Meet the Summer Fellows
Meet the 2018 ADM Summer Fellows
Following a competitive application process, five women were selected to receive ADM Summer Fellowships for January 2018. You can read the profiles of these women, and about their Fellowship projects below.
(Please note: ADM does not endorse everything that ADM Summer Fellows may say or do. Each Fellow represents herself and her own work).
ADM Summer Creative Fellow
Originally from Colorado and most recently Boston, Jo Kadlecek now lives on the Sunshine Coast where she dabbles in playwriting, teaches memoir and fiction writing workshops, and serves part time with Women in Ministry at the Anglican Church of Noosa. With more years of teaching experience than she can actually believe, mostly in higher education, Jo sees the classroom, the written word and the stage as today’s primary means of affecting culture. She has published novels, nonfiction works, and written articles for publications such as The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, North Shore Magazine, New York Post, Christianity Today, and Religion News Service. To feed her love of stories and to equip her for introducing others to the wonder and diversity of great literary works and plays, Jo earned a Master of Arts degree in humanities and another in cross-cultural communication. Story, she believes, is the bridge to understanding one another. And theatre provides an ideal setting for engaging with ideas unlike our own.
When she’s not reading or writing, Jo walks her dog Clark Kent on the beach with her husband, enjoys coffee conversations with women from the church, or swims in an outdoor pool year-round (because it does not snow in Noosa). But at heart, she’s an urban girl and is grateful that the Christian story is centred both on the Living Word (in an enduring book) and a City to which we look forward!
Connecting the Dots: An imagined conversation for the stage
Meet Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Parker and Dorothy Day, three extraordinary writers whose creative careers were launched in the 1920s. Sayers and Parker are the same age. Parker and Day live in New York City at the same time, each earning a living writing in an age when women hardly had a voice, when the industrial revolution was changing the west and when traditional Christian ideals were questioned like never before. How did these women succeed as writers (with popular legacies today) while so much shifted around them? What did they have in common? What would they say to each other if they’d met (which they did not) that might be instructive for us today?
Because we live in an increasingly pluralistic society and struggle for ways to communicate with our new neighbours (i.e. those who might see the world differently than we do), these Dorothys have much to offer. By exploring their lives and works together, we encounter the specific voices we most often hear in today’s cultural context: a vocal conservative Christian (Sayers), a cynical agnostic satirist (Parker), and a passionate radical activist (Day). 'Connecting the Dots' brings their stories and their words to life in a theatrical stage presentation that both informs and inspires our hopes for better dialogue with those unlike ourselves.
ADM Summer Research Fellow
Lyn is an ancient historian specialising in the Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament. Her recently completed PhD thesis at Macquarie University was on the rhetorical strategies used by the writer of 1 Timothy to persuade “certain men” not to pursue what is described as the “other instruction”. Lyn’s focus in her research is on the social, intellectual, and cultural background of the Pastoral Epistles. She has a keen interest in numismatics and has published articles exploring the interaction between minting coins and their economic and ideological role in Greek cities in the Roman Empire. She also has a published article looking at the genre of 1 Timothy and a book chapter on the use of the Greek word didaskō in 1 Timothy 2. Lyn is married to Andrew and they have an adult son. Lyn and Andrew enjoy living in Western Sydney and they spend their spare time in creative endeavours, gardening, and cooking.
Honour widows who are widows indeed: Care of the vulnerable, charity, and the practice of piety in creating social change
Lyn’s research interest is in the relationship between the directions given to women in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 and the instructions given to the “woman who is a believer” (NASB) in 1 Timothy 5:16, and the widows themselves (1 Tim 5: 9-15). It should be noted that some of the young widows have “turned aside to follow Satan” (1 Tim 5:15). Her research project will investigate how the writer of 1 Timothy is structuring his instructions to the women, and specifically to the widows, in order to resist the “other teaching” (1 Tim 1:34; 4:1-5; 6:3) that has infiltrated the community. Her goal is to prepare and present a paper for the Society of Biblical Literature conference in November 2018.
ADM Summer Research Fellow
Christine is a biomedical engineer, focused on improving healthcare through technological innovation. She received a doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2016 for developing an ethical research platform to improve the techniques used to culture human cells and tissues. These revised techniques offer higher accuracy in biological testing, thus reducing the need for animal studies. Since completing her doctorate, Christine has led the development of another novel cell-culture system in a postdoctoral appointment in Singapore. She has also provided her professional opinion, and a review of 3D-printed medical products, for Australian regulatory standards development. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in leading academic journals and intellectual property documentation. Christine’s research and engineering design principles are underscored by her belief that naturally occurring conditions found in the body represent the ‘gold standard’ for bioengineering. This biomimetic approach is derived from her faith in God as the perfect Creator. In her spare time, Christine enjoys bushwalking and painting.
Not a drop wasted: Improving the life-saving outcomes of donated blood
In line with her research interests, Christine’s ADM Fellowship project will establish substantial groundwork for a long-term biomedical engineering initiative. This initiative seeks to improve and optimise the methods and materials used to store donated blood, in order to increase its shelf life and accessibility. Christine plans to publish findings in leading scientific journals, and develop a major postdoctoral grant application to further develop this work. She will also take the time to appreciate the connections between her ADM project and salvation through the blood of Christ, and consider the practical integration of her scholarly work and Christian faith to benefit both academic and wider communities.
ADM Summer Research Fellow
Brooke is an educational researcher whose work focuses on young children’s literacies and interactions. She is currently employed as a sessional academic in the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University and as a part-time primary school teacher at Wagga Wagga Christian College. Brooke received a Bachelor of Education (Primary – Honours) in 2012 and a PhD in 2016, both from Charles Sturt University. Her PhD examined a young child’s interactions with her family while using technology at home. It uncovered how digital literacy practices are socially accomplished. Brooke’s research employs the sociological perspectives of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. These allow her to reveal the taken-for-granted methods by which people produce order in their conversations and activities. These perspectives enable Brooke to appreciate the order with which God created the world and the interactive resources that he has built into his creation to enjoy relationships. Brooke’s research has been published recently in the edited books Children’s Knowledge-in-Interaction (2017) and Digital Childhoods: Technologies and Children’s Everyday Lives (in press). She has presented her research at several international conferences, including the International Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, International Pragmatics Association and United Kingdom Literacy Association. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys reading picture books aloud to anyone who will listen (even to her adult family members) and hopes to write one of her own one day!
The social production of children’s worship in Bible lessons
Brooke’s Fellowship project will explore how children’s social interactions accomplish worship time in a Bible lesson. Currently, little is known about how children construct biblical understandings through their interaction. Therefore, this project shows how children organise the sharing of understandings during worship. It asks the research question: How do children produce worship time interactively in a Bible lesson? Brooke will closely analyse a segment of a video-recorded Bible lesson during a children’s church service, using the sociological methods of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. Her analysis will produce a detailed description of how children produce their worship session socially. The project will highlight how children use verbal and bodily actions (e.g. gesture) to organise their turn-taking and responses to each other’s praise. In doing so, it will identify the literacy practices children engage in during the lesson. Analysis and discussion of children’s literacy practices during worship will be published as journal articles for academic and professional audiences. Brooke will also share her findings with kids' church leaders at her local church, St Aidan’s Presbyterian Church in Wagga Wagga, to equip and strengthen children’s ministry.
ADM Summer Research Fellow
Robyn is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality at Alphacrusis College, Sydney. In 2009, she received an ORS scholarship and additional funding from the University of St Andrews to pursue her PhD full-time at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, supervised by Professor Alan Torrance. Prior to her PhD studies, she lectured for eight years at the Australian College of Ministries, Sydney, and has also taught at the Macquarie Christian Studies Institute (MCSI) and Christian Heritage College. Robyn's most recent research has involved editing Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book, to be published by SPCK in January 2018. Robyn discovered two books of prayers written down by Evelyn Underhill while on a research trip in the UK on an ARTFinc grant. Scholars believed that these prayer books for leading retreats had been lost many decades ago. The prayers were composed by men and women of spiritual depth who lived from the 3rd to 20th century from all branches of the Christian church, as well as some by Underhill herself. Robyn has a passion for Spiritual Theology, which she studied at Regent College, Vancouver, where she met her Kiwi husband. They have three teenage children and love travelling.
Soul friends: Journeying with women of wisdom through the ages
Although significant progress has been made in recent decades, women's voices remain under-represented in the public arena and in writing, particularly in the Christian sphere. Robyn’s ADM Fellowship project aims to make a contribution by researching the lives and words of exemplary Christian women from the past, and publishing the findings of this research as a book. The women chosen are those who have left devotional writings, and who were also leaders and pioneers in the public sphere. This book will explore how their devotional lives supported and informed their active service.
This project particularly aims to tell the stories of a diverse group of women. The chosen women will be from different time periods (3rd to 21st century) and a variety of vocations. They will include lay workers, married women and mothers, nuns, plus a variety of women's voices from different branches of the Christian Church. One aim is to enable contemporary women to be introduced to a wide variety of dynamic, Christian, female role models – new ‘soul friends’ to inspire them.