Nadine Pence Frantz, professor of Theological Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., has accepted an appointment as director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
The Wabash Center, located on the campus of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., works on issues of teaching and learning with faculties of religion in colleges and universities, seminaries, and theological schools across the country. The center is full funded by the Lilly Endowment.
Bethany president Eugene F. Roop and dean Stephen Reid accepted Frantz’s resignation recognizing the loss that comes with the departure of an excellent teacher and Bethany’s senior faculty member, according to an announcement from the seminary. “Dena’s passion for excellent teaching has been reflected in the maturity of her own work with students,” said Roop. “Those learning to teach religion in seminaries and colleges will be wonderfully served with Dena as director of the Wabash Center.”
Frantz first came to Bethany as a student in 1977-80. She went on to complete a doctorate at the University of Chicago and joined the Bethany faculty in 1992, just before its move in 1994 to Richmond from Oak Brook, Ill. Over the years, Frantz has focused her research and writing in the areas of christology, theology, and the visual arts, and feminist theology. Recently she edited and contributed to the book, “Hope Deferred: Heart-Healing Reflections on Reproductive Loss.” In other professional involvements, she has been executive director of the Council for the Societies for the Study of Religion.