Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs
Dr. Carol A. Scheppard
Carol Scheppard grew up in the small clock-manufacturing town of Thomaston, nestled in Connecticut's industrial Naugatuck Valley. She first encountered the transformative power of the liberal arts at Wesleyan University where she majored in anthropology and minored in history. Committed to awakening in others the new voice and new self-awareness the academy revealed in her, she embarked on a career in education. After graduation Dr. Scheppard spent 10 years as a teacher and administrator at Landmark School and Landmark College, schools with curricula designed specifically for students with dyslexia.
In 1989 Dr. Scheppard returned to the academy, earning a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary before moving on to doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Scheppard was awarded several fellowships, including the School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship and the Pennfield Scholarship in Diplomacy, International Affairs and Belles Lettres. Her dissertation, Keepers of the Faith: Irish Exegetes and Psalter Study in the Eighth Century, consolidated her research, conducted in Ireland, on Irish approaches to biblical interpretation in the early middle ages.
Dr. Scheppard joined the department of philosophy and religion at Bridgewater College in 1998, teaching such courses as history of the christian church, medieval women's spirituality, history of biblical interpretation and biblical themes in lLiterature. She was the 2002 recipient of the Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award. Her current research project is a critical edition of the Eclogae Tractatorum in Psalterium, an eighth-century commentary on the Psalms. The text is scheduled for publication in the Corpus Christianorum Series Celtigenae, a section of the Corpus Christianorum specifically devoted to the works of the early Irish church. Her other areas of research include early medieval Celtic Christianity, medieval monasticism and late antique and medieval exegesis; she has prepared numerous articles and presented papers on these topics at national and international conferences. Her most recent publication, Exiles in the Empire: Believers Church Perspectives on Politics, is a collection of papers she edited with Dr. Nathan Yoder of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Dr. Scheppard has served as vice president and dean for academic affairs at Bridgewater College since June 2007. She is chair of the board of trustees for Bethany Theological Seminary and is an active council member of Lebanon Church of the Brethren in Mt. Sidney, Virginia. Dr. Scheppard is serving her third term as a Virginia public servant, both as a councilwoman for the Town of Mt. Crawford and as a chair of the Harrisonburg Rockingham County Municipal Planning Organization (HRMPO). She began her term as chair of the HRMPO in June 2009.