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    BRITE DIVINITY SCHOOL


     

    Description of PhD program

    Brite Divinity School offers PhD programs in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Biblical Interpretation. The latter has concentrations in Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Engaging the best of modern and postmodern methods and drawing from a distinguished and diverse faculty, these two programs prepare scholar-teachers for careers in seminaries, colleges, churches, and faith-based agencies. Brite’s PhD programs are situated within a broader institutional context of progressive theological commitments that witness to God’s transforming love and justice.

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1840 per credit hour.

    Fees for the 2014-2015 academic year are $130 per credit hour up to a maximum of $1080 per semester.

    One bedroom apartment (including utilities): $1055 per month
    Two bedroom apartment (including utilities): $1260 per month
    Two bedroom apartment – shared (including utilities): $630 per month

    Tuition Assistance

    Financial Aid-Fellowships
    Students in the Ph.D. program receive Tuition Grants from Brite Divinity School equivalent to 100% of tuition for four years of study. Tuition grants of 50 percent are available for students after four years of study. Annual stipends from $1,000 to $12,000 are available to students based on academic credentials and potential. Stipend funding also supports one semester’s experience as a Teaching Assistant. Further information is available from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The following Fellowships by Program are available:

    Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation
    The William Baird Fellowship was established in honor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) New Testament scholar, historian, and distinguished member of the Brite Divinity School faculty. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The Walter Harrelson Fellowship was established in honor of the noted Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Hebrew Bible scholar and dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The James Philip Hyatt Fellowship was established in honor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Hebrew Bible scholar and first dean of the Disciples House at Vanderbilt University. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The M. Jack Suggs Fellowship was established in honor of the distinguished Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) New Testament scholar and dean of Brite Divinity School. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The Herbert Lockwood Willett Fellowship was established in honor of a noted biblical scholar among the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and first dean of the Disciples House at the University of Chicago. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling
    The William Clayton Bower Fellowship was established in honor of an influential Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) educator of the College of the Bible and University of Chicago. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The Edward Scribner Ames Fellowship was established in honor of a Disciples scholar who was a leading figure in the “Chicago School” of theology. The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The Charles F. Kemp Fellowship was established in honor of a distinguished Brite Divinity School faculty member who established the Pastoral Care and Counseling Center and Program at Brite Divinity School. The fellowship includes full tuition, fees, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    The Mattie Hart Younkin Fellowship was established in honor of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) leader in organizing women’s participation in the National Benevolent Association (1889). The fellowship includes full tuition, a renewable stipend, and eligibility for a student assistantship of $1,500. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Francisco Lozada, Jr. (HTI Fellow)
    Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latino/a Church Studies

    Timothy J. Sandoval
    Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Center for Latino/a Church Studies
    The Center aids in recruitment of Latina/o students at Brite; coordinates programs for the Divinity School and community; sponsors continuing education seminars and workshops for Latina/o pastors; and networks with Latina/o pastors in the community, including licensed ministers. The programs and services are provided to Hispanic pastors and theological students regardless of their denominational heritage. There is a close working relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Anglo and Hispanic, at the local, regional and national levels.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    The Online Databases at the Mary Couts Burnett Library provide access to the Handbook of Latin American Studies, the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) and a collection of Hispanic American Newspapers.

    Other Resources

    • Summer Latino/a Program
    • Intersection Lectures
    • Crossing Borders Conference
    • Licensed Ministry for Hispanics
    • Brite Latino/a Students

    Neighboring Institutions or Programs

    Texas Christian University

    HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars

    Maziel Barreto Dani
    2012-2013 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2013-2014 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2015-2016 Dissertation Scholar

    Gregory Lee Cuéllar
    Assistant Professor of Old Testament
    Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    2002-2003 Doctoral
    2003-2004 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2005-2006 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Cristina Garcia-Alfonso
    Hospice Chaplain
    United Hospice Pruitt, Georgia
    2003-2004 Doctoral
    2004-2005 Doctoral Renewal
    2005-2006 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2007-2008 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Contact Information

    The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Brite Divinity School is:

    Name: Jeffrey Williams
    Title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Telephone: 817-257-5862
    Email: [email protected]

     

    Updated June 2015