Holly Jordan

211 Lane Hall, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540.231.0698 — Fax: 540.231.1134 — E-Mail:

PDF:  CV March 2012


Ph.D.       Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought.  Major Field:  Political Thought; Minor Field:  Cultural Thought.  Certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Future Professoriate.  Expected Graduation Date:  May 2015.

M.A.        The University of Georgia.  Religion.  Minor field:  Classics.  Thesis:  A History of Jews in Greek Gymnasia.  Major Professor:  David S. Williams.  Graduation Date:  August 2009.

B.A.         Converse College.  Political Science.  Minor:  Religion.  Graduate of the Nisbet Honors Program.  Graduation Date:  May 2006.

Summer Immersion Program.  Ahl al-Bayt University, Immersion in Arabic Program, Mafraq, Jordan.  June 20-August 8, 2004.


  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy,
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Fall 2011-Present
  • Online Instructor of Religion, Potomac State College of
    West Virginia University
Fall 2010-Spring 2011
  • Administrative Assistant for Communications,
    First Presbyterian Church of Athens, GA
February 2010-July 2011
  • Temporary Instructor, Department of Religion,
    The University of Georgia
Fall 2009-Spring 2011
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Instructor,
    Department of Religion, The University of Georgia
Fall 2006-Spring 2009

Courses Taught

  • RELG 102 – Religions of the World
Fall 2010-Spring 2011
  • RELI 1002 – Introduction to Eastern Religions
Fall 2009-Spring 2011
  • RELI 1001 – Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Spring 2007-Spring 2009

Courses Teaching Assisted

  • PHIL 1304 – Morality and Justice
Fall 2011-Present
  • CLAS 1000 – Greek Culture
Fall 2007-Spring 2008
  • RELI 1006 – Introduction to World Religions
Fall 2006
  • POL 402 – Women’s Lives in Africa and Asia
Spring 2006
  • POL 101 – Introduction to International Relations
Spring 2006
  • POL 493 – Model NATO
Fall 2005-Spring 2006

Publications and Presentations

  • “Women as Bhikkhuni at the Carolina Buddhist Vihara”
    Presented at The Pluralism Project’s “Religious Pluralism in the United States –
    The Southern States” Conference
November 21, 2003


  • National University Model Arab League, Washington DC
    Delegate, Chair, Judge, and Student Advisor
2008-2009, 2011
  • Southeast Regional Model Arab League, Spartanburg, SC
    Delegate, Chair, Judge, Head Delegate, and Advisor
2004-2009; 2011-2012
  • Southeast Regional Model United Nations XXI, Atlanta, GA
    Director, League of Arab States Committee
November 18-20, 2010
  • Tri-Presbytery Fall 2010 Leadership Event, Atlanta, GA
    Attended workshops on advances in digital and print media and on innovations in web presence and website design.
August 21, 2010
  • National Model NATO, Washington, DC, Delegate and Secretary-General
  • “Democracy and Human Rights: The Next Steps,” Reykjavik, Iceland.
    Sponsored by the Atlantic Youth Association of Iceland
June 1-5, 2005
  • Northeast University Model Arab League, Boston, MA
    Delegate and Assistant Chief Justice
November 2004
  • “Religious Pluralism in North America:  The Southern US,”
    Atlanta, GA.  The Pluralism Project, Harvard University.
    Presentation of original research
November 21-22, 2003

Professional Development

  • New Media Faculty-Staff Seminar, Virginia Tech
Spring 2012
  • Faculty Development Institute Seminars, Virginia Tech
Fall 2011-Present


  • President, ASPECT Student Association
Fall 2011-Present
  • Student Committee Member, ASPECT Faculty Search
Spring 2012
  • Volunteer and Coordinator, The University of Georgia’s
    Reacting to the Past curriculum, Athens in 403 B.C.
Fall 2007-Spring 2008
  • Head Delegate, Model Programs of Converse College
  • Class of 2007 Representative, Converse College Honor Code
    Violations Appeals Board
2005 2006

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • “Model Arab League Lifetime Achievement Award”
    Awarded by NCUSAR
March 2012
  • “Best Delegate –Arab Heads of State” awarded by the Southeast University Model Arab League and NCUSAR
March 2012
  • “Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization Award,”
    awarded by Converse College
May 2006
  • “Best Crisis Chair – Arab Court of Justice, awarded by the National University Model Arab League and NCUSAR
April 2006


  • The effect conflicts have on regional and international religious practice.
  • Hellenistic Judaism, focusing in the relationship between Jews and Greeks in gymnasia.
  • Integration of Web 2.0 into the classroom, especially as it relates to experiential learning.
  • Creating new, standardized methodology for interdisciplinary study.
  • Exegesis of ancient sources, including texts written in Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, and Koine Greek.


Last Updated April 2012