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Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn Promoted to Associate Professorship

May 17, 2021
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“Mariam is the ideal New Testament colleague, combining outstanding scholarly abilities, a passion for teaching, warm-hearted ministry to students, and a deep commitment to Christ and his church.”

The Board of Governors of Regent College is pleased to announce that Dr. Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of New Testament, effective May 1, 2021. Mariam received a BA in interdisciplinary studies in 2000, an MA in biblical studies from Denver Seminary in 2003, and a PhD in New Testament from St. Mary’s College at the University of St. Andrews in 2010.

Academic Dean Paul Spilsbury noted, “Mariam came to Regent as a post-doctoral fellow in 2010 and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2013. Since that time Mariam has become a valued member of the Regent faculty. Colleagues and students alike bear witness to her outstanding contributions to the College.”

“In particular, Mariam has grown into an exceptional classroom instructor. Her student evaluations are excellent, with students regularly expressing appreciation for her blend of academic excellence, cultural relevance, and pastoral concern. Mariam also plays a vibrant role in the life of the College, including speaking in chapels and at the Regent retreat. In the broader academic sphere Mariam is a noted member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where she chairs the ‘James, Peter, and Jude’ study group, and she has a strong list of publications, including numerous articles and book chapters.”

Professor of New Testament George Guthrie added, “Mariam is the ideal New Testament colleague, combining outstanding scholarly abilities, a passion for teaching, warm-hearted ministry to students, and a deep commitment to Christ and his church.”

Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, further affirmed, “Since arriving at Regent as a post-doctoral student, Mariam has become a core member of our research and teaching team in biblical studies, and she fully deserves this promotion. I am delighted to see it!”

Responding to the news, Mariam said, “I am deeply honored to receive this promotion. Since I started as a post-doc at Regent in 2010, I have felt incredibly supported by the Regent community as I have sought to learn and grow into being a faculty member here. This promotion is a huge encouragement in the midst of juggling family and calling, and I am thrilled to reaffirm my own commitment to the unique charism that is Regent.”

The majority of Mariam’s research has centered on the epistle of James, Jewish literature of the intertestamental period, and classical Graeco-Roman literature. Additionally, since coming to Regent, she has expanded to researching and writing across the epistles, Pauline and General.

Mariam has co-authored a commentary on James (Zondervan) and has published a number of articles in books and journals. She is currently working on another commentary on James for the Story of God series, a biblical theology of social justice for Zondervan, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Peter. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, Val, and their sons, Peter and Timothy.

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