Robert M. Royalty, Jr., Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Yale University, December 1995
S.T.M, Yale Divinity School, May 1990
M. Div. cum laude, Yale Divinity School, May 1989
B. A. with Honors in English and Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1983

Current Position

Professor of Religion, Department of Religion , Wabash College, 2013- (Assistant, 1999-2005; Associate 2005-2013)
Visiting Professor, Harlaxton College, Fall 2014
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University Department of Classics, Spring 2015

Previous Experience
External Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 2005-2006
Teaching Fellow, Introduction to the Humanities and Department of Classics, Stanford University, 1997-99
Instructor, Program in Cultures, Ideas, and Values, Humanities Special Programs, Stanford University, 1996-97
The Charles M. Nielsen Visiting Professor of Historical Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Fall 1996
Instructor (Online Courses), Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Center for Anglican Learning and Life, 1996-97
Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, 1994, 1995
Teaching Fellow, Yale Divinity School, 1991-93

Other Experience:
1986-93 - Programmer, Brenner, Saltzman, Wallman & Goldman, New Haven, Connecticut
1988-89 - Seminarian Assistant, The Episcopal Church at Yale
1987-88 - Chaplain, Yale-New Haven Hospital (CPE credit)
1984-86 - Programmer, Information Management Consultants, Falls Church, Virginia

Fellowships and Grants:

Current Grants:
Wabash Center, “The Pedagogy of Comparative Scriptures,” $2500, August 2011–March 2012

GLCA “New Directions Initiative”:
A Bible Scholar Turns to the Qur’an, June–August 2011, $5819
Joshua and Jihad, Fall 2012, $7000

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 2005-2006
Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, 2005-2006

Wabash College
Byron K. Trippett Research Stipend, June-July 2000
Coss Faculty Development Grant, "The Cities of Asia Minor," July 2000
Byron K. Trippett Research Stipend, Summer 2001
Strategic Technology Development Grant, Summer 2001
Coss Faculty Development Grant, "The Art of the Apocalypse,"March 2002
Coss Faculty Development Grant, Oxford International Patristics Meeting, August 2003
Global Partners Project and Coss Faculty Development Grant for participation in the Earlham College May-Term-in-Greece, May/June 2004
Coss Faculty Development Grant, Oxford International Patristics Meeting, $1750, August 2007
“KNOW Indiana” Course Excursion Grants, Dec. 2007, Sept. 2008, Sept. 2009
Lilly Faculty Development Grant, “The Pedagogy of Student Research,” $4090, June 2008
Coss Faculty Development Grant, European Association of Biblical Studies, $1750, August 2008
Coss Faculty Development Grant, Society of Biblical Studies International Meeting, July 2009
Coss Faculty Development Grant, European Association of Biblical Studies, August 2009

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
Research Grant, "Interpreting the Apocalypse, Ancient and Modern," June-August 2002
Technology Development Grant, "Deeper into Ancient Cyberspace," July 2004-June 2006

Episcopal Church Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1991-1994
Yale University Fellowship, 1990-1994

Honors and Awards:

Teaching Fellow, Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion, 2002
Day Fellowship, Yale Divinity School, 1989
John Henry Watson Fellowship, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, 1989
William P. Jacocks Chancellor's Award, University of North Carolina, 1983
Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
Morehead Scholarship, University of North Carolina, 1979-1983

Conferences, Workshops, and Meetings

Teagle Assessment Scholars Development Program, Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts:

Great Lakes Colleges Association Academic Leadership and Innovation Institute, Feb. 9–11, 2007

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion:
2001 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Undergraduate Religion Faculty (July 24-30, 2001; January 25-27, 2002; June 27-July 2, 2003)
Teaching and Technology in Theology and Religion Conferences (August 10-13, 2002; September 4-7, 2003)
Staff Member, 2005 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Undergraduate Religion Faculty
Consultant , September 2006
Colloquy on Writing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Sept. 25-28, 2009 and Mar. 5-7, 2010

Wabash College Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts
Teaching, Technology, and Effective Practices in Liberal Arts Education, July 31-Aug. 1, 2003
Technology, Digital Culture, and the Nature of Liberal Arts Education, Sept. 25-28, 2003

National Institute for Technology in the Liberal Arts, national meeting, January 11-12, 2001
Midwestern Instructional Technology Center, Liaison Meeting, November 9, 2002
"Humanities by Other Means" Symposium, Kenyon College, June 25-26, 2004
Great Lakes College Association Academic Council, 2002, 2003, 2007-2010


Stanford University
Resident Fellow, East Florence Moore Hall, Stanford University, 1997-1999

All-College Courses

Cultures and Traditions, 1999-2000, Fall 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009; Spring 2003, 2005, 2007;
Subcommittee Chair, Hebrew Unit, Cultures and Traditions, 2004-2005
Senior Colloquium, 2000 (Fall), 2001 (Fall), 2002 (Fall), 2003 (Spring, Fall), 2004 (Spring, Fall)
Webmaster, Cultures and Traditions, 2001-2005

Admissions Activities

Class visit days, 2002-2004

Alumni Activities

"Wabash on the Road," Pittsburgh NAWM, October 2000
Presentation for Wabash Alumni Class Agents, Sept. 2001
Alumni Colloquium, "Teaching Religion with Technology," Alumni Reunion Weekend, May 2002
"Wabash on the Road," Raleigh-Durham, NC, May 21, 2003
"Wabash on the Road," Columbus Ohio, October 2, 2003
"Wabash on the Road," Indianapolis, IN, May 12, 2005

Campus Committees (Appointed)

Teaching and Learning Committee, 2000-2001
Teaching and Learning Committee, co-chair, 2001-2002
Computer Advisory Committee, 2000-2001
Curriculum Appeals Committee, 2002-2003
Technology Advisory Committee (Chair), 2001-2003, 2003-2005
Integrated Marketing Committee, 2004-2005
Wellness Committee, 2007–2009
McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar Committee, 2007–2010 (Chair, 2009–2010)
Lilly Scholarship Selection Committee, 2010–2013
All-College Course Development Committee, 2010
Web Redesign Committee, 2010–2012

Campus Committees (Elected)

Academic Policy Committee, 2001-2003
Gavitt Prize Committee, 2002
Financial Aid Committee, 2003-2005
GLCA Academic Council, 2002 (alternate), 2003-2005
Vice-President, Phi Beta Kappa, 2002-2003
President, Phi Beta Kappa, 2003-2004
Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts Steering Committee, 2007–2010
Faculty Development Committee, 2010–2013
Academic Dishonesty Appeals Panel, 2011–2013


Departmental Activities

Annual Christmas Service, December 2001, December 2003
Host, Philosophy and Religion Departmental Picnic, October 2002, September 2003, September 2004
Baccalaureate Service, May 2003

Other Service Activities

Ides of August Presentation, August 2000
Secretary, Division II, 2000-2001
Humanities Colloquium, November 2001, March 2004
Strategic Plan Initiative 5 Task Force, 2001-2003
Midwestern Instructional Technology Center Campus Liaison, 2002-
Planning Committee, Digital Image Symposium (MITC), 2002-2003
Strategic Plan Initiative 1 Task Force, 2002

Campus visits and lectures organized:

Ian Morris (Stanford University), Classics and Religion (Sept. 2000)
Herman Saatkamp (IUPUI), Philosophy and Religion (January 2002)
Elias Jabbour, Religion and International Studies (March 2002)
Clayton L. Thomason, Jr. (Michigan State University), Philosophy and Religion (April 2002)
James McBride, author and musician, March 2011

Professional Affiliations:

American Academy of Religion
North American Patristics Society
Society of Biblical Literature