The Council of MCD University of Divinity today announced the appointment of the first Professors of Australia's first specialist university, including the Warden of Trinity College, Professor Andrew McGowan, and the Dean of the Theological School, Revd Professor Dorothy Lee.
Ten of MCD's most senior scholars were recognised by the university for their outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and leadership.
MCD Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sherlock, said in a recent press release, 'The 10 Professors have brought great distinction to themselves and to our institution over a long period. Each one has made a mark internationally. They have an impressive record of service to the academy, the churches, and most importantly their students.
'Their areas of expertise illustrate the wonderful spectrum of theological research undertaken at MCD University of Divinity, including biblical scholarship, spirituality, church history, doctrine, liturgy, canon law and ethics.
'Each of our Professors has an outstanding record in engagement with the community and churches in Australia and beyond, developing theologically informed responses to the needs and issues facing twenty-first century society.
'I am delighted that MCD University of Divinity is able to honour these ten scholars in its first year as an Australian University of Specialisation. I look forward to future appointments by Council to this distinguished academic title.'
Andrew and Dorothy and have been recognised for their scholarship accordingly:
Andrew McGowan (pictured left), has taught early church history and liturgy at MCD for nine years. His scholarship on the origins of the Eucharist has had wide international recognition within and beyond the discipline of theology for its reassessment of the nature of early Christian ritual. His scholarly engagement with contemporary issues has invigorated debate within the churches, higher education sector, and wider community, bringing theological perspectives to bear on public affairs.
Dorothy Lee has taught New Testament at MCD for over 20 years. She is internationally recognised for her research on symbolism in the Gospel of John, displaying pastoral sensitivity and cultural awareness in exegesis and interpretation. Her focus is on a literary and theological approach to the Gospels and she is widely published in books and journals. Her esteem is evident in the high demand for her scholarship as a lecturer, supervisor, preacher and writer.
Congratulations to Andrew and Dorothy. Their achievements continue Trinity's proud tradition of being placed in the international world of teaching and scholarship.