Yale Divinity School Names Three Faculty to Endowed Chairs
Yale Divinity School has named three members of the faculty to endowed chairs, with the approval of theYale Corporation. Named to the endowed chairs are two senior members of the faculty, Thomas Ogletree and Nora Tubbs Tisdale, and junior faculty member Willis Jenkins.
Ogletree, professor of theological ethics and a former dean of the Divinity School, has been named the Frederick Marquand Professor of Ethics. He served as dean of Yale Divinity School from 1990-96 after serving nine years as dean of the Theological School at Drew University. He was director of graduate studies in religion at Vanderbilt University from 1978 to 1981.
Ogletree is the author of five books: The World Calling: The Church's Witness in Politics and Society; Christian Faith and History: A Critical Comparison of Ernst Troeltsch and Karl Barth; The Death of God Controversy; The Use of the Bible in Christian Ethics; and Hospitality to the Stranger: Dimensions of Moral Understanding. He is coauthor of From Hope to Liberation: Towards a New Marxist-Christian Dialogue and co-editor of Lifeboat Ethics: Moral Dilemmas of World Hunger. In addition, he has published three dozen scholarly articles in journals, encyclopedias, and essay collections. He was editor of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal and founding editor of The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics. Since 1980, he has served on the editorial board of The Journal of Religious Ethics, with one term as associate editor. He is currently a trustee as well.
An ordained United Methodist minister, Ogletree has served as pastor of congregations in Alabama, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. He was the founding pastor of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL. He was also one of the principal drafters of the current United Methodist Disciplinary statement on doctrinal standards. Under the auspices of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship from the Society for Values in Higher Education, he pursued postdoctoral studies at the Free University in West Berlin, and at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is a life member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University. He earned a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, a B.D. from Garrett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Birmingham-Southern, Livingstone College, and Hood Seminary.
Professor of homiletics Leonora Tubbs Tisdale has been appointed the Clement-Muehl Professor of Homiletics. Tisdale joined Yale Divinity School this year after serving on the pastoral staff of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. In that capacity, she provided theological oversight for the Center for Christian Studies, an innovative lay theological academy offering courses for over 2,000 people in the greater New York area.
Tisdale teaches the theory and practice of preaching, with research interests in congregational studies and preaching, women's ways of preaching, and prophetic preaching. She is the author or editor of five books including Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art; Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship; and three volumes of The Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual. She also wrote the chapter on the Riverside Church preachers in The History of the Riverside Church in the City of New York, and is currently co-editing a book for teachers of preaching. A former president of the Academy of Homiletics, Tisdale has served on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union- PSCE) and Princeton Theological Seminary, and as adjunct faculty at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Willis Jenkins, who joined the YDS faculty this year as assistant professor of social ethics, has been appointed the Margaret Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics. His research focuses on environmental ethics, religion and sustainable development, and moral theologies. He has taught at the University of Virginia and at a rural campus of Uganda Christian University. Jenkins has significant international experience in community development initiatives, was co-founder of the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps, and served on the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on World Mission (2000 to 2006). He has published articles in the Journal of Religion, Environmental Ethics, Anglican Theological Review, Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, and the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. His reflections and reviews have appeared in publications including The Witness and The Christian Century. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College (IL) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.