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Johnson reaffirmed for council

Mar 29, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

Dr. Tim Johnson, Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion, will continue his position as chair of the Research Advisory Council at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University for a second term. As part of a Catholic university, the Franciscan Institute engages in the scholarly study of Franciscan philosophy and theologians through research and publication.

Johnson is currently beginning his second term as chair of the Research Advisory Council. As chair, he works directly with the Executive Director of the Franciscan Institute, Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap. Together, they work to conceptualize the scholarly initiatives of the Institute and manage the activities of board members.  During his time on the Council, Johnson has assisted with the Institute’s transition from graduate to undergraduate Franciscan studies by working with emerging and established scholars in addition to international institutes.

As his position requires a great deal of collaboration and networking, Johnson understands the Franciscan Institute’s impact on young scholars. Throughout his years at Flagler College, he has mentored promising students and encouraged them to publish through the Franciscan Institute. These alumni include Dr. Katherine Wrisley-Shelby, who now serves as a member of the Research Advisory Board, as well as Dr. Nicholas W. Youmans, Luke Zerra, a Ph. D. Candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary and Zachary Moore, ’18. As Flagler students, these scholars had the opportunity to interact with graduate students in the Franciscan field.

“We have enjoyed great success in bringing emerging scholars in to dialogue with their young peers and mentoring them with regard to their research agendas and academic aspirations,” said Johnson.

As chair of the Research Advisory Council, Johnson continues to benefit the Franciscan Institute through his work and bring Flagler College into the conversation. Given his own passion for teaching and scholarship, he encourages the success of his students in their research and academic endeavors.

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