Albuquerque campus director honored for paper

March 21, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE – Dr. Ben Craver, executive director of the Wayland Baptist University campus in Albuquerque, was named the recipient of the 2011 Frank P. Forwood Award for Academic Excellence in Presented Research recently.

Craver’s paper titled “O Body, What Art Thou? A Theological Critique of James F. Ross’ Metamorphosis of the Human Body at Death” was presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies in Dallas, held March 4-6.

The Forwood Award was created to honor the service and dedication of Frank P. Forwood, a founding member and long-time program chair of the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion-Southwest (ASSR-SW) and the SWCRS. He was a professor of sociology and religion at Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana – Monroe) for more than 30 years and died in 2007.

The selection process for the award includes two levels of peer review, and Craver’s submission and presentation received the highest ranking in the review process for 2011.

Craver has been executive director of the Albuquerque campus since May 2007, and he served at Wayland’s San Antonio campus for six years before that as director of development. He also holds faculty status as associate professor of religion and teaches regularly.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned the doctorate from Southwestern in 1994 and also studied at Brite Divinity School.