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3.09.17 – Dr. Alice Chapman
March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
• Dissertation Title: “Authority and Power in the Writings of St Bernard of Clairvaux.”
• Degree Emphasis: Ecclesiastical and Intellectual History.
• Degree Received: July 2006.
Master of Arts in Religion, Yale Divinity School
• Degree Emphasis: Church History.
• Degree Received: June 1996.
Bachelor of Arts, Utah State University
• Major: History, emphasis in European History and minor area in Classics.
• Degree Received: June 1991.
•Sacred Authority and Temporal Power in the Writings of Bernard of Clarivaux, Medieval
Church Series, 25. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers (October 2013).
• “Ideal and Reality: Images of a Bishop in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Advice to Eugenius III
(1145-53).” In Envisioning the Bishop Images and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages Edited by Evan
Gatti and Sigrid Danielson. Medieval Church Series 29. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers (2014) 331-346.
• “Disentangling Potestas in the Works of St Bernard of Clairvaux.” Revista Portuguesa De
Filosofia 60 no. 3 (2004): 587–600.
• “Authority and Power in the Writings of St Bernard of Clairvaux.” Cîteaux Commentarii
Cistercienses 54 no. 3–4 (2003): 209–223.
• “Authority and Power in the Writings of St Bernard of Clairvaux: Summary of a Thesis in
Progress.” Monastic Research Bulletin 8 (2002): 46–48.
• “Bernard of Clairvaux Theologian of the Cross by Anthony N.S. Lane.” Cîteaux commentarii
• “Shaping Church Law around the Year 1000. The Decretum of Burchard of Worms by Greta Austin.”
Ecclesiastical Law Journal 14 (May 2012): 297-299.
• “Bishops, Texts and the use of Canon law around 1100: Essays in honor of Martin Brett, Bruce
C. Braisington and Kathleen G. Cushing, eds. Ecclesiastical Law Journal 12 (May 2010): 245-248.
• “Leadership in Medieval English Nunneries by Valerie Spear.” Ecclesiastical Law Journal 9
(January 2007): 130-131.
• Associate Professor, History Department, Grand Valley State University, 2008 – ongoing.
• Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, Utah State University, 2005–2008.
Relevant University Courses Taught:
Introduction to European Civilizations (HST102). A general education course covering the later
Middle Ages to the present emphasizing the interaction of political, social, economic, intellectual
and cultural factors that influenced the formation of Europe.
European Civilization to the Later Middle Ages (HST 207). This class is an historical survey
focusing on the development of European civilization from Classical Greece to the Later Middle
Ages. This course explores the intellectual, social, religious, political and cultural aspects of
the formation of Europe; designed for majors who will take upper-division course in European
Faith and Power in Medieval Europe (HST 200). This course provides skills for the historian.
Students develop research skills in order to produce solid pieces of written work; they are engaged
in critical analysis of both primary and secondary texts.
Medieval Europe (HST 355). This upper-division course focuses on the cultural, religious and
political systems of medieval Europe with an emphasis in the high Middle Ages. The course asks
students to think critically and challenges them to reconsider existing notions and preconceptions
about this period in European history. The course is reading and writing intensive.
Controversies and Change in Medieval Europe (HST 495). This course is designed as the capstone
of the history major. The class focuses on historiography, use of primary sources and critical
assessment of documents, and requires a substantial undergraduate research paper as the culmination
of the degree.
Making of Europe (HNR 217-218 and 227-228). This is a two-year course, team- taught by four
professors representing various disciplines in the Humanities. This Honors College class focuses on
Europe from the 4th century C.E. to 1500. Among the four professors, I teach the history portion of
History of Christianity (HST 4230). An upper-division course focusing on the history of
Christian thought and the various movements within Christianity from its origins to the present.
The course is reading and writing intensive.
AWARDS, HONORS/ APPOINTMENTS
• Collegeville Institute, Visiting Scholar, St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, Winter 2015.
• Pew Teaching Excellence Award, 2012. Grand Valley State University.
• Studium Scholar, Visiting Scholars Program, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, 2011 and 2015
• Nominated for, “Outstanding Service to First-Year Students,” Utah State University, October 2006.
• Graduate Representative to the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2001–2002.
• Outstanding Student of the Year, Department of History, Utah State University, 1990 –1991.
• President of Phi Alpha Theta, Utah State University, 1990–1991.
• Vice-President of Phi Alpha Theta, Utah State University, 1989–1990.
• Distinguished Service Award, Utah State University, 1989–1990.
• Academic All American, National Collegiate Athletics Association, Utah State 1987-1989.
• Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, University of Cambridge, Clare College, 1999-2000.
SELECT ACADEMIC PAPERS/ PRESENTATIONS
• “The Medieval Roots of the Christus Medicus in Martin Luther.”
• Beyond Oberman: Luther and the Middle Ages (Northwestern U.) November 2016.
• “Double Leprosy of the Heart: Spiritual Sickness and Wellness in Bernard of Clarivaux.” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2015.
• “Unam Sanctam and Bernard of Clairvaux.” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 2014.
• “Avoiding the Persona Mixta in Bernard of Clairvaux.” Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies, Saint Louis University, 2014.
• “Power, Dominion and Papal Authority: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Legacy.” International Medieval
Congress, Leeds, England, July 2013.
• “Auctoritas in Bernard of Clairvaux and Gratian.” The XIV International Congress of Medieval
Canon Law, St Michael’s, University of Toronto, August 2012.
• “Right Order and Reform, Bernard of Clairvaux and the Twelfth Century.” International Medieval
Congress, Kalamazoo, May 2012.
• “From Cistercian Abbot to Pope: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Advice to Eugenius III (1145 1153).”
International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 2011.
• “Looking Straight into the Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Bernard of Clairvaux.” University of
Mannheim, Germany, May 12, 2009. Invited lecture.
• “Teaching Medieval Latin to Classicists.” Utah Classical Association, University of Utah, March
2005. Invited lecture.
• “Authority and Power in St Bernard of Clairvaux.” International Medieval Congress, Leeds,
England, July 2003.
• “The Relationship between Auctoritas and Potestas in the Work of St Bernard of Clairvaux.”
Church History Seminar, University of Cambridge, May 2003.
• “The Lactations of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Spiritual Images of Contemplation.” Clare College
Graduate Research Forum, University of Cambridge, February 2002. Invited lecture.
• “St Bernard of Clairvaux: Letters and Correspondence.” Bolton Abbey, Cistercian monastery,
Moone, Ireland, March 2000. Invited lecture.
• “The History of the Rosary: Prayer Beads and Worship.” Lecture series, “Mary Through the
Centuries.” Yale University, May 1996.
• “The ■ and Controversy at The Council of Chalcedon: History and Language.” Presented at the
Seven Ecumenical Councils Seminar. Yale University, December 1995.
• “Protestant Lenten Eating Habits in Elizabethan England.” Elizabethan England Conference,
University of Utah, May 1991.
• Latin, 8 years (Classical 3, Medieval 5, reading knowledge)
• Certificate, Latin Summer School in Rome, Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D.
• Greek, 4 years (Classical 3, Biblical, 1)
• Spanish, 6 years (reading and speaking knowledge)
• German, 2 years (reading knowledge and some speaking knowledge)
• French, 2 years (moderate reading knowledge)
• Hebrew, 1 year (reference knowledge only)
• Undergraduate Research Committee, Grand Valley State University, 2015-.
• Student Scholars Day Committee, 2012- present.
• Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta, Grand Valley State University, 2010- present.
• Faculty Advisor, Theta Club (Undergraduate History Club), Grand Valley State, 2009- present.
• Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Interview Committee for Grand Rapids, 2011- present.
• Scholarship Day, “The Honors Advantage” address to parents and students; Awards of
Distinction Scholarship Competitions interviewer, December 2010; January 15 and 22; 2011.
• Scholarship and Awards Committee, Department of History, Grand Valley State, 2011.
• Fellowship Liaison from History to the Office of Fellowships, 2010- ongoing.
• “Titivillus, Patron Demon of Scribes.” Invited lecture for Phi Alpha Theta, Delta-Xi Chapter,
Utah State University, October 2006 and 2007.
• Department of History Graduate Committee, 2006 –2008.
• Medieval and Early Modern Studies Committee, 2005 – 2008.
• Religious Studies Committee, 2006 – 2008.
• Bullen Essay Prize Committee, 2005.
• Episcopus Society
• Medieval Academy of America
• Phi Alpha Theta
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
• Clare College Library Evening Invigilator, University of Cambridge, 2000–2003. Duties included
checking out books, managing reserves, and acting as evening manager of the library.
• Idaho Health Sciences Library Assistant: Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 1992–1993.
Duties included locating medical articles requested by doctors and delivering articles to local
• Graduate Student Tutorial Supervisor and Periodicals Desk Employee: Boston College, Boston,
Massachusetts, 1991–1992. Duties included scheduling and overseeing appointments between graduate
student tutors and their undergraduate students.
• Dilettante Society Clare College, 1999–2003. Academic lecture series.
• Peace Caucus, Yale University, 1993–1996.
• Woman’s Center Member, Yale University, 1993–1996.
• Track and Field Athlete, NCAA Division I, Utah State University, 1986–1989.