Duke University honored 25 faculty at a ceremony on May 2 to announce the awarding of distinguished professorships. Duke Divinity School faculty member Allen Verhey was named the Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology.
The award of a distinguished professorship is one of the highest academic honors at Duke University. The faculty member is first nominated and then approved by a committee that assesses the academic achievement and level of scholarly impact of each candidate. The dean makes a recommendation to the provost of the university, who asks external reviewers in the faculty member's field to determine how the person's work has reshaped thinking in the discipline and in what way. After this objective evaluation, the university determines whether the faculty member will be awarded the distinguished professorship.
Allen Verhey's work has focused on the application of Christian ethics, especially in the area of medical and health practice. He has published widely and is the author, editor, or co-editor of 12 books. Verhey was director of the Institute of Religion at the Texas Medical Center for 2 years and served as the Blekkink professor of religion at Hope College for 10 years before coming to Duke Divinity.
"Professor Verhey has achieved a position of theological leadership in two distinct areas: biomedical ethics and the role of Scripture in the field of ethics," said Dean Richard Hays. "His writings are richly integrative, full of practical wisdom, and of great service to the church. His recent election to serve as president of the Society of Christian Ethics testifies to his stature in his field. Allen is also a fine and stimulating teacher, as well as a gracious colleague who has exercised important leadership in the faculty of the Divinity School. We are delighted that he has now been honored by appointment to the Cushman chair."
See the complete list of distinguished professors  honored on May 2.