Stephen Sapp:  

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Asheville, NC
Duke UniversityClass of 1968
Durham, NC

Stephen's Story

Life Stephen Sapp grew up in Asheville, NC, and earned A.B., M.Div., and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, where he taught from 1971 to 1976. A faculty member at the University of Miami since 1980, he is currently Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Sapp has won several teaching awards, including Honors Students' Association Professor of the Year, Student Government Professor of the Year, Panhellenic Council Professor of the Year, Miami Hurricane “Great Professor,” a University Freshman Teaching Award, and College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association Distinguished Professor (twice). In addition to publishing a number of articles in journals such as Second Opinion, Journal of Religious Gerontology (which he edited from 1994 to 1999), Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, and Journal of Religion and Health, he is the author of three books—Sexuality, the Bible, and Science (Fortress Press, 1977), Full of Years: Aging and the Elderly in the Bible and Today (Abingdon Press, 1987), and Light on a Gray Area: American Public Policy on Aging (Abingdon Press, 1992)—and a widely distributed booklet, When Alzheimer's Disease Strikes (Desert Ministries, rev. ed. 2002). He is past chair of the Governing Council of the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (FoRSA) of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and edited FoRSA's newsletter, Aging & Spirituality, from 1993 to 1999. He was the 2002 recipient of the ASA Award, the organization’s highest award for contributions to the field of gero...Expand for more
ntology. He is also a past member of the Delegate Council of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging of the National Council on the Aging. Founding president of the South Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (and current board member), he is a member of the Ethics Advisory Panel for the national Alzheimer's Association. Dr. Sapp chairs the Bioethics Committee and is on the executive committee of the Institutional Review Board of Miami Children's Hospital, where he was Fellow in Clinical Ethics in the Division of Critical Care Medicine in 1996. He is also chair of the University of Miami’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board and second vice chair of the Faculty Senate. He lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of aging and bioethical issues. He is married to Dr. Mary Sapp, Assistant Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research at the University of Miami. They have two sons: Eric, a 1998 Davidson College graduate, a 2002 graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School and Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and a partner in Common Good Strategies (a consulting firm to advise the Democratic Party in shaping the national debate on the intersection of faith, policy, and politics); and David, a 2001 graduate of Duke University, a 2005 graduate of Stanford Law School, and a clerk for Judge Myron Thompson of the United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama. Both sons have been primary caregivers for their cognitively impaired 91-year-old grandmother.
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