Heidi Tauscher

Dr. Heidi Tauscher

Part-time Faculty, World Religions

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Biography

Dr. Heidi Tauscher is both an attorney and religious ethicist who joined Georgia Gwinnett College as a part-time instructor in 2015. She has taught ethics, law, public policy and religion at University of Central Florida, Emory University and Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition, she has taught professional seminars in law, mediation, and nonviolent communication. She received her juris doctor from Wake Forest University, her Master’s of Divinity and Ph.D. in religion from Emory University. Also, she is a certified Florida Mediator, having trained at the Harvard University Law School Program for Mediation. Her present work focuses on current First Amendment issues regarding Islam.

Education

  • Doctorate – religion – Emory University
  • Master's – divinity – Emory University
  • J.D. – law – Wake Forest University
  • Bachelor's – international relations – Rollins College

Academic Interests

  • Reception of Islam in the United States
  • Intersection of American law and religion
  • Mediation and resolution of religious conflicts
  • Comparative study of religions

Distinctions

  • GSU Faculty Certificate of Appreciation, Program for Academic Support Service (GSU Athletic Department 2009)
  • John Fenton Prize for Study of Comparative Religion (Emory University 2008)
  • Woodruff Fellowships (Emory University 1999-2002, 2003-2007)
  • Aquinas Fellowship (Emory University 2006-2008)
  • James Boskey Dispute Resolution National Essay Competition Winner (American Bar Association & Association for Conflict Resolution 2003)
  • Claude H. Thompson Christian Social Concerns Award (Emory University 2002)
  • Theta Phi Honor Society (Candler School of Theology, Emory University 2002)
  • Who’s Who in American Law (1996)
  • International Who’s Who of Professionals (1995)
  • American Inns of Court (the honorary trial bar 1990-1997)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religions
  • Faith Alliance of Metro-Atlanta
  • Florida Dispute Resolution Center
  • ICI World Pilgrims
  • Florida Mediation Certification (Circuit, County & Family Courts 1996 - Present)