Dr. Shelley Ashdown has served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over twenty-eight years. She has been an anthropology consultant for translation and community development teams in southeast Asia and Kenya and taught at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Payap University, and Dallas International University training students for Bible translation ministries. She is passionate about religion & world view, biblical Hebrew, cross-cultural studies, and the call to serve the Bibleless people in our world. Her call to service is, Love never fails.
2001, Doctor of Missiology, Biola University, School of Intercultural Studies
Dissertation Topic: The Foundational Nature of Self in Ndorobo World View
1980, M.A. in Cross-Cultural Communications, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
1978, B.A. in Religion and Psychology, Southern California College
2004-2020, Associate Professor of International Studies, Dallas International University, Dallas, TX
DIU Courses Taught:
AL5319 Biblical Backgrounds
AL5314 Culture, Language and Mind
AL5326 Biblical Hebrew for Translators I
AL5325 Principles of Old Testament Exegesis
AA5372 Social and Political Organization
AA5374 Christianity Across Cultures
AA 5373 Religion and Worldview
AA 5151 Cross Cultural Teaching Seminar
AA 5387 Training Across CulturesIS2312-OL Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations
IS1311-IN Biblical Cultural Studies
IS4320-OL Cross-Cultural Experience
IS4321-OL Cross-Cultural Internship
IS3350-OL Dynamics of Religious Experience
IS1301-IN Popular Culture
2001-2004, Lecturer, Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya
1992-1994, Associate Professor, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2019. Analysis of a Rite of Crisis in Numbers 5:11-31 through a World View Theoretical Model. Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology 1(1): 26-32. Paper posted at: https://www.sryahwapublications.com/journal-of-cultural-and-social-anthropology/volume-1-issue-1/4.php
2019. The Influence of Categorization on Translation Meaning. In R. Nikolsky, I. Czachesz, F. Tappenden and T. Biro (eds.), Language, Cognition and Biblical Exegesis: Interpreting Minds. Biblical Intersections series, pp. 99-111. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.
2018. The Armor of God (Eph. 6) in the World View of Ndorobo. In M. Masenya and K. Ngwa (eds.), Themes and Trends from Our Pots and Our Calabashes: Navigating African Biblical Hermeneutics, pp. 236-257. London: Cambridge Scholars Press.
2017. The Analysis of Personal Supernaturalism Using World View Theory. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies 2(2): 87-94. https://iafor.org/journal/iafor-journal-of-cultural-studies/volume-2-issue-2/
2016. Socio-Cultural Model of Analyzing Educational Environments Across African Communities. GIALens 10(1). 1-11. https://diu.edu/documents/gialens/Vol10-1/Ashdown-Socio-Cultural-Model-of-Educational-Environments.pdf
2015. Ndorobo Notions of Relationship with Other. African Sociological Review 19(1). 2-15. http://www.ajol.info/index.php/asr/article/view/128529/118077
2015. Cognitive Semantic Approach to Redeemer (Gōʼēl) in Deutero-Isaiah. Acta Theologica 35(1). 10-36. http://www.ajol.info/index.php/actat/article/view/129727
2013. Tribal Religions from the Heart: Hebrew Lēḇ and Torobo Oltau. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 12(36). 153-179. http://jsri.ro/ojs/index.php/jsri/article/view/719/601
2012. An East African hermeneutic of Luke 11:5-10. e-Theologos 3(2). 134-173. http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/etheo.2012.3.issue-2/issuefiles/etheo.2012.3. issue-2.xml
2012. The Clever Hare in Torobo Folklore. Cross-Cultural Studies 38. 87-114.
2012. Biblical Contexts. Syllabus 1/2. 1-18. www.syllabusjournal.org
2012. “My Heart Passed through My Mouth”: African Telling of a Most Afraid Experience. Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts 13(1). https://blackboard.lincoln.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/users/dmeyerdinkgrafe/archive/ashdown.html
2011. African Traditional Religion in the Torobo Context of Conflict and Resolution. In Jon Loessin and Scott Stripling (eds.), The year 2011 proceedings of the association for the scientific study of religion–southwest, 20-29. Dallas, TX: ASSR-SW.
2010. Time and Eldership in Torrobo World View. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 6(3). 261-271.
2010. The influence of Social Worlds on Engaging Ideas. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching 3(1). 7-23. http://www.nu.edu/assets/resources/pageResources/journal-of-research-in-innovative-teaching-volume-3.pdf
2010. The Socio-Cultural Role of the Monster Image in Ndorobo Folklore. In E. Nelson, J. Burear and H. Priest (eds.), Creating Humanity, Discovering Monstrosity: Myths & Metaphors of Enduring Evil, 291-300. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ashdownpaper.pdf
2010. Applied Instructional Model for Managerial Intercultural Competence. 17th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences 17(1). 21-34.
2009. Ethics and the Non-Physical Self in Ndorobo World View. African Sociological Review 13(1). 26-37. http://www.codesria.org/IMG/pdf/Shelly_Ashdown.pdf
2009. The Structure of Cognition Governing Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management 9(4). 155-168. http://ijm.cgpublisher.com/
2009. Torobo World View Construct of Nature. InterCulture:An Interdisciplinary Journal 6(2). http://dih.fsu.edu/interculture/volume6_2/Ashdown.pdf
2009. Efficacy of Whole Language Narrative for Vernacular Literacy Education Among Thai Language Minorities. In Azadeh Shafaei and Mehran Nejati (eds.), Annals of Language and Learning: Proceedings of the 2009 International Online Language Conference (IOLC 2009), 317-329. Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers.
2008. The Relationship Between Ndorobo Personality and African Traditional Religion as a Human Development Issue. The African Symposim 8(2). 128-136. http://www.ncsu.edu/aern/TAS8.2/TAS8.2Shelly.pdf
2008. The Supernatural Category of the Non-Physical Self in Ndorobo World View. In T. Machalik, K. Mildnerova, and J. Zahorik (eds.), VIVA Africa 2008: Proceedings of the IIIrd International Conference on African Studies, 100-111. The University of West Bohemia. Pilsen, Czech Republic. Pilsen: ADELA Publishing.
2007. Investigating World View Through Narrative Analysis. GIAL Electronic Notes Series 1(2). http://www.gial.edu/GIALens/vol1-1/Ashdown-Narrative-Article.pdf
1994. Kinship Analysis of the Western Red Karen. Occasional Papers, Payap University. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Payap University Press.
2018. Enkai in the Supernatural World View of Ndorobo: A Reading of Acts 17:22-31. 2018 Annual Meeting for Society of Biblical Literature, Section: Contextual Biblical Interpretation, November 17, 2018. Denver, Colorado.
2018. Sacred Narratives: Risk and Negotiation by Ancient Jewish Women. 8th International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society: Religion in Society Research Network, April 17-18, 2018. University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
2017. The Analysis of a Rite of Crisis in Numbers 5:11-31 Through a World View Theoretical Model. 2017 International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, Section Ritual in the Biblical World, August 8-11, 2017. Humbolt University, Berlin, Germany.
2014. The Armor of God (Eph. 6) in the World View of Ndorobo. 2014 Annual Meeting for Society of Biblical Literature, Section: African Biblical Hermeneutics, Nov. 22-25, 2014. San Diego, California.
2013. Gender fairness in Shariah law. 29th Annual Advancement of Women in Higher Education, April 4-5, 2013. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
2013. Justice Among Thieves: Cadi Wisdom in Niger. Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, March 8-10, 2013. Strand: ASSR, Dallas, Texas.
2011. The Influence of Categorization on Translation Meaning. International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, Section: Mind, Society, and Tradition, July 4-8, 2011. King’s College, London, England.
2011. Duality of Isaiah’s Yahweh: Sacred Redeemer and Unmerciful Judge. International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, Section Concept Analysis and the Hebrew Bible, July 4-8, 2011. King’s College, London, England.
2011. The Clever Hare in Torobo Folklore. 32nd Annual Meeting of Southwest Texas Popular Culture and the American Culture Association, Folklore Section and Biography, April 20-23, 2011. San Antonio, Texas.
2010. Tribal religions From the Heart: Hebrew lēḇ and Torobo oltau. 20th World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion, Religion: A Human Phenomenon, Section: Comparison between Systems of Belief and Practice, August 20, 2010. Toronto, Canada.
2010. The Torobo Social Construct of Ethics. Annual Meeting of the Southwest Commission of Religious Studies, Strand: Ethics, Society and Cultural Analysis, March 13, 2010. Dallas, TX.
2009. A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Go’el in Deutero-Isaiah. 2009 Annual Meeting for Society of Biblical Literature, Section: Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation, November 21, 2009. New Orleans, Louisiana.
2009. The Socio-Cultural Role Of the Monster Image in Ndorobo Folklore. Seventh Global Conference on Monsters and the Monstrous: Myth and Metaphor of Enduring Evil, September 16, 2009. Mansfield College, Oxford, England.
2009. The Structure of Cognition Governing Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations. 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations, Northeastern University, June 27, 2009. Boston, Massachusetts.
2009. Socio-Cultural Model of Analyzing Educational Environments Across Cultures. Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, February 17, 2009. Dallas, Texas.
2008. World view Methodological Questions for Comparative Religion. Second International Online Conference on Religious Studies: Comparative Religion, From Subject to Problem, October 2008. Sponsored by the Moscow Society for the Study of Religions.
2008. The Supernatural Category of the Non-Physical Self in Ndorobo World View. VIVA Africa 2008: Proceedings of the IIIrd International Conference on African Studies, March 25, 2008. University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic.
2008. The Ceremony of Eldership Among the Ndorobo of Kenya: Notions of Obligation and Time Continuity. 12th Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration and Public Display, September 27, 2008. Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
2008. Consideration of Converging World Views: Christianity & African Traditional Religion Among U.S. Immigrants. Conference proceedings for Conference on Christianity, Culture, and Diversity in America: Conversations about Diversity-A Kingdom Calling, Nov. 14, 2008. Hosted by Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana.
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