Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

Emory Studies in Early Christianity

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity

Healing

Religious Sites in Atlanta

Emory Department of Religion

Emory Graduate Division of Religion


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Curriculum Vitae

Vernon K. Robbins

I. Educational Background

  • Westmar College - LeMars, Iowa, graduated cum laude 1960 B.A.
  • United Theological Seminary - Dayton, Ohio, graduated cum laude 1963 M.Div.
  • University of Chicago, Divinity School - Chicago, Illinois 1966 M.A.
  • University of Chicago, Divinity School - Chicago, Illinois 1969 Ph.D.

II. Professional Experience

  • 1968-1984 Religious Studies and Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • 1983-1984 Fulbright Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Trondheim, Norway
  • 1984-1988 Associate Professor, Department and Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta
  • 1986-1987 Chair of Classics and Director of Classical Studies, Emory University
  • 1988-89 Chair of Department of Religion, Emory University
  • 1991-92 Chair of Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Languages and Literatures
  • 1988-present Professor of Religion, Department and Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University
  • 1999-2002 Visiting Professor of New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2001-present Winship Distinguished Research Professor of New Testament and Comparative Sacred Texts in the Humanities, Department and Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University

III. Grants, Fellowships, Awards, or Professional Recognition

A. Fellowships

  • Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellowship, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1975
  • Faculty Study in a Second Discipline Research Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ancient and Modern Rhetorical Theory), Fall, 1981
  • Society of Biblical Literature-Claremont Research Fellowship, Spring, 1982
  • Fulbright Hays Research-Lecture Fellowship, University of Trondheim, Norway, 1983-84
  • Emory University Research Fellowship, 1988
  • Centre for Science Development, Human Research Science Council, Research-Lecture Fellowship, South Africa. Six week series of lectures, including three two-day seminars involving nine universities in South Africa. All expenses paid. July-August 1996.

C. Awards

  • Corda E. Smith Greek Award, 1962
  • Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers (UIUC): 1972-1974, 1976, 1977, 1979
  • University of Illinois School of Humanities Teaching Excellence Award, 1981
  • Phi Beta Kappa Teacher Recognition: Emory College, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1996
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award: Teikyo Westmar University, 1992
  • Scholar Mentor for Promising Ph.D. Student, Society of Biblical Literature: Mark Given, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996-97
  • 1998 Outstanding Alumnus Award, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio

D. Who's Who Listings, etc.

  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1960
  • Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, 1986-1987
  • Who's Who in Religion in the Southeast, 1990-91
  • Who's Who in Religion, 1992-1993 (4th ed.)
  • Who's Who in American Education, 1992-1993 (3rd ed.)
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1992 (23rd ed.)
  • Men of Achievement, Cambridge, England, 1992 (15th ed.)
  • Dictionary of International Biography, 1992 (22nd ed.)
  • Who's Who in the World, 1998 (15th ed.)
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998 (5th ed.)

E. Invited Prestigious Addresses and Lectures

  • International Scholar to Conduct Seminar on Rhetorical Criticism and the Gospels: Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, August, 1992
  • Exegetiska dagen New Testament lecture, Uppsala University, Sweden, September, 1993.
  • Lecture and seminar, Research Network for Biblical and Judaic Studies, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, March, 1994.
  • Keynote address, South Carolina Academy of Religion, Myrtle Beach, SC, February 17, 1995: New Rhetorical and Historical Modes for Interpreting Ancient Texts.
  • Keynote address, London Conference on the Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture, London, England, July 27, 1995: The Present and Future of Rhetorical Analysis.
  • Plenary address, South Africa Rhetoric Conference, Stellenbosch, July 11, 1996: Six Discourses in Early Christianity.
  • Glasmacher lecture, University of Ottawa, Canada, March, 1997.
  • Plenary address, Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society meeting, Pittsburgh, April 16-17, 1998: The Difference the Gospel of Thomas Makes.
  • Plenary address, Society of Biblical Literature/Catholic Biblical Association New England Regional Meeting, Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA: How Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation Reconfigures Historical Interpretation

F. Positions of Recognition in Scholarly Societies

  • Director: National Society of Biblical Literature Research Group on Pronouncement Stories, 1981-87
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Biblical Literature, 1982-87
  • Society of Biblical Literature Council, Member at Large, 1984-87
  • Evaluation Team, Rutgers University, Department of Religious Studies, April, 1985
  • Charter member of Jesus Seminar, 1985
  • Charter member of Social Facets Seminar, 1986
  • Social Facets Steering Committee, 1987-89
  • Associate Editor: Semeia and Semeia Studies, 1987-93
  • Chair: Education Committee, Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia, 1988-93
  • Associate Editor: Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, 1988-present
  • General Editor: Emory Studies in Early Christianity, 1989-present
  • Associate Editor: New Testament Studies and New Testament Studies Monograph Series, international journal and monograph series for the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 1991-94
  • Associate Editor: Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, 1988-present
  • Chair: Rhetoric and the New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature, 1991-96
  • Visiting Scholar: Princeton University, 1993-94
  • Visiting Scholar: University of Glasgow, 1994
  • Chair: Evaluation Team, Berry College, Department of Religion, 1995
  • Visiting Scholar: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2000-01
  • Steering Committee: Rhetoric and the New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature, 1996-present
  • Co-Chair: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation Seminar, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 1999-present

G. Emory University Positions of Leadership

  • Director: Religious Studies, 1978-1980, UIUC
  • Chair: Classics and Director of Classical Studies, Emory University, 1986-87
  • Chair: Department of Religion, Emory University, 1988-89
  • Chair: Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Languages and Literatures, Emory University, 1991-92
  • Director: Undergraduate Studies, Department of Religion, Emory University, 1992-93
  • Faculty Council: Emory College, 1990-93
  • Executive Committee: Emory College, 1993-96, 2001-04
  • Chair: Grievance Committee, Emory College, 1993-96, 2001-04
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Religion, Emory College, 2001-03

IV. Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature, 1968-present
  • Chicago Society of Biblical Research, 1971-1984
  • American Academy of Religion, 1968-1977
  • Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, 1975-present
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 1979-present
  • Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 1982-present
  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric, 1984-present
  • Fulbright Alumni Association, 1984-present
  • Jesus Seminar, Charter Member, 1985-1990
  • Social Facets Seminar, Charter Member, 1986-1990
  • Catholic Biblical Association, 1987-present
  • The Context Group, 1992-present