Cameron Ferguson

2016

An old advisor of mine was asked during his first academic job interview whether he considered himself more a “teacher” or a “researcher,” to which he promptly replied, “Well, I believe that being the one informs the other.” This little chreia has always accompanied me. It is my conviction that we, as scholars of religion, have a responsibility to teach—to impart what we have learned to others in the hope that they can take such responsibly with them into the wider world—and that that teaching will have a profound impact on our own research. That is, the questions we ask of our texts and the narratives we construct to answer them are fundamentally inflected through our interactions with students. It is for this reason that I am honored to have been selected as a Junior Fellow to the Martin Marty Center for the 2016-17 academic year. My project seeks to explore the historical and literary relationship of the Gospel of Mark to the Apostle Paul, and I am so excited to work with colleagues from all across the Divinity School and wider university, whose engagement with and questioning of my research will drive me to better nuance and articulate my positions. Thanks to the Marty Center, I will, in turn, have occasion to present these positions to a broader viewing public—an invaluable experience, and one that I hope will better prepare me for the sorts of pedagogical interactions I will continue to have throughout my academic career. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Martin Marty Center for allowing me to be a part of such an edifying and collegial dialogue, and I look forward to carrying the lessons learned with me into the future.