Stephanie Paulsell Appointed Associate Dean for Ministerial Studies

Stephanie Paulsell has been appointed Associate Dean for Ministerial Studies and Senior Lecturer on Ministry, effective July 1, 2003. She replaces Nancy Richardson, who is beginning a phased retirement but will continue to teach at HDS.

"We are very fortunate to have someone with Stephanie Paulsell's experience and talent to follow Nancy Richardson as our leader in ministerial studies," said William A. Graham, dean of HDS, in announcing Paulsell's appointment. "Stephanie has been a part of the HDS community since 2001 and has already made a huge contribution to the life of the School as a Lecturer on Ministry, so much so that she was recently nominated by the students as Outstanding Teacher at HDS for 2002-03. We are delighted to welcome such an accomplished scholar, teacher, and professional to our ranks."

Before arriving at Harvard in 2001, Paulsell was Director of Ministry Studies and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She holds master's and doctoral degrees from Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from Greensboro College. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

In her research, writing, and teaching, Paulsell examines the points of intersection between intellectual work and spiritual formation, between the academic study of religion and the practices of ministry, and between the contemplative and active dimensions of the vocations of minister and teacher. She is the author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice (Jossey-Bass) and co-editor of The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher (Eerdmans). Her works in progress include a book on the spiritual dimension of intellectual work, a translation of and commentary on the works of the thirteenth-century writer Marguerite d'Oingt, and a book, co-written with colleagues at Duke Divinity School, on the theology of ministry.

"I'm delighted to join Harvard in its long-standing commitment to the preparation of intellectually and spiritually agile ministers who are able to bring a wide range of resources to both the religious hungers of our day and the grave challenges our world faces," Paulsell said. "As we renew our curriculum and add to the ranks of our faculty, we have the opportunity to deepen our exploration of the relations between theory and practice, work and prayer, and personal vocation and public life. I am grateful to be able to work with students and faculty who have these concerns at the heart of their work."