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Dr. Aymer installed as Academic Dean

You are invited to attend the 

Installation of
The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer

Academic Dean at Austin Seminary

Within the context of Worship on

October 11, 2022
11:10 a.m.

Shelton Chapel at Austin Seminary

Livestream of the Service of Worship and installation


The Reverend Dr. Margaret Aymer joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2015 and was inaugurated as a full professor and installed in The First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, D. Thomason Chair in New Testament Studies in 2017. She began her tenure as academic dean on July 1, 2022. Dr. Aymer is the first woman, the first immigrant, and the first person of the African diaspora to serve as dean at Austin Seminary.

She received a BA in US history from Harvard University (1989) and the Master of Divinity (1996) and PhD (2004) from Union Theological Seminary in New York, where her studies focused on New Testament and Early Christianity. She was honored in 2013 with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hood Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 2006 as a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She served as associate professor of New Testament at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia (2004-2015). 

Dr. Aymer was editor-in-chief of Horizons in Biblical Theology (Brill) from 2016–2022. She has been author or editor of four books: Islanders, Islands and the Bible: RumInations (with Jione Havea; Society of Biblical Studies Semeia Studies, 2015), James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God (Sheffield Publishing, 2014), Fortress Commentary on the Bible (with Gale A. Yee, Fortress Press, 2014), and First Pure, then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass Reads James (T&T Clark, 2008), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.