21 September 2022 Newsletter
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The Advanced Registration rate ends Thursday, September 22!

Don’t miss the discounted Advanced  Registration Rate for the upcoming SBL Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 19-22.  You may access the registration and housing page with this link:  SBL Annual Meeting Registration Link.

This year’s meeting theme is RECONNECT 2022.  By attending this meeting, we want to provide unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars, colleagues and friends while attending over 900 academic sessions and workshops, the Book Exhibit Hall featuring several top publishers, and various social functions and other events.

The Advanced discounted member rate is currently $380 and the discounted student member rate is $150. Please note this rate will increase on September 23.

Our special rate hotel blocks are also selling out so please secure your room when registering.  SBL has negotiated great rates at these hotels giving you a range of choices for prices and amenities.  For more hotel information go here.

Need more information about the SBL Annual Meeting including dates and times, travel discounts, PWD information, and answers to frequently asked questions? Visit the 2022 Annual Meeting Website and the Online Program Book to begin making plans.

We look forward to Reconnecting with you in Denver!  Advanced registration rates will increase September 23 so register now for additional savings!

Call for Nominations for Council and Committees of Council

The Nominating Committee will begin its work submitting names to Council to fill positions open January 2023. SBL Members are encouraged and invited to submit nominations. Members may nominate themselves. All nominees must be members in good standing of the SBL. The following committees will have positions open in 2023:

  • SBL Council
  • SBL Vice President/President-elect
  • Nominating Committee
  • Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • International Meeting Program Committee
  • Research and Publications Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee
  • International Cooperation Initiative Committee
  • Students in the Profession Committee
  • LGBTIQ+ Scholars and Scholarship Committee
  • Development Committee
  • ACLS Delegate

Nominations should include: a summary of the nominee’s participation in SBL; a statement describing the nominee’s interest in that particular group; and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae. To submit a nomination, please email nominations@sbl-site.org.

*** The Nominating Committee reviews nominations and nominates to Council members of standing committees and representatives to other organizations as required. The Nominating Committee also nominates to the Society the President, Vice-President, and Council members. Elections for nominees are held at the Annual Business Meeting. (Program Committees nominate and vote on Program Unit Chairs and report to Nominating Committee and Council. The Research and Publications Committee nominates and votes on Book Series Editors and reports to Nominating Committee and Council. Members who attend the Business Meeting will receive a report of all votes by Council, Research and Publications, and Program Committee. For more information on Policies and Governance, see the SBL Policy Manual.) For a list of the various committees and their responsibilities, see https://www.sbl-site.org/aboutus/committees.aspx and select a committee to read its description.

CUREMP Outstanding Mentor Award 2022

The SBL and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) are pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of SBL’s Outstanding Mentor Award — Drs. Efraín Agosto and Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon. CUREMP established this award in 2020 to honor scholars of color who provide exceptional mentorship to other scholars/students of color. Agosto and Melanchthon were nominated for this award because of their influence in the field through their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring. Previous recipients of the award include Wil Gafney (2020), Fernando Segovia (2020), Randall Bailey (2021), and Gale Yee (2021). Congratulations, Professors Efraín Agosto and Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon.

CSWP Outstanding Service in Mentorship Award 2022

The SBL and its Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (CSWP) are delighted to announce the 2022 recipients of SBL’s Outstanding Service in Mentorship Award — Drs. Hindy Najman, Felicity Harley-McGowan, and Jacqueline Vayntrub.

Each year at the SBL Annual Meeting, CSWP honors women who have been mentors to women in the field. These mentors have provided invaluable guidance, advice, and encouragement. They serve as role models and assist other women in navigating career choices, building professional networks, and developing strategies for work-life balance. CSWP honors mentors in order to recognize their contributions and to encourage mentoring relationships. CSWP will confer the award to Professors Hindy Najman, Felicity Harley-McGowan, and Jacqueline Vayntrub at this year’s Women’s Breakfast.

Congratulations, Professors Hindy Najman, Felicity Harley-McGowan, and Jacqueline Vayntrub. 

Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2021

“Notwithstanding the disruptions of recent years, faculty members report that attending conferences and workshops remains the most important way they keep up to date with their current field.”

Ithaka S+R recently released the 2021 US Faculty Survey. This survey tracks the research, teaching, and publishing practices of faculty members within US institutions of higher learning. The Society has been an active participant and promoter of this study.

Humanities in Class Digital Library

These SBL resources have been added to the Humanities in Class Digital Library:

New from Bible Odyssey

The Ark in Science Fiction
Taxes in First-Century Palestine
Leprosy (Word Study)
Moses’s Heavy Mouth (Exod 4)

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New from SBL Press

Teaching the Bible with Undergraduates
Jocelyn McWhirter and Sylvie T. Raquel, editors

Teaching the Bible with Undergraduates offers concrete strategies for Bible instruction in college classrooms. Each essay pays special attention to the needs of tech-savvy students whose sensibilities, aspirations, expectations, and preferred ways of learning may differ significantly from those of their instructors. The volume’s contributors, all biblical scholars and undergraduate instructors, focus on best pedagogical practices using concrete examples while sharing effective strategies.

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