Selected for a tenure of three years, the O'Connell Endowed Professorship is the College’s most prestigious and most generously endowed professorship. Recognized as one of the College’s best classroom teachers, this teaching professor serves as an exemplar of Le Moyne’s commitment to excellence in teaching by colleagues in the Humanities.
To be selected, recipients must demonstrate:
1. Outstanding teaching as documented by superior course evaluations and official evaluations of professional performance.
2. Effective and innovative teaching methods as shown by course syllabi, examples of assignments or examinations in courses, and use of effective lecture or discussion techniques.
3. Original scholarship in one’s field or by documentation of research into appropriate pedagogical methods.
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Jennifer A. Glancy is the author of Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2010), Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets; Fortress, 2011), Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2002, a History Book Club alternate selection; paperback edition Fortress Press, 2006), and dozens of scholarly articles and chapters.
Her research interests include the cultural history of early Christianity, corporeality and Christian anthropology, women’s history in antiquity, gender theory, and comparative studies of slavery. As Le Moyne's inaugural McDevitt Core Professor she coordinates a multidisciplinary speaker series in conjunction with a senior Core course on "The Future of Being Human." She received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant program to develop another Core course, “What does prayer do?” In all her courses, she encourages students to ask their own enduring questions.
After completing an Honors degree in Philosophy and English Literature at Swarthmore College, Glancy joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (1982-1983) before undertaking doctoral studies in New Testament at Columbia University, which she completed under the direction of the late Rev. Raymond E. Brown, S.S.
She has served as the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professor at L’Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem (2004), George & Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond (2008-2010), and, at Le Moyne, as Georg Professor (2000-2003). At Le Moyne she has been honored as both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year. She co-chairs the National Steering Committee for Justice in Jesuit Higher Education; has been a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education; and serves on several editorial boards, including Catholic Biblical Quarterly.