HBU Press Releases

School of Christian Thought Hires Four New Faculty

July 17, 2014

Growing enrollment in the School of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University has led to the hiring of four new professors, three in the Department of Theology and one in the Department of Philosophy.
Dr. Michael Bird has been appointed as Distinguished Research Professor of Theology. Remembered by his students for his mix of outlandish humor and intellectual rigor, Dr. Bird describes himself as a “biblical theologian” who endeavors to bring together biblical studies and systematic theology. An industrious researcher, he has written or edited more than 15 books in the fields of Septuagint, historical Jesus, Gospels, the Apostle Paul, biblical theology, and systematic theology. His latest book, Evangelical Theology, is an attempt to develop a truly gospel-based theology. Dr. Bird will teach a class each January term at HBU while maintaining his fulltime appointment at Ridley College in Australia.
Dr. John Hittinger has been appointed as Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy. His research and teaching interests include political philosophy, the relationship of faith and reason, and 20th century Thomism. He has published four books and numerous articles on a variety of topics, including contemporary liberal theory, military ethics, and Jacques Maritain. He is also the founder of the Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World, and was recently appointed to be a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas. Dr. Hittinger will teach two courses at HBU each academic year while continuing his work at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, as a member of the Center for Thomistic Studies and a full professor, under a dual appointment.
Dr. Jason Maston and Dr. Daniel Streett will join the theology faculty next year. Dr. Maston comes to HBU from Highlands Theological College where he taught courses on the New Testament. His research interests and publication credits cover topics including divine and human agency, second temple Judaism, and Paul’s anthropology. Dr. Streett previously taught Greek and New Testament at Criswell College. His research interests and publication credits cover topics such as John’s epistles, Philemon, and Jewish festivals in early Judaism and Christianity.
“Each of these respected scholars brings to HBU a proven track record of excellence in both teaching and research,” said School of Christian Thought Dean Dr. Jeff Green. “They are great additions to our faculty and will help us meet the growing student demand for our Master of Arts in Theological Studies program and support our new Master of Arts in Philosophy program.”

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