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Matthew Collins Promoted to Full Professor at Louisville Seminary

by Chris Wooton | May 10, 2017

Matthew Collins promoLouisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is proud to announce the promotion of the Rev. Dr. Matthew Collins (pictured), director of Louisville Seminary’s Ernest Miller White Library, from associate to full professor of bibliography and research, effective June 1, 2017. Collins’ promotion follows an extensive review of his performance as a professor, his role as director of the library, and his contributions to the Louisville Seminary community.

In Collins’ performance review his colleagues noted that his qualities as an exceptional administrator, a gifted and engaging teacher, a hard-working colleague, and regular contributor in many areas of seminary life made him well-deserving of the promotion.

“Matthew is a very fine administrator and teacher, and a devoted contributor to the life and mission of Louisville Seminary,” said Dean Susan R. Garrett. “His rare combination of fields of expertise—librarianship, digital technology, and biblical scholarship—give him a remarkable breadth and depth of insight and competence. We are fortunate to have him here.”

Collins came to Louisville Seminary in 2013 from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he served as a reference librarian and taught courses in technology for ministers and in research skills. Prior to serving at Emory, Collins worked for twelve years at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) as the director of congresses and was responsible for developing and managing the Annual Meeting and International Meeting programs for the SBL.

Under the direction of Mary Ann Tolbert, Collins completed his doctoral work in New Testament at Vanderbilt University, focusing on the rhetoric of the deutero-Pauline letters. His primary research interests are on the use of language to shape understandings of reality, both in the context of the New Testament church and in the context of modern digital technology. He completed his master’s degree in library science at Florida State University, with a focus on technology and administration. In addition to active research in the Gospel of Luke, Collins writes programs and applications for use in the library. His other research interests focus on the implementation and application of technology in ministry, and he is currently working on a book that he hopes will serve as a teaching tool for a wide audience of practitioners, particularly clergy who engage with technology in their ministry. Collins has also presented workshops on the ideas of technology and ministry as part of Louisville Seminary’s Money Matters for Ministry program.

His accomplishments as director of the E.M. White Library include the establishment of the Black Church Studies Resource Center, which includes more than 500 books that provide a well-rounded and robust understanding of the history, issues and future of the Black Church. Collins also introduced students and faculty to the bibliographic and document management tool Zotero, saving students' time spent on papers and helping Master of Arts (Religion) thesis writers and Doctor of Ministry project writers manage their references and sources.

Collins is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is also active in the American Theological Libraries Association, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries.
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