Jennifer Herdt appointed to endowed chair; Christopher Beeley granted tenure

HerdtThe Yale Corporation has approved the appointment of Jennifer Herdt as the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, succeeding Margaret Farley, who retired from the faculty in 2007.  Meanwhile, Christopher Beeley ’94 M.Div., the Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics, has been granted tenure, effective July 1, by the University provost on the recommendation of the YDS Governing Board.

Promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2012 are Jan Holton, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling, and Willis Jenkins, the Margaret A. Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics.

Herdt joined YDS in 2010 after eleven years on the faculty of theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Religion and Faction in Hume’s Moral Philosophy (Cambridge, 1997)and Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices (Chicago, 2008). Her primary interests are in early-modern and modern moral thought, classical and contemporary virtue ethics, and contemporary theological ethics and political theology.

BeeleyHer articles have appeared in a variety of journals, includ­ing the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of Religion, Modern Theology, Soundings, Studies in Christian Ethics, and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Her current research is supported by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She has been the recipient of a Carey Senior Fellowship at the Erasmus Institute (2004–2005), a postdoctoral fellowship from the Center for Philoso­phy of Religion (1998–99), a Mellon Graduate Prize Fellowship from the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University (1992), and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1989). She has served on the board of directors of the Society of Chris­tian Ethics and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics. An Episcopalian, She earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University.

Beeley joined YDS and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2003 after one year as an assistant visiting professor at YDS and one year as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Washington and Lee University.

He teaches early Christian theology and history and modern Anglican tradition and is the author of two forthcoming books—“The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition” (Yale University Press, 2012) ,and “Pas­toral Leadership: Wisdom from the Early Church” (Eerdmans, 2012)—and of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was the winner of a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, as well as numerous articles and reviews.

Beeley is the editor of the Patristic Monograph Series and a director of the North American Patristics Society, a previous director of the American Society of Church History, and a steering committee chair of the Society of Biblical Literature. An Episcopal priest, he has served parishes in Texas, Indiana, Virginia, and Connecticut, and he contributes to Berkeley Divinity School’s Anglican formation program. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.

The promotions of Holton and Jenkins to associate professor take effect July 1, 2012.

HoltonHolton’s research uses ethnographic methodology to investigate issues of pas­toral care in conflict (or post-conflict) and disaster zones. She is the author of Building the Resilient Community: Lessons from the Lost Boys of Sudan (Wipf and Stock, 2011), a study that focuses on her most recent field research in South Sudan. Holton’s current project examines the unique aspects of pastoral care practices related to care in various communities of displacement. Her other research and teaching interests include intercultural pastoral theology, ethnographic perspectives of suffering, pastoral care in times of crisis, death and dying, addiction, the transition of hope, and ritual in pastoral care. Holton is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

JenkinsJenkins teaches environmental ethics, global ethics, and Christian social thought. He is author of Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2008), which won a 2009 Temple­ton Award for Theological Promise. He is editor of The Spirit of Sustainability, published in 2009, and coeditor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (2010). He has written recent journal articles on the ethics of sustainability sci­ence, on homelessness and urban theory, and on the field of religion and ecology.  An Episcopalian, he has served on Episcopal Church commissions concerning world mission and the theology of marriage.  His Ph.D. was earned at the University of Virginia.

Reappointed to assistant professor for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2012, are Clarence Hardy, III, assistant professor of the history of American Christianity;  Vasileios Marinis, assistant professor of Christian art and architecture;  Chloë Starr, assistant professor of Asian Christianity and theology ; and Tisa Wenger, assistant professor of American religious history.

Posted: 06/06/2011