VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has selected Paul L. Danove, PhD, professor of Theology and Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his research and rhetorical analysis of biblical, especially Gospel, texts, as well as his research on the semantics of the Greek of the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. Dr. Danove was recognized at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 18.
Dr. Danove has been a member of the Biblical Studies Area of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Villanova since 1994. He currently serves as Chair of The Greek of the New Testament Seminar of the Society for New Testament Studies, co-Chair of the Hellenistic Greek Language and Linguistics Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and co-Chair of The Greek of Jewish and Christian Writings through the Pax Romana Seminar of the European Association of Biblical Studies.
“Dr. Danove brings honor to Villanova University not only by his stature as an internationally recognized scholar, but also as a model of the Villanova teacher-scholar,” said Amanda Grannas, PhD, associate vice provost for research and professor of Chemistry. “His scholarship and teaching reside on a continuum in which they inform and enable each other. It is a true pleasure to be able to recognize Professor Danove’s distinguished career with this award.”
While at Villanova, Dr. Danove has conducted research on topics that include the semantics of the Greek of the Septuagint and New Testament, narrative, character and rhetorical studies of the Gospel of Mark, and the Theology, Christology, and Anthropology of the Gospel of Mark. Dr. Danove is a major contributor to advancing the semantic study of the Greek of biblical texts, as he is co-founder of two of the three international seminars dedicated to this research, and chair of the third. He teaches graduate courses on the Gospel of Mark, Synoptic Gospels and Johannine Literature and undergraduate courses on the New Testament Gospels, Letters of John and the Book of Revelation.
“I am honored to be selected for this award and to be in the same company as so many other distinguished scholars at Villanova,” said Danove. “I am grateful for the support my research has received from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University for the past twenty-plus years.”
In 2002, Dr. Danove was awarded a Fulbright Lecture and Research Fellowship at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a Mission and Ministry Grant for work on the Forgiveness Project in 2007. He was a Lilly Fellow for a Summer Seminar on The Mission of the Religiously Affiliated University/College and the Public Theology of Their Students in 1997.
“Over the course of more than two decades as a member of our faculty, Dr. Danove has established himself as an internationally recognized scholar in his field, while continuing to represent Villanova's model of the dedicated teacher-scholar,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "He has been an outstanding teacher and mentor to his students, and recently played a key role in the planning and launch of our doctoral program in Theology. I can think of no one more deserving of this award."
About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.