Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh, PhD
Co-Director, Honors Program; Professor of English
B.A., University of Illinois; M.Ed., Indiana University; M.A., North Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P. Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh is a Professor of English and the Co-director of the Honors Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Education from North Carolina State University, a Masters of English from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from Greensboro University. Her dissertation focused on rejecting the Cinderella romance in favor of what she terms “self-actualization novels” in order to empower not only females to coming of age but also flourish throughout their mature lives. Her current scholarly interests are Buddhism as a philosophy and lifestyle, neuroplasticity, the brain-body healing connection, compassion meditation, and the Great Books. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and taking online Coursera courses. She has published in the areas of film and Biblical criticism, comparing contemporary texts to the Great Books. She attends the national and international SBL conferences. She is the faculty advisor for the Lector Club, affiliated with the Honors Program, and co-advisor for the Methodist University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national freshman honors society. She serves as the university’s faculty representative for the Rhodes Scholar Program, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Fulbright Scholars Program, and the Udall Foundation. Her professional memberships include Sigma Tau Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, and Alpha Chi. She has held an accreditation with the NC Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Rohrer-Walsh writes blogs about female self-actualization, hospitality, and cooking.
Richard Walsh, PhD
Co-Director, Honors Program; Womack Professor of Religion & Philosophy
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University
Richard Walsh is Professor of Religion and Co-director of the Honors Program. His primary scholarly areas include theories of interpretation, the Gospel of Mark, and reception criticism of the gospels. In addition to authoring various articles, his published books include Mapping the Myths of Biblical Interpretation, Reading the Gospels in the Dark, Finding St. Paul in Film, and Three Versions of Judas. He also co-wrote, with Jeffrey L. Staley, Jesus, the Gospels, and Cinematic Imagination: A Handbook. He is the editor of Screening Scripture (with George Aichele), Those Outside: Noncanonical Readings of Canonical Gospels (with George Aichele), Son of Man: An African Jesus Film (with Jeffrey L. Staley and Adele Reinhartz), and Borges and the Bible (with Jay Twomey). He is at work on a book on gospel horror and has been asked to edit a Bible and film handbook for Bloomsbury. Dr. Walsh was named Methodist University’s first Womack Endowed Professor of Religion and Philosophy in August 2017.
Undergraduate Teaching Areas
Biblical studies, Religion and Film, 20th Century Great Books
Criticism of the gospels, theory in biblical interpretation, Postmodernism in biblical interpretation, reception history of the Bible, myth, religion (and bible) and film
Grandchildren, tennis, reading, movies