Bruce Marshall, professor of historical theology in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, will become the School’s next Edward and Emma Lehman Chair in Christian Doctrine. The appointment is effective in June 2011, following the retirement of the current Lehman Chair holder, Charles Wood.
“Naming a faculty member at SMU to an endowed position is recognition that the professor has achieved the highest levels of accomplishment in academic life. Bruce Marshall is an outstanding member of the SMU faculty,” said SMU Provost Paul Ludden in the announcement. “His work exemplifies the excellence of the University, and he is a most worthy recipient of this distinctive promotion.”
“Bruce epitomizes everything that we affirm in our mission statement as a school to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry,” said Perkins Dean William Lawrence. “He is a superb and challenging teacher. He is a globally respected scholar. And he contributes great leadership in the education of our Master’s and doctoral students.”
Marshall has been a member of the SMU faculty since 2001. A scholar of the history of Christian theology and doctrine, he is renowned for his work on the doctrine of the Trinity and is an expert on the theology of Thomas Aquinas. He has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad on topics ranging from Trinitarian theology to Christology to the relationships between Judaism and Christianity.
A graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned his baccalaureate degree in religious studies, Marshall holds three Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Yale. He is a member of several distinguished academic guilds, and recently completed a term as president of the Academy of Catholic Theology. He has also served on the boards of five scholarly journals: Nova et Vetera, Modern Theology, Pro Ecclesia, Ecclesiology, and the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church.
His teaching responsibilities include courses in Christian heritage, the history of Christian doctrine, and Christian thought in the middle ages. In summer 2010, Marshall became director of SMU’s Graduate Program in Religious Studies, which combines the resources of Perkins School of Theology and the department of religious studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, for students who pursue the Ph.D. in religious study at SMU.