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Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee's Outstanding Mentor Awards

Many biblical scholars of color provide exceptional mentoring service to other scholars of color in the context of doctoral programs and/or in less formal but significant ways. They provide invaluable advice at various stages of one's career, help develop important networks, offer support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild, and serve as role models. CUREMP seeks to honor such outstanding mentors.

If you wish to nominate someone for this award, please send their name along with a letter of nomination to Mitzi J. Smith. The letter should describe the ways the nominee helped your professional advancement and why you think the nominee stands out as an exceptional mentor. You are welcome to nominate your current or former doctoral advisor or someone who has mentored you in less formal ways. Anyone can nominate but the nominees should have been scholars/faculty members at the time of mentoring. The committee might supplement nominations from its historic and ongoing work as needed. Nominations must be received by 31 May 2024. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.


Please join us in congratulating the 2023 Outstanding Mentor Award recipients:

The SBL and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) are delighted to announce the 2022 recipients of SBL's Outstanding Mentor Award—Drs. Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Seung Ai Yang. CUREMP launched the award in 2020 to honor scholars of color who provide exceptional mentoring to other scholars by helping them to develop important professional networks and offering invaluable support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild. Page and Yang were selected for this award as a result of the nomination process and in recognition of the significant ways they are influencing the field of biblical studies through their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of other scholars in various parts of the world.

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Hugh R. Page, Jr., is Professor of Theology and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as Vice President for Institutional Transformation and Advisor to the President. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His research interests include early Hebrew poetry; Africana biblical interpretation; the role of mysticism and esotericism in Anglican and Africana spiritualities; and the Blues aesthetic as theological and hermeneutical paradigm. He is author of Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse (Fortress, 2013); general editor — with associate editors Randall C. Bailey, Valerie Bridgeman, Stacy Davis, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Madipoane Masenya (ngwan’a Mphahlele), N. Samuel Murrell, and Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. — of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Augsburg Fortress, 2010); and one of the co-editors (with Gale A. Yee and Matthew J. M. Coomber) for the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014), (with Stephen C. Finley and Margarita Simon Guillory) Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … (Brill, 2015), and (with Gay L. Byron) Black Scholars Matter: Visions, Struggles, and Hopes in Africana Biblical Studies (SBL Press, 2022).

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Seung Ai Yang is Associate Professor Emerita of New Testament at Chicago Theological Seminary, where she taught from 2007 until 2020. Previously, she served on the faculty at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas (1998-2009) and Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union (1994-1999). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and her areas of scholarly interest include Synoptic Gospels, Second Temple Judaism, women and the “Other” in the Bible, Asian American biblical hermeneutics, and postcolonial criticism. As a Catholic feminist biblical scholar, she believes that a proper use of multiple interpretive methods and lenses will lead the reader in multifaceted ways to hear the essential biblical call for justice and peace. Growing up in South Korea, her teaching of biblical studies that highlights responsible citizenship and commitment to the betterment of society was influenced by its Confucian culture. Yang played a crucial role in founding both Korean Biblical Colloquium and Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics program units at SBL when there were only a few Asian women biblical scholars active in the guild. Serving on SBL’s CUREMP (1996-1999) and Status of Women in the Profession Committee (2010-2017), and the Association of Theological School’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity (2000-2006), she has been dedicated to raising racial/ethnic minority students and scholars in the discipline. Also, she has been a faculty advisor at Pacific Asian and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry for decades. Yang was a leading editor for Wisdom Commentary on the Bible and co-edited volumes such as Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Theology and Religion (2007) and T&T Clark Handbook to Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics (2019).



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