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News from the Hill August 24, 2013 | back to index

Welcome Carolyn Davis


Vanderbilt ‘extern’ joins Andover Newton faculty for 2013-2014 academic year

The Dean of the Faculty is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Carolyn Davis, who will serve Andover Newton during the 2013-2014 academic year as Instructor in Systematic Theology.

Rev. Davis’ teaching and research interests draw from an educational background that includes training in feminist and systematic theologies as well as critical theories of race and gender and philosophy of language. Her dissertation, “Aflame With Passion: Seeking a Theology of Adolescent Sexuality,” is rooted in her previous experiences as a youth minister and proposes a new theological foundation for adolescent sexuality education in the church.

Rev. Davis was ordained in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has received Dempster and Diaconia fellowships from the UM General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and is also a fellow in the Lilly Program for Theology and Practice, which emphasizes teaching for ministry and practical theology. Currently, she is serving as the “Deacon-in-Residence” at Union United Methodist Church in Boston. She will be receiving a Ph.D. in theological studies from Vanderbilt University in May 2014.

Rev. Davis joins the Andover Newton Faculty through the Lilly Endowment-funded Vanderbilt Divinity School Externship Program, which supports scholars as they transition from doctoral work to seminary teaching ministries. She will live on campus and teach two courses, including a Systematic Theology class—with a feminist theology emphasis—in the fall, and an practice-oriented, case study-based seminar on Gender and Sexuality in the spring. She will have an office in Worcester Hall and will participate in faculty governance.