Jason LepojÍrvi will teach courses on Lewis and Tolkien in the institution's honors program

A renowned scholar on C.S. Lewis will join the faculty at George Fox University this fall and serve as an associate professor of theology and literature in the school's honors program.

Jason Lepojärvi, former president of the C.S. Lewis Society at Oxford University and a native of both Canada and Finland, has worked since January as a lecturer on theology and literature on the online theological education forum Davenant Hall, as well as served as a fellow at Thorneloe University in Ontario, Canada, a release from the school said.COURTESY PHOTO: GFU - Renowned C.S. Lewis scholar Jason Lepojärvi will join the faculty of George Fox University this fall and serve as an associate professor of theology at literature in the school's honors program.

Lepojärvi's background includes as an assistant professor of religious studies at Thorneloe, as a post-doctoral visiting research fellow and scholar-in residence at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and as a junior research fellow in theology at Oxford. He also served as chairman of religious studies at Thorneloe and as a faculty member and executive member of the master's degree in the humanities program at Laurentian University.

His educational background includes a doctorate in theology from the University of Helsinki, where he also earned a master's degree in theology, philosophy and education.

"I have had the privilege of guest lecturing at George Fox previously," he said. "My wife and I were taken by its ecumenical Christian ethos, its faculty-of-friends reputation and the surrounding natural beauty. As a life-long reader of C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, this new C.S. Lewis professorship is simply a dream job for me."

Inklings is a reference to a literary discussion group associated with Lewis and Tolkien at Oxford in the 1930s and `40s. In Newberg, Lepojärvi will partner with the school's Inklings scholars to develop and teach courses about Lewis, Tolkien and other members of the Inklings from a literary, theological and philosophical perspective.

Lepojärvwill also teach in the university's honors program, "featuring a curriculum that sends students on a transformative journey into the most influential books in human history, engaging them in deep conversation through small Socratic seminars to create a community committed to dialoging well by understanding before criticizing, reading with clarity, and embracing a diversity of perspectives," the release said.

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