Faculty Profile

Shannon Smythe

Shannon Smythe

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Email: smythes@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2349
Office: Alexander Hall

Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 2002; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2006; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2013. At SPU since 2016.

Shannon Smythe joined the faculty of SPU as an adjunct professor in the winter of 2014. She became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2016.

Dr. Smythe’s research interests include the doctrines of atonement, election, and justification, dialectical theology, apocalyptic theology, theological interpretation of Scripture, and feminist and womanist theology. Her current questions center on the intersections between apocalyptic theology and dialectical theology, and dialectical theology and feminist theology and gender studies. She is the author of two books and has several chapters on Karl Barth’s theology in edited volumes.

Dr. Smythe is an ordained ruling elder in the PC(USA) and is certified for ordination as a teaching elder. She regularly preaches and teaches in local congregations and is very involved in her home congregation, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.

She teaches courses in theology, doctrine, and women in Christianity as well as University Foundations courses in Christian faith and Christian theology.


Forensic Apocalyptic Theology: Karl Barth and the Doctrine of Justification

Fortress Press, 2016

Women in Ministry: Questions and Answers in the Exploration of a Calling

Cascade Books, 2015

Selected Publications

  • "Karl Barth," in T&T CLark Companion to the Atonement, edited by Adam J. Johnson (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)
  • "The Sum of the Gospel: Barth's Intracanonical and Intertextual Interpretation of paradidomi," in Reading the Gospels with Karl barth, edited by Daniel L. Migliore (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017)
  • “Karl Barth and Pauline Apocalypticism,” in Karl Barth in Conversation, edited by David W. Congdon and W. Travis McMaken (Wipf & Stock, 2014).

Please view Dr. Smythe's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Shannon Smythe Teaching

Why I Teach at SPU

Shannon Smythe, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

“I teach at Seattle Pacific University because God has called me here and answered the prayer of my heart since I was a first-year undergraduate student here back in 1998. It is a privilege to join the School of Theology faculty, many of whom were my undergraduate professors and dear mentors. I am absolutely committed to the work of this University and the vision of the School of Theology — in particular, to transform students’ lives through scholarship, spiritual growth, and Christ-like service, that they may be sent into the world as witnesses to the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.”