A degree in Theology can take you many places. Here are some example of where our graduates have ended up.
Tom Noakes-Duncan - PhD in Theology
Current job: Lecturer in Restorative Justice
The Restorative Justice programme was established in 2014 as part of a partnership agreement between Victoria University of Wellington and several government ministries to further develop the conceptual foundations and research base of restorative justice theory and practice. Besides teaching and research, many of my projects involve collaborating with public service agencies, community groups, and regulatory bodies in the areas of prisons, cyber related harm and disability. My work is very interdisciplinary, bringing the theory and practice of restorative justice into conversation with historical studies, ethical theory, criminology, and theology.
Experience at Otago
Above all, my studies at Otago provided me with a sense of wonder. By introducing me to texts both ancient and contemporary, teachers who shared their practical and intellectual experiences, and traditions of wisdom and learning, I left my studies feeling both excited and humbled. These are some of the qualities that have been crucially important to my current role, and to everyday life.
Dr Sarah Harris - PhD in Theology
Current job: NT Lecturer, Carey Baptist College, Auckland.
Since completing my PhD I have been lecturing New Testament Studies at Carey Baptist College, and in the Carey Graduate School. I teach Gospel scholarship, the Historical Jesus, and Pauline studies, while my academic interests are in Luke’s narrative where he challenges the elite of the ancient world with the demands of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The far reaching social and theological vision of Luke’s Gospel continues to fuel my interest in how this ancient text has import for today in Aoteoroa, NZ and beyond.
Experience at Otago
I am often heard telling people that the PhD journey under Professor Paul Trebilco at the University of Otago was a real joy. While PhD writing is not a simple process and there were challenges along the way, I enjoyed the companionship of the other theology students as I visited Dunedin for supervision meetings, and a stimulating engagement with my supervisor. The Otago travel scholarship enabled me to present a couple of papers at a significant international conference where I made professional friendships which continue today.