I am in Louisville today for a conference sponsored by the Louisville Institute. The Institute is housed on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. I am staying in a really nice conference center and the conversation and hospitality has been great so far. I will cover the conference in a future post.
This morning I was reading a copy of Mosaic, the alumni magazine of Louisville Seminary. On page 18-19 there is a short feature promoting “Faculty Trading Cards.” That’s right–the faculty of Louisville Seminary are featured on “limited edition” trading cards. They are available for free, but you are only allowed to get one set per e-mail request. (I should add that Luis Martinez-Fernandez, a Latin-American history professor at Rutgers, predicted this phenomenon back in 2oo3).
The cards feature a picture of a professor on the front and vital statistics on the back. For example, Johanna Bos’s card includes her title (Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament), the date of her “rookie year” (1977), her education, her church affiliation, her recent publications, her areas of expertise, and a category called “dual hitter” which notes her role as the faculty and financial liaison to the seminary Women’s Center.
Move over Topps, here comes the Presbyterians of Louisville!
After reading this promotion I googled “faculty trading cards” and learned that Louisville Seminary is not the only educational institution with these cards. In October 2009 Penn State University released their own set of faculty trading cards. I wonder what a Michael Berube is worth?