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Major Dr Dean Smith

Major Dr Dean Smith - EBC Adjunct Lecturer

Research Supervisor

BA (UQ), GradDipTh, MTh (BCT), PhD (UQ), Grad Cert HE (UTS)

Dean has served as a Salvation Army Officer for 30 years. Service has included four Corps (Church) appointments and two Booth College (Sydney) appointments as Education Officer and Dean of the School for Christian Studies. Dean is currently on secondment to the Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane where he is Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy. He also holds a position of Senior Lecturer in Language, Literature & Culture in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University.

Dean is a research fellow of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research and is on the editorial board of the ACWR’s journal The Journal of Wesleyan Thought. In 2016 he took on the role of Director of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research. 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.

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. His hobbies include photography, non-academic reading and listening to the music of the 70s.

Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophical theology
  • Christology
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • The relationship between science and theology

Recent Publications

  • 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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