Jack Jackson Promoted to Associate Professor
JACK JACKSON PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
At its most recent meeting, The Claremont School of Theology (CST) Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Dr. Jack Jackson to Associate Professor. Dr. Jackson joined the CST faculty in January of 2011 as the E. Stanley Jones Assistant Professor of Evangelism, Mission, and Global Methodism.
Through his teaching Dr. Jackson has influenced the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of CST students – particularly those preparing for ministry in The United Methodist Church. His has regularly taught courses on United Methodist (UM) History, UM Doctrine, UM polity, Christian Mission and Christian Evangelism. He has also taught Mission in Global Perspectives and a UM General Conference course.
Since his arrival at Claremont, Dr. Jackson also assisted in the creation and launch of the Center for Global Methodism at CST, which he now co-leads with fellow CST faculty member Dr. Karen Dalton.
"We are delighted to have Professor Jackson as a member of our faculty,” said Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Dean of the Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at CST. “He brings both his history of ministry as a UM pastor and an academic specialty in evangelism to the curriculum. Within his first years here Professor Jackson created online versions of the required UM classes – making them more accessible to students within and beyond CST. As we continue to build our strong United Methodist Studies program at CST, we are fortunate to have Professor Jackson's contributions."
Jackson’s contributions are recognized far beyond Claremont. "Already, early in his career as a professor of evangelism, Dr. Jackson is emerging as a leading voice, respected in both church and academy,” says Stephen Gunter, Associate Dean for Methodist Studies and Research Professor for Evangelism and Wesleyan Studies at Duke Divinity School.
“Dr. Jack Jackson is a creative scholar. He understands that theology schools have multiple audiences: the church first and foremost and the larger community of scholars as well. He does not step back from claiming his Wesleyan identity as an evangelical, and this marks him as different from most others who would be willing to claim an evangelical identity. "
Dr. Jackson has just begun a research and writing sabbatical that will run throughout the 2014-15 academic year. During his sabbatical, Jackson will concentrate on two writing projects – the first focuses on practices and theologies of evangelism in a plural world; and the second analyses early Methodist practices of evangelism.
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