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Tyler Mayfield Granted Full Professorship with Tenure

by Chris Wooton | May 01, 2019
On April 25, 2019, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees approved a measure granting Dr. Tyler Mayfield full professorship with tenure. Mayfield began his service with Louisville Seminary’s faculty in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Old Testament. In 2016, he was named the A.B. Rhodes Associate Professor of Old Testament. Mayfield has served as Faculty Director of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion since 2015.

“Professor Mayfield is a productive scholar, an effective teacher, a contributor to the common life of the seminary, and a person of deep faith,” said Louisville Seminary Board Chair Lant Davis. “He distinguished himself in creativity and leadership on the Presidential Search Committee and in other responsibilities he has taken on as a faculty member. His promotion and tenure were richly deserved; taking those actions were very pleasing to the Board of Trustees”

A native of Town Creek, Alabama, Mayfield previously taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Claremont School of Theology in southern California, and the University of California, Riverside. He holds degrees from Samford University (BA) in Birmingham, Alabama, Yale Divinity School (MAR), and Claremont Graduate University (PhD).

At Louisville Seminary, Mayfield teaches courses in Hebrew Bible with a particular focus on Christian ethical readings. He also leads a travel seminar to Israel and Palestine to explore the ancient biblical sites as well as contemporary Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

Mayfiled is the author of A Guide to Bible Basics (2018), which presents the contents of the Christian Bible to strengthen biblical literacy, and Literary Structure and Setting in Ezekiel (2010), which argues for a new reading of the biblical book of Ezekiel. His forthcoming book, Unto Us A Child Is Born: Isaiah, Advent, and Our Jewish Neighbors, reads the prophetic book of Isaiah liturgically through the lens of the season of Advent and ethically through the lens of love for Jewish neighbor. He has written several book chapters and journal articles and enjoys writing regularly for the website, WorkingPreacher.org.

He is a member of St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Louisville, but worships weekly at Highland Baptist Church, where his wife, the Rev. Lauren Jones Mayfield, is on pastoral staff. He also enjoys preaching and lecturing regularly at churches. 

“I am grateful and honored to receive this affirmation from my faculty colleagues and the Board of Trustees,” said Mayfield. “Louisville Seminary is the perfect vocational home for me as a teacher and scholar.”
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