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Installation of Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran

February 5, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

The installation of Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran as academic dean and vice president of academic affairs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.

This is a historic appointment in the seminary’s 166-year history as Tran is the first woman of color to serve as academic dean. We hope you will join us for this momentous occasion. Below you will find the schedule of events, hotel information, and directions.

If you plan to attend installation events, please use the response form to RSVP. If you will be attending the installation as a delegate, please use the delegate response form. Please reply by Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

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Installation Schedule

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Installation Ceremony
4:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Installation Dinner
5:30 p.m. | Loder Hall


Hotel Information

Hotels in Evanston

Holiday Inn Chicago North Evanston

1501 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 1 mi
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Margarita European Inn

1566 Oak Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 1.4 mi
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/ Evanston

1818 Maple Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.8 mi
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Hyatt House Chicago/ Evanston

1515 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.8 mi
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Hilton Orrington/ Evanston

1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.7 mi
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The Homestead

1625 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.7 mi
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Hotels in Skokie

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - North Shore Conference Center

9599 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Distance from campus: 3.8 mi
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Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago- North Shore/ Skokie

5201 Old Orchard Rd.
Skokie, IL, 60077
Distance from campus: 4.8 mi
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Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago/ Wilmette/Skokie

3205 Old Glenview Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Distance from campus: 5 mi
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Parking is an acknowledged challenge here in Evanston and on campus, but with a little planning and forethought, it is not an insurmountable problem. Starting at 4p.m., anyone may park in the big lot immediately adjacent to Garrett-Evangelical. If you arrive before 4p.m., you can purchase a parking pass for $8 (cash or check only) at the front desk for the small visitor's parking lot on campus.You may also call as much as a week or two in advance to the front desk (847.866.3900) to make a reservation. When you come to campus you will get a magnetic card from the front desk to use to get into and out of the lot. You may come and go as many times as you want that day, but the card must be returned at the end of the day as you leave the lot the last time (slide the card into the return box on your way out). 

If you have any questions about parking options on or near campus, please contact Tulani Myers, director of housing and events, by email or at 847.866.3939.

Directions to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The links below will help you make your way to Garrett-Evangelical, and help you find your way around once you arrive.



Campus Buildings:

The Garrett-Evangelical campus is comprised of five buildings toward the north and west side of Northwestern University's Evanston campus. In addition, the seminary owns three nearby apartment complexes.

  • Main, its Gothic tower visible from much of NU's campus, houses much of the administration, most of the classrooms (all outfitted for computer-assisted learning), many faculty offices, the Styberg Library, and the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.
  • Shaffer is connected to the north end of the Main building and houses most of the faculty offices as well as the IT department.
  • Loder Hall, east and slightly south of the main building, contains the cafeteria (Food for Thought), guest rooms, dorm rooms, some administrative offices, student lounges and kitchen, lockers for commuting students and is LEED certified.
  • Pfeiffer is located directly to the east of Main and includes offices for faculty, development, and many of the Seminary's Centers.
  • Stead Hall, which is connected to the south side of the Main building, houses the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, the Lucy Rider Meyer Conference Room, and offices for the library.
  • Old Dorm, east of the main building, is additional housing for students.
  • Howes Chapel is directly west of Main and is set adjacent to the beautiful Shakespeare Gardens and our own prayer garden.


About Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran

Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le TranRev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran is an internationally recognized leader in theological education, an accomplished scholar, and much sought out for her expertise in pedagogy. She joined the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical in 2017 as associate professor of religious education and practical theology.

Tran, a 2004 PhD alumna of Garrett-Evangelical, held prior faculty positions at Eden Theological Seminary and the Pacific School of Religion. Since joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical, Tran’s cross-disciplinary approach to Christian education has complemented the work of her colleagues in imagining creative, emancipatory Christian religious educational leadership and partnerships in the church and the wider community. She has embodied her vocation and ethic as a servant leader among the faculty, taking an active role in department leadership, faculty committees, and the ongoing development of the seminary’s curriculum.

She holds a doctor of philosophy degree in Christian education and congregational studies from Garrett-Evangelical, a master of religious education from Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor of science from Texas Wesleyan University. She is an ordained elder and member of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church. She has traveled to, studied, or taught in over fifteen different countries including Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, American and Western Samoa, Kenya, Malaysia, and Germany.

Her research has focused on religion, education, and violence. Her writings delve into the local/global intersections of race, gender, and class in religious identity and practices. A selection of Tran’s writings can be found in the Religious Education JournalChristians in EducationThe New Interpreter’s Bible Pastor’s Bible Study series, Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation, and Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World. Her latest book, Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope, was published by Abingdon Press in May 2017.

Tran is a member and past president of the Religious Education Association: Association of Professors, Practitioners, and Researchers in Religious Education. She is also an editorial board member for Horizons in Religious Education book series and was consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Christian Education. She is a member of the Association of Practical Theology, the International Academy of Practical Theology, and contributes to the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the Association of Theological Schools initiatives on faculty development. Her denominational service included a quadrennial term on the Curriculum Review Committee of The United Methodist Publishing House and the District Committee on Ordained Ministry in Missouri.

February 5, 2020

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201