Religion Professor Dr. Jonathan Tran Receives 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award

April 18, 2017
Jonathan Tran

Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion, is the recipient of the 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award. (Courtesy photo)

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WACO, Texas (April 18, 2017) – Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, was chosen for the 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award by the senior class.

“The award is huge to me, since it’s something students choose, and, hence, speaks to a life with students that I’ve always seen as part of Christian education,” Tran said.

The Collins Award is provided by the Carr P. Collins Foundation to honor and recognize outstanding teachers at Baylor University. The winning professor is awarded a cash prize of $10,000, as well as citation on a plaque.

“About the same time that I was notified about the Collins Award, I found out that I would be giving the 2017 Fall Academic Convocation address, and that honor is bestowed by faculty,” Tran said. “To be affirmed by both students and colleagues is undoubtedly a nice feeling, but more so, it affirms a common set of hopes we share at Baylor, and I’m just privileged to be a part of it.”

Each year, the Collins Professor delivers a special lecture on the topic of his or her choosing. Tran will deliver a lecture entitled “My Life with Students: Wittgensteinian Thoughts on Baylor Students” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Room H101, formerly known as Kayser Auditorium, of Hankamer Building, 1428 S. Fifth St.

“My lecture will combine my two professional worlds: that of academic research related to linguistic theology and that of student life in terms of intentional community,” Tran said. “I hope to draw on some insights from the 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in order to portray what is at stake in shared life, all of its demands and promises and its possibilities for companionship, goodness and even God—with some funny stories along the way.”

This lecture is free and open to the public.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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