Dr. Tamisha Tyler Appointed to Full-Time Faculty Position

Dr. Tamisha Tyler

Dr. Tamisha Tyler, Louisville Institute postdoctoral fellow, has been appointed to a full-time teaching faculty position at Bethany Theological Seminary. She will begin her new position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and Theopoetics, and Director of the MA Program, beginning July 1, 2024. As a postdoctoral fellow, she taught Afrofuturism and Theology, Religion in the Literary World of Octavia Butler, Methods in Theopoetics, and Art, Faith, and Justice: LA, California. 

As she moves into her full-time role, Dr. Tyler will teach each of these courses again and add new offerings in the areas of Black Theology, the Craft of Writing, and Worldbuilding. She will also serve as the MA Program Director, and she will teach Introduction to Theological Reflection while another faculty member is on sabbatical.

“Dr. Tyler has faithfully served Bethany for the last two years in developing new courses, organizing high-impact programs in Washington DC and Los Angeles, and investing her time and energy in the life of the Seminary in Richmond and online,” says President Jeff Carter. “I am grateful for her service and look forward to our ongoing relationship.”

Dr. Tyler earned her PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her scholarly and teaching interests include theopoetics methods, Afrofuturism, and the fiction of Octavia Butler. She has completed fellowships with the Cultura Institute and Sacred Rites, and she has worked with such arts organizations as Level Ground, the Grunewald Guild, and the New Story Festival. Her poems have been shared widely and published in CIVA and FULLER magazines. She is co-editor of the Feminist Studies in Religion Blog.