M.Div/Ph.D. track with intent to teach at the University level in Religious Studies.
•Enthused and delighted to bring embodied, experiential wisdom and learning modalities to seminarians and their constituencies. Prepared to explore the human being as a sacred text and teach/learn exegetical methods for extracting and understanding the person and work as sacred texts and embodied divinity. •Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge. •Brilliantly uses immediate, personal experience as teaching platform. •Profound respect for all paths in both their similarities and individuations. •Eager to further develop and enhance existing teaching skills and practices in preparation for PhD work and future teaching.
Summary of qualifications
•Marginalized queer person who has reclaimed power, spirit and faith from oppressive internal and external structures to aid others in doing the same. •BA, Religious Studies, Humboldt State, 2008. Completed all upper division BA coursework in 3 semesters while working as an ISA/TA •BA, English, Literature emphasis with Internship in Creative Writing, 1995 •Minor in Women’s Studies, 1995 •Eight years’ experience presenting for groups of all sizes, from single subject classes to weekend workshops on alternative sexual practices speaking circuit •Published author •Ordained Minister, Church of the New Renaissance, Humboldt County, CA •Gifted at taking complex ideas and finding ways to communicate them simply and eloquently to a diverse range of people; excellent ‘translator’ •Compassionate, dedicated, self-motivated achiever •Creative, articulate, thoughtful and engaging •Madly in love with learning and its myriad modalities and expressions; long-term relationship with teaching and sharing ideas •Plan and instruct each subject area using wide variety of teaching aids, motivational and implementation strategies to engage students in active learning •I live what I teach
Experienced Professional Educator
•Active participation in academic co-teaching from course development to execution •Designed and conducted spirituality/sexuality workshops for 8 years •2009: TA, Karen Harris & Naomi Steinberg, Women in Religion, HSU •2008: TA, Fr. Eric Freed, Introduction to Christianity, HSU •2008: TA, Fr. Eric Freed, Myth and Knowing , HSU •2008: TA, Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, Jewish Mystical Traditions, HSU •2008: TA, Professor Bill Herbrechstmeier, World Religions, HSU •2008: Reader/Grader, World Religions (RS 120) under Prof. Herbrechstmeier. •1998-2007: Independent contractor; sexual health author/lecturer/educator •1995, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Student Lead •1995: ISA, Intern; Prof. Vince Gotera, Creative Writing, HSU
•2010 - present: MDiv Candidate, Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA •2008: BA, Religious Studies, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA •1995: BA, English Literature; minor in Women’s Studies, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA •1989: AA, Liberal Arts; Yuba Community College, Marysville, CA
•2009-present: Graduate Student, Sexuality Educator and Handcrafting Artist. •2007-2009: Life Coach. •1998-2007: Independent contractor; spirituality and sexuality author/lecturer/educator. •1986-2004: Single parent. •1983-98: Employed, primarily boutique retail.
•American Academy of Religion •Crochet Guild of America •National Coalition for Sexual Freedom/Woodhull Foundation •Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality •Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) •HSU Alumni Association
English, some French.
Publications and Awards
•Designated “Friend of the Howard Thurman Papers Project,” Boston University, for website development, 2010 •HSU President’s List (GPA over 3.8), Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 •Certificate of Excellence in an Academic Discipline, Spring 2008 •Accepted for presentation and peer review, UC Bakersfield Undergraduate Conference on Philosophy and Religious Studies, A Tale of Two Communities: Brought together and Left Behind, an examination of the ramifications of literal interpretation of the Book of Revelation through the lens of millennial dispensationalism, 2008 •Who’s Who of American College Students, 2008 •Authored and published 3 single-subject, creative non-fiction niche sexuality books (1998, 2003, 2006)
•Healing Through Writing Group Facilitator for The Emma Center (resource center for women recovering from abuse and associated trauma), Arcata, CA •Volunteer sexual health educator for Humboldt County organizations. •Craft group faciliator •Mentor
•Software: Microsoft Windows®, Open Office, Microsoft Publisher, WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Adobe Reader, Firefox, Thunderbird •Working knowledge of the Internet •Mad research skills with focus on adaptive and innovative uses of the Internet
Excellent references from both Clergy and Academicians available on request.
“She challenges students to re-examine assumptions about the methods and goals of scholarship. This is particularly important in Religious Studies courses. . . Ms. Addington is an excellent model of the phenomenological approach to the study of religion. She seems to have a particular dedication to removing impediments so that others might better grasp the material that she finds so absorbing and worthwhile. Deborah is the teacher of the future and it's a thrill to get a glimpse of what it will be like!”
Rabbi Naomi Steinberg
Temple Beth El, Eureka CA., Lecturer, HSU
“The impact her messages have had on my life is immeasurable, as I use the tools she provided every single day.”
“Ms. Addington has a great desire to excel; she follows that up with action and effort. She gives selflessly of her time and energy to her students. I have great respect for her academic capacity.
Fr. Eric Freed
HSU Newman Center, Lecturer, HSU
“I suddenly got it -- I manifest God by acknowledging and using what He gave me…I’m a ‘thank you’ prayer. I left your class giving myself permission to see and acknowledge in myself what others see. Thank you for that gift.”
“I imagine Deborah stirring up, challenging and bringing zest to her classes, in all kinds of positive and original ways.”
Prof. David Sander,
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