“The Society for Women in Scholarship exists to glorify God and serve the Church by cultivating academic gifting and professional development at Southeastern through 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.
Rebecca Hankins is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Southeastern. Originally from Mississippi, she moved to North Carolina in 2015 to attend SEBTS and now works remotely for the International Mission Board. She also enjoys creative endeavors and growing her photography business on the side. Rebecca has served with both NAMB and IMB, and hopes to continue to work in cross-cultural ministry post graduate studies. She is a member of the Summit church and enjoys serving on the Starting Point team and in ESL ministry.
Alysha Clark is a graduate student at Southeastern, currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies. She is originally from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina with her husband, Justin, in 2011 for him to pursue his theological education at SEBTS, where he is currently completing his PhD. For the past six years Alysha has worked in clinical trials research. She also has passion for writing and editing and hopes to serve as an editor for a theological publishing company upon completion of her education.
Christy Thornton is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from SEBTS focusing on theological method in the local church. She is passionate about leading both believers and nonbelievers to know and love God. Christy had the privilege of serving internationally among unreached people groups, and Stateside in local churches in a number of capacities, including writing curricula and leading small groups. She holds a B.S. in English Education from the University of Georgia, and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from SEBTS. She is currently a member of The Summit Church, where she serves on the Prayer team and the Women’s Discipleship team at the North Raleigh campus.
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.