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Janet Elizabeth Spittler

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-231
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
Support from the University of Regensburg
Source: University of Regensburg
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2020
RELC 1220: New Testament and Early Christianity
Credits: 3
Studies the history, literature, and theology of earliest Christianity in light of the New Testament. Emphasizes the cultural milieu and methods of contemporary biblical criticism.
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
EGMT 1540: Ethical Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to reflect upon and evaluate human conduct and character, consider the ethical components of individual and collective behaviors, and engage in the articulation of ethical questions and moral deliberation.
GREE 2240: The New Testament II
Credits: 3
Selections from the Epistles. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.vvirginia.edu/classics/. Prerequisite: GREE 1010-1020 or equivalent.
RELC 3030: Jesus and the Gospels
Credits: 3
This course focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as an historical figure, that is, as he is accessible to the historian by means of historical methods. Our most important sources of information on Jesus are the canonical Gospels, and so much of the course will involve reading and attempting to understand these texts. We will attempt to reconstruct at least the broad outlines of Jesus activity and teachings, keeping in mind the limits of our sources.
RELC 3469: Survey of Apocryphal Christian Literature
Credits: 3
There are four gospels, one book of "acts," and one "apocalypse" (that is, "revelation") in the canonical New Testament -- but early Christian authors produced far more literature than that. In this course, we will read a wide range of "apocryphal" (or "noncanonical") gospels, acts, and apocalypses, focusing on texts that, despite their noncanonical status, were widely read and highly influential in the history of Christianity.
RELG 4800: Crafting a Research Project in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
This course offers third- and fourth-year Religious Studies majors resources for conceiving and executing a major research project. As a follow-up, students usually take RELG 4900 ("Distinguished Major Thesis"), which affords them an opportunity to write the research project they have conceived in this course. Whether you plan to write a thesis or not, RELG 4800 offers an accessible introduction to the craft of research in Religious Studies.
RELS 4995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of departmental advisor and instructor.
RELJ 5559: New Course in Judaism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Judaism
RELG 5801: Crafting a Research Project in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
This course offers MA students in Religious Studies resources for conceiving and executing a major research project or thesis. By the end of the semester, each participant will have completed a well-organized, detailed prospectus. The prospectus will reflect the guidance of one's thesis advisor as well as the scrutiny of the instructor and input from peers. Each student will thus be poised to begin writing his/her thesis the following semester.
RELC 8559: New Course in Christianity
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Christianity.
RELC 8701: Tutorial in Christian Apocrypha
Credits: 3
In this tutorial, students will work with manuscripts to produce an edition of a Greek text, an English translation of that edition, and a short commentary on the text. Students will also assemble an annotated bibliography.
RELC 8742: Tutorial in Early Christian Thought
Credits: 3
This tutorial will provide a critical overview of the development of early Christian thought in Late Antiquity. We will also include narrative sources in our analysis. We will focus, in particular, on texts that are concerned with questions pertaining to the nature of God, the person of Christ, and the human condition.
RELS 8960: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Research on problems leading to a master's thesis.
RELS 8995: Research
Credits: 1–12
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.