During this first week of the doctoral summer residency, I’d like to express special appreciation for all of the summer faculty who share their wisdom with our doctoral students. These faculty are a blend of VTS’s full-time residential faculty and practitioners who work elsewhere in full-time ministry and take time each summer to teach. This combination of scholars and practitioners is precisely what makes our doctoral programs so dynamic—it is the heart of our action-reflection model of doctoral learning.
This summer these faculty are offering some remarkable courses: from liturgy and the arts to the beliefs and practices of Islam; from emotional intelligence to voice coaching for liturgists and preachers.
These instructors spend long hours teaching during our summer residency. Once our 4-hour morning classes are over, they join students for worship and lunch, and then prepare for the next day’s instruction. It is demanding work but deeply rewarding. We are grateful for all that they give.
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D.
Director of Doctoral Programs
Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture Virginia Theological Seminary