Bryan Polk, M.DIV, M.A.

bryan polk
Assistant Teaching Professor, Religious Studies and English
Sutherland, 330

Educational Background:

M.Div.  Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
M.A.    English, Beaver College (now Arcadia University), Glenside, PA
B.A.       Religion, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Research/Creative Interests and Innovations:

Religious Uses of Neolithic Stone Circles
Early and Medieval Christianity
Religious Themes in Popular Film
Novel Writing

Selected publications/exhibitions/performances list:

With Mel Seesholtz, “Two Professors, One Valuable Lesson:  How to Respectfully Disagree.”  The Chronicle of Higher Education.  30 October 2009.
“Temptation.”  The Encyclopedia of Love in the World Religions.  Vol. 2.  Yudit Kornberg Greenberg (ed.).  Santa Barabara, CA:  ABC CLIO, 2008. 642-645.
“The Medieval Image of the Hero in the Harry Potter Novels.” The Journal of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, 2004. 440-445.
“Symbol of Transformation:  Jesus as a Trickster God.” The Journal of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, 2002. 344-350.

Teaching Interests and courses taught:

World Religions, Classical Mythology, Religious Themes in Popular Film, Comparative Religion (Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Mysticism, Early and Medieval Christianity, Modern Christianity, Women and Religion, The Bible as Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Technical Writing, Business Writing, Religious Uses of Neolithic Stone Circles in Southwest England (an Embedded International Studies Course)

Selected awards, grants, patents, other honors:

Chief Ogontz Award (2003)
Special Recognition Award (2003)
Distinguished Faculty Service Award (2006)
Outstanding Teacher Award (2008)