“The Society for Women in Scholarship exists to cultivate academic gifting and professional development at Southeastern by encouraging academic practices and facilitating opportunities for women to contribute to the body of scholarship as a means of fulfilling the Great commission.”
What is The Society for Women in Scholarship? Kingdom Diversity and Women’s Life have teamed up to create this society as a means to help women who are academically and theologically gifted gain valuable support during their time at the academy. It’s a member-based society with multiple levels of membership, depending on your relationship to Southeastern and your commitment abilities. The Society also seeks to give back to the seminary by holding academic events that will benefit and equip the entire student body.
What is it not? It’s not something only for women. While membership and meetings will be female-only, events and colloquiums put on by The Society will be offered as a resource for the entire student body to present papers and get valuable feedback from peers and professors.
What does it do? The Society exists to cultivate academic gifting and professional development in Women at Southeastern at both the college and seminary level. The way this gets accomplished is through regular meetings, mentoring relationships from professionals in academia, career networking, colloquiums, round-table discussions, and more.
Who is on the leadership board?
Dr. Adrianne Miles
Adrianne Miles is an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at The College at Southeastern. She was born in Graham, North Carolina, and now lives in Wake Forest, with her husband, Scott, and their two boys, Zac and Jake. She is thankful to have been able to spend ten years at home with her sons. As the boys transitioned into elementary school, she transitioned into teaching. Her focus is on British literature and linguistics. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from North Carolina State University in 1995 where she researched dialect variation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as part of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. There her research focus was American Sign Language, specifically child language acquisition and the phonetic and phonological analogues to sign language. She has a passion to see all people experience the promise of John 10:10—the abundant life in Christ. To that end, she works to encourage her students to excel academically and personally as a means of glorifying God.
Amber Bowen graduated from the College at Southeastern with a degree in History of Ideas. She then moved to Milan, Italy for four years: the first two as a missionary with the International Mission Board and the second two as a high school history teacher at Collegio San Carlo, a private, Italian school in Milan. During that time, she also earned a Masters in Education. She is now completing the Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Junior Fellow at the St. George’s Institute of Biblical and Public Theology. She plans to begin PhD work Fall 2017.
Ashley Marivittori Gorman
Ashley is an author, a curriculum writer for Docent Research Group, a contributor to many evangelical blogs, and a developer of discipleship content for her church. She is currently a graduate student at Southeastern Seminary. Her passion is to teach and equip women within the Christian faith through writing, speaking, small group leadership, and personal mentoring. She has served in the past as a Women’s College Director influencing NC State, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke. She has also served as a Women’s Discipleship coordinator within her church campus. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband Cole, a photographer and studio owner, where they serve at their local church, The Summit.
In 2013, Olivia moved to North Carolina from Seattle, Washington to attend the College at Southeastern. Prior to moving to Wake Forest, she served with a media journalism team in Thailand through the organization YWAM. Olivia is a double major in English and Christian Studies, plans to pursue graduate studies in literature, and has the distinction of being a recent winner of the Baccalaureate Colloquium research-writing contest on campus. She works as a consultant in the SEBTS Writing Center and enjoys research in multiple disciplines.
Levels of Membership: (Apply here)
- Society Student Member: This membership is for college and graduate students only.
- Professional Member: This membership is for professional associates who are using their theological gifting and education in the workplace. Professional members will have the opportunity to speak at Society meetings and mentor student members.
- Friends of the Society: This level of membership is for non-students who may not be working in a theological field, but want to invest the Society’s efforts as well as receive valuable support. This may include prospective students, wives of seminarians, or non-degree-seeking women who are interested in sharpening their theological gifts.