CV Highlights

Academic Positions

  • Principal and Dean, and Professor of Theology, St. Stephen’s College, at the University of Alberta (2018–)
  • Affiliate Member, School of Religious Studies, McGill University (2017–)
  • Lecturer, Concordia University of Edmonton and The King’s University (2017–2018)
  • Faculty Lecturer, McGill University (2014–2017)
  • CERC Research Affiliate, University of British Columbia (2014–2015)
  • FRQSC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McGill University (2012–2014)


  • Ph.D., University of Manchester (2012)
  • M.A., Trinity Western University (2007)
  • B.A., Taylor University College and Seminary (2004)


Research Grants and Awards

  • Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise (2017)
  • SSHRC Connection Grant (2015), “Religion in the Text and on the Ground: The Convergence of Historiography and Ethnography in Religious Studies.” Frederick S. Tappenden (PI), Edward Slingerland, and Torrance J. Kirby
  • SSHRC Connection Grant (2014), “Coming Back to Life: Performance, Memory, and Cognition in the Ancient Mediterranean.” Frederick S. Tappenden (co-PI), Ellen Aitken (co-PI), Carly Daniel-Hughes, and Amy Buckland
  • FRQSC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012), “Embodying Hermeneutics: Early Christian Creativity and the Post-Pauline Construction of Hope”
  • Founders Prize, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (2011)

Academic Service

  • Co-Chair, SBL Program Unit ‘Religious Experience in Antiquity’ (2018–); steering committee (2016–2018)
  • Steering Committee, SBL Program Unit ‘Mind, Society, and Religion in the Biblical World’ (2017–)
  • Editor of Early Christianity, The Database of Religious History (2013–2018)

Professional Service

  • Alberta Consortium for Supervised Pastoral Education, steering committee (2018–)
  • Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony, Board Member (2018–)

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
  • Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
  • McGill Centre for Research on Religion
  • Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies


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Tappenden CV Nov 2018