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Ellen Davis Honored at Founders’ Day

Ellen Davis, the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, received the 2010 Duke University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from President Richard Brodhead at the annual Founders’ Day Convocation in Duke Chapel on Sept. 30.

Davis has “been ahead of her time in advancing scholarship at the intersections between Old Testament and other areas within Christian theological studies, and, importantly, between biblical and theological studies and fields such as environmental studies,” said Brodhead.

Her passion for language and the close reading of texts has influenced her students, he added. “Indeed, she has so inspired some of her students that they have followed her to southern Sudan to teach each summer and, even more, to aid the Sudanese in the construction of a seminary and health clinic in the town of Renk.”