Curriculum Vitae: Thomas J. Coleman III

Thomas J. Coleman III at Gladstones Library, United Kingdom

Thomas J. Coleman III at Gladstones Library, United Kingdom

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas J. Coleman III

615 McCallie Avenue

Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403 USA

E-mail address: Thomas-J-Coleman@mocs.utc.edu

 

Personal Information

Born: February 8th, 1984 – Annapolis Maryland

Citizenship: United States of America

Education

  • Currently a graduate student in the Research Psychology Master’s degree program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under the supervision of Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.
  • Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude in psychology, May 2014

Honors And Awards

  • Assistant Editor for the journal Secularism & Nonreligion July 2014 – present
  • Assistant Project Manager Position on the Bielefeld International Spirituality Research Study 2012 – 2014
  • Assistant Editor for The Religious Studies Project, December 2013 – present
  • Graduate Advising Editor for the journal Modern Psychological Studies July 2014 – present
  • Director of the Ralph W. Hood Jr. Psychology of Religion Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga December 2013 – present
  • Member – PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology
  • 2013 Duke University scholarship awardee for the Summer Research Course on Religion, Spirituality and Health
  • 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion student scholarship fee waiver
  • 2013 Center For Inquiry Student Leadership Conference travel scholarship
  • 2012 Richard Dawkins Foundation scholarship awardee for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Convention

Professional Associations (student memberships)

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • International Association for the Psychology of Religion
  • International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Research Interests

 Exploring multiple methodologies in the domains of qualitative and quantitative research focusing in the psychology of religion/spirituality and atheism/nonbelief. Specific interests include philosophy of science, theory of mind, horizontal/vertical transcendence, spirituality, secularization, cognitive science of religion, nonbelief, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and narrative/biographical analysis and philosophical psychology.

Current Projects And Research

  • Co-investigator with Kenan Sevinc, Formation and Development of Religious Unbelief in the Psychosocial Perspective.  September 2014 to present
  • Assistant to 2014 Society for the scientific Study of Religion Program Chair Ralph W. Hood Jr.
  • Faith Development Research Consultant for Liberty University PhD. candidate Winnie Gray White for  “Christian music experiences in the faith development of adolescents: A phenomenological study”, January 2014 to May 2014.
  • Teaching Assistant for Dr. David Ross social psychology 3310 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga spring 2014 semester.
  • Project Manager for “Islamic Acculturation in America” with graduate researcher Hadia Ghazi, May 2013 to present.
  • Research Coordinator for “The Effects of Cognitive Load and Stereotypic Thinking on the Interpretation of Religious Experience” with Matthew C. Durham and Christopher F. Silver, May 2013 to present.
  • Project Manager for a study of “Non-Belief in America” with Christopher F. Silver, November 2012 to June 2013.
  • Project Manager for the USA, conducting research on spirituality and altruism in blood donors for visiting Turkish scholar Sevdenur Duzguner with Ralph W. Hood Jr., April 2013 to August 2013.
  • Assistant Project manager for the USA, “The Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality” with Heinz Streib, Barbara Keller and Ralph W. Hood Jr., June 2012 to August 2014.

Publications And Papers

Coleman, T. J. III, Silver, C. F. & Holcombe, J. (2013) Focusing on Horizontal        Transcendence: much more than a “non-belief”. Essays In The Philosophy Of             Humanism. 21 (2), pp. 1-18.

Coleman III, Thomas J. (2013) The Secular Reality: A Response to Pratt’s “Durkheimian   Dread”. The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series.              http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2013/02/06/the-secular-reality-by-thomas-j-coleman-iii/

Forthcoming / Under Review

Shook, J. R., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Coleman, T. J. III, (CFP, in preparation). ‘Atheism,            Secularity, and Science’. A special issue in the journal Science, Religion & Culture.

Altınlı-Macić, M., & Coleman, T. J. III, (in press). Spirituality and Religion: An            Empirical Study Using a Turkish Muslim Sample. In Z. Agilkaya-Sahin, R. Hood, H. Streib & A. Ayten, Psychology of Religion in Turkey. Leiden: Brill.

Coleman, T. J. III, Silver, C. F., & Hood, R. W. Jr. (forthcoming). “…if the universe  is beautiful, we’re part of that beauty.” – A ‘Neither Religious nor Spiritual’ Biography as Horizontal Transcendence In: The Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality Streib, H. & Hood, R. Eds. Springer.

Coleman, T. J. III, Swhajor-Biesemann, A., Giamundo, D., Vance, C., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Silver, C. F. (forthcoming). “Experimenting with ideologies…” – A “More Spiritual than Religious” Zen Buddhist In: The Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality Streib, H. & Hood, R. Eds. Springer.

Keller, B., Coleman, T. J. III, & Silver, C. F. (forthcoming). Narrative   Reconstruction and Content Analysis in the Interpretation of “Spiritual” Biographical Trajectories for Case Studies In: The Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality Streib, H. & Hood, R. Eds. Springer.

Silver, C. F., Klein, C., Streib, H., Hood, R. W. Jr., Coleman, T. J. III (forthcoming).    Mysticism (the M-Scale) and “Spirituality” In: The Semantics and Psychology of             Spirituality Streib, H. & Hood, R. Eds. Springer.

Reviewed Blog Publications

Coleman III, Thomas J. (2013) Implicit Frameworks: The Tyrannical    Hegemonic Discourse. The Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network Official Blog, Methods and Methodologies. http://blog.nsrn.net/2013/11/01/implicit-frameworks-the-tyrannical-hegemonic-discourse/

Coleman III, Thomas J. (2014) The 2014 SSSR Annual Meeting: A Testament to the   Growing Popularity and Importance of Secularism and Nonreligion Research. The           Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network Official Blog, Upcoming Event.       http://blog.nsrn.net/2014/07/09/the-2014-sssr-annual-meeting-a-testament-to-the-       growing-popularity-and-importance-of-secularism-and-nonreligion-research/

Presentations

Guthrie, S. E. (2014, May 11) (Coleman, T. J. III, Chair) Plenary lecture “A cognitive theory of religion: Biology, anthropomorphism and evolutionary  epistemology” presented at the Cognitive science of religion, philosophy and theology conference in Oxford England at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Silver, C. F. & Coleman, T. J. III (2013, July 31) Empirical Explorations of  Spirituality Panel presented at the American Psychological Association 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu Hawaii

Silver, C. F., Coleman, T. J. III, Keller, B., Klein, C, Hood, R. W. Jr. & Streib, H  (2013, August 28) Spirituality” in Germany and the United States: New Results  on the Semantic, Psychological and Biographical Perspectives panel presented at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland

Coleman, T. J. III, Hood, R. W. Jr & Silver, C. F. (2013, August 30) Horizontal and      Vertical Transcendence; A theory, the paradigm, and research paper presented at           the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress  in Lausanne Switzerland

Invited Presentations

The Six Types of Nonbelief. Invited presentation at Glyndwr University UK. May 12th, 2014 in the Psychology Seminar Series
Outside the In-Group: Prayer, Politics and the Separation of Church and State in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Invited presentation at The Chattanooga Humanist Assembly April 6th, 2014

Conference Reports

Coleman, T. J. III, Back in the SSSR: Reflections on the 2013 SSSR/RRA (2013,          November 20), The Religious Studies Project.  http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2013/11/20/back-in-the-sssr-reflections-on-the-2013-sssrrra-conference-by-thomas-j-coleman-iii/

Book Reviews

Coleman III, T.J. 2014. Review of Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Secularism and Nonreligion 3:2, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/snr.an

Coleman, T. J. III, (2013). (Review) Mental Culture: Classical Social Theory and the      Cognitive Science of Religion. Edited by D. Xygalatas and W. McCorkle Jr., Durham: Acumen Publishing Ltd., 2013, British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin, 18-19

The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Kevin Ladd (interviewee) (2014, May) The  Psychology of Prayer: An interview with Kevin Ladd, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the- psychology-of-prayer-an-interview-with-kevin-ladd/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Dimitris Xygalatas (interviewee) (2014, April) The         Burning Saints, Fire-Walking Rituals of the Anastenaria: An interview with Dimitris Xygalatas, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series,      http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-burning-saints-fire-walking-          rituals-of-the-anastenaria-an-interview-with-dimitris-xygalatas/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Tatjana Schnell (interviewee) (2014, April) Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life – An interview with Tatjana Schnell, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/sources-of-meaning-and-meaning-in-life-an-interview-with-tatjana-schnell/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Harold Koenig (interviewee) (2014, March), ‘Religion, Spirituality and Health’ – An interview with Dr. Harold Koenig, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-spirituality-and-health-an-interview-with-dr-harold-koenig/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Ara Norenzayan (interviewee) (2014, March), Ara          Norenzayan on ‘Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/ara-norenzayan-on-big-gods-how-religion-transformed-cooperation-and-conflict/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Robert N. McCauley (interviewee) (2014,                      February), ‘Religion is Natural and Science is Not’, an interview with Robert            McCauley, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series,       http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-is-natural-and-science-is-not-an-interview-with-robert-mccauley/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Stewart Guthrie (interviewee) (2014, February),             ‘Religion as Anthropomorphism’, an interview with Stewart Guthrie, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-as-anthropomorphism-an-interview-with-stewart-guthrie/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Tom Flynn (interviewee) (2014, January), Tom Flynn on ‘Secular Humanism’, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series,        http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/tom-flynn-on-secular-humanism/

Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Russell T. McCutcheon (interviewee) (2014, January), Russell McCutcheon on ‘religion’ as ‘sui generis’, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/russell-mccutcheon-on-religion-a   s-sui-generis/

Coleman, T. J. III, Silver, C. F. (moderators), Brandt, P. Y., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Streib, H. (discussants) (2013, August). The Religious Studies Project Podcast Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel conducted at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/rsp-psychology-of-religion-participatory-panel-special/

Grants

  • Sir John Templeton Foundation  – “Developmental Change in Spirituality: Longitudinal study of faith biographies, religious schemata and their psychological correlates and predictors” (Project Manager for the U.S.) PI: Heinz Streib, October 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017. Funding: €158,932  #52249
  • Sir John Templeton Foundation – “Discerning Jesus in the Mind’s Eye” (Lab Manager) PI: Jeff Larsen, August 1, 2014 – January 1, 2017. Funding: $253,305  #51968
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) for 2014 SSSR Conference Funding: $9,000 (Ralph W. Hood Jr., Christopher F. Silver & Thomas J. Coleman III)

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