Society for Women in Scholarship

Cultivating the academic gifts of women.
“The Society for Women in Scholarship seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by cultivating academic gifts, encouraging scholarly practices, and facilitating opportunities for women to contribute to the academy in order to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission”

What is The Society for Women in Scholarship?
The Society was created as a means to help women who are academically and theologically gifted gain valuable support during their time at the academy. It’s a member-based society with multiple levels of membership, depending on your relationship to Southeastern and your commitment abilities. The Society also seeks to give back to the seminary by holding academic events that will benefit and equip the entire student body.

What is it not?
It’s not something only for women. While membership and meetings will be female only, events, and colloquiums put on by The Society will be offered as a resource for the entire student body to present papers and get valuable feedback from peers and professors.

What does it do?
The Society exists to cultivate academic gifting and professional development in women at Southeastern at both the college and seminary levels. The way this gets accomplished is through regular meetings, mentoring relationships from professionals in academia, career networking, colloquiums, round-table discussions, and more.

Society Student Member:
This membership is for college and graduate students only.

Professional Member:
This membership is for professional associates who are using their theological gifting and education in the workplace. Professional members will have the opportunity to speak at Society meetings and mentor student members.

Friends of the Society:
This level of membership is for non-students who may not be working in a theological field, but want to invest the Society’s efforts as well as receive valuable support. This may include prospective students, wives of seminarians, or non-degree-seeking women who are interested in sharpening their theological gifts.

Dr. Adrianne Miles

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Adrianne Miles is an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at The College at Southeastern. She was born in Graham, North Carolina, and now lives in Wake Forest, with her husband, Scott, and their two boys, Zac and Jake. She is thankful to have been able to spend ten years at home with her sons. As the boys transitioned into elementary school, she transitioned into teaching. Her focus is on British literature and linguistics. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from North Carolina State University in 1995 where she researched dialect variation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as part of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. There her research focus was American Sign Language, specifically child language acquisition and the phonetic and phonological analogues to sign language. She has a passion to see all people experience the promise of John 10:10—the abundant life in Christ. To that end, she works to encourage her students to excel academically and personally as a means of glorifying God.

Rebecca Pate

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Rebecca Pate received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is now finishing up a Master of Theology in Historical Theology. Originally from Mississippi, she moved to North Carolina in 2017 to attend Southeastern and is now Southeastern's director of marketing and communications. Rebecca has served with both NAMB and IMB and is passionate about helping equip the Church to fulfill the mission of God through her role at Southeastern. She and her husband, Tyler, attend Imago Dei Church and she enjoys reading, photography, and taking care of her plants and her dog, Winston.

Dr. Julia B. Higgins

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Julia B. Higgins serves as Assistant Professor of Ministry to Women and Associate Dean of Graduate Program Administration at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She teaches in the Ministry to Women degree programs at Southeastern, with her ministry focus being college-aged and adult women. Her passion is equipping women to teach the Bible and to serve the local church. She co-edited The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength (B&H, 2021), has contributed to Lifeway Women: The Reference Desk, and serves as a doctrinal reader for Missions Mosaic, a publication of the WMU. She is married to Tony, who serves as Executive Director and staff counselor at Bridgehaven Counseling Associates. They reside in the RDU area and worship at The Summit Church.

Dr. Christy Thornton

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Christy Thornton is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from SEBTS focusing on theological method in the local church. She is passionate about leading both believers and nonbelievers to know and love God. Christy had the privilege of serving internationally among unreached people groups, and Stateside in local churches in a number of capacities, including writing curricula and leading small groups. She holds a B.S. in English Education from the University of Georgia, and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from SEBTS. She is currently a member of The Summit Church, where she serves on the Prayer team and the Women’s Discipleship team at the North Raleigh campus.

Jordan Parris