Theology Chair one of a kind
Support for research can come from all sectors of the community and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle has lent their support to bring one of the world's finest Theologians to our University with funding support of $1 million over five years.
Dr John McDowell, former Cambridge researcher and more recently a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, was appointed as the Foundation Morpeth Chair of Theology.
The professorial position will strengthen the knowledge base in the University's and NSW's only theology discipline.
The position will also provide fresh leadership for our scholars.
Dr McDowell's specialist interest is in modern theology and he is particularly interested in how theology can link - and interact - with other disciplines.
Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Dr Brian Farran, in his first year as Bishop of Newcastle was invited to deliver the University's Morpeth Lecture. In this he outlined why the University should establish a Chair in Theology.
"Newcastle could not have hoped for a more creative and energetic Foundational Chair who brings with him a wealth of experience," Dr Farran said.
"Dr McDowell's appointment will be the catalyst for Newcastle becoming a renowned centre for theological learning and research."
The Bachelor of Theology was introduced in 2007 to meet the educational needs of the scholarly, religious and broader community.