November 8, 2023
United Lutheran Seminary is launching a renewed Ph.D. program in Public Theology and Witness beginning in the 2024–2025 academic year. This initiative is a response to a growing need for more public voices trained at the highest level for theological engagement in society. The PhD in Public Theology and Witness will thus equip graduates for public intellectual theological vocations, including activism, politics, research, and ministry. Students will complete their coursework and research towards praxeological applications under the direction of field advisors who will help hone students’ skills in theological messaging, narrative sharing, storytelling, business acumen, and strategic communication.
The PhD program in Public Theology and Witness will be directed by the Rev. Teresa L. Smallwood, JD, PhD, the James Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly Associate Professor of Public Theology at United Lutheran Seminary. Instruction and guidance will be offered by the ULS faculty and a cohort of Senior Fellows, including Professors Rebecca T. Alpert, Katharine Henderson, Obery Hendricks, Jr., Mary Hunt, Stephen Ray, Cheryl Sanders, Susan Thistlethwaite, Emilie M. Townes, and others.
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