Stan Rosenberg, Executive Director 

Ph.D. Late Antique Culture and Society, Catholic University of America
M.A. Early Christian (Patristic) Theology, Catholic University of America
B.A. History, Colorado State University

Dr Rosenberg is the director of the Scholars’ Semester and the Oxford Summer Programme.  He is a member of the Wycliffe Hall academic staff and also teaches early Christian history and doctrine for the theology faculty at the University of Oxford.  Previous positions include Director of the Washington DC Academic Center for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Academic Programs Director for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C.  He graduated BA in history from Colorado State University and MA and PhD from the Catholic University of America.  His research interests focus on Augustine’s works (the sermons in particular), early Christian cosmology and its relationship to Greco-Roman culture and philosophy, and the interplay between intellectual and popular thought during this period.  His recent research has led to a series of papers on the intersection of preaching, popular religion, and the development of doctrine in the largely oral culture of late antiquity.  These are leading toward a book tentatively titled: Between creed and book: sermons as the source for interpreting Augustine’s theology and the congregation’s beliefs.

Elizabeth Baigent, Senior Tutor and Academic Director

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), PGDipLATHE (Oxon), FSA, FRHistS, FRGS, FHEA

Dr Baigent is the University Reader in the History of Geography.  She was educated at the universities of Oxford and Münster.  She has held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford and Stockholm and a visiting professorship at Johns Hopkins University, with funding from bodies such as the British Academy and the Fulbright Commission.  From 1993 to 2003 she was Research Director of the Oxford dictionary of national biography, and Research Lecturer in the history faculty.  She has 550 scholarly publications including a (co-authored) book which won an international prize.  She is fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Higher Education Academy. 

Simon Lancaster, Associate Director

BMus (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) GradDipMus. (ANU Canberra), Cert Christian Counselling (CWR), MSc (Oxon)

Simon has worked as a historical researcher and contributor for some of the most prestigious presses in the world, and was an academic member of the modern history faculty at Oxford University, working as the chief Bibliographic Editor for the Oxford dictionary of national biography. He is one of the authors for the New Hart’s rules, Oxford University Press’s official style guide, and probably knows as much about style and bibliography as anyone in Oxford. His MSc dissertation in English Local History was awarded the Critchley prize by Kellogg College in Oxford, and he is now working towards his DPhil. He has been a member of the Christian Counselling Association and is trained as a professional Christian counsellor.

Kathryn Goetz, Senior Academic Administrator

BA (Hope College), MA (Georgetown University)

Kathryn studied German and philosophy at Hope College and completed a Master’s at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After studying and working in Germany for three years, she served as director of two not-for-profit organizations in Washington, D.C., namely the Buxton Initiative (interfaith dialogue) and PathNorth (leadership development).

Matthew D. Kirkpatrick, Wycliffe Hall Tutor for Visiting Students, SCIO Lecturer, and Director of Studies in Philosophy and Theology

MA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Kirkpatrick is the tutor in ethics and doctrine and tutor for graduates at Wycliffe Hall, and liaises between the SCIO programme and the wider staff at Wycliffe. His research interests include existential philosophy, ethics, and systematic theology. He is the author of Attacks on Christendom in a world come of age: Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and the question of ‘religionless Christianity’ (2011), Bonhoeffer's Ethics: between pacifism and assassination (2011), and Søren Kierkegaard (2013).

Fiona McGrady, Academic Administrator

MA, PhD (St Andrews)

Fiona took her first degree in modern languages before completing her PhD in the Department of German and the Reformation Studies Institute at the University of St Andrews. Her thesis explored the development of the dialogue genre in printed pamphlets of the early German Reformation. She taught German medieval literature and historical linguistics at the University of Cambridge for a year before moving into university administration. After working in postgraduate recruitment at the University of York, Fiona took up a post in planning and governance at the University of Strathclyde. Recently, she has worked as an administrator in her local church.

Joyce François, Operations Administrator

BA (Legon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr François is a soil scientist by training, having taken her first degree at the University of Ghana (Legon) and her doctorate at Oxford.  She has undertaken research for scientific publications and written policy reports on Africa.  After working in administration at the North Oxford Overseas Centre and for Oxford Computer Journals, she has worked primarily in the voluntary sector, among other things as a visitor to asylum seekers at the Campsfield detention centre near Oxford.

Olivia Anderson, Junior Dean, North Wing

BA (Palm Beach University), MSt (Oxon)

Olivia is reading for a DPhil in English at the University of Oxford (Lincoln College). Her research focuses on late seventeenth-century conversion narratives. She has previously worked in academic publishing at Taylor and Francis Group and as an editor for the academic journal Oxford Research in English.

LaRae Ferguson, Junior Dean, The Vines

BA (Hillsdale College), MPhil (Oxon)

LaRae graduated from Hillsdale College, Michigan, having studied Latin and Greek before moving to Oxford to read for her MPhil degree in the classics faculty. In her master’s thesis LaRae explored the economy of divine grace as it is depicted in Paul’s letters and in the works of the Hellenistic Jewish authors, Philo and Josephus. In her DPhil research she will expand her study of the language of ‘grace’ to include its treatment by earlier pre-Christian authors, hoping to outline the development of the concept across the boundaries of ancient religious mentality.

Miguel Farias, Lecturer and Director of Studies in Psychology

BSc (Lisbon), MA (Wales), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Farias is Reader in Cognitive and Biological Psychology at Coventry University where he leads a research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. He has published extensively and held substantial research grants particularly focused on how beliefs in general — whether in God, spiritual forces, or humanity — work and affect our experience and interpretation of events, and on the motivational and cognitive origins of these beliefs, i.e. how they arise and are strengthened by environmental situations such as anxiety and stress.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics and the History of Art

BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Kirkpatrick graduated BA in classics, MSt in Oriental Studies, and DPhil in classics from Oxford, and his research interests currently centre on pagan religious cults in Roman Palestine. From 2004 to 2006 he was Departmental Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University. He is writing a book on C.S. Lewis’s connection with the classics, and co-ordinates SCIO’s activities with the Green Scholars’ Initiative.

Richard Lawes, Lecturer and Director of Studies in English Language and Literature

BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), MB, ChB (Edin.), BSc (Edin.), MRCPsych, PG Dip Cognitive Therapy

Dr Lawes has taught English in the English faculty of the University of Oxford and a number of colleges for several years, and is lecturer in English at Regent's Park College, teaching literature of the Renaissance period and literary theory. Richard's interests include spiritual autobiography, poetry of the seventeenth century, psychological literary theory, and C.S. Lewis. He is also a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist, currently working at the University's counselling service.

Meriel Patrick, Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy and Acting Director of Studies in Philosophy (MT 2014), Academic Standards Officer

MA (Oxon), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Patrick studied for her MA, MPhil, and DPhil at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her research interests stretch from philosophy of mind through metaphysics and philosophy of religion to Christian doctrine: her doctoral thesis considered the nature of mind and the application of this concept to a number of doctrinal questions. Some of her more recent research has focused on the theology of C.S. Lewis, with articles appearing in The Journal of Inklings Studies and C.S. Lewis's Perelandra (2013, eds. J. Wolfe and B. Wolfe). She has taught philosophy and theology for a number of colleges of the University of Oxford and for visiting student programmes. She also works in the Research Support Team at the University of Oxford’s IT Services, and as a Research Assistant for the Oxford English Dictionary.

Emma Plaskitt, Lecturer in English Language and Literature

BA (McGill), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Plaskitt is a graduate of McGill University, Montréal, and Merton College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on eighteenth-century novelists Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, and Frances Burney. Since 1994 she has taught children’s literature and English literature 1640–1901 for several Oxford colleges, including Brasenose, Worcester, Somerville, and St Hugh’s. She has also taught for a variety of American programmes. Having worked for the Oxford dictionary of national biography, where she was responsible for writing many articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, she now focuses on teaching for SCIO and for Stanford University, for whom she is an Overseas Lecturer. Though a specialist on the literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century, her research interests include the Victorian novel — particularly the gothic novel and novel of sensation — and children’s literature.

John Roche, Lecturer in the History of Science and Templeton Research Team Leader

MSc, MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Roche teaches the history of science at Linacre College, Oxford, and applied physics at Oxford Brookes University.  He was Senior Consultant and Administrator to the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity.  His main research interest lies in using the history of physics to clarify difficult concepts in today’s physics.  His publications include 'The mathematics of measurement: a critical history' (1998), and ‘What is potential energy?’, European Journal of Physics, 24 (2003), 185–96.

Michael Burdett, Research Fellow and Director of Studies in Religion, Science, and Technology

BA (Azusa Pacific), BS (California State University, Fullerton), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Research Fellow in Religion, Science, and Technology, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford

Visiting Fellow at the University of St Andrews

Before becoming an academic, Michael worked in the aerospace and robotics industries for several years working with a firm that had contracts with NASA and JPL. He holds degrees in engineering, physics, and theology and has been given academic and professional awards in each field. His academic interests lie at the intersection of science and technology, theology and philosophy. He was recently awarded a grant by The John Templeton Foundation entitled ‘Co-creating Ourselves?: Deification and Creaturehood in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement’ that will fund a closed symposium in summer 2017, a research monograph, and a special issue of a theological journal.