Voss Roberts named Principal of Emmanuel College in Canada

by: C. Mark Batten | battencm@wfu.edu | 336.758.3959

Michelle Voss Roberts, Professor of Theology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been named Principal of Emmanuel College of Victoria University in The University of Toronto in Canada.

An outstanding teacher and scholar in the fields of systematic, comparative, and feminist theologies, Voss Roberts has contributed to the School of Divinity in numerous and significant ways since she joined the faculty in 2011. Two of her books, which have a particular focus on Christian and Hindu comparative contexts, received awards. Dualities: A Theology of Difference (2010) received the Hindu-Christian Studies Book Award from the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, and Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (2014) received the Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Religion. Voss Roberts has also led interfaith educational series at local congregations in the Triad region of North Carolina.

“Michelle is an insightful and visionary scholar and administrator who, without question, will provide exceptional leadership to Emmanuel College as their Principal. I am grateful for her wisdom, dedicated service, and commitment to revitalizing our school’s curriculum, and I am excited about the role she will play in shaping theological education in the role of dean at Emmanuel College.” Jill Crainshaw, Interim Dean

Voss Roberts received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College, and was awarded a Master of Theological Studies degree and Doctor of Philosophy from Emory University. Prior to her appointment at the School of Divinity she served on the faculty at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.

In an announcement to Victoria University in the University of Toronto by President William Robins, he stated that Voss Roberts will serve as Emmanuel College’s thirteenth Principal and will begin on July 1. She is the College’s first female Principal.

“She brings to Emmanuel her deep understanding of the role of theological education in the twenty-first century, including a commitment to building communities of dialogue across different religious traditions,” he said.

The School of Divinity and Wake Forest University community wish Dr. Voss Roberts the very best as she begins a new chapter in her vocational story.

School of Divinity Professor Michelle Voss Roberts leads a class session on March 21, 2017 in Wingate Hall.

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