Acting President &
Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion and Oubri A. Poppele Professor of Health and Welfare Ministries
PhD, MA, Claremont Graduate School
ThM, MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
BS, College of William and Mary
Dr. Howell and student
“The general principle shaping my decisions about courses and pedagogy is that
students must learn to think deeply and theologically in order to respond
effectively to the needs of the church and local community.”
United Methodist Church (UMC)
Discipline or Specialty
Science (genetics, ecology, primatology), philosophy of religion and theology
Feminist, womanist, mujerista theory and theology
Cultural diversity and philosophy of religion and theology
Whiteheadian philosophy and theology
Representative Courses Taught
Advanced Praxis Seminar: Theology in Black and White (Recipient of the Faith as a Way of Life Award from Yale Divinity School, 2007)
Prophetic Ministry (Doctor of Ministry Program)
Seminar in Theological Studies: Process Theology
Science, Theology, and Ministry
Introduction to Systemic Theology
Creating Women’s Theology: A Movement Engaging Process Thought, edited with Monica A. Coleman and Helene Tallon Russell (Wipf and Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2011).
“Embodied Transcendence: Bonobos and Humans in Community,” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 44:3 (September 2009).
“Gordon Kaufman: From Agency to Creativity,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 29:1 (January 2008), 34-43.
“Uniqueness in Context,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 28: 3 (September 2007), 364-377. Reprinted in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 42:2 (June 2008), 493-503.
A Feminist Cosmology: Ecology, Solidarity, and Metaphysics (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Press; Humanity Books, 2000).