Jim Siburt

Jim Siburt

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Assistant Director

ADCP Lancaster RN to BS

Assistant Director, RN to BS

EMU at Lancaster

James Eric Siburt is a PH.D. candidate at Alvernia University as well as the Assistant Director for the RN to BS program and Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster. His research interests are interdisciplinary examining forms of resistance and power through the intersection of popular culture media, leadership theory, religion, and communications, with a primary research interest in the role visual semiotics plays in revealing these forms. He is currently finishing a dissertation that examines the forms of resistance and power represented in pop-culture media.

Education
  • Ph.D. (ABD), Alvernia University, Reading, PA. Sociology of Leadership, Expected Fall 2013. Dissertation: A Domination Observed/A Resistance Acknowledged: Forms of Power in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Master of Arts (Religion), Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA, May 2008. Sociology of Religion and Cultural Hermeneutics. Presidential Scholarship Recipient.
  • Bachelor of Science, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA, 1999. Biblical Leadership and Theological Studies.
Publications
  • Book Review – Keightley, E., & Pickering, M. (2012). The Mnemonic Imagination: Remembering as a Creative Practice. Palgrave MacMillan, Journal of American Studies, Summer 2013
  • Book Review – DiPaolo (2011). War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film. Mcfarland & Co Inc., ImageTexT Journal, Fall 2012
  • Book Review – Bado-Fralick, N., & Norris, R. S. (2010). Toying with God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls. Baylor University Press., Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Spring 2011
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • “Social Power Dynamics in the Mediation of Lived Religion: An Analytic Framework for Social Power Dynamics” Organizer and Panelist, Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, Newburgh, NY., March 2014.
  • “Perspectives on Contemporary Religious Identity: Who Defines the Other?” Organizer and Panelist, Annual Meeting of the Eastern American Studies Association, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA., March 2013
  • “Who’s Watching Me? Panopticonic Forms of Command and Control,” Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD., March 2013.
  • “The Mythological Key to Organizational Change,” International Leadership Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October, 2012, submitted
  • “Distant AND Communal: Exploring New Forms of Online Pedagogy,” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November, 2010.
  • “The Zombie as Symbol: A Semiotic Look at the Zombie in Television and Film,” International Semiotic Society of America Conference, Louisville, KY, November, 2010.
  • “The Zombie as Symbol: A Semiotic Look at the Zombie in Religion,” Mid-Atlantic Region American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick, NJ, March, 2010.
  • “More Human Than Human: Battlestar Galactica’s Religious and Political Fields of
    Cultural Production,” Mid-Atlantic Region American Studies Association / Pennsylvania Political Science Association, Elizabethtown, PA, March 27-28, 2009.
  • “Science Fiction’s New Enlightenment: A Reexamination of the Origin of Religion,” Mid-Atlantic Region American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD, March 26-27, 2009.
  • “Issues of Temporality in Early Modern Theology and 21st Century Science Fiction Films,” presentation, Mid-Atlantic Region American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick, NJ, March 28, 2008.
Other Presentations
  • “The Orphans of Academia and the Journey Home,” Presidential Address, Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD., March 2013.
  • “Who Do You Say I Am? – Defining the Religious Other in American Culture,” Organizer and Panelist, Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, MD., March 2013.
  • “Citizenship Film Series: Philadelphia,” Faculty Panelist, The O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service, Alvernia University, February 2013.
  • “The Role of Leadership in a Multicultural and Pluralistic World,” Organizer and Presider, Panel discussion on Religion and Leadership, Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick, NJ., March 2012.
  • “An Introduction to Servant Leadership: Issues of Power and Followership” Alvernia’s 2012 Leadership Berks Core Program at Wyomising, PA., December, 2011.
  • “The Mythological key To Cultural Change: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Ideology in Leadership,” 48th Annual meeting of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ at Silver Bay, N.Y., June, 2011.
  • “Distant AND Communal: Exploring New Forms of Online Pedagogy,” Graduate Luncheon, Society for Biblical Literature & American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, March, 2011.
  • “The Wired Podium: Visual Culture and the Signs of Our Time,” Theology with a Twist Lecture, Kutztown, PA, February, 2011
  • “Effective Leadership Communication in a Technological World,” Southern Conference of The United Church of Christ, Raleigh, NC, January, 2011.
  • “Communicating Through Arts and Technology,” Continuing Education Summer Workshop, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA, July, 2010.

Interviews

  • “Alvernia Faculty Spotlight,” Interview, Alvernia University Magazine, Winter/Spring 2013 Issue.
  • “James Siburt: Zombies, Semiotics, and Dollhouse,” Research Interview, TheoFantastique.com, December, 2010.
Church, Community and Professional Service

Attends Hempfield Brethren in Christ Church

Honors, Awards and Grants
  • Awarded: $20,000, Classroom Technology Enhancements, The Carpenter Foundation, December, 2011.
  • Leadership Now: Spiritual Formation With Youth, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Advisor and Instructor for Theology and Communication, 2008-2011.
  • Center for Leadership and Continuing Education, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Advisor and Instructor for Communication, Leadership, and Marketing, 2008-2011.
Professional Memberships

American Academy of Religion, 2006-Present

  • President, 2012-2013, Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion
  • Vice President, 2011-2012, Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion
  • Graduate Student Representative for the Executive Committee, 2010-2011, Mid-Atlantic
    Region of the American Academy of Religion
  • Section Chair for Religion and Popular Culture, 2009-Present, Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion
  • Section Chair for Religion and Leadership, 2012, Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion

American Studies Association, 2008-Present
Popular Culture Association, 2008-Present
Semiotic Society of American, 2009-Present
Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2010-Present
International Leadership Association, 2012 – Present

New Courses Taught
  • Faculty Development: Creating a Pedagogical Narrative, EMU Lancaster, Spring 2014
  • The Parables of Jesus, EMS Lancaster, Spring 2014
  • Senior Seminar: Issues and Values, EMU Lancaster