BA (UQ), GradDipTh, MTh (BCT), PhD (UQ), Grad Cert HE (UTS)
Dean is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy and Director of Teaching and Learning at the Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane. He also holds a position of Senior Lecturer in Language, Literature & Culture in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University.
Prior to his retirement from active service in 2020, Dean served as a Salvation Army Officer for 30 years in a variety of appointments. These included four Corps (Church) appointments, two Booth College (Sydney) appointments as Education Officer and Dean of the School for Christian Studies, and a secondment to the Nazarene Theological College.
Dean has degrees in Philosophy and Theology and graduated in 2010 with a PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Queensland. In 2015 he completed a graduate program in Higher Education. His research interests include philosophical theology, process and open theology, ethics, the dialogue between science and theology and the implications of epistemology and metaphysics for theology. Dean has published in a number of journals including Heythrop Journal, Wesleyan Theological Journal, Crucible, Aldersgate Papers and the Salvation Army Journal Word and Deed.
Dean is a research fellow of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR) and in 2016 he took on the role of Director of the Centre. Dean has "research active status" in Theology and Philosophy from the Sydney College of Divinity, the University of Divinity and Flinders University for the purpose of supervising research higher degree students. His hobbies include photography, non-academic reading and listening to the music of the 70s.
Areas of Expertise
- Philosophical theology
- The relationship between science and theology
- Fringer, Rob A. & Dean G. Smith (eds.) A Plain Account of Christian Faithfulness: Essays in Honor of David B. McEwan. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2020.
Smith, Dean G. “The Salvation Army and The Challenge of Theological Higher Education in a New Millennium.” in Word & Deed, XXI:1 (2018).
Smith, Dean G. & Fringer, Rob A. “Exploring the Nexus between Academic Freedom and Ecclesial Expectations,” in Wondering About God Together: Research Led Learning and Teaching in Theological Education. Sydney: SCD Press, 2018.
Smith, Dean G. “The Church and Homosexual Practice: The Distraction of Competing Visions and a Way Forward for the Wesleyan Tradition.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 52:2 (2017): 165-186.
Smith, Dean G. “Growing Pains: A Reflection on the Experience of Suffering Accompanying an Epistemological Crisis.” Crucible 7:2 (2016):
Smith, Dean G. “The Sacramental Life: Towards an Integrated Christian Vision.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 50:2 (2015): 186-201.
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