SBL Blogger and Online Publication Paper Proposal

Giving your Students to Molech’s Fire May Be Permitted

This paper will explore the role of students blogging their way through graduate programs and call for a more cooperative effort between faculty and staff and students who chose to pursue blogging as a means of academic expression. Blogging is still an underused platform for educational purposes. We argue for the inclusion of blogging in any graduate program to aid in learning, teaching, and challenging students. We maintain that professors do not want their students unchallenged so the best way to challenge them while developing interpersonal skills and a self-awareness for their students is to allow, if not require them, to maintain a blog throughout their graduate career. We will include “real life” interviews of students and former students blog as well as interviews from staff about the activity. Finally, we will propose several “best practices” and standards for student blogging.

This will be a joint proposal between myself and Thomas S. Verenna.

I hear that there may be a rejoinder issued, if not a full blown discussion on the topic.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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