Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to two Divinity School Professors, Jeremy Begbie and Norman Wirzba. The designation is the most prestigious faculty appointment that Duke offers, recognizing both exceptional achievement and potential for future achievement.
Wirzba has been appointed the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology, after serving as Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies. He has been on the faculty of the Divinity School since 2008 and has held a joint appointment with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. He is also a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. His research and teaching has focused on the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies, with the goal of understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Wirzba has published several texts and many articles, including Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight. His recent books include Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity and Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating. As of July 1 Dr. Wirzba will also begin a new appointment as Associate Dean of Faculty Development.
The distinguished professor appointments begin July 1, 2018.