Melissa C. Stewart is a professor of religious studies and women’s studies in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Adrian College in southeast Michigan, where she has taught for 13 years. She teaches Religions of the West; Women and World Religions; Feminist Ethics; Environmental Ethics; Introduction to Religion; Postcolonial Religion; World Christianities; and Philosophy of Religion.
Stewart received her Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University. As a Spanish undergraduate major and Ph.D. candidate in religion (with an emphasis in Latin American studies), she spent semesters or summers studying in Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Germany and Sweden.
Through the Wabash Center for Teaching and Studying Religion (Lilly Endowment), she received three grants during the last decade for training in active pedagogies and teaching civic engagement through religious studies courses. And as the current director for the Adrian College Center for Effective Teaching, she designs and organizes teaching workshops for Adrian College faculty. In 2013 she won the Adrian College Teaching Award.
Stewart regularly publishes on pedagogy, including most recently “Teaching for Civic Engagement: Insights from a Two-Year Workshop” in Teaching Religion and Civic Engagement (Oxford University Press, 2015). She recently edited a volume celebrating scholar George Aichele’s contribution to meaning and referentiality in biblical texts found in nonbiblical contexts such as fantasies and films:Simulating Aichele: Essays in Bible, Film, Culture and Theory (Sheffield-Phoenix Press, 2015).
Stewart likes to spend time with her partner Brad and three boys Walker, Oscar and William. She likes to read, run, play cards, snow ski and travel and she hopes to do as many of these as possible with the students spending Fall 2016 on Semester at Sea.