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Darla Schumm

Darla Schumm, associate professor of religious studies
B.A., interdisciplinary studies, Goshen College; M.A., Christian ethics, Pacific School of Religion; Ph.D., religion, ethics, and society, Vanderbilt University

    • Dissertation title: "The Self Understanding of the Christian Missionary Movement on Prostitution in Thailand: A Critical Analysis."

Schumm is the co-editor of Disability and Religious Diversity: Crosscultural Narratives and Inter-religious Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Disability in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Sacred Texts, Historical Traditions, and Social Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

Schumm began teaching at Hollins in 2001. She teaches the course series Introduction to World Religions I and II, as well as the traditions courses in Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. She has also designed courses in Women in Religion, Women in Buddhism, Sexual Ethics, and Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Literature and Film. She enjoys the small class size at Hollins that allows one-on-one interaction with students and provides opportunities for a more creative learning environment.

James Patrick Downey James Patrick Downey, associate professor of philosophy, was born in Waynesboro, Virginia, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where his dissertation defended rationalist theistic metaphysics. His interests include metaphysics, contemporary moral issues, philosophy of religion, and logic.
Michael Gettings Michael Gettings, associate professor of philosophy, is originally from Alexandria, Virginia, and received a B.S. from William and Mary and an M.A., C.Phil., and Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Barbara. His dissertation was on the ontology of fiction; his other interests include modal logic, modal metaphysics, and the philosophy of language.