The Rev. Dr. Susan Willhauck
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology
B.A. (Emory and Henry College), Magna Cum Laude
M.T.S. (Wesley Theological Seminary), Summa Cum Laude
Ph.D (hon) (The Catholic University of America)
The teaching life carries both blessing and curse. The blessing is the love of students: what wonderful gifts I receive from walking a little way with them on their journey. I always say being a teacher is just a good excuse to be a student all your life. The curse is the incessant questioning of oneself (Did I do that well? Could I have said that better? Was that a good class session? How could it be improved? Was that mark fair? What is the best pedagogy to meet these learning goals?). But the blessing definitely outweighs the curse. It really is worth it. Teaching theology for me is to be in a perichoretic relationship, hanging around with students, discussing a text in the presence of God. In true Socratic fashion, I am not here to teach you something, but to help you think critically, to live in a hermeneutic of reverence and wonder.
I am an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I have served since 2009. I teach the Graduate Project Seminar at AST among other courses in worship and Christian education.Prior to AST I was on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. I am an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church and a member of the Virginia Conference where I have served several congregations. I received the Masters of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. I am the author (or co-author) of several books, including The Web of Women’s Leadership: Recasting Congregational Ministry; Back Talk! Women Leaders Changing the Church; Ministry Unplugged: Uncommon Calls to Serve, and Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling. I serve on the Teaching and Learning Committee of the American Academy of Religion. I recently received a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning for a research project entitled, "Teaching Qualitative Research in Theological Education to Enhance Leadership for Change in the Church."
Worship Foundations; Teaching and Learning in the Church; Congregational Leadership and Change; Graduate Project Seminar; Pastoral Foundations; Coming to Faith; The Church’s Ministries with Children; Theology and Youth Ministry; Theologies of Play: Creative Play in Pastoral Ministry; The Bible and Spiritual Formation; Gender and Leadership in the Church.
Pedagogy in Theological Education, Qualitative Research in Theology, Women’s Leadership in Ministry, Theology and Linguistics, Faith through the Languages of Popular Culture, Congregational Leadership, Faith Formation.
- Research project and symposium on "Teaching Qualitative Research in Theological Education to Enhance Leadership for Change in the Church”
- Book in progress on Faith through the Languages of Popular Culture
The Web of Women’s Leadership: Recasting Congregational Ministry; Back Talk! Women Leaders Changing the Church; Ministry Unplugged: Uncommon Calls to Serve, and Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling, as well as numerous articles in several academic journals.
- Adjunct Professor, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Associate Pastor, St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Annandale, VA
- Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
- American Academy of Religion
- Association of Practical Theology
- Religious Education Association
- United Methodist Scholars in Christian Education
- Canadian Theological Society
- Ordained Minister, The United Methodist Church
- Teaching Learning Grant from the Association of Theological Schools to study Effective and Influential Teaching in Theological Education
- Association of Theological Schools Lilly Grant for research on Women and Change in the Church
- Wabash Grant on Teaching Qualitative Research in Theological Education to Enhance Leadership for Change in the Church