Dr. John Kaltner Receives Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service

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Publication Date: 8/24/2007


Dr. John Kaltner, associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College, is the 2007 recipient of the Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. The award, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community, was presented during the college’s Opening Convocation August 22 which marked the opening of the college’s 159th academic year.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Jameson M. Jones, a Rhodes alumnus who served as professor of moral philosophy and dean of the college from 1955 to 1971.

At Rhodes, Kaltner teaches courses in the Bible, Islam, and Arabic and often receives invitations from Memphis congregations to speak on the issue of interfaith dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He also is coauthor of What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity and Islam (2007), his seventh book.

Kaltner has worked beyond the “expected level of service and demonstrates a commitment that exceeds what is expected,” said Rhodes Provost Dr. Charlotte Borst who presented the award.

Nomination letters from faculty and staff noted that Kaltner has served as the advisor for the Muslim Student Association of Rhodes, co-chair of the Family Campaign for Rhodes, and is the sole faculty member of the Student Services Re-engineering Design and Implementation Team. In addition, he has served on Rhodes’ Advising Committee, Post-Graduate Scholarship Committee, Advisory Committee for Athletics, and is the Faculty Associate for the Cross-Country and Track teams.

“As impressive as his service commitments have been, Professor Kaltner was also lauded for the manner in which he offers his service,” added Borst. “He approaches each task with a level of humility that belies the keen intellect, superior leadership, and hard work he has to offer. His colleagues, faculty and staff, wrote that it ‘is a joy to serve with Professor Kaltner.’ ”