News Perspective Online September 2021

New Titles and Responsibilities

Fifteen Perkins faculty and staff have new or expanded roles and titles.

Over the summer months, 15 Perkins staff and faculty members were assigned new titles with expanded or additional responsibilities. Please note these and welcome individuals into their new or expanded roles. 

Dr. Chuck Aaron – Director of the Intern Program

After serving as co-director with Isabel Docampo, Aaron now assumes full directorship of the Perkins Intern Program.

Dr. Stephen Bagby – Director, Admission Operations 

Bagby has taken charge of all aspects of admission operations, including nurture of applicants and full follow-through toward enrollment. He will continue to travel to recruiting events and to assist with Inside Perkins and activities related to individual visits.

Jeanette Cordova – Administrative Assistant for the Testimony HQ Grant

New to Perkins, Cordova will be assisting Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison and Bart Patton with their Lilly-funded grant related to congregational testimony.

Dr. Dallas Gingles – Site Director of the Houston-Galveston Extension Program

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Gingles now has a greater leadership role in managing the Houston-Galveston program and its resources. The changes free Hugo Magallanes to take on other responsibilities (see below).

Pam Goolsby – Associate Director for Events and Facilities

In addition to her leadership in event planning, Goolsby has added responsibilities for facility management (as liaison to university units and vendors) as well building access and allocations.

Dr. Robert Hunt – Director of Global Theological Education

In addition to his leadership in global initiatives and immersion courses, Hunt has added responsibilities for connecting Perkins to the technology resources available through the University.

Andy Keck – Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Assistant to the Dean

In addition to his work in the Dean’s Office, Keck has added responsibilities for accreditation, assessment, and technology purchasing.

Dr. Jack Levison – Faculty-in-Residence, Boaz Commons

In addition to his responsibilities at Perkins, Jack Levison (along with his wife, Priscilla Pope-Levison) has moved into nearby Boaz Commons as faculty member in residence.

Dr. Tamara Lewis – Professor of the Practice of Historical Theology and Director of the Black/Africana Church Studies Program

In addition to continuing her teaching responsibilities, Lewis provides leadership to a new initiative supporting Black/Africana Church Studies.

Dr. Hugo Magallanes – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

With the able support of Melissa Hernandez Probus, Magallanes has added responsibilities for directing the Hispanic-Latin@ Ministries Program and the United Methodist Regional Course of Study School for Local Pastors.

Heather Gottas Moore – Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning

With the transition of Priscilla Pope-Levison and Bart Patton (noted below), Moore becomes the primary contact for all non-credit, lifelong learning programs, including the Perkins Certificate in Practical Ministry.

Caleb Palmer–Associate Director, Ministry Discernment & Communications

In addition to travel for recruitment, Palmer is now facilitating all communications via SLATE from inquiry to enrollment and manages the Office of Enrollment Management database of church leaders, campus ministers, and conference and college and university fair organizers. 

Bart Patton – Director of the Office of External Programs

With the transition of Priscilla Pope-Levison (noted below), Patton assumes leadership of this office on September 1st.  

Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison – Research Professor of Practical Theology

With the support of a $1M grant from the Lilly Endowment for “Testimony as Community Engagement,” Pope-Levison has decided to focus her time on this project. As a fully grant-supported position, Dean Hill was able to work with Provost Loboa to appoint her as a Research Professor beginning September 1, 2021. Pope-Levison is also a full partner with husband Jack Levison in their new role working with undergraduate SMU students in Boaz Commons.

Mary Roberts – Assistant Director of Communications and Event Management for the Office of External Programs

With the transition of Pope-Levison and Patton (noted above), Roberts now markets and coordinates all in-person, virtual and hybrid events sponsored by the Office of the External Programs.