Scott Cormode, PhD
Director of Innovation
Scott Cormode, in September 2015, was named director of innovation, a position created in order to better coordinate the entrepreneurial efforts of Fuller’s Centers, Institutes and Initiatives. Cormode served as academic dean from Fall 2013 to 2015, after serving on the faculty at Fuller since 2006 as the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development.. Dr. Cormode brought significant leadership and teaching experience to this position, as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who served for the previous decade as George Butler Associate Professor of Church Administration and Finance at Claremont School of Theology. Cormode also served at Claremont as associate dean for institutional research, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Accreditation Team, and principal writer of the Long Range Planning Committee.
Functioning as a leader of leaders, Cormode founded in 1998 the Academy of Religious Leadership, an organization for professors who teach leadership in seminaries, and created the Journal of Religious Leadership, for which he also acts as editor, in 2001. His articles on leadership, organization, and technology have appeared as well in Christian Century, Theological Education, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His most recent book, Making Spiritual Sense: Theological Interpretation as Christian Leadership, was published by Abingdon Press in 2006. He has served as convener for numerous leadership conferences, presented dozens of papers, chaired various boards, and led training events. He maintains a series of case studies and other resources on www.christianleaders.org, a website for developing Christian leaders.