I sat down with Dr. Osheim, Professor of Theology and we had a long chat about her life. I’ll give you what I thought were the highlights of the conversation:
What was your biggest summer accomplishment?
AO: Watching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and finishing the index on my book so it could be published.
What is the one thing you look forward to after a long Loras day?
AO: I think just getting home and putting on some sweats and hanging out for a while … not having to think … it’s hard for me not to think.
What is your favorite TV show?
AO: All time favorite: “The Wire.” Also, “Gilmore Girls” & “New Girl.”
Describe an average day.
AO: I wake up around six/six thirty, come to campus, might have a meeting with faculty, prepare for class, think about what needs to happen … meet with students, review their drafts, teach, more meetings later in the afternoon, then I go home and eat dinner.
Do you have something that you do during class that makes students squirm?
AO: When I feel there are students who aren’t paying attention, I’ll walk closer and closer to them as I’m talking. Also, I’ll call out people to use as examples. I’ll use names so that kind of perks things up.
Do you have a Dr. Osheim phrase?
AO: I think I say ‘awesome’ a lot when I’m around students. I like breaking out the lingo the kids are using these days. I once compared the Holy Spirit to the Honey Badger because the Holy Spirit just does whatever it wants.
What is the biggest problem facing students that you’ve seen?
AO: On the individual level: I worry about students with mental health, students who have experienced violence and sexual assault. General worry: our culture of busyness and distraction and the type of people that shapes us into and who that prevents us from being. We put things in place, so that the down time we have isn’t really down time, isn’t really rejuvenating. What if there was just silence? What if I didn’t look at my phone right now?
What’s the hardest part about being a woman with a doctorate in theology, is it THE OPPRESSION?
AO: Yes, THE OPPRESSION (Dr. Osheim breaks out into laughter). But actually I think in ways that are similar to many professions, there were women the generation before me who broke a lot of barriers for me, fought battles I won’t have to fight. But there are implicit biases against gender that still impact being a woman in academia and a woman in general.