Dr. John Schmalzbauer is following a path of “public scholarship” — sharing his research findings with a national and international audience instead of just fellow academic types.
“The best part of my job is that I can convey a passion about the fact that you cannot understand American culture without understanding the role of religion.”
Schmalzbauer has blogged for the Christian Science Monitor about evangelicals in the Ozarks, and has had a column published in the Wall Street Journal. He has also written a book about the role of religion in both the media and higher education, and is currently doing research that explores the role of campus ministers around the nation — a project likely to lead to another book.
Schmalzbauer, who is from Minnesota and came to Missouri State in 2004 from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, holds the Blanche Gorman Strong Chair of Protestant Studies. The endowment made the position here jump out at him when he was seeking opportunities.
“I think having endowed chairs can be a magnet for professors from other parts of the country who may or may not have known about Missouri State. I have a little bit more funds for research and an assistant to help with research and in the classroom. It helps with these huge projects, like the campus ministry project.”