Stan Rosenberg, Executive Director 

Ph.D. Late Antique Culture and Society, Catholic University of America
M.A. Early Christian (Patristic) Theology, Catholic University of America
B.A. History, Colorado State University

Dr Rosenberg is the director of the Scholars’ Semester and the Oxford Summer Programme.  He is a member of the Wycliffe Hall academic staff and also teaches early Christian history and doctrine for the theology faculty at the University of Oxford.  Previous positions include Director of the Washington DC Academic Center for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Academic Programs Director for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C.  He graduated BA in history from Colorado State University and MA and PhD from the Catholic University of America.  His research interests focus on Augustine’s works (the sermons in particular), early Christian cosmology and its relationship to Greco-Roman culture and philosophy, and the interplay between intellectual and popular thought during this period.  His recent research has led to a series of papers on the intersection of preaching, popular religion, and the development of doctrine in the largely oral culture of late antiquity.  These are leading toward a book tentatively titled: Between creed and book: sermons as the source for interpreting Augustine’s theology and the congregation’s beliefs.

Elizabeth Baigent, Senior Tutor and Academic Director

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), PGDipLATHE (Oxon), FSA, FRHistS, FRGS, FHEA

Dr Baigent is the University Reader in the History of Geography.  She was educated at the universities of Oxford and Münster.  She has held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford and Stockholm and a visiting professorship at Johns Hopkins University, with funding from bodies such as the British Academy and the Fulbright Commission.  From 1993 to 2003 she was Research Director of the Oxford dictionary of national biography, and Research Lecturer in the history faculty.  She has 550 scholarly publications including a (co-authored) book which won an international prize.  She is fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Higher Education Academy. 

Simon Lancaster, Associate Director

BMus (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) GradDipMus. (ANU Canberra), Cert Christian Counselling (CWR), MSc (Oxon)

Simon has worked as a historical researcher and contributor for some of the most prestigious presses in the world, and was an academic member of the modern history faculty at Oxford University, working as the chief Bibliographic Editor for the Oxford dictionary of national biography. He is one of the authors for the New Hart’s rules, Oxford University Press’s official style guide, and probably knows as much about style and bibliography as anyone in Oxford. His MSc dissertation in English Local History was awarded the Critchley prize by Kellogg College in Oxford, and he is now working towards his DPhil. He has been a member of the Christian Counselling Association and is trained as a professional Christian counsellor.

Claire Shuttleworth, Academic Coordinator

BA (Oxford Brookes)

Claire graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in English literature and theology. She has worked in a variety of administrative posts and most recently in academic journals publishing for Wiley-Blackwell. She is currently undertaking graduate study at King’s College, London for an MA in Christianity and the arts.

Matthew D. Kirkpatrick, Wycliffe Hall Tutor for Visiting Students, SCIO Lecturer, and Director of Studies in Philosophy and Theology

MA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Kirkpatrick is the tutor in ethics and doctrine and tutor for graduates at Wycliffe Hall, and liaises between the SCIO programme and the wider staff at Wycliffe. His research interests include existential philosophy, ethics, and systematic theology. He is the author of Attacks on Christendom in a world come of age: Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and the question of ‘religionless Christianity’ (2011), Bonhoeffer's Ethics: between pacifism and assassination (2011), and Søren Kierkegaard (2013).

Joyce François, Operations Administrator

BA (Legon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr François is a soil scientist by training, having taken her first degree at the University of Ghana (Legon) and her doctorate at Oxford.  She has undertaken research for scientific publications and written policy reports on Africa.  After working in administration at the North Oxford Overseas Centre and for Oxford Computer Journals, she has worked primarily in the voluntary sector, among other things as a visitor to asylum seekers at the Campsfield detention centre near Oxford.

Natalie Alves Pinto, Junior Dean, The Vines

BA (Åbo Akademi)

Natalie is working for her MA in French and linguistics at Åbo Akademi. Her research interests include field linguistics with a special emphasis on language documentation for minority languages. She works for Open Doors International with an administrative role in leadership development. 

Thiago Alves Pinto, Junior Dean, The Vines

LLB (Centro Universitário Curitiba), MLL (Åbo Akademi)

Thiago has been involved in volunteer work at national and international NGOs since 2002, having also worked at the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration. He is currently reading for his DPhil in international human rights law.

Geoffrey Dargan, Junior Dean, North Wing Wycliffe Hall

BA (Greenville College), MA (Fuller Theological Seminary),

Geoff Dargan is reading for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, faculty of theology. His research centres on questions of selfhood and ontological possibility in the thought of the nineteenth-century Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard. He has published an article in the Heythrop Journal, and has a series of articles forthcoming in the Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources series.

Miguel Farias, Lecturer and Director of Studies in Psychology

BSc (Lisbon), MA (Wales), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Farias is Reader in Cognitive and Biological Psychology at Coventry University where he leads a research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. He has published extensively and held substantial research grants particularly focused on how beliefs in general — whether in God, spiritual forces, or humanity — work and affect our experience and interpretation of events, and on the motivational and cognitive origins of these beliefs, i.e. how they arise and are strengthened by environmental situations such as anxiety and stress.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics and the History of Art

BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Kirkpatrick graduated BA in classics, MSt in Oriental Studies, and DPhil in classics from Oxford, and his research interests currently centre on pagan religious cults in Roman Palestine. From 2004 to 2006 he was Departmental Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University. He is writing a book on C.S. Lewis’s connection with the classics, and co-ordinates SCIO’s activities with the Green Scholars’ Initiative.

Richard Lawes, Lecturer and Director of Studies in English Language and Literature

BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), MB, ChB (Edin.), BSc (Edin.), MRCPsych, PG Dip Cognitive Therapy

Dr Lawes has taught English in the English faculty of the University of Oxford and a number of colleges for several years, and is lecturer in English at Regent's Park College, teaching literature of the Renaissance period and literary theory. Richard's interests include spiritual autobiography, poetry of the seventeenth century, psychological literary theory, and C.S. Lewis. He is also a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist, currently working at the University's counselling service.

Meriel Patrick, Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy and Acting Director of Studies in Philosophy (MT 2014), Academic Standards Officer

MA (Oxon), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Patrick studied for her MA, MPhil, and DPhil at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her research interests stretch from philosophy of mind through metaphysics and philosophy of religion to Christian doctrine: her doctoral thesis considered the nature of mind and the application of this concept to a number of doctrinal questions. Some of her more recent research has focused on the theology of C.S. Lewis, with articles appearing in The Journal of Inklings Studies and C.S. Lewis's Perelandra (2013, eds. J. Wolfe and B. Wolfe). She has taught philosophy and theology for a number of colleges of the University of Oxford and for visiting student programmes. She also works in the Research Support Team at the University of Oxford’s IT Services, and as a Research Assistant for the Oxford English Dictionary.

Emma Plaskitt, Lecturer in English Language and Literature

BA (McGill), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Plaskitt is a graduate of McGill University, Montréal, and Merton College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on eighteenth-century novelists Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, and Frances Burney. Since 1994 she has taught children’s literature and English literature 1640–1901 for several Oxford colleges, including Brasenose, Worcester, Somerville, and St Hugh’s. She has also taught for a variety of American programmes. Having worked for the Oxford dictionary of national biography, where she was responsible for writing many articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, she now focuses on teaching for SCIO and for Stanford University, for whom she is an Overseas Lecturer. Though a specialist on the literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century, her research interests include the Victorian novel — particularly the gothic novel and novel of sensation — and children’s literature.

John Roche, Lecturer in the History of Science and Templeton Research Team Leader

MSc, MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Roche teaches the history of science at Linacre College, Oxford, and applied physics at Oxford Brookes University.  He was Senior Consultant and Administrator to the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity.  His main research interest lies in using the history of physics to clarify difficult concepts in today’s physics.  His publications include 'The mathematics of measurement: a critical history' (1998), and ‘What is potential energy?’, European Journal of Physics, 24 (2003), 185–96.

Michael Burdett, Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Science, and Spiritual Formation

BA (Azusa Pacific), BA (Azusa Pacific), BS (California State University, Fullerton), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Burdett is working on a science and religion project funded by the John Templeton Foundation which researches science and religion in US colleges and universities. He is also a Junior Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture. His independent research is on the nexus between technology, philosophy, and religion and he has presented and published internationally in several edited volumes and journals on issues related to technology, transhumanism, evolution, and theology.

Alice Stainer, Academic Projects and Research Assistant for the Director

BA (Oxon), MA (Leeds), PhD (Leeds)

Dr Stainer was an undergraduate in the English faculty in Oxford before moving to Leeds to pursue her interest in Henry James.  After completing her doctorate she returned to Oxford where she has held a number of academic posts, including teaching undergraduates and doing research work for the Oxford English Dictionary and the Electronic Enlightenment project, and administrative posts at the English faculty and Bodleian Library.