Elaine A. Heath, a theologian, preacher, teacher and writer, will be the next dean of the Duke Divinity School, President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Tuesday.
Heath is currently the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. She succeeds Ellen Davis, who has served as interim dean since the retirement of Richard Hays in August 2015.
“Elaine Heath is a leading scholar of emergence, the process by which religious faith finds new life outside familiar institutional forms,” Brodhead said. “She is also a noted practitioner of emergence and has reached out to establish new communities with people marginalized in many ways.