Dean Tolbert selected for GTU distinguished faculty lecture

March 16, 2011

Pacific School of Religion Dean Mary Tolbert, Vice President for Academic Affairs and George H. Atkinson Professor of Biblical Studies, has accepted the invitation of the Graduate Theological Union Council of Deans to give the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecture next fall. The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 7:00 pm.

Each November the GTU faculty honors a distinguished professor who embodies the scholarly standards, teaching excellence, and commitment to ecumenism that define the GTU. Nominations are considered by the Council of Deans, who select each year’s distinguished faculty lecturer.

A PhD graduate of the University of Chicago, Mary Tolbert’s writings on the Gospel of Mark have established her as a leading voice in the interpretation of the New Testament. Her scholarly teaching and writing focus on feminism, biblical interpretation and social location, and queer theory and gender construction. She played a pivotal role in the conception and realization of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at PSR and served as its first executive director. Her publications include Sowing the Gospel: Mark’s World in Literary-Historical Perspective (1989) and Teaching the Bible: The Discourses and Politics of Biblical Pedagogy (1998), which she edited with Fernando F. Segovia.