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Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee's Outstanding Mentor Awards

Many biblical scholars of color provide exceptional mentoring service to other scholars of color in the context of doctoral programs and/or in less formal but significant ways. They provide invaluable advice at various stages of one's career, help develop important networks, offer support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild, and serve as role models. CUREMP seeks to honor such outstanding mentors.

If you wish to nominate someone for this award, please send their name along with a letter of nomination to Raj Nadella. The letter should describe the ways the nominee helped your professional advancement and why you think the nominee stands out as an exceptional mentor. You are welcome to nominate your current or former doctoral advisor or someone who has mentored you in less formal ways. Anyone can nominate but the nominees should have been scholars/faculty members at the time of mentoring. The committee might supplement nominations from its historic and ongoing work as needed. Nominations must be received by May 31 Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.


Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Outstanding Mentor Award recipients:

The SBL and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) are delighted to announce the 2020 recipients of SBL's Outstanding Mentor Award—Drs. Wil Gafney and Fernando Segovia. CUREMP launched the award this year to honor scholars of color who provide exceptional mentoring to other scholars by helping them to develop important professional networks and offering invaluable support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild. Gafney and Segovia were selected for this inaugural award as a result of the nomination process and in recognition of the significant ways they are influencing the field of biblical studies through their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of other scholars in various parts of the world.

      CUREMP mentor Gafney-2020        

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah in the Wisdom series, Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel, and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. Dr. Gafney contributed to the JBL Forum Black Lives Matter for Critical Biblical Scholarship, available here.

Dr. Fernando Segovia is Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Among his publications, he is the author of Decolonizing Biblical Studies: A View from the Margins, editor of Interpreting Beyond Borders, and co-editor of Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematics, Objectives, Strategies and Toward Minority Biblical Criticism: They Were All Together in One Place. In 2014, Dr. Segovia was the President of the Society of Biblical Literature, and his presidential address, published in JBL, is available here.

        CUREMP mentor Segovia-2020


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