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Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee's Outstanding Mentor Awards

Many biblical scholars of color provide exceptional mentoring service to other scholars of color in the context of doctoral programs and/or in less formal but significant ways. They provide invaluable advice at various stages of one's career, help develop important networks, offer support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild, and serve as role models. CUREMP seeks to honor such outstanding mentors.

If you wish to nominate someone for this award, please send their name along with a letter of nomination to Raj Nadella. The letter should describe the ways the nominee helped your professional advancement and why you think the nominee stands out as an exceptional mentor. You are welcome to nominate your current or former doctoral advisor or someone who has mentored you in less formal ways. Anyone can nominate but the nominees should have been scholars/faculty members at the time of mentoring. The committee might supplement nominations from its historic and ongoing work as needed. Nominations must be received by May 31 Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.


Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Outstanding Mentor Award recipients:

The SBL and its Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) are delighted to announce the 2021 recipients of SBL's Outstanding Mentor Award—Drs. Randall Bailey and Gale Yee. CUREMP launched the award in 2020 to honor scholars of color who provide exceptional mentoring to other scholars by helping them to develop important professional networks and offering invaluable support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild. Bailey and Yee were selected for this inaugural award as a result of the nomination process and in recognition of the significant ways they are influencing the field of biblical studies through their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of other scholars in various parts of the world.

      CUREMP mentor Bailey-2021        

Randall C. Bailey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible at Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, where he taught for 35 years. He has also taught as Visiting Professor in South Africa and Brazil. He has served as Co-Chairperson of the African American Biblical Hermeneutics Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, on the Semeia Editorial Board, and on CUREMP. Bailey is the author of David in Love and War: The Pursuit of Pursuit of Power in 2 Samuel 10-12, as well as many essays and articles. He is the co-editor of They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism; Yet with a Steady Beat: Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation; The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora; The Recovery of Black Presence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. He has also edited two collections and was Guest Editor of volumes of the The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center (devoted to the writings of young Black biblical scholars). As an ideological critic, his writings have focused on the intersectionalities of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexualities and power in the biblical texts and their interpreters. At ITC, Bailey mentored dozens of students, who have been accepted into graduate programs, earned PhDs or ThDs and are teaching in seminaries and universities around the world.

Gale A. Yee is Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies emerita, Episcopal Divinity School. She is the author of Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible; Jewish Feasts and the Gospel of John; Composition and Tradition in the Book of Hosea; “The Book of Hosea” commentary in The New Interpreters Bible. Vol. VII, as well as many articles and essays. She is the editor of Judges and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies, which is now in its second edition (2007), a co-editor for the Texts@Context series, the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (2014), and The Hebrew Bible: Feminist and Intersectional Perspectives (2018) for Fortress Press,and former General Editor of Semeia Studies. A new book is coming out in the fall: Towards and Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics: An Intersectional Anthology (Cascade Books). In 2019, she was president of the Society of Biblical Literature. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2020. She lives at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community in Claremont, CA, known for its social activism.


        CUREMP mentor Yee-2021


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