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New staff to support online learning

Posted Aug 18, 2010

Scott Chalmers and Jeff Fitzkappes have joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to support faculty, students and staff with the design and use of technology for teaching and learning with particular focus on online courses.

Dr. Chalmers will work approximately 20 hours a week as Teaching and Learning Technologist for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Chalmers holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from LSTC and has designed and taught online courses for LSTC, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Lewis University.

Mr. Fitzkappes, a Ph.D. student at LSTC, will serve as Assistant Teaching and Learning Technologist 10 hours per week. Fitzkappes earned a master of arts degree in Christian Thought through a distributive learning program from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., which included both intensive on-campus and online courses.

The two part-time positions are funded by a grant from the Floy L. and Paul F. Cornelsen Charitable Foundation.

Online courses for 2010-2011

LSTC will offer seven online courses during the 2010-2011 academic year. The courses are designed to be both accessible to individuals interested in exploring seminary education or theological topics and academically challenging. They are full-credit courses that are part of the accredited degree programs of the seminary.

Fall semester courses:

Biblical Greek taught by the Rev. Dr. Peter S. Perry

Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature taught by Dr. Scott Chalmers

Church History I taught by the Rev. Dr. Kurt Hendel

Spring semester courses:

Church History II taught by the Rev. Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony

Life and Letter of Paul taught by the Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett

Israel’s Prophets taught by the Rev. Dr. Klaus-Peter Adam

Lutheran Confessional Heritage taught by Dr. Lea F. Schweitz

To enroll, contact the LSTC Admissions Office at 773-256-0726 or


Cheryl Hoth
Assistant to the Dean and V.P. for Academic Affairs

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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