MCD News | 25 October 2012
Australia’s first “university of specialisation”, MCD University of Divinity, has announced the appointment of its first professors. Ten of MCD’s most senior scholars have been recognised by the university for their outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and leadership within and beyond the academy.
MCD’s vice-chancellor, Professor Peter Sherlock, said:
The ten 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.
The university says the appointments are the culmination of a rigorous application process, benchmarked against Australian university practices. Applications were assessed against four areas: teaching, research, leadership in the academy, engagement with the churches and wider community. Recommendations for all appointments were made by a working group that included professors from three Victorian universities. Sixty members of academic staff were classified at senior levels: 10 as Professors, 13 as Associate Professors, and 37 as Senior Lecturers.