Faculty scholarship update: Spring and Summer 2019

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School of Divinity faculty publish regularly. This update will help you explore the depth and breadth of our faculty’s most recent publications and ongoing research.

Headshot of Professor Fred Bahnson

Fred Bahnson is Director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ecological Well-Being.

  • Cover Art for Common Prayer: Reflections on Episcopal Worship, Joseph S. Pagano and Amy E. Richter, eds. (Cascade Books, 2019)“The Priest in the Trees,” in Common Prayer: Reflections on Episcopal Worship, Joseph S. Pagano and Amy E. Richter, eds. (Cascade Books, 2019).



Headshot of School of Divinity part-time assistant teaching professor Joshua Canzona

Josh Canzona is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Part-Time Assistant Teaching Professor of Theology.


Headshot of Derek Hicks, Associate Professor

Derek Hicks is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture.

  • “How Much a Dollar Cost?”: Political Ideology, Religion, and Poverty Policy Through the Lens of Kendrick Lamar’s Music,” with Gregory Parks in Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, Volume 28, Number 2, (Spring/Summer 2019).



Professional headshot of Sally Ann Morris, Musician-in-Residence

Sally Ann Morris is Musician-in-Residence.

  • Joined the ranks of entry into the Canterbury Dictionary of American Hymnology.
  • Premiere of new hymn, “God, You Call Us to Be Prophets,” commissioned to celebrate the re-dedication of the new school building at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.


White House commissioned officer portrait of Melissa Rogers at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Nov. 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Melissa Rogers is Visiting Professor and Practitioner-in-Residence.


Headshot of Professor Katherine Shaner

Katherine Shaner is Associate Professor of New Testament.


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John Senior is Director of the Art of Ministry, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership, and Director of the Collaborative.

  • Book Review: Practical Theology in Church and Society by Joseph E. Bush, Jr in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming).
  • “Introduction” and “Mentoring for Ministry in Nonprofit Contexts” in Mentoring: A Toolkit for Supervisor-Mentors in Theological Education, Matthew Floding, ed. (Rowman and Littlefield)
  • “Engaging Formational Stories and Pastoral Imagination,” with Matthew Floding, Sung Hee Chang, and Faye Taylor in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 39 (Summer 2019)
  • “Discernment as Practical Wisdom: Toward a Disruptive Practical Theology of Ministry Leadership,” in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 38 (Summer 2018)
  • Mentoring: A Toolkit for Supervisor-Mentors in Theological Education, with Matthew Floding, eds. (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).
  • Mainline Futures: White Privilege, Ministry Leadership, and Christian Community (Manuscript in development).


Headshot of Professor Melva Sampson

Melva Sampson is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology.


A Snapshot of Our Faculty

The School of Divinity faculty come from 10 states and 2 countries (United States, South Korea), 15 undergraduate colleges and universities (having majored in more than 10 different areas of study), 13 masters programs, and 15 doctoral programs. 29% identify as persons of color and 29% identify as female. They come from 11 religious affiliations and 70% are ordained. Over the last five years they have collectively published over 75 books, chapter contributions, edited volumes, co-edited volumes, and translations.

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