. They submitted them to the journal unbeknownst to one another. They were submitted at different times and proceeded through the peer review process each at a different pace. Yet they emerged with recommendation for publication and come together to contribute unique and complementary perspectives for this issue].