“The Society for Women in Scholarship seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by cultivating academic gifts, encouraging scholarly practices, and facilitating opportunities for women to contribute to the academy in order to serve the church, and fulfill the Great Commission”
What is The Society for Women in Scholarship? Kingdom Diversity and Women’s Life have teamed up to create this society as a means to help women who are academically and theologically gifted gain valuable support during their time at the academy. It’s a member-based society with multiple levels of membership, depending on your relationship to Southeastern and your commitment abilities. The Society also seeks to give back to the seminary by holding academic events that will benefit and equip the entire student body.
What is it not? It’s not something only for women. While membership and meetings will be female-only, events and colloquiums put on by The Society will be offered as a resource for the entire student body to present papers and get valuable feedback from peers and professors.
What does it do? The Society exists to cultivate academic gifting and professional development in Women at Southeastern at both the college and seminary level. The way this gets accomplished is through regular meetings, mentoring relationships from professionals in academia, career networking, colloquiums, round-table discussions, and more.
Who is on the leadership board?
Dr. Adrianne Miles
Adrianne Miles is an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at The College at Southeastern. She was born in Graham, North Carolina, and now lives in Wake Forest, with her husband, Scott, and their two boys, Zac and Jake. She is thankful to have been able to spend ten years at home with her sons. As the boys transitioned into elementary school, she transitioned into teaching. Her focus is on British literature and linguistics. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from North Carolina State University in 1995 where she researched dialect variation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as part of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. There her research focus was American Sign Language, specifically child language acquisition and the phonetic and phonological analogues to sign language. She has a passion to see all people experience the promise of John 10:10—the abundant life in Christ. To that end, she works to encourage her students to excel academically and personally as a means of glorifying God.
Rebecca Hankins is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Southeastern. Originally from Mississippi, she moved to North Carolina in 2015 to attend SEBTS and now works as a photographer for Southeastern. Rebecca has served with both NAMB and IMB, and hopes to continue to work in cross-cultural ministry post graduate studies. She is a member of the Summit church and enjoys serving there and in ESL ministry.
Dr. Julia B. Higgins
Julia Bickley Higgins is originally from Tuscumbia, AL, and holds a MDiv in Christian Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has served in women’s ministry in various capacities and has spoken at churches and conferences in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. She attends The Summit Church in Raleigh and currently serves as an assistant professor of Ministry to Women and associate dean of Graduate Program Administration at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Tony Higgins, who serves the RDU area as a biblical counselor. They enjoy cooking together, watching SEC football, and hanging out with their lovable dog, Charlie.
Christy Thornton is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from SEBTS focusing on theological method in the local church. She is passionate about leading both believers and nonbelievers to know and love God. Christy had the privilege of serving internationally among unreached people groups, and Stateside in local churches in a number of capacities, including writing curricula and leading small groups. She holds a B.S. in English Education from the University of Georgia, and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from SEBTS. She is currently a member of The Summit Church, where she serves on the Prayer team and the Women’s Discipleship team at the North Raleigh campus.
Levels of Membership: (Apply here)
Society Student Member: This membership is for college and graduate students only.
Professional Member: This membership is for professional associates who are using their theological gifting and education in the workplace. Professional members will have the opportunity to speak at Society meetings and mentor student members.
Friends of the Society: This level of membership is for non-students who may not be working in a theological field, but want to invest the Society’s efforts as well as receive valuable support. This may include prospective students, wives of seminarians, or non-degree-seeking women who are interested in sharpening their theological gifts.