Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Chair, English Department; Professor of English
Dr. Hewitt is a worship leader at Friends Church Orange, where her husband Jay (HIU ’03) is the Lead Campus Pastor. Both Natalie and Jay love to travel and to meet new, interesting people, and they enjoy living adventurously.
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Hermeneutics is not limited to the principles of exegesis in theology and biblical studies; rather, it is a theoretical approach to the practice of attempting to interpret textual materials: works of fiction and non-fiction, pieces of creative expression, religious texts, political speeches, historical documents, and images that are still and those that move such as films and television shows. Because I believe that textual materials have the power to transform lives, my ultimate goal in the classroom is to expose my students to higher levels of critical thinking and literary analysis. Through close reading, accurate research, relevant discussion, and historical criticism, we will strive to examine literary works as documents of creative expression, social and cultural influence, and contemporary significance.
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