Katherine A. Shaner named New Testament professor at General Theological Seminary

June 30, 2011

The Rev. Katherine A. Shaner, a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has been named assistant professor of New Testament at General Theological Seminary in New York.

Shaner is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Theology degree at Harvard Divinity School where she is specializing in New Testament and early Christian history. Shaner will begin her new role at GTS this fall. She will succeed recently retired professor of New Testament, the Rev. John Koenig.

Shaner has won numerous awards for her scholarly work, including a Regional Scholar Award from the Society of Biblical Literature and a Fulbright Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation, titled "Religious and Civic Lives of the Enslaved: A Case Study of Roman Ephesos," was a finalist in the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

"Professor Shaner was selected from a field of extremely talented scholars," said Bishop Peter Lee, the seminary's interim dean, according to a press release. "She has made outstanding contributions to the field of New Testament studies, has delivered many important papers, and has extensive teaching experience, having served as a fellow at Harvard Divinity School under both Professor Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Professor Karen King."

Shaner also has had experience in congregational and pastoral ministries in Boston and Detroit, and in archaeological research having served as an excavation assistant with the Austrian Archaeological Institute at Ephesos in Selçuk.

"The opportunity to join General's faculty combines many aspects of my vocation as a pastor and a scholar," said Shaner, according to the release. "I am very excited to join the work of prayer, study, formation, and witness that this community shoulders together."

She will be residing at the Seminary and will begin her teaching duties this fall. Lee said he believes Professor Shaner "will bring sound scholarship, visionary energy, and pastoral sensitivity to her work," the release said.