Lee President Dr. Paul Conn recognized her for this honor during the May commencement service.
This award is one of three faculty awards that recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and advising and are considered the highest honors presented to Lee faculty each year.
The Excellence in Scholarship award winner is chosen annually by a committee that includes past recipients of the award along with other professors whose own track record in research is noteworthy.
Since coming to Lee in the fall of 2007, Stephenson has taught introductory courses in Christian theology as well as upper level theology courses for department majors and graduate seminars. She is currently the coordinator of the RELG-200 Benevolence program and has taught the course as both a lecturer and lab instructor.
In the spring of 2010, Stephenson and her husband, Dr. Christopher Stephenson, led a study abroad trip to Cambridge for a semester.
She has presented several papers at various conferences as well as published articles in the Scottish Journal of Theology, Journal of Church and States, Religions, and Pax Pneuma.
Stephenson received a doctorate from Marquette University in religious studies. Her dissertation, titled, “It Seems Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us: A Feminist Pneumatological Approach to the Role of Women in the Church,” was accepted for publication in Brill’s Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. It was published in 2011 titled, “Dismantling the Dualisms for American Pentecostal Women in Ministry: A Feminist-Pneumatological Approach.”
Stephenson’s scholarly interests include theological anthropology, ecclesiology, political theology, and feminist theology.