Welcome New Faculty

Published: August 22, 2011

Wake Forest University School of Divinity is pleased to welcome several new faculty members.  This year, we have four new additions to the faculty. This exciting group of new colleagues will join Wake Forest this fall.  These scholars will add to our already accomplished and distinctive faculty, intellectual depth, engaged teaching, and a serious commitment to the church and community.

Michelle Voss Roberts is joining the WFUSD faculty next year as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture.  Dr. Voss Roberts is a graduate of Calvin College, Candler School of Theology, and holds the Ph.D. from Emory University. Dr. Voss Roberts is recognized as one of the emerging voices in her generation of theologians, helping to set the future course of that discipline.  Her particular interests are feminist theologies and comparative theology, especially Christianity and Hinduism.  She comes to us from Rhodes College, where student-teacher engagement is valued, and Dr. Voss Roberts will bring her commitments to engaged teaching and learning to WFUSD.  Michelle is an active lay Presbyterian.

John Senior will join our faculty as the Director of the Art of Ministry program and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Religion and Society.  Dr. Senior is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Harvard Divinity School, and holds the Ph.D. from Emory University, where he was the key leader in developing a new program of advanced ministerial internships for M.Div. students.  He is a candidate for ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church, USA.  John Senior is very excited about joining our community and working with students in the Art of Ministry program.

Derek Hicks will join WFUSD as the Luce Diversity Fellow in Theological Education.  Dr. Hicks is currently Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Dr. Hicks’s research approach is interdisciplinary, examining the intersections of religion and culture in the United States. Dr. Hicks is a graduate of Grambling University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Rice University. His major area of study is African American religion with a primary research interest in the function of Christianity among racially oppressed peoples. He has received fellowship support for his research from The Ford Foundation and The Fund for Theological Education. He is the 2010-11 recipient of the First Book Grant for Minority Scholars from the Louisville Institute.  Dr. Hicks is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America.

Clinton Moyer will join WFUSD as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Hebrew Bible.  Dr. Moyer is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell University (MA and PhD).  He is an active lay Lutheran.