Dr. Jennifer McBride
Dr. Jennifer McBride

The Board of Regents Endowed Chair in Ethics

Established in 1989 by a gift from the Wartburg College Board of Regents

Dr. Jennifer McBride joined the faculty this fall as Board of Regents Chair in Ethics and assistant professor of religion. She earned her master's and Ph.D. degrees in theology, ethics, and culture from the University of Virginia and completed her bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

McBride was a postdoctoral fellow in the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University. She remained at Emory's Candler School of Theology from 2009 to 2011 as a visiting lecturer and program director for the Atlanta Theological Association's Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Prison for Women.

McBride serves on the board of directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section. She is co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought and author of The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness, scheduled for release by Oxford University Press in December 2011.

As a Virginia Seminar Writing Fellow through the University of Virginia's Project on Lived Theology, McBride spent the 2010-11 academic year as a full-time participant-observer at the Open Door Community in Atlanta, Ga. The intentionally interracial, residential Christian activist and worshipping community has engaged in mercy and justice work on behalf of homeless and prison populations for 30 years.

The late Harry Slife of Cedar Falls, then chair of the Wartburg Board of Regents, led the effort to establish a chair in ethics, noting that "since the transmission of the ideal and the ethical value-centered life is an integral part of what Wartburg is all about, we felt there was no better place for the board to leave its mark." A long list of Regents contributed funding for the chair.