Announcing the incoming Principal and Dean – Dr. Frederick Tappenden

Frederick S. Tappenden (Ph.D., University of Manchester) comes to St. Stephen’s College from McGill University, where he held appointments in the McGill School of Religious Studies as both a Faculty Lecturer (2014–2017) and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2012–2014).  He has taught and/or researched in the areas of Biblical and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, the Montreal School of Theology, The King’s University, and Concordia University of Edmonton.  Dr. Tappenden’s scholarly work focuses on the integration of the cognitive and social sciences in the study of ancient Christianity.  His monograph, Resurrection in Paul: Cognition, Metaphor, and Transformation (SBL Press, 2016), recently received a 2017 Lautenschläger Award from the University of Heidelberg.  After spending more than a decade in Vancouver, the UK, and Montreal, Dr. Tappenden is thrilled to be back in his home town of Edmonton, and to contribute to the intellectual and spiritual life of the college and Alberta’s many faith communities.  As a person of faith worshiping in the Anglican tradition, Dr. Tappenden is keen to find ways of connecting the life of the academy with the life of local faith communities.

When asked about his upcoming term as Principal and Dean he shared these words:

“St. Stephen’s College has, throughout its history, woven a rich fabric of identities that span sacred commitments (denominational, ecumenical, and multi-faith) and professional training (theological, therapeutic, and artistic).  The College articulates its identity as a “multi-faith community that offers sacred spaces for learning and transformation.”  Embracing this self-definition, I look forward to continuing St. Stephen’s long tradition of hospitality and inclusion, to fostering sacred and academically rigorous spaces for the study of spirituality and the sacred, and to venturing new paths in theological and professional training for therapeutic and spiritual caregivers.  As the St. Stephen’s community looks toward the quarter mark of the 21st century, there are ever-widening opportunities for the College and its graduates to engage the world toward ends of justice, creativity, and wellness.”

We look forward to having Frederick join the team fulltime in the new academic year!  If you would like an opportunity to meet Frederick prior to his full-time placement, please join us at our Meet and Greet Buffet Dinner being held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Faculty Club.