Faculty Grants AY 2003–2004


Grants Awarded to Four Hellenic College Faculty

The Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College is pleased to announce it has awarded grants to four full-time faculty members for AY 2003-2004. Through the Lilly Endowment's Theological Exploration of Vocation grant to Hellenic College, these faculty members received approximately six thousand dollars each for projects that enhance their own scholarly vocations and the education of Hellenic College students.

The Faculty Grant awardees are as follows: John T. Chirban, Ph.D., Th.D., Professor of Psychology; Stamatia Dova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Classics and Modern Greek Studies; Alice McIntyre, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Elementary Education; and Rev. Eugen Pentiuc, Ph.D., Th.D, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Below is a brief description of their proposals.


The Healing Initiative & Human Development Reading and Research, John T. Chirban, Ph.D., Th.D.

This research project examines healing methods in Byzantium, that is, how the healing of the whole person was approached in that era both epistemologically and methodologically. This Orthodox Christian understanding and practice will be compared to modern-day approaches to healing in medicine, psychology and religion. The project will address the issue of the holistic treatment of a person in western medicine by today is Orthodox Christian health professionals. The Orthodox Christian holistic view is the understanding that treatment must be of the entire person: mind, body and soul together verses one part of a person. However, health professionals trained in western models understand treatment primarily through the disciplines of medicine, psychology and religion. This research will attempt to answer the following questions: (1) Are there epistemological differences concerning healing from faith and scientific perspectives in Orthodoxy? (2) What are some of the different holistic methodologies for healing that have been adapted by Orthodox Christians historically and in modern times? (3) What can be done to facilitate an interdependent or integrative dialogue among modern disciplines to close the gap between the beliefs and scientific disciplines of Orthodox Christian helping professionals? A conference including Orthodox Christian clergy and health professionals will be organized to aid in this research in the spring. The findings of the research will be shared over a three-year period.

Dr. John T. Chirban serves as professor of psychology and Chairman of the Department of Human Development at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology. Dr. Chirban is a clinical instructor at The Cambridge Hospital at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches courses in spirituality and psychiatry, and the integrative treatment of sexuality and sexual dysfunction, and he is a 40th Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. He is also Director for The Institute of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion. A licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and California, Dr. Chirban serves as Co-Director for Cambridge Counseling Associates, LLP, a full-service practice in psychology.


From Homeric Heroes to Christian Saints: The Concept of the Hero in Greek Civilization, Stamatia Dova, Ph.D.

The aim of this work is to offer a comprehensive overview of heroism and mortality in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and to study the echoes of the Archaic and Classical perceptions of heroism in late antiquity and today. Research will address the main theme of the relationship between heroism and mortality viewed through the hero's/heroine's choices regarding life, death and system of values with special emphasis on his/her journey towards death in Homer, Bacchylides, Euripides and Plato. This study will serve as a point of departure for the innovative interpretation of a variety of passages from several genres and sources. Beyond this, research will extend to the study of Greek-influenced concepts of heroism after the classical era, particularly in late antiquity and early Christianity. The research will provide the backdrop for a book and a series of lectures at Hellenic College and the Center of Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. It will also allow for the development of a course on this subject to be offered at Hellenic College.

Dr. Stamatia Dova is Assistant Professor of Classics and Modern Greek Studies at Hellenic College. She earned a B.A. at Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, Greece; an M.A. at Boston College; and a Ph.D. Harvard University. Her academic interests include ancient Greek epic and lyric poetry, Euripides, Thucydides and Plato as well as the poetry of G. Seferis and Od. Elytis.


Living with Language, Alice McIntyre, Ph.D.

The Living with Language Project is a participatory process that has two aims: 1) to document how pre-adolescent Latina girls use language to identify themselves and the worlds they inhabit and 2) to provide pre-adolescent girls with an opportunity to create a collaborative model that can be used by others to generate new understandings about the influence of language on young girls' sense of self and their ability to express themselves effectively to others. Using creative techniques, for example, storytelling, symbolic art, and photography, the 4th grade girls participating in this project will engage in creative thinking, decision-making, and self- and collective expression that will assist them in developing different ways to learn, reason, and actively participate in the construction of knowledge.

Alice McIntyre is an Associate Professor and Director of the Elementary Education Program at Hellenic College. She is a feminist educator and psychologist who has been engaged in activist research and education for many years. She has written a number of articles and book chapters about whiteness, education, and the use of participatory action research. (See e.g., Making Meaning of Whiteness: Exploring Racial Identity with White Teachers,1997; Inner-City Kids: Adolescents Confront Life and Violence in an Urban Community, 2000; and Women in Belfast: How Violence Shapes, 2003).

Read about the "What it Means to Be a Girl" project, part of the Living with Language research.


CD-ROM for New Core Courses Biblical Heritage 1 and 2 To be offered in 2004–2005, Rev. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Ph.D., Th.D.

This project entails the design and creation of an interactive CD-ROM, which will include the textual, archaeological, historical, bibliographical, and cartographic information required to illustrate for students the breadth and depth of information necessary to the study and understanding of the Bible. The CD will be structured for use in a two semester long core course, Biblical Heritage 1 & 2, as part of a revised Religious Studies curriculum at the Hellenic College.

Rev. Eugen J. Pentiuc is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College. He holds a Th.D. in Old Testament from Bucharest University, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His area of expertise is text criticism and exegesis of the Old Testament, and Semitic languages and civilizations. He is the author of four books and several articles. He is currently completing his fifth book Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible for Paulist Press.