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The Rev. Dr. Robin J. Steinke

The Rev. Dr. Robin J. Steinke

Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Ethics and Public Life
Phone: 717.334.6286 ext. 3007

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Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Ethics and Public Life, Prof. Steinke received her doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge, Great Britain after receiving two masters degrees (M.Div. and S.T.M) from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH and undergraduate study at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD.

Prof. Steinke began her third five year term as Dean of the Seminary July 1, 2013. She started teaching at the Seminary in 1999 and directed the Seminary’s Washington D.C. program, known as the Lutheran Center for Theology and public Life. Favorite areas of writing and research include the changing shape of theological education, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and issues in theology and public life. Prof. Steinke is in her 5th year serving on the Association of Theological Schools Board of Commissioners which is responsible for accreditation of the 260 plus member schools in North America. She also regularly serves as chair of accreditation visits for both ATS and the regional accreditor, MSCHE. She is an ELCA representative to the Lutheran World Federation Council and serves as chair of the LWF Endowment Fund.  She also serves as convener of the ELCA/ELCIC Deans meetings. A favorite avocation is playing the trumpet.

Education: B.A., Augustana College, Soux Falls, SD, 1980
M.Div, S.T.M.,Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH, 1994
Ph.D., The University of Cambridge, Great Britain, 1999