Theological School Deans

Wabash Center Blog Series for Theological School Deans

Theological school deans hold a unique and challenging position in the field of higher education. The work of the administrative scholar who leads from the center is incredibly complex. Few who have not held the position can appreciate fully the scope of that complexity. The press of the myriad of immediate demands leaves little room for the critical reflection that is crucial to thriving in the work.

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Walking the beach, I am caught by the ordered chaos of blue and white shards oriented around a large center shell. What a great image of centered-set thinking, I muse, and pull out my phone to capture the image. Isn’t a part of the deans’ job to keep pointing ...

I imagine that once upon a time, a child joyfully ran along the beach in this sandal - picking up shells, building sculptures in the sand, playing in the waves. But, after a season at sea, this sandal would be difficult to walk in – it’s nearly broken in half, ...

The ocean – dynamic, powerful and vast – the dean must be willing to be there; walking with and leading others into the movements of change. The dunes - stable, protective and slow – the dean must be a stable and sustaining presence, standing strong with others in the midst of storms. Or ...

The image of the beach environment displays its givens: sand, sea, sky, dunes, plants, even the unseen particles in the air. The image of the boardwalk and “private property” sign shows a (passable) boundary onto which one can walk to the beach. It provides narrow, bounded access to a more ...

It sighed again the shark. Spitting out yet more fun gleeful humans thrilled at its unreal teeth.