SVOTS welcomes new faculty member Dr. Tracy Gustilo

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Tracy Davis Gustilo as Sessional Assistant Professor of Theology.

Dr. Gustilo joins the Seminary faculty as a graduate of both its Master of Arts (M.A.) program (’13) and Master of Theology (Th.M.) program (‘18). Dr. Gustilo also studied philosophy and biology as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of California (Davis) in Ecology, writing a dissertation on environmental ethics.

“My greatest excitement in taking up a faculty position at St. Vladimir’s is that I will finally be able to offer back something in return for the theological education, so generously given over so many years, that I have received as a student,” said Gustilo. “Through all the intensive study, liturgical prayer in chapel, community participation, and rich interaction with faculty and students, it has been a privilege to be challenged and stretched in both my intellectual and spiritual life — and often enough in my physical endurance as well — as never before. I fully expect to continue to be challenged and to learn and grow, but I am very pleased now to be able to pass along some of these fruits to the next generation.”

This fall semester, Dr. Gustilo will teach courses on theological writing and co-teach introductory Greek. She is also developing more advanced courses, including courses in theological aesthetics, theology, and ecology.

“Dr. Gustilo’s wide range of responsibilities, which will include a fresh approach to our theological writing center, will be an important piece in moving our Vision 2020 programs into place this fall,” said SVOTS President Archpriest Chad Hatfield.

Learn more about SVOTS’ Vision 2020, a plan which will incorporate changes for academic and community life, here.