Christine Roy Yoder Named Interim Dean of Faculty

Christine Roy Yoder Named Interim Dean of Faculty

June 7, 2016—Columbia Theological Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk announced that Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis Dr. Christine Roy Yoder will be appointed as the Interim Dean of Faculty effective July 11, 2016. Current Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen will begin sabbatical this summer. Just last month, it was announced that Dr. Mullen will return from sabbatical to a newly created leadership position as the seminary’s first Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Dr. Yoder will serve as Interim Dean of Faculty until the appointment of a new Vice President of Academic Affairs.

“Dean Mullen has made great contributions to our growth and change as an academic institution,” said Columbia Seminary President Leanne Van Dyk. “We will continue this good momentum under the capable leadership of Prof. Christine Roy Yoder.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the Columbia community in a new way,” Dr. Yoder stated, “I look forward to working with our remarkable faculty, staff, and students as we continue the seminary’s mission in this exciting and hopeful time.”

Dr. Yoder received her B.A. in History from Swarthmore College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Yoder came to Columbia Theological Seminary as an Instructor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis in the fall of 1998 before being appointed Assistant Professor (2000), Associate Professor (2004), and Professor (2011). She is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Dr. Yoder is the author of Wisdom as a Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 1-9 and 31:10-31 (BZAW 304; Walter de Gruyter, 2001) and Proverbs (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series, Abingdon, 2009), in addition to many articles and chapters in books. She is co-editor with Columbia Seminary faculty Kathleen M. O’Connor (emerita), E. Elizabeth Johnson, and Stanley P. Saunders of Shaking Heaven and Earth: Essays in Honor of Walter Brueggemann and Charles Cousar (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2005). Dr. Yoder has served as book review editor for the Journal of Biblical Literature, and, for ten years, on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Currently, she is an advisor to Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies, and a senior editor on the Common English Bible Translation Board.

Dr. Yoder has been awarded several grants and fellowships, including a Lilly Theological Research Grant (2002-03), a Catholic Biblical Association Fellowship (2006-07), a Member-in-Residence Grant from the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ for a sabbatical year spent there (2006-07), and a fellowship to participate in the Christian Leadership Initiative sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel and the American Jewish Committee (2010-11). In 2006-07, she co-directed a Group Project Grant, “Teaching Biblical Exegesis in Theological Schools,” awarded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Most recently, Dr. Yoder was named by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. as a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology (2014-2015) for her book project tentatively titled Contours of Desire in Israelite Wisdom Literature (to be published by Baylor University Press). Other current projects include a commentary on Ruth for Illuminations commentary series (Eerdmans).

Read more about Dr. Yoder’s Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology project

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