Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Associate Professor of New Testament, Dr. Audrey L.S. West, will resign from the faculty, effective June 30, 2008.
In their letter to the community announcing Dr. West's resignation, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kathleen D. "Kadi" Billman, and President James Kenneth Echols noted their "regret at her leave-taking and gratitude for her ministry at LSTC." West joined the faculty in 2000. In her eight years at LSTC, West has been a favorite teacher among the students and a leader among the faculty. She chaired the Curriculum Revision Committee. Its work led to the current curriculum, unveiled in fall 2003, which shifted the academic year from quarters to semesters to be in synch with more of the ELCA seminaries and seminaries of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. West was granted tenure in 2006 and chaired the Faculty Executive Committee in 2006-07.
In her letter of resignation, West wrote, "I give thanks to God for the relationships that have nurtured and supported me here, for all those engaged in service of the gospel in this place and for those times when we have caught glimpses of God's work among us."
West holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees from Yale Divinity School. While at Yale, she received the Two Brothers Fellowship in biblical studies and the Mersick Prize in homiletics and public speaking. Her doctoral studies were supported by a grant from the Pew Foundation. In addition, she received a four-year graduate fellowship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a fellowship from the P.E.O., a women's educational sorority.
While at LSTC, West has received a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning and the "Best of the Christian Press for 2004" Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press for her study on the parables. She is a popular speaker at congregational and synodical events, and her writing has appeared in Christian Century, Currents, and Lutheran Woman Today, as well as in several lectionary resources for preachers. Her special research interests include friendship motifs in Paul's letter to the Philippians and the intersection between the New Testament and contemporary ethics.
Prior to her theological studies, West was national executive director for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Volunteers for Youth, where she administered a program for at-risk junior high school youth. After that, she consulted with non-profit organizations in the areas of group dynamics, conflict resolution, fundraising, and decision-making, and was director of youth ministries for an ELCA congregation in the Kansas City area.
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