Western Kentucky University

ICSR Steering Committee - Terry Shoemaker



Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility

1906 College Heights Blvd #71084
Bowling Green, KY 42101


270 745-3218

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Terry Shoemaker

Terry Shoemaker

Program Coordinator ICSR

Office:  Garrett Conference Center
Phone:  270-745-3217
Email:  terry.shoemaker@wku.edu


ICSR 301 - Religion in the Public Sphere

ICSR 301 - Being a Citizen Professional

ICSR 301 - Public Achievement

HON 251 - Citizen & Self


 “Revisiting Sacred Metaphors: A Religious Studies Pedagogical Response to the

Rise of the Nones,” Journal of Religion and Society – with William Simpson

“The Nascent Stages of Religious Diversity in South Central Kentucky” Harvard Pluralism

Project, On Common Ground

“God, Guts, & Glory: An Investigation of Relational Support Mechanisms for War

Veterans Provided by Faith Communities,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion



Terry Shoemaker has served as the Program Coordinator of the ICSR since the spring of 2010 when the ICSR completed renovation of the current location at Western Kentucky University.  He has been the creator of innovative student programming like the Wii™ the People bowling league; served as a community liaison for student community-based research projects; and most recently as an adjunct faculty member within the ICSR (instructing ICSR courses such as Religion in the Public Sphere, Public Achievement, and Being a Citizen Professional.)  He completed his Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies at Western Kentucky University in the spring of 2013.  Civically, he emphasizes the essentiality of religious institutions as locations for community organizing, the necessity of interfaith cooperation for civic vitality, and the need for academic research focusing on interaction between religious organizations and their broader community. 

His civic interests influence his academic pursuits, which concentrate on the attempts of religious traditions to socially and politically shape their national and local communities and the inverse—how the broader culture shapes religious traditions.  He recently completed an ethnographic research project with Harvard’s Pluralism Project documenting religious diversity in the south central Kentucky area while focusing on the lack of interfaith cooperation in the area.  His academic work has pragmatic ends as seen in the development and implementation of workshops for community, academic, and faith leaders for civic cooperation; consultation with service agencies and city organizations pertaining to the most effective practices for service projects and community development; and by creating agential spaces for minority religions in the Bowling Green/Warren County area.  His ultimate goal is to build on and create knowledge that is both academically reflective and developmentally transformative in the public sphere.

 Last Modified 10/22/13