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PROGRAM UNITS AND CHAIRS (click on title of PU for more information)

American Schools of Oriental Research
Roger Anderson (Independent Scholar; (second term: 2013-2016)

Arts and Religion
Susan G. Carter (Marylhurst University and The California Institute of Integral Studies; and Louise M. Pare (Independent Scholar; (second term; 2013-2016)

Asian and Comparative Studies
Nick Gier (University of Idaho; (fourth term; 2012-2015)

Hebrew Bible
Antonios Finitsis (Pacific Lutheran University; (first term; 2013-2016)

History of Christianity and North American Religions
Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen (Pacific Lutheran University; and Charlie Scalise (Fuller Theological Seminary NW;, co-chairs (second term; 2012-2015)

New Testament and the World of Early Christianity
Kent Yinger (George Fox University; ( and Amy Donaldson (Independent Scholar; (second term; 2012-2015)

Religion and Society
Kevin O’Brien (Pacific Lutheran University; (second term; 2011-2014) and Bruce Hiebert ( (first term; 2011-2014)

Special Topics – Mormon Studies
Kirk Caudle (Brigham Young University-Idaho; and Susanna Morrill (Lewis & Clark College; (first term; 2012-2015)

Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Mari Kim (University of Washington; (third term; 2012-2015) and Michael Zbaraschuk (University of Washington-Tacoma; (second term; 2012-2015)

Study of Islam
Jocelyn Hendrickson (University of Alberta; and Paul Powers (Lewis & Clark College; (first term; 2012-2015)

Women and Religion
Elizabeth Goldstein (Gonzaga University; (first term; 2013-2016); Valarie H. Ziegler ( (second term; 2012-2015)