Seminary of the Southwest (Southwest) announces Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson as the new John E. Hines Assistant Professor of Preaching, and Rev. Dr. Jee Hei Park as the new Assistant Professor of New Testament. Both professors will begin teaching in fall of 2021.
“We are very fortunate to have these excellent faculty members joining our community in the fall to teach Preaching and New Testament. Their knowledge and experience will enrich our students,” said Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean. “It is already clear that these scholars will contribute much to our faculty life and conversation.”
Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson, a New Jersey native, is a millennial Womanist homiletician and justice advocate. She undergirds scholar-ministry praxis with prophetic witness, social justice, digital media, preaching, and religious communication. Dominique earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University in 2007, Master of Divinity concentrating in Biblical Interpretation, and Master of Theology concentrating in Homiletics both from Candler School of Theology in 2010 and 2011, respectively. She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Gospel and Culture in May 2017. Her dissertation, “iHomiletic: Preaching that Clicks,” is groundbreaking research, and services to assist faith leaders with developing impactful ministry methodologies that employ technology and social media linguistics. She currently is a Ph.D. student at Christian Theological Seminary in the world’s first African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric Ph.D. program.
She most recently was the Inaugural Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Religion at Wiley College in Marshall, TX.
An ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
“How exciting for Seminary of the Southwest to welcome the Rev. Dr. Dominique Robinson as the John Hines Professor of Preaching. She brings energy, creativity, and passion for the teaching of preaching,” said the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean and president.
Prior to coming to Southwest, Rev. Dr. Jee Hei (pronounced “jee-hey”) Park taught at General Theological Seminary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy and a Master of Theology from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, a Master of Divinity (concentration in New Testament and Early Christianity) from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Christianity in Antiquity from Fordham University. Her research and teaching interests include the New Testament, race/ethnicity in the Roman world, material culture in early Christianity, and decolonial and postcolonial theories and theologies.
Park’s work has been recognized with several awards and fellowships including the Forum for Theological Exploration dissertation fellowship and the Louisville Institute postdoctoral fellowship. Her first book All Citizens of Christ: A Cosmopolitan Reading of Unity and Diversity in Paul’s Letters will be published by Brill. She is currently a provisional deacon in The United Methodist Church.
“We are so fortunate to have the Rev. Dr. Jee Hei Park joining our faculty. Her commitment to teaching experience, pastoral heart, and love for the church make her the right New Testament professor for Seminary of the Southwest,” said Kittredge.
About Seminary of the Southwest
Rooted in the reconciling ministry of Christ, the mission of Seminary of the Southwest is to form people for vocations of ministry, service, and healing. Established in Austin, TX, in 1952 by Bishop John Hines, Seminary of the Southwest is one of 10 accredited seminaries in The Episcopal Church.
The insight and creativity with which Seminary of the Southwest engages the Christian tradition with the reality of the contemporary world makes it a leader among institutions of higher learning, both within and beyond The Episcopal Church. Sustained by innovative teaching and research, Southwest forms servant leaders who minister in a diverse culture with confidence and humility. The seminary has the financial and spiritual capacity to discern and develop new programs to advance God’s mission of healing and reconciliation.
Southwest provides excellent residential formation for ordained ministry; has a sought-after masters degree in clinical mental health counseling; offers professional master’s degrees to lay professionals and church leaders in a range of denominations and faith traditions; and serves the church through innovative models for local formation and ongoing training.