Philip M. Dunston, Ph.D.
Chair and Assistant Professor
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 37
Office Phone: (404) 880-6043
Philip M. Dunston, Ph.D., is the chair and assistant professor of the department. He has served on the faculty since 1992. His course curriculum includes: REL. 362: Psychology of Religion, REL. 101: Bible History, GED 101: Freshman Seminar. He was a DuBois Fellow for the class of 2011. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and as a Faculty Assembly officer. His publications include: Keep It Real--Working with Today's Black Youth, Abingdon Press 2005, Chapter 2, "A Matter of Discovery" and Online Journal, Network, Spirituality and Higher Education, Fall 2005. He has written the foreword for two publications: Fragments of John's Gospel, L.H. Whelchel and Dismantling the Twin Towers of Race and Racism, Alfred Walker Jr. Dr. Dunston is currently developing a new course in Black Theology and writing for an online journal, Testamentum.
An Associate Professor of Religion, Dr. Thomas M. Scott has been with the Department of Religion and Philosophy since 1995. He has also served as Interim Chair of the department in 2005-06. He teaches The Biblical Heritage, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Contemporary Religious Thought and Poetry as Theology. His main areas of interest are: Ancient Africa and the Development of the Biblical Traditions within the context of the New Testament and Christian Origins. Other areas of interest are: Contemporary Metaphysical Thought, particularly as reflected in the Seth material so-called, and Poetry as Theology.
Dr. Scott is one of the few scholars in the country with proficiency and expertise in hieroglyphics outside of Egyptology as a discrete discipline.
He received his Th. D. degree in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University Divinity School, having successfully defended (with honors) a doctoral thesis entitled "Egyptian Elements in Hermetic Literature." In addition to several other projects, he is currently working to complete an article titled: "Some of the Multidimensional Aspects of the Ancient Egyptian Language". He is also seeking to have his doctoral thesis published. In 2004 he accepted an invitation to become a lifetime (that is, distinguished) member of the International Society of Poets. A cadre of his poems can be accessed with permission, via the International Library of Poetry at: www.lulu.com. Eventually, he hopes to publish an anthology of poems under title-rubric: I Walk in Places My Soul Already Knows©.