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Jennifer E. Veninga, PhD
Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies

Phone: 512-485-4621

  • PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 2011
  • MTS at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002
  • BA in Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 2000
Why I Teach

Imagination is central to the learning and teaching process. It allows both teacher and learner to engage unfamiliar discourse and enter into constructive conversation with the other. I seek to affirm the experiences students bring to the classroom and challenge them to reflect upon their prior assumptions.

Education is personally and socially transformative. The “big questions” must be asked anew in each generation. Through this educational journey, I find a rare and beautiful opportunity to combine my passion for ideas with my interest in the lived experience of individuals.