Professor of Anthropology
Jack M. Schultz, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma), has multiple publications in the anthropology of religion; most notable is his book The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma: Maintaining a Traditional Community (University of Oklahoma Press, 1999). As a practicing anthropologist, he continues to research the interplay of religion and culture.
Dr. Schultz has conducted ethnographic research among a variety of peoples including the Seminoles, Creek, Pawnee, Lakota, and Navajo nations. He has also investigated religion in Eastern Europe and Japan. In addition to his interest in religion and culture, Dr. Schultz also investigates material culture and native technologies.
As an anthropology instructor, Dr. Schultz is intentional in assisting his students to see the hidden forces of culture in their own lives, as well as in the lives of others they interact with. As globalization continues to shrink our world by putting us face-to-face with people of other traditions anthropology offers some important tools and perspectives which allow the participant to navigate their engagements with others more empathetically.
Dr. Schultz teaches a variety of classes on campus including Introduction of Cultural Anthropology, Religion in Society, Culture and Self, and Native Peoples of North America among others. He also teaches in the Christ College Cross-Cultural Ministry Center and both of our Synod’s Seminaries.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology - 1995. University of Oklahoma. Specialized fields are anthropology of religion, American Indians (Southeastern and Plains), and anthropological theory.
- Master of Arts, Anthropology - 1989. University of Oklahoma.
- Bachelor of Arts - 1980. Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Concentrations in psychology and education.
- Associate of Arts (with honors) - 1977. St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas. Concentration in education.
- July, 2003 to present: Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
- July, 2009; July 2011: Guest Instructor Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
- March, 2008 to July, 2008: Gastprofessor, Kulturwissenschaften Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg, Germany.
- July, 1999 to July, 2003: Associate Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
- July, 1998 to July, 1999: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Concordia University, Irvine, California.
- August, 1996 to July, 1998: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Oklahoma State University, Sociology Department.
- August, 1995 to June, 1996: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- June, 1993 to August, 1995: Adjunct Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- July, 1993: Seminar Leader: Ethnic Diversity and Ministry Seminar, Argyle, Texas, presented by the Human Diversity Institute, Inc., Bedford, Texas.
- August, 1989 to May, 1993: Graduate Teaching Assistant: Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- March, 1990 to April, 1991: Visiting Curator Creek Nation Council House Museum, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
- September, 1989 to September, 1990: Staff Archaeologist Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman.
- June, 1989 to August, 1990: Adjunct Instructor University of Oklahoma, Anthropology Department.
- June, 1989 to September, 1989: Research Assistant Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman.
- August, 1988 to December, 1988: Laboratory Assistant Courson Archaeological Lab, Norman, Oklahoma.
- June, 1987 to August, 1987: Living History Interpreter/Collections Expert Pawnee Bill State Park and Museum, Pawnee, Oklahoma.
- 1990-1999: Seminole and Creek Communities
- 1989-1990: Comanche Community
- 1987: Pawnee Community
- 1976: Navajo Community
- In Press: “Relations Of Resistance And Accommodation: Negotiating Christian And Native Identities.” Proceedings from White-Indian Relations: Moving into the 21st Century. Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, Germany.
- 2011: “Science and Theology: Two Ways of Knowing” Issues in Christian Education. Vol. 44, No. 2 Spring 2011.
- 2009: “Culture and the Christian,” in Modern Reformation, Volume 18, No. 1 (January/February 2009).
- 2008: Book Review: The Choctaws of Oklahoma: from Tribe to Nation, 1855-1970. Clara Sue Kidwell. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). Journal of American History, Volume 95, No. 1 (June 2008).
- 2008: Book Review: The Preservation of Native American Practices in the United Methodist Church: A Case Study in Recent Protestant Missions, Leonard Ortiz (Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press). For Edwin Mellen Press.
- 2006: Antropolgické pochopenie viery a kultúry. Niekol’ko myšslieknok pre krest’anov (An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture: Some Thoughts for Christians). Theological Papers, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
- 2005: Young, Un-assimilated Hispanic Offenders: Absolutist vs. Relativist Cultural Assumptions. Sexuality and Culture. Co-authored with Roberto Flores de Apodaca, Amy N. Anderson and Martin D. McLennan.
- 2002: Introduction to Anthropology for Missionaries. Pathways Missionary Training, Module C-5. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 2000: Book Review: Where the Two Roads Meet. The Journal of American History, September 2000:741. Indiana University, Bloomington.
- 1999: The Seminole Baptist Churches of Oklahoma: Maintaining a Traditional Community. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman [released also in paperback fall 2008].
- 1999: How Do I Observe Behavior, Analyze Data, and Use Cultural Consultants to Increase My Understanding of the Culture in Which I Live? Pathways Missionary Training, Module 10. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1998: What Can I Do to Ease My Culture Shock and Care for Myself Emotionally? Pathways Missionary Training, Module 2. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1996: Church: Seminole/Creek and Grave shed/camp houses in Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge University Press.
- 1992: The Use-wear Generated by Processing Bison Hides. Plains Anthropologist 37(141): 333-351
- 1990: Video Script: Making Bows and Arrows. The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.
- 2007: “Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Emponvkv Hokkolat” Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
- 2006: “Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Hokkolat” by Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, and Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
- 2004: “Mvskoke Emponvkv: A Muskogee Textbook” by Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, and Bertha Tilkens. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.
- 2004: “Enduring Faith: Native Christianity Since 1800” by C. Blue Clark, Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14, Southeast. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- 2009: Round Table Moderator. Two Books, One Truth? Science and Theology Conference. Concordia University, Irvine.
- 2008: Interview: Sieben Jahre unter Indianern, Lüneburg Landeszeitung, 6. Mai 2008.
- 2004: Discovery Channel’s television program Unsolved Histories: Aztec Temple.
- 2002: 3,000 Years of Life at Turtle Rock Exhibit. Concordia University, Irvine.
- 1990: Women’s Work Exhibit. Plains Indian Artifact Replication. Omniplex Science Museum Oklahoma.
- 1989: Oklahoma’s First General Store Exhibit. Plains Indian Artifact Replication. Stovall Museum, University of Oklahoma.
- 1987: Southeast Indian Artifact Repair and Replication. Pawnee Bill State Park and Museum of Oklahoma.
- 2009: Keynote Address. Science And Theology: Embracing The Tension. Two Books, One Truth? Science and Theology Conference. Concordia University, Irvine.
- 2009: Relations Of Resistance And Accommodation: Negotiating Christian And Native Identities. White-Indian Relations: Moving in to the 21st Century. Leuphana Universitaet. Lueneburg, Germany.
- 2008: Religion in America. Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, Germany.
- 2007: In This Enchanted Forest, the Giant Is Not Sleeping, It Is Believing: Social Implications of the Lutheran Doctrine of Vocation. Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association. Phoenix, Arizona.
- 2007: “What is this thing called Culture?” and, “Lessons from the Field: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture. Some Thoughts for Christians.” Heart for the Harvest: 2007 Mission Training Conference, The Pacific Southwest District. Irvine, California
- 2004: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Faith and Culture: Some Thoughts for Christians. Tuesday Lecture Series, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
- 2004: A Sociological Theory of Religion: Religion, World Building, and World-Maintenance. Missiology Workshop, Petrzalka, Slovakia.
- 2003: Mutual Conversion: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Society for the Anthropology of Religion, American Anthropological Association. Providence, Rhode Island.
- 2003: Lessons From the Field: An Anthropologist’s Understanding of Culture and Faith. Some Thoughts for Christians. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Orange, California.
- 2002: The Seminole Baptists: Culture and Faith. Peace Lutheran Adult Learners. Yorba Linda, California.
- 2001: Culture and Faith. Missionary Teachers’ Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.
- 2000: The Tradition and Culture of Christian Ritual. Christianity in Focus Series. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Lake Forest, California.
- 1999: The Interplay of Culture and Faith: A Response to Multiculturalism. Christianity in Focus Series. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Lake Forest, California.
- 1998: The Cultural, Multicultural, and the Agricultural. Family Weekend Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Concordia University.
- 1997: Last Lecture. Invited Series, United Ministry In Higher Education, Oklahoma State University.
- 1997: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Invited Lecture, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.
- 1996: The Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Invited Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
- 1991: Aboriginal Roots Of Contemporary Practice in Seminole Baptist Churches. American Society for Ethnohistory Conference. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- 1990: The Use-wear Generated by Processing Bison Hides. Plains Anthropology Conference. Oklahoma City.
- 1989: Some Inferences Based on Experimental Archaeology. Oklahoma City Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society.
- 2008-present: Faculty Advisor, Anthropology Club: Concordia University.
- 2003-present: Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International: Concordia University.
- 2003-present: Faculty Advisor, Native American Student Organization: Concordia University
- 2000-present: Editorial Committee, Concordia Academic Press: St. Louis.
- 2000-present: Advisory Board and Research Committee: Mission Research Center, Irvine.
- 1999-2000: Acting Director of Director of Christian Education Program: Concordia University.
- 1999-2000: Pro tem Diversity (Affirmative Action) Coordinator: Concordia University.
- 1998-1999: Sociocultural Responsiveness Target Team Chair: Concordia University.
- 1998-1999: Assessment Committee Member, Sociocultural Responsiveness: Concordia University.
- 1998-2000: Human Subject Research Committee Chair: Concordia University.
- 1997-1998: State Regent's Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, Chairman, Anthropology.
- 1996-1998: Undergraduate Committee, Department of Sociology: Oklahoma State University.
- 1996-1998: Preliminary Examination Committee, Methods, Department of Sociology: Oklahoma State University.
- 1996-1997: State Regent's Faculty Transfer Curriculum Committee, Anthropology. Oklahoma State University.
- 1985-1986: Evangelism Board, North Wisconsin District, LC-MS.
- 1984-1986: Executive Board Member, Community Youth Action, Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin.
- 1993-present: Advisory Board Member: Human Diversity Institute, Inc., Bedford, Texas.
- 1999-present: American Anthropological Association, Religion Section, Member.
Honors and Awards
- Professor of the Year Award, 2008-2009. Concordia University.
- Gastdozentur aus Studienbeiträgen (Projektkategorie 14): Study contributions awarded by Leuphana Universitaet, May, 2008.
- Retention Award, December, 1998. Concordia University.
- Retention Award Nominations, January, 1999; December, 1999; February, 2000; September 2000. Concordia University.
- Takvcvre Punfvyate Sepuyetsckat, 1994. University of Oklahoma Creek Language III Students.
- Plains Anthropological Society Student Paper Award, January, 1991.
- Pathways Writer’s Workshop, March 2-3, 1998, LCMS International Center, St. Louis, MO.
- Advanced Listening Skills Training, February, 1984, L.E.A.D. Labs, Renoldsburg, Ohio.
Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Married to Christine A. Crow. Three children: Joshua Daniel; Anna Rebekah; Abigail Jordin.
- Morris Foster, Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Oklahoma, 455 W. Lindsey, Norman, Oklahoma 73019. (405) 325-2492 e-mail: [email protected]
- Patricia Bell, Department of Sociology, Chair, Oklahoma State University, 006 Classroom Building, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078. (405) 744-6105 e-mail: [email protected]
- Peter Senkbeil, Associate Provost, Concordia University, 1530 Concordia East, Irvine, California 92612. (949) 854-8002 e-mail: [email protected]