AUSTIN – October 10, 2017 –The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer has been promoted to full professor and appointed to The First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, D. Thomason Chair of New Testament Studies. A Service of Inauguration and Installation will take place on Tuesday, November 7, at 4:00 p.m. in Shelton Chapel; Austin Seminary Board Chair Archer Frierson will preside.
Aymer joined the Austin Seminary faculty in 2015. Previously she taught for a decade at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned the PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in 2004. She also holds the MDiv in New Testament and Early Christianity from Union Theological Seminary (1996) and the BA in U.S. History from Harvard University (1989). She was honored in 2013 with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Dr. Aymer is the sixth woman to achieve the level of full professor at Austin Seminary —the highest rank a faculty member can achieve—and the first woman of color to do so. Following her promotion in July, she was featured in an NBC News story about black women “making strides and challenging the status quo” in theological education.
“Austin Seminary is joyfully grateful for Dr. Aymer’s presence in our midst, and we rejoice as we look forward to her inauguration and chairing ceremony,” says Seminary President Theodore J. Wardlaw. “Dr. Aymer brings to this community her obvious love for the field of New Testament, her strong voice in the academy, and her fierce passion for the church and its ministry. We are proud and honored to serve with her and to welcome her into deeper commitments here at Austin Seminary.”Aymer has published four books: First Pure, Then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass, Darkness and the Epistle of James (T&T Clark, 2008), James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God (Sheffield Publishing, 2014), Fortress Commentary on the Bible (Fortress Press, 2014); and Islanders, Islands and the Bible: Ruminations (Society of Biblical Studies, 2015).