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    Biography

    Clients appreciate when their attorney is inspired and energetic about their area of practice and Mark Hanshaw embodies that. Mark, a seasoned educator, lawyer, and academic administrator, has been entrenched in the vibrant higher education environment for many years and feels privileged to work in an industry that is his calling. Transitioning from the classroom and boardroom into the role of trusted legal advisor, Mark advises higher education administrators and in-house counsel on regulatory compliance,  policy and procedure development, and growth strategies. Mark is a tireless advocate for the institutions he is privileged to represent  and understands the intersection of culture, humanity, community, and higher education.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    American Bar Association
    Tennessee Bar Association
    Recognized by Texas Wesleyan University Provost for Outstanding Scholarship, 2012, 2014, 2016
    Faculty Council Leadership Recognition, 2015
    Silver Remi (second place honors) from the Houston International Film Festival for the short documentary film, A Day with the Tao, 2015
    President’s GEM Award, 2013
    Platinum Remi (top honors) from the Houston International Film Festival for the short documentary film, The Embrace of a Loving God, 2012
    Bronze Remi (third place) from the Houston International Film Festival for the short documentary film, The Ritual of Life in India, 2011
    Recognized by the Journal of Religion East and West as authoring one of its 10 most influential articles, 2011

    Work Experience

    2021 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2017-2021 Associate General Counsel, UMC General Board of Higher Education
    2016-2018 Dean, School of Arts & Letters, Texas Wesleyan University
    2014-2016 Associate Dean, School of Arts & Letters, Texas Wesleyan University
    2014 Visiting Professor of Philosophy & Ethics, University of Beijing, China
    2012-2014 Chair, Faculty Assembly, Texas Wesleyan University
    2010-2015 Chair, Department of Religion, Ethics and Humanities, Texas Wesleyan University
    2007-2010 Assistant Professor of Ethics & Religion, Texas Wesleyan University
    2004-2007 Assistant Professor of Ethics & Religion, Texas Wesleyan University

    Speaking Engagements

    ACADEMIC FILMS

    A Day with the Tao, a short documentary film, captured on location in China and produced with support from Texas Wesleyan University, the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund and KERA, Dallas, 2015

    The Embrace of a Loving God: Encountering Sufism, a short documentary film for classroom use, filmed on location in Turkey and produced as part of a collaborative educational venture sponsored by Texas Wesleyan University and Santa Fe University School of Film, 2012

    The Ritual of Life in India, a short documentary film for classroom use, filmed on location in India and produced as part of a collaborative educational venture sponsored by Texas Wesleyan University and Santa Fe University School of Film, 2011

    BOOKS AND CHAPTERS

    “In the Domain of Liminal Saints: Identifying the Parameters of a Field of Interfaith Studies,” a chapter in the forthcoming volume, Interreligious Dispatches, Beacon Press, March 2020

    Intersections: Faith, Church and the Academy, general editor and author for the Bristol Series volume, published by the General Board of Higher Education, Spring, 2018

    “The Professionalization of Interfaith Studies,” a chapter in the volume Toward a Field of Interfaith Studies, Beacon Press, Spring, 2018

    Jiddu Krishnamurti, an entry in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR) published by DeGruyter Press, 2016

    From East to West: A Comparative Study of the World’s Great Religions, a co-authored textbook published by BVT Publishing, Spring 2016

    Religion in the Midst of Life: A Study of Global Religions, an introductory textbook on world religions with accompanying online course website, published by the National Press for the Social Sciences, 2012

    OTHER WORKS

    “On the Posthumous Cult of Mao: How did Mao Zedong become a God?” an article in development with co-author Lili Zhang, Ph.D.

    The Orthodox Comparativist Blog, an ongoing web-based blog focused upon issues related to Inter-religious relations and dialogue and personal images collected of important religious sites around the globe, 2013-2016, at www.markhanshaw.com

    PRESENTATIONS

    "Creativity in the Face of Crisis," The Registry Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct. 2019

    "The Global Footprint of Methodist Education," World Methodist Council, Seoul, Korea, May 2018

    “The Methodist Influence upon Academic Accreditation,” AAUMTS, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2018

    “Interfaith in the Academy and the Workplace,” SACSCOC Annual Meeting, Dallas, December 2017

    "The Vital Marriage of Religion and Film,” Peking University Center for Buddhist Studies, Beijing, China, July 17, 2017

    “From Community Partnerships to Academic Innovation,” Interfaith Youth Core Conference, Chicago, January 23, 2017

    “From Wesley’s London to Plural America: Methodist Theology and the Modern Interfaith Movement,” United Methodist Conclave, Oklahoma City, October 17, 2016

    “Interfaith Studies in the Academy,” President’s Interfaith Challenge Conference, Washington, DC, September 22, 2016

    “Religion in the Global Age,” Four-part Public Lecture Series, Arborlawn UMC, Fort Worth, May 2016

    “Religious Studies in the Academy of the Future,” Southern Methodist University, April 2016

    “The Sectarian Plight in the Middle East,” Great Decisions Series, Community UU, Dallas, February 2016

    “Globalizing our Parochial Disciplines,” Faculty Development Seminar, September 2015