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Garrett-Evangelical Welcomes Mai-Anh Le Tran as Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology

May 10, 2017
Mai-Anh Tran

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Mai-Anh Le Tran as associate professor of religious education and practical theology. Tran is an experienced educator, a well-respected scholar in the field of religious education, and deeply dedicated to the church and community. Her appointment will officially begin July 1, 2017.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran to the faculty,” said Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical. “Already a noted leader in the field, she is one of the most creative minds at work today in religious education. Dr. Tran brings cutting-edge scholarship, expertise in practical theology, and critical cultural interpretation skills. Her presence will be a great addition to the school.”

Tran, a PhD alumna of Garrett-Evangelical, returns to the seminary from Eden Theological Seminary, where she was the associate professor of Christian education. Prior to serving at Eden, Tran was the assistant professor of religious education and Asian American studies at Pacific School of Religion. Her research focuses 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 Journal, Christians in Education, The 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.

“There has never been a more exciting yet challenging time to be in theological education, and to be a United Methodist,” said Tran. “I have had the privilege of working with institutions and colleagues who believe that our work must make redemptive difference in the world, in public life, and in the life of the church. I bring such commitment to Garrett-Evangelical, eager for how we will lead one another toward educated hope.”

Tran 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 twelve different countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, American and Western Samoa, Kenya, Malaysia, and Germany.

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 the Accreditation Commission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Her denominational service includes a quadrennial term on the Curriculum Review Committee of The United Methodist Publishing House and the District Committee on Ordained Ministry in Missouri.