Sewanee Welcomes Ralph Hawkins and Marc Smith as Fellows-in-residence

The School of Theology offers a fellows in residence program to clergy and laity. When accepted, they spend two weeks on the campus of the University of the South for a time of reflection, recreation, study, and sharing in community. While there is no formal program, fellows are provided with faculty consultants, if they so desire, and opportunities to attend classes and other University events.

The Rev. Dr. Marc Smith (pictured right) will spend his time in development of adult formation "Curriculum on Violence, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Hope." Smith is an Episcopal priest, serving as the bishop’s deputy for gun violence prevention in the Diocese of Missouri and priest associate at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, he had a 35-year career in academic medicine and health care executive leadership, serving as a full-time member of the Washington University Medical School faculty and assistant to the vice chancellor for medical affairs. Subsequently, Smith was vice president of BJC HealthCare (strategic planning and policy) and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis (research affairs) and then served as chief executive officer of the New Jersey Organ & Tissue Sharing Network. He retired in 2010 after 12 years as president and chief executive officer of the Missouri Hospital Association. Smith earned a B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1971, M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago) in 1975 and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1979.  He completed post-graduate studies in theology at the University of Oxford (England) in 2008 and received a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Episcopal Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2010.


Dr. Ralph Hawkins (pictured above) is working on a book project entitled "Discovering Exodus: Content, interpretation, reception."Hawkins is chair of the department of religious studies at Averett University, in Danville, Virginia. He completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1999 at the School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in 2007. He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork since 1995, and has been on staff at Tall Jalul and Khirbet ‘Ataruz, both in Jordan. He is currently the co-director of the Jordan Valley Excavation Project. In addition to numerous articles and reviews in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern archaeology, he has recently published The Iron Age I Structure on Mt. Ebal: Excavation and Interpretation (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012) and How Israel became a People (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2013). An ordained minister, Hawkins has also written pastoral books, including While I Was Praying: Finding Insights about God in Old Testament Prayers (Smyth & Helwys, 2006), and Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013).