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Yount Selected for Seminar on Teaching
Interfaith Understanding

One of 25 professors chosen nationwide


Dr. Mary Beth Yount
Dr. Mary Beth Yount

Dr. Mary Beth Yount, an assistant professor of pastoral and theological studies, has been selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding this summer. Twenty-five faculty members from across the country will participate in the five-day seminar that will take place August 3–7 at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.


Yount is an internationally known theologian with 85 international and national presentations on topics related to ethics, the theology of the family, parenting, and education. She has taught almost 30 university courses related to theological anthropology, marriage and the family, ethics, morality, ecclesiology, scripture, and Church history. Her other ministries include project coordination, founding and directing a tuition-free school for a struggling parish in an impoverished neighborhood, and serving as an educational administrator for various schools.


The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.  


“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment is becoming more diverse—by religion, as well as socioeconomic factors—just as American society is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is key to America’s future success.” said CIC President Richard Ekman.


The seminar will be led by two leading scholars, Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses, and Laurie Patton, dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University. The seminar goal is to strengthen faculty members’ teaching of interfaith understanding with the development of new courses and resources.


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Participants in the 2014 Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding, Chicago

Russell Arnold, Regis University (CO)
Kathryn Blanchard, Alma College (MI)
Sid Brown, Sewannee: The University of the South (TN)
Joseph Cheah, University of Saint Joseph (CT)
John Eby, Loras College (IA)
Rahuldeep Gill, California Lutheran University
Jonathan Golden, Drew University (NJ)
Todd Green, Luther College (IA)
Shannon Grimes, Meredith College (NC)
Adrienne Hacker Daniels, Illinois College
Nancy Klancher, Bridgewater College (VA)
Sheila McGinn, John Carroll University (OH)
Younus Mirza, Allegheny College (PA)
Edley Moodley, Lee University (TN)
Andrea Ng’weshemi, Lane College (TN)
Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Wittenberg University (OH)
Dianne Oliver, University of Evansville (IN)
Marian Osborne Berky, Anderson University (IN)
George Pickens, Messiah College (PA)
Matthew Sayers, Lebanon Valley College (PA)
Jamie Schillinger, St. Olaf College (MN)
Andrew Stern, North Carolina Wesleyan College
Barbara Taylor, Piedmont College (GA)
James Thrall, Knox College (IL)
Mary Beth Yount, Neumann University (PA)


The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.


A Chicago-based nonprofit organization, Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC) mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Since its incorporation in 2002, IFYC has worked on five continents and with over 200 college and university campuses, trained thousands in the principles of interfaith leadership, and reached millions through the media. IFYC has worked with partners including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the White House, and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of IFYC.


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