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Tiffany Steinwert

Tiffany Steinwert, Ph.D. became Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University in February of 2019 after serving as Dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University and Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley College. Dean Steinwert brings with her years of experience as an ordained clergywoman, seasoned administrator, and a leader in spiritual life in higher education. Serving as Dean for Religious Life, Steinwert nurtures religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical education for students, staff, and faculty. Integrating intellectual inquiry and spiritual formation, she encourages the campus community to explore the richness of religious pluralism, to build relationships amidst difference, and to cultivate healthy, contemplative practices for the transformation of self and world. In her many roles as pastor, scholar, and community organizer, she has empowered people of all faiths and no faith to craft meaningful communities and create change through collective action. 

Trained as a practical theologian, Steinwert fuses critical reflection and dynamic action to facilitate engaging and meaningful spiritual life programs for diverse campus communities. Her scholarly work explores chaplaincy in higher education, emerging pedagogies for inter-religious education, and contemplative studies. Through workshops, programs, and events, she invites students to wrestle life's most pressing question: who am I and who do I want to become for the sake of the world? 

Steinwert currently sits on the executive board of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs and the Advisory Board of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University. She is a recipient of the BTS Innovation Incubator Compass Grant for her project, Strengthening Spiritual Care in Higher Education: Building Chaplin-Social Scientist Partnerships and an invited consultant on the following projects: the Luce Educating Effective Chaplains project, the Lilly Foundation Campus Ministry Consultation, and the Luce Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World project. Steinwert co-founded the Greater Boston Religious and Spiritual Life Professionals Network, which hosted annual conferences and developed a series of communities of practices designed to support best practices among chaplains in higher education. Steinwert also convened the Northeast Collegium of Religious and Spiritual Life and served on the Harvard University Board of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life.

Prior to her roles in higher education, Steinwert served as an ordained elder in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as a national organizer for diverse social justice organizations, and as an instructor at Boston University, Harvard Kennedy School, and Brite Divinity School leading courses in theology, community organizing, and leadership. Steinwert holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Williams College, a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University. 

ACURA is a collegial association that brings together professionals working in higher education to support pluralistic, inclusive approaches to claiming the role of religion, spirituality, and ethical identity in colleges and universities.

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