A cloistered walkway connects the new Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (l) to Selecman Hall (r),  

with the Ruben L.F. Habito Labyrinth partially visible in the background beyond the archways.

Fall 2011

Vol. 1, No. 1

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Welcome to the first edition of Perkins Précis, an e-Newsletter for Perkins School of Theology alumni/ae and friends. Précis, as the name suggests, is intended to be "a concise summary of essential points, statements, or facts." This inaugural issue focuses on faculty news at Perkins. We will continue to mail our popular Perspective alumni and friends magazine as well, with more in-depth articles and information. (Read the Summer 2011 edition of Perspective here...)  

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Perkins Welcomes New Faculty Members

tonstadDr. Linn Marie Tonstad is assistant professor of Christian Theology, effective August 1, 2011. She comes from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she has been Lilly Fellow in the Humanities and Theology since August 2009. Besides her primary academic competence in systematic theology, she is fluent in Norwegian and German, speaks French, and has some fluency in Arabic. Read more about Professor Tonstad here...


millerRev. Dr. Heidi Miller joined the Perkins faculty as assistant professor of Christian Worship, effective July 1, 2011. She comes from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she has been assistant professor and director of the Ministry Inquiry Program. She is a licensed Virginia Mennonite Conference minister. Read more about Professor Miller here ...

In This Issue
:: Welcoming New Faculty Members
:: Honoring Newly Retired Faculty
:: Celebrating Faculty Promotions
:: Faculty Spotlight: Ted Campbell

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Perkins Honors Retiring Faculty Members

Rev. Dr. Charles M. Wood retired as Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine in June 2011 Wood b&w after 35 years of distinguished service to Perkins and SMU. In addition to his faculty appointment at Perkins, Wood served as associate dean from 1990 to 1993 and as director of SMU's Graduate Program in Religious Studies (GPRS) from 2005 to 2010. Following retirement, Charles looks forward to writing and research without the distractions of administrative responsibilities. Still, he admits, he will miss his favorite part of Perkins School of Theology, "the company of teachers and learners." Read more about Professor Wood here...


proctersmithDr. Marjorie Procter-Smith retired in June 2011 as LeVan Professor of Preaching and Worship. When she came to teach at Perkins in 1983, she was only the third woman to be hired as faculty. She played a key role in the 1999 renovation of Perkins Chapel and also served as associate dean from fall 2000 to spring 2005. Retirement will find Marjorie, along with her husband, George, busy cultivating their vegetable and herb gardens while also taking care of rabbits, laying hens, and especially her beloved Tennessee Walkers on their 44 acre farm near Corsicana in rural Navarro County. Read more about Professor Procter-Smith here...


maldonadoRev. Dr. David Maldonado Jr. retired May 31, 2011, as founding director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions. Maldonado previously served at Perkins from 1984 to 2000 as professor of Church and Society, and as associate dean for academic affairs from 1993 to 1997. He was selected as president of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 2000, where he served until his "first retirement" in 2004. In 2009, Maldonado received the Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus Award. In retirement, Maldonado and wife Charlotte will continue to reside in New Mexico. Read more about Dr. Maldonado here...

Perkins Celebrates Faculty Promotions

  McKenzie PreachingRev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie, previously professor of Homiletics at Perkins, has been promoted to the George W. and Nell Ayers LeVan Endowed Chair of Preaching and Worship, effective June 2011. Additionally, SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence has announced the selection of Professor McKenzie as a recipient of the 2011 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. The annual award recognizes four SMU faculty for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. In 2012, Professor McKenzie will be President of the Academy of Homiletics, the most prestigious guild of academicians working on the topic of preaching in North America. Read more about Professor McKenzie here...


Lawrence+MarshallProfessor Bruce D. Marshall, previously professor of Historical Theology at Perkins, has been promoted to the Edward and Emma Lehman Chair in Christian Doctrine, effective June 2011. Additionally, Professor Marshall was named director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies in Fall 2011. The GPRS combines the resources of Perkins School of Theology and the department of religious studies in Dedman College for students who pursue the Ph.D. in religious study at SMU. Photo: Dean Lawrence (l) with Professor Marshall (r) at a reception in Marshall's honor. Read more about Professor Marshall here...


magallanesRev. Dr. Hugo Magallanes, associate professor of Christianity and Cultures, has been named director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins. An ordained elder in the South Georgia Annual Conference, his teaching specialties include Christian social ethics, cultural studies, John Wesley's social ethics, Hispanic theology/ethics, and liberation theology.

Faculty Spotlight: Ted A. Campbell
Ted Campbell

The work of Ted Allen Campbell, associate professor of Church History at Perkins, has been prominent recently across the United Methodist connection. Enjoy a full length feature article on Campbell here...


Some highlights:


· His book, Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials, was the basis of a June 21-24 seminar sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry through the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development. Read more about the seminar on the GBHEM website...


· Comments by Campbell on the subject of "hell" were prominently featured in a recent United Methodist News Service article by UMNS multimedia news reporter Heather Hahn.


· Campbell has posted a lighthearted and informative eleven-minute promotional YouTube video introducing his most recent book, Wesleyan Beliefs: Formal and Popular Expressions of the Core Beliefs of Wesleyan Communities, published in November 2010 by Kingswood Books.


· Campbell serves, with Russell E. Richey of Candler School of Theology, as general co-editor of the

Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.


· He is series editor of a newly released video teaching series on Methodist Doctrine. The series, sponsored by the Wesley Ministry Network based at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., includes 12 video lessons for clergy training and will eventually be offered with subtitles in Spanish and French as well as English.


· An ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference, Campbell enjoys interpreting the history and culture of Texas, specifically of Wesleyan/Methodist churches in Texas and in the Southwestern USA. He is a frequent and popular teacher and preacher in numerous local churches.


· "What I enjoy most about teaching at Perkins," Campbells says, is "teaching excellent, committed students in a research-intensive university that supports theological and historical studies." His Fall Term schedule at Perkins includes teaching "United Methodist History" and "The Ecumenical Movement."  


· A native of Beaumont, Texas, Ted has been married for 36 years to Dale Marie Fick Campbell. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Campbell and Lydia Campbell Frankel. 

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