Tuesday, July 1, saw the beginning of a new deanship for Fuller Seminary’s School of Theology. Joel B. Green, world-renowned New Testament scholar, has taken the leadership role vacated by retiring dean Howard Loewen.
“I am thrilled to have Joel step into the role of dean for the School of Theology,” says Provost Doug McConnell. “He brings with him experience as both a dean and a professor, a reputation for the highest standards of scholarship, and a commitment to Christian life and development that Fuller Seminary values immensely. We are more than blessed to have Joel lead in this capacity.”
Dr. Green has been a part of Fuller since 2008, when he assumed the role of professor of New Testament interpretation and associate dean for the Center of Advanced Theological Studies. Prior to his time at Fuller, Green served as professor at a plethora of universities and seminaries, most notably the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where he also served as dean. He is widely regarded as an expert in New Testament studies and interpretation, best known for his work in Luke-Acts and 1 Peter. His work output is astonishing; he has written or edited over 40 books (including three Bible translations and the highly respected New International Commentary on the New Testament) and dozens of articles.
Despite his time-consuming scholarship, Green has a remarkable reputation for being available and responsive to his students. His classes are known to be among Fuller’s most academically challenging but are still highly sought after. This commitment to both research and investing in students is something the new dean looks forward to continuing at a new level.
"I was drawn to Fuller by wonderful colleagues and the opportunity for involvement in a seminary widely known as an evangelical and global leader in the world of theological education,” Green told us. “Since I started teaching here in 2008, I've been repeatedly impressed, too, with Fuller's remarkable students. So it's gratifying now to be in a position to help shape our future together in the School of Theology.”
With years of experience as dean at Asbury, Green is already planning how he can bring his experience and vision to benefit the School of Theology. “I'm looking forward to focusing my attention on aligning faculty practices – like teaching and learning, scholarship, and our common life – with the missional and transformative direction of the curricula we've adopted. I place a high value on integrity, ‘really being who we are,’ so I'm interested in how the school can better embody the values we embrace.”
To read more from Dr. Green and his vision for the School of Theology, see his Message from the Dean.
Click here to read the recent coverage of Dr. Green’s editorship of an award-winning study Bible.
Coverage of Dr. Green's "Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd Edition" winning an award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
Dr. Green's recent article on the intersection of science and faith for The DREAMS Magazine.