MTSO has appointed Kathryn Common visiting assistant professor of practical theology and a Louisville Institute postdoctoral scholar for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. She began her work at MTSO Sept. 30.
The Louisville Institute, funded by the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment, awards grants and fellowships to those who lead and study North American religious institutions, practices and movements, advancing scholarship to strengthen church, academy and wider society. The institute is providing Common’s salary, benefits and travel expenses.
Common is completing her Ph.D. at Boston University School of Theology. She holds a Master of Arts in Theological Research degree from Andover Newton Theological School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University.
Common’s teaching experience at BU includes coordinating a “Religion and Conflict Transformation” course and serving as instructor of “Design Thinking for Leadership,” a seminar for faith and nonprofit leaders. Her research and teaching interests include feminist and womanist theology and ecclesiology, design thinking, biblical studies, and theopoetics.
“I am grateful for the support of the Louisville Institute and for the addition of this outstanding new colleague,” said MTSO President Jay Rundell.
Common is the second Louisville Institute postdoctoral scholar to teach at MTSO. Kyle Brooks began a two-year fellowship in the fall of 2018 and was subsequently appointed to MTSO’s faculty as assistant professor of homiletics, worship, and Black church and African diasporic studies in July.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, practical theology, social justice and theological studies, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
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