Teaching Fellows

Kathleen S. Hurty

  • Teaching Fellow—Leadership Studies
  • (510) 465-3301

Brief Academic and Professional History

BA, Bethany College; MA, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of California, Berkeley. PLTS, 2005–

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Consultant for Communities of Faith, Service and Learning; Organizations: Board of Trustees, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS; National Association of Ecumenical Staff; American Association of University Women

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  • Women, Faith and Philanthropy: A National Conversation, Women’s Funding Network, 2006.
  • “Protestant Women’s Colleges,” Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, 2005;
  • “The Role of U.S. Regional and Local Religious Bodies in Supporting Peacebuilding Efforts in Other Countries,” Shalom Papers, Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy, Wesley Theological Seminary, 2004;
  • “Women Principals—Leading with Power,” in Women Leading in Education, eds., Diane Dunlap and Patricia Schmuck, 1995;
  • “Historical Reflections on Councils of Churches in the U.S.,” Midstream, 32:4 (October 1993);
  • “Breaking the Crust: Local Ecumenism in the U.S.,” One World (November, 1992);
  • “Ecumenical Leadership: Power and Women’s Voices” in Women and Church: The Challenge of Ecumenical Solidarity in an Age of Alienation, ed., Melanie A. May, 1991;

Jarmo Tarkki

  • Teaching Fellow—Leadership Studies
  • (805) 350-1667

Brief Academic and Professional History

MDiv and PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland. Research at Hebrew Union College, University of Washington, PLTS and University of California, Santa Barbara. ELCA pastor for Finns abroad in Finnish congregations in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver and Mexico City. Adjunct Professor of Theology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Fellow of the Jesus Seminar. Sailor, prison chaplain, political campaign manager, editor-in-chief, columnist and a TV-host in Finland.

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Vice-President of Westar Institute (Jesus Seminar), 2007-, Delegate to ELCA Churchwide Assembly, 2005, Affiliated Scholar at the International Bioethics Institute, 1995-98.

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  • “The Paradox of Liberal Religion. From Vincent of Lerins to Progressive Christianity’s Colleges,” The Fourth R, Vol. 18, Number 4, July-August 2005;
  • “Assisted Suicide: Do We Own Our Bodies?,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Vol. 43, June 2004;
  • “Bishops, Genes, and Sex,” in Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Vol. 40, No. 3, Fall 2001;
  • “The Debate Over Prenatal Genetic Screening in Finland,” Policy Options, Vol. 17, No. 2, March 1996 (Canada);
  • Dissertation: Questioning Religious Authority. A Conceptual Analysis of Authority, its Justification and Use in the Context of Religious Belief; Helsinki, 1994;
  • Alvin J. Reines, Polydoxy: Explorations in a Philosophy of Liberal Religion, NY: Prometheus Books, 1987 (editor).

Susan E. Walima

  • Teaching Fellow in History of Religions
  • Folklore, Interdisciplinary Studies, Organizational Health
  • (415) 516-7103

Brief Academic and Professional History

BA, California State University, Sacramento; MA, University of Minnesota; PhD, Graduate Theological Union; Management Development and Training Consultant, California Department of Transportation; Manager, Personnel Communication and Organization Development Consultant, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation; Private Practice as Organizational Health Consultant; PLTS, 1999–; Dean’s Associate for Community Life, 1999–2002; Teaching Fellow in History of Religions 2002–

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PhD Student Member, GTU Doctoral Council (1995–97); Peer Advisor to GTU Interdisciplinary Students (1995–99); PhD Student Member, GTU Board of Trustees (1996-97); PLTS Dean’s Search Committee (1997–98); PLTS International Student Coordinator and Liaison to Division for Global Mission (1999–2002)

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  • “Organizational Health and Law Enforcement,” Psychological Services for Law Enforcement, ed. James Reese, 1986
  • “The Sauna and the Kalevala,” Finnish Sauna, Japanese Furo, Indian Inipi: Bathing on Three Continents, ed. Juha Pentikainen, 2000
  • “Kalevala Tradition among Finnish-Americans: Values, Community and Heritage,” Kalevala and the World’s Traditional Epics, ed. Lauri Honko, 2002