LSTC's board of directors appointed Lea F. Schweitz as assistant professor of systematic theology/religion and science and associate director of Zygon Center for Religion and Science, effective July 1, 2007. Her appointment concludes a year-long search.
Schweitz will receive her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School in December 2007. She holds degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Luther College. She was a resident dissertation fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame in 2005-06. Her fellowships and grants include the Wilson teaching Fellowship, a Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, a grant for advanced theological studies from the ELCA, and the Wabash Fellowship - Chicago Forum on Pedagogy and the Study of Religion.
Schweitz has a commitment to teaching that is "personal and practical" and favors a teaching style that allows students to develop their leadership skills. She is already familiar with the work of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, having served as executive coordinator for the center for a year.
In addition to religion and science, Schweitz is interested in early modern philosophy of religion/philosophical theology, the history of systematic theology, theological anthropology, faith and reason, and religious pluralism.
Schweitz is an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Chicago.
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