“First of all, the CTS is hospitable and promotes collegiality,” said Hinze. “It has been fostering great intergenerational collegiality among theology and religious studies faculty members who teach in colleges and university. They have a friendly, perhaps laid back style. They meet annually in the spring at Catholic Universities and colleges, stay in the dorms, eat meals together in the cafeteria, and socialize in the evenings. Everyone comments on the hospitality of this group and the friendships they have formed there.
“Second, this group sponsors the journal Horizon, which publishes essays and book reviews in theology and religious studies. In addition, they publish a volume of essays annually based on the theme of the yearly conventions. These two publications provide important venues for established scholars to published materials, but also it is very important that they provide new scholars, both newly minted Ph.Ds, and also those who are finishing up their degree programs, with respected places to get their work in print. These two publications give scholars traditional blind reviews of their submissions. The CTS may be friendly, but it promotes the highest level of scholarship, without being snooty.
“Third, besides promoting the highest level of scholarly achievement through publications, the CTS also emphasizes the importance of solid and innovative pedagogies in the classroom. The CTS sees both scholarship and pedagogy as vitally important, but also as mutually related. They yearly devote sessions to pedagogy.”
Hinze’s statement to the Society on the occasion of his nomination is available on the website.