Published on February 12, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
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Students study in front of Samford's Reid Chapel

Three Howard College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) professors are among the 16 at Samford University chosen to receive 2019 grants from the university’s William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Fund for Christian Scholarship.

Faculty submitted proposals in the fall and were evaluated by a committee in accordance with the scholarship’s stated purpose of preparing both the academy and the church “to respond more faithfully and justly to the pressing social, cultural and moral challenges of the day.”

The selected HCAS faculty/projects included:

  • David Chapman (English) / The Prisoner’s Friend, a play about the final weeks in the life of John Howard.
  • Annie DeVries and Anthony Minnema (History) / Participation in a panel on “Teaching Islam History and Culture in the Christian University” at the Conference on Faith and History at Calvin College.

University Professor and former English faculty member Chris Metress earned one of the Hull Fund grants for another humanities project, a book titled The Other Schoolhouse Door: The Desegregation of Christian Higher Education in Alabama.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.