Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons

Professor of Christian Ministries


Portland Center South: Office 272


I have wanted to be a teacher since high school, when I was blessed to learn from some great teachers. I've been thinking about how to teach since college, when I was first exposed to the idea of different learning styles.

When I finished my doctoral degree, I wrote letters to all the teachers who had influenced me from grade school to grad school, sharing my memories of their classes. I realized, in looking at what had been important to me as a student, that experiences of 'learning beyond lecture' were central: re-enacting the Continental Congress, putting Frankenstein's monster on trial, investigating the death of Dorothy L. Sayers ... learning by doing, learning outside the classroom. When I teach, I hope to create a space in which God can move and students can learn through experience.

Academic Background

PhD, Fuller Theological SeminaryMA, Fuller Theological Seminary; BA, University of California, Davis

Expertise and Research Interests

Dorothy L. Sayers, reconciliation (currently focused on congregational reconciliation after crisis), adult-learning theory, teaching and learning in theological education

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