Jennie S. Knight, Ph. D. serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, where she develops, leads, and oversees faculty development programs to empower faculty from across UVA to thrive at all stages of their careers. She is responsible for the Leadership in Academic Matters Program, Faculty Writing Retreats, the Teaching Race at UVA Place-based Faculty Development Seminar, and New Faculty Orientation and she collaborates extensively with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and UVA Acts to develop programs that promote equity and inclusion for all faculty.
Before coming to UVA in 2017, she served as Director of Engaged Teaching in the Center for Principled Problem Solving at Guilford College and as Director of Religious Education/Assistant Professor in the Practices of Religious Education and Community Ministries at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Her interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching are in the areas of Religion and Education, Moral Development, Women’s Studies, Practical Theology, Community Engaged Teaching, Scholarship, and Problem Solving, and Moral Leadership. She is the author of Feminist Mysticism and Images of God: A Practical Theology (Chalice Press, 2011) and co-author of Engaged Teaching in Theology and Religion with Renee K. Harrison, Ph.D. (Palgrave, 2015), as well as multiple articles about transformative education. She earned her Ph. D. in Religion and Education and Women’s Studies from Emory University, an M.Div. from the Claremont School of Theology, and her B.A. from Williams College.