PhD Teaching Certificate
The Garrett-Evangelical PhD program offers the opportunity for students earn a PhD teaching certificate. Through teaching seminars and workings, teaching assistant (TA) experiences, and TA case conferences, the PhD teaching certificate program equips PhD students to:
- Be reflective practitioners in the scholarship and practice of teaching
- Become a partner with other students in reflecting on and supporting colleagues as teachers
- Reflect critically on teaching philosophies and practices
- Foster relationships that will support and sustain participants over the year of the workshop and beyond
- Fashion unique identities as teachers
- Understand and navigate institutional cultures
- Prepare a teaching portfolio in anticipation of future employment in college or theological school
Meet Some of Our PhD Students
Meet a Graduate
Dr. Jo Ann Deasy
Director of Institutional Initiatives and Student Research at the Association of Theological Schools
Dr. Jo Ann Deasy received her PhD from Garrett-Evangelical in 2010, with a specialization in Congregational Studies and a minor in Contextual Theology. In 2014, after serving for seven years as Dean of Students and Community Life at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and for four years as the pastor of Sojourner Covenant Church in Evanston, Dr. Deasy became Director of Institutional Initiatives and Student Research at the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In this position she has been coordinator for the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers Initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment and carried out under the auspices of ATS. Her work with the initiative focuses on research, education, institutional strategies, and collaboration in addressing the special economic challenges that confront those seeking to enter the ministry fields. Dr. Deasy was drawn to Garrett-Evangelical’s PhD program because of its grounding in church, with some students serving as pastors while pursuing their doctoral work. Her experience in the program “changed the way I do theology and the way I look at the world” by showing how “our practices themselves are inherently theological” and how they “reveal what we believe about God, ourselves, and the world around us.” Dr. Deasy was also deeply impacted by the feminist witness of the “brilliant women” with whom she studied, by the faculty member who “introduced me to the rich history and tradition of leadership in the Black church, and by the teacher who “recognized and named my ability as a theologian.” This shaping, she says, gave her the analytical tools to discern how inequality, privilege, and injustice are embedded in social and institutional systems, intellectual training she has found especially valuable in her current work at ATS on the economics of ministry and in her denominational advocacy for women clergy.
- PhD Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
- MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- BS in Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
A Few of Deasy's Publications
“Seven things we’ve learned about today’s theology students: Highlights from the 2015-2016 Entering Student Questionnaire,” Colloquy Online (March 2016).
“Rising student debt: Compare your institutional data to that of your peers,” In Trust Magazine, (Autumn, 2015).
“Father Images and Women Pastors: How Our Implicit Ecclesiologies Function,” in Doing Theology for the Church: Essays in Honor of Klyne Snodgrass, ed. Rebekah A. Eklund and John E. Phelan (Wipf & Stock, 2014).
“Women Leaders in Evangelical Congregations,” in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, ed. Sharon Callahan (Sage Publications, 2013).
“Reframing the Issue: Women’s Ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church,” in The Covenant Quarterly (May 2009).