Professor Graeme Smith has been appointed Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Programmes in Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College.
Prof Smith is currently Professor of Public Theology at the University of Chichester. His research interests include public theology, Christianity and culture, and Christianity, society and politics.
In this role, Prof Smith will oversee Sarum College’s thriving postgraduate programmes in Theology, Imagination and Culture (TIC) which attract a range of students from different faith traditions and offers a Postgraduate Certificate (1 year), Postgraduate Diploma (2 years), and Master of Arts (3 years).
He will also support the development of Sarum’s wider learning offer by contributing to short course programme events which explore themes related to Prof Smith’s research interests.
“The academic faculty here at Sarum College will be much strengthened by the presence and engagement of Professor Graeme Smith. He brings into our ecology a wide range of interests which are all motivated by a passion for theology and the way this discipline can transform our presence and engagement in our communities and workplaces.
“I look forward to working with Graeme and learning alongside him. I know that MATIC programme will go from strength to strength under his leadership,” says The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College.
“I am delighted to be joining the community at Sarum College,” says Professor Smith. “The staff at Sarum are fantastic, engaging in creative and original work. It is exciting to join them and work in an area of theological studies that is of enormous importance to the churches and the wider academy. I cannot wait to get started.”
“We are pleased to welcome Professor Smith to the Sarum College academic faculty,” says Dr Jayme Reaves, Director of Academic Development. “His extensive expertise, experience, and credentials in public theology will serve Sarum’s faculty and students in the TIC postgraduate programmes and research supervision very well.
“Professor Smith’s humane, grounded yet rigorous approach will also contribute to Sarum’s overall reputation as a place where we strive to articulate theology’s value in our contemporary world,” she added.
Prof Smith is due to be in post 1 October 2023 subject to safeguarding checks.
More about Professor Graham Smith
Professor Smith’s research interests are in the areas of public theology, Christianity and Culture, and Christianity, Society and Politics. He has written two books, the most recent is, A Short History of Secularism, edited five other volumes, and written over 20 refereed academic articles. He is currently working on a book entitled, The Christianities of Culture: Public Theology in a Post-Liberal Era.
His previous posts were at the University of Chichester, St Michael’s College, Llandaff and Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University and Westminster College, Oxford.
He holds degrees in BA (Hons) Theology and Religious Studies; MA by Research in Theology; PhD Contemporary Ecumenical Social and Political Theology.