As many of you know, Dr. Victor Matthews is retiring after an amazing 39-year career at Missouri State University! At the recent Judy Awards ceremony, Dean Matthews was honored with the “Dean’s Legacy Award” by Dean Shawn Wahl, with President Smart and Provost Jasinski in attendance. It was a special evening that included video tributes from a few of Dean Matthews’ … [Read more...] about Thank You, Dean Matthews
Dr. Victor Matthews, Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies, published his 19th (!) book, Experiencing Scripture: The Five Senses in Biblical Interpretation. Recently, Adair Seifert interviewed Victor for The Missouri State Journal. Victor’s primary academic field is in Biblical Studies, specifically the Old Testament/Hebrew … [Read more...] about Dean Victor Matthews Publishes 19th Book
The MSU Graduate College recently awarded the Distinguished Thesis Award in the Humanities to Mr. Riley Brown, who graduated in spring 2022 with a Master's Degree in Religious Studies. Riley’s thesis is called “A Nation of Priests: Authority, Expertise, and the Religious Nones,” and he argues therein that the religiously unaffiliated are akin to self-appointed experts in … [Read more...] about Religious Studies Graduate Wins Distinguished Thesis Award!
Dr. Victor Matthews, Professor of Religious Studies, Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, and thesis advisor and teacher par excellence, announced that he will retire from Missouri State University in June 2023. While we congratulate him on his retirement after an outstanding career at MSU, we also know how much he will be missed. Many, many students … [Read more...] about Dr. Victor Matthews Announces Retirement
Professor Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies Department Head, traveled to Seoul, South Korea recently to present a paper at the 19th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, which was held at Seoul National University. He spoke on medieval Buddhist histories of the Bodhi Tree. He also found time to explore South Korea, including the Bongeunsa Buddhist … [Read more...] about Stephen Berkwitz Presents in South Korea