Faculty Feature: Prof. Steve Corbett
Faculty Feature is a series in the Blue Tribune that recognizes the excellent professors and staff of Covenant College through a series of questions.
This week we're highlighting Professor Steve Corbett, Associate Professor of Community Development.
What brought you to Covenant? How long have you been teaching?
Working with the Chalmers Center and starting the community development major brought me to Covenant.
What is your history with Covenant (if applicable)?
I graduated from Covenant in 1981 as a History major.
What do you love about teaching at Covenant?
Besides loving the subject matter I teach, I find the students to be so enjoyable, easy to work with, and fun to spur on.
What is a current research project or area of interest you're excited about?
How the role of Honor/Shame impacts our understanding of the Bible. This is something the Western church has deeply underappreciated. Fortunately, our brethren in the Majority World are speaking out to help us understand this important lens.
What's one of your favorite cultural or family traditions?
Cheering for the Boston Red Sox loudly and with complete bias. Also using any maple syrup that isn't from Vermont, my home state, is an inferior act at best!
Tell us a little about your family:
I am married to Mary whom I met at Covenant my senior year. We have 7 children - 5 have graduated from Covenant and the youngest is a junior. I have 3 grandchildren.
How do you/your department encourage each student to pursue academic excellence?
It isn't about academic excellence as a stand alone, but rather seeing that the content and issues we deal with in the community development major to be ones that don't allow any of us to sit on the sidelines. The better a student understands the complexity of poverty alleviation work and resonates with the need to engage, the greater is the likelihood they will be a faithful vessel of the Lord in this aspect of our broken world.