Each academic year, the Institute for Discipleship provides a $20,000 fellowship and housing to a new or near-completion PhD candidate in religion. Selected from a pool of applicants, the Visiting Scholar teaches both undergraduate courses and courses in the online Master of Arts in Specialized Ministries graduate program, participates in campus ministry, assists with the Discipleship program and preaches/teaches with the Worship Outreach groups.
Since 2006, the Visiting Scholar program has been an incredible asset to Southwestern College and the surrounding community, and we feel the teaching experience in higher education is an asset to the scholars. Former Visiting Scholars are now teaching at Central Methodist University, Seattle Pacific University, Huntington College, and Shenandoah University.
Michael Beardslee is the current Institute for Discipleship visiting scholar. He is completing his PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary.
Applications to become a Visiting Scholar are taken by February 10 of each year. Selection is made by March 1. For more information, contact Steve Wilke. You can read more about the program, download a brochure, and see a list of past Visiting Scholars here.
Past Visiting Scholars have said:
“The Visiting Scholar program not only afforded me the chance to complete my dissertation with the support of a caring academic community, but it provided an opportunity to sharpen my teaching skills with undergraduate students. I will be forever grateful for the many ways the Visiting Scholar program equipped me for continued service to the Church through the academy.” – Matt Sigler
“The Visiting Scholar program is expertly designed for graduate students to transition into positions of teaching, ministry, and leadership. Southwestern and the Institute for Discipleship provide a community that unites both knowledge and vital piety. The faculty, staff, and local churches work together to train students and renew the church. It was a wonderful opportunity!” – Stephen Sours