David Weddle, CC professor of religion and chair of the religion department, has been named president of the Rocky Mountain-Great Plains region of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. Weddle will preside over the regional planning meeting at the national meeting of the two societies in Washington, D.C., in November. The American Academy of Religion was founded in 1909 and is the world's largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 and has more than 6,000 members from every continent.
Weddle's research on American revivalism resulted in a book on the relation of social reform to the theology of Charles Finney. His other publications have focused on Christian Science and Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as the relation between Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mary Baker Eddy. Weddle joined CC in 2000.