President Potterveld announces new dean

April 14, 2011

Tat-siong Benny Liew has been appointed vice president of academic affairs and academic dean of Pacific School of Religion. The following is a statement from Riess Potterveld, president of PSR:

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tat-siong Benny Liew as vice president of academic affairs and academic dean of Pacific School of Religion beginning July 1, 2011, for a three-year term.

“Currently professor of New Testament, Dr. Liew will continue to teach the introductory course in New Testament and an additional course each year in New Testament during his tenure as dean.

“Dr. Liew’s appointment was recommended by the faculty development committee, which served as a search committee, and by the full faculty.
“We are pleased that PSR has secured this accomplished scholar and teacher to guide PSR in the further development of its academic programs and service to the church and the wider society.”

Dr. Liew received his PhD at Vanderbilt and taught for nine years at Chicago Theological Seminary before coming to PSR. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).   

Dr. Liew is interested in transdisciplinary study of the New Testament. Alongside New Testament studies, his scholarly interests include literary theory, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, and ethnic studies (particularly Asian American history and literature). Dr. Liew is the author of What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics?: Reading the New Testament (2008), and Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(con)textually (1999).

Dr. Liew had this to say about the appointment to his new position:

"These are challenging times for theological education, and PSR is no exception. I am convinced, however, that good theological education is absolutely crucial for these times. I’m also convinced that PSR’s commitment to educating persons to help bring about greater justice and mercy locally and globally is exceptional, and I look forward to doing all that I can to help preserve and continue that distinctive legacy. Our commitment to this legacy will, I hope, give us the strength and wisdom to transform the road bumps and blockades before us into ramps and hurdles to propel and motivate us to heights and strengths we would otherwise not have achieved."