Smith named Professor Emeritus

Departing faculty member Dr. Archie Smith, Jr. has been named professor emeritus by the PSR Board of Trustees. Smith’s resignation from PSR was effective June 30, 2011.

Professor Smith has taught and mentored students at PSR for 36 years and has been deeply involved with the Graduate Theological Union since its inception. Smith is an ordained American Baptist minister and licensed marriage, family, and child therapist and a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Smith’s books include Siblings by Choice: Race, Gender, Violence (with Ursula Riedel-Pfaeffl in); Navigating the Deep River: Spirituality in African American Families; and The Relational Self: Ethics and Therapy from a Black Church Perspective. He has spoken and written widely on a host of subjects involving family, race, society and culture, and developed ongoing relationships with counseling centers in England as they deal with
issues of immigration, race, and family.

“We celebrate Professor Smith’s long tenure and distinguished service to the Pacific School of Religion community of teaching and learning, and his many contributions to churches and the wider Bay Area community through his ministries of theological education, counseling, and leadership,” said Riess Potterveld, president of PSR.