The Constant Teachers
JOel J. Heim
Nelia Beth Scovill
During our time as professors in higher education, our students routinely identified us some of their most significant and engaging educators. When our collegiate jobs ended earlier than expected, we found ourselves trying to hang on to our identity as teachers. Whatever we did, we tried to incorporate our real calling as educators: to aid others to become better versions of themselves.
In 2018, we began to develop College Religion and Philosophy as part of a larger endeavor called Explore Big Ideas LLC, an internet personal development and education company. Now, that our students are no longer restricted to those enrolled at an accredited college or university, our opportunities appear endless. Via our online offerings, we can reach anyone willing to join us on the journey of exploring ideas that matter.
Enrich Your Life Through Learning
College Religion and Philosophy provides you with special learning experiences that improve your life and assist you in developing a better version of yourself.
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Long noted for our engaging and innovative teaching styles, we bring more than 40 years of college teaching experience at universities in California and Wisconsin. We have also led urban and suburban congregations and led education programs for children, youth, and adults in religious organizations. Joel spent 5 years teaching in Nebraska public schools before heading to seminary. Since leaving higher education, Nelia Beth now works in healthcare information technology.
We both earned our Ph.Ds. in social ethics from the University of Southern California and master’s degrees in religion from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (affiliated with with Columbia University). Joel has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska. Nelia Beth has her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Oregon State University.
Get To Know Us at College Religion and Philosophy
Try it out!
Try a sample Content Session below. Content Sessions are what we call the "lecture" part of a college course, but ours are multimedia including photos, graphics, music, video and interactive elements. The Content Session below is in video format and not the format that you will encounter inside our courses where you will be able to control the speed, move backwards and forward and interact with certain elements.
Explore our first course
Watch the video below to learn more about our first course, Journey Through Religion. This course introduces you to the academic study of religion as well as introducing you to several of the world's religious traditions including Native American religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The course will make you better prepared to interact with the diverse peoples of our global world.
Learn about each of us
The College Religion and Philosophy origin story below on this page reveals much more about us. In addition, each of us has a page where you can learn more about each of us individually. You can use the buttons below to get to each of our pages. Each of our pages contain our most recent cv's (the academic equivalent of a resume).