Seeking Excellence: The Frank and Pauline Patterson 2016 Spring Colloquy

PhD and DMin students gathered on May 23-25 for an “in-house” colloquy at the Carroll Center. Thanks to the generous gifts from the Frank & Pauline Patterson Endowed Colloquy Fund, students had the opportunity to participate in worship, fellowship, and workshops organized by PhD Program Director Karen Bullock and DMin Program Director Larry Ashlock.

Dr. Bruce Corley presented a workshop called a “Trekker’s Guide Through Cyber-Galaxies” in which he shared valuable information on navigating the Carroll online library and where to find other resources for research. The first of three breakout sessions was a workshop led by Drs. Bullock and Corley as a type of writing lab that focused on choosing a topic for the dissertation, determining the research question, building an argument, and tips for good writing. The second workshop led by Drs. Norma Hedin, Scott Floyd, Larry Ashlock, and Jim Spivey dealt with research issues such as qualitative and quantitative methods that included data analyzation, population sampling, and protecting human participants, as well as looking into the methods of analyzing ideas and ethical issues that arise in humanities research. The final workshop led by Drs. Stan Moore, Adlin Cotto, and Eric Black covered topics for doctoral students that would be involved with online student teaching during their course of study. The material covered ways to keep up with the latest research, how to engage the student in learning, and effective teaching tips. In addition to the workshops were paper presentations by Ryan Denison and Tommy Vaughn.

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Some of the doctoral students expressed their impressions of the colloquy:


Margie Clayton, PhD student in Ministry and Formation

It was both a privilege and honor to learn new techniques for research and writing from Carroll’s scholars in a very personal setting during the Spring 2016 Colloquy. Research and writing can certainly present challenges for most PhD students, however, the small group sessions were filled with valuable tips and handouts on writing, research, and technology.


Lydia Brown, PhD student in Ministry and Formation

Spring Colloquy was very helpful because of the focus on the practical process of research and writing. We heard an encouraging testimony from one student of how God has been faithful in leading and providing during his educational journey. I had a great time getting to know some of the students and faculty a little better, and look forward to next time!


Josh Rose, PhD student in Ministry and Formation

Doctoral research can feel like a long, lonely march in a deep and dark cave that seems as if there is no end. The Spring Colloquy nourished my soul through the gift of community with my fellow travelers. While we’re all exploring different facets of this cave called doctoral research, resurfacing with your classmates for encouragement, refreshment and the telling of tales nurtures my heart and motivation to not only keep marching, but to explore the cave further, faster, and deeper than before.

The Spring Colloquy also included inspirational times of worship led by Dr. Stan Moore with edifying messages from Drs. Jim Spivey and Larry Ashlock and an uplifting testimony by Josh Rose. Students and faculty shared in times of prayer in small groups and enjoyed fellowship during meals and around the coffee bar.

Be sure to save the date for the 2016 Frank & Pauline Patterson Fall Colloquy with speaker Christopher Wright, Anglican clergyman and Old Testament scholar, on November 14-16Frank and Pauline Patterson 2016 Fall Colloquy with Christopher Wright2016-11-14 10:30:002016-11-16 15:00:00America/ChicagoThe Carroll Center, 6500 N. Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75063The Carroll Center6500 N. Belt Line RdIrving, TX.

Published: Jun 3, 2016


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