Sharon E. Heaney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Theology and Latin American Studies and Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC). She has taught at Virginia Theological Seminary since 2014 and joined the full faculty in August 2019. Before coming to VTS, she was Senior Lecturer in Theology at St. John’s University, Tanzania. From 2004 – 2009 she was a National Examiner in Religious Studies for the Assessment and Qualification Alliance, UK (AQA). She has also traveled widely and has been involved in research, teaching, and church service in Argentina, Ireland, Spain, and the U.K.
Heaney earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the Queen’s University, Belfast in 2004 after having completed a B.A (Hons.) in Theology and Hispanic Studies from the same institution in 1999. She gained a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the Queens University of Belfast (with High Commendation) and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Trinity College London in 1997 (with High Commendation).
In her theological teaching she is particularly interested in the histories and theologies of Latin America and how these intersect with social, political and cultural realities in the U.S.A informing ministry priorities for the Episcopal Church. As Director of ARC, she is committed to equipping emerging scholars and leaders with the necessary skills for clear and cogent theological thinking, research, writing and witness.
Dr. Heaney is the author of Contextual Theology for Latin America (Wipf & Stock, 2008). She is currently undertaking two books projects - Teología en Conjunto: A Short Introduction and Latino/a Theology: A Reader. She is married to Robert S. Heaney Ph.D, D.Phil., and they have one son, Sam.