Terry Ann Smith
Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
My ultimate goal is to create an educational environment that encourages diversity of thought and critical reflection, an environment where students not only gain an understanding of the materials studied, but also where they appreciate the significance of listening to those who may hold views different from their own.
Dr. Terry Ann Smith is the Director of Assessment and Academic Initiatives and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith oversees the assessment of the institution’s degree programs, its certificate programs and the Lilly grant on economic challenges facing future ministers. She teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible including, Introduction to Old Testament, Biblical Research and Writing as well as courses on the books of Ruth, Daniel and Isaiah and a course entitled Underworld: Sheol, Death and Afterlife in the Old Testament. Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Philosophy from Drew University in Madison, NJ, a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Science in Management and Master of Science in Information Systems from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.
2011, Doctor of Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2007, Master of Philosophy, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2002, Master of Divinity, Biblical Studies, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ
1994, Master of Science, Information Systems Development, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
1986, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Marketing, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
2014- Present Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment/Associate Professor of Biblical Studies– New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ
Responsible for the development and implementation of programmatic and institutional-wide assessment and reporting. Serves as the institution’s accreditation liaison (Association of Theological Schools and Middles States Commission on Higher Education) Serves as the Director of Certificate and Continuing Education Programs. Provide support for faculty on the use of LMS and E-portfolio platforms. Course instruction in online and hybrid format includes Introduction to the Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, and Hebrew Exegesis I, Biblical Research and Writing, and other Old Testament electives for Master of Divinity and Certificate Programs. Urbanization in Biblical Antiquity (Doctor of Ministry Program). Faculty assignments: Member Curriculum Committee, Chair of Assessment Committee, Member of Doctor of Ministry Oversight Committee, member Tenure Review Committee, Chair of Bible Department. Other areas include grant writing, data analysis, and evaluation, other duties as assigned by President and Academic Dean.
2013 -2014 Affiliate Professor of Biblical Studies – New Brunswick Theological Seminary, NJ
Courses include: Introduction to the Old Testament and electives for Masters of Divinity and Certificate Programs. Member of Curriculum Committee
Fall 2012 Adjunct Professor – Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, PA
Course: Old Testament: Literature, Religion, and Culture
2011-2012 Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Courses include Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, The Hebrew Prophets, and Ancient Near Eastern Religions
2008 – 2010 Adjunct Lecturer, Drew University, Madison, NJ
Taught introductory language courses on Exegetical Skills, Classical Hebrew
and Hebrew Exegesis
2006 – 2007 Visiting Adjunct Professor, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, KS
Taught introductory courses Hebrew Bible I and Hebrew Bible II
2004 – 2007 Instructor, Cathedral Bible Institute, Cathedral International, Perth Amboy, NJ
Taught introductory courses on Biblical Interpretation, Hebrew Bible, Hebrew
Bible Prophets and Bible Doctrine
2005 – 2005 Adjunct Lecturer, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ
Taught introductory course on Old Testament for Biblical Studies Certificate
2004 – 2006 Instructor, Eastern School of Christian Ministry, Palmer Seminary
Summit, NJ Campus
Taught courses on Biblical Interpretation, The Gospel of Mark, and Introduction to the Old Testament for Palmer Seminary Certificate Program
1978 – 1999 Administrative and Managerial Positions – AT&T Communications, Chicago, IL and Bedminster, New Jersey
2011 Rabbi Dr. Sheldon J. Weltman Prize for Excellence in Biblical Studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2008-2009 Graduate Division of Religion Award, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2002-2006 Graduate Academic Merit Scholarship, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2002 Benjamin Lanham Rogers Prize for outstanding competence in Old Testament
Studies, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ
2002 Reverend Edward Lodewick Prize for excellence in preaching, New Brunswick
Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ
Ordained Minister– Calvary Baptist Church, Morristown, NJ
Member – Society of Biblical Literature
Co-Chair – Biblical and Practical Theology Section (Society of Biblical Literature)
Member Steering Committee – Faith-Based Advocacy Organization for Emerging Leaders
Member – American Baptist Churches Women in Ministry
Member – LAMP Advisory Council
Member – Karuta International Governing Board
Member – Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) Board
Member – Believers’ Church Conference Continuation Committee
Member – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Executive Committee Member Tri-City Branch NAACP (2004-2006)
Student Convener for Hebrew Bible, Drew University, Madison, NJ (2003)
ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical-Scientific Olympics) Chairperson and Advisor, Tri-City Branch NAACP (2003-2006)
Past President Student Society of Inquiry, New Brunswick Theological Seminary (2001/2002)
Former Student Chaplin, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ (1999/2000)
Member – Association of Black Seminarians, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ (2000-2002)
Academic Presentations and Publications
Presentation: “Checkmate: A Queen’s Move that Makes a King,” Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Mid- Regional Session, New Jersey (2006).
Presentation: “Into the Lion’s Den: Contesting Power in Daniel 7” Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (Chicago, 2012).
Presentation: “Let Us Prey…Petitionary Prayer as Resistance and Protest in Daniel 9,” International Society of Biblical Literature (ISBL) – (Scotland, July 2013).
Presentation: “(Un)Safe Havens: Sarah and Ishmael: Derelict Parenting in Genesis 21:9-14,” Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (Baltimore, November 2013).
Presentation: “Under Construction: The Making, Masking and Maneuvering of a Political Activist in Daniel 1,” International Society of Biblical Literature (ISBL) – (Vienna, Austria July 2014)
Co-Presentation: “The Mourning After: Leah, Loss and Melancholia in Genesis 29” – Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (Atlanta, November 2015)
Presentation: “Roots of Resistance: Re-imaging the Distribution of Power in the Book of Daniel” – Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (Atlanta, November 2015)
Presentation: Making the Most of E-Portfolios for Assessment and Student Learning – Lamp 2016 Pedagogy and Technology Conference (Knoxville, July 2016)
Presentation: Why E-Porfolios? – Lamp Pedagogy and Technology Conference (Banner Elk, July 2017)
Presentation: Using E-portfolios and Sakai for Assessment and Accreditation, Lamp Pedagogy and Technology Conference (Banner Elk, July 2017)
Presentation: Traumatic Bonds: Ruth 1:16-17 as a Mechanism of Survival, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (Boston, 2017)
Co-Presentation: Liminal Spaces: Foreign women as the Creators and Killers of Culture in Ezra 9, 10 and Nehemiah 13, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (Denver, 2018)
Presentation: Building Quality Assignments, Lamp Pedagogy and Technology Conference (Berea, Kentucky, July 2018)
Co-Presentation: “All My Children: Grief as a Reconciliatory Agent in 2 Samuel 21:1-14?,” Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (San Diego, November 2019)
Panelist: Women in Biblical Literature – Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – (San Diego, November 2019)
Co-Presentation: Nurturing the Disruptive Voice: Reflections on Naaman’s Slave Girl (2 King 5) and Cultivating the Voices of African American and Black Immigrant Girls. Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) – San Antonio, November 2021
Contributing Writer: Women and Gender-based Violence: A Prayer, Lott Carey Herald, Spring 2019: 25.
Article (Co-Author): Turning Tragedy into Triumph: One Woman’s Vigil for Justice, She Is Called Bible Study, Volume 1, 2020
Article: “For I Am God and No Mortal: Yahweh’s Covenantal Faithfulness in Hosea 11:1-11,” in The Practicality of Grace in Protestant Theology, Wipf & Stock, (2021), 29-42.
Article: “Redemptive Love as the Ground of Obedience in Deuteronomy,” in Sacrum Testamentum 3: The Dread of Legalism and the Delight of the Law, (forthcoming)
Article (Co-Author): “The Mourning After: Leah, Loss and Melancholia in Genesis 29,” Sacred Space: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (2017): 211-232.
Article, “Kicking the Habit”: Helping Seminarians Avoid the “Debt” Sentence of Financing a Theological Education, in Theological Education, Volume 1 (2017):53-65.
Article: “Warring Words in the Book of Daniel” in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Narrative, Oxford University Press, 266-275 (2016).
Article: “The Chronicler’s Portrait of Temple Administration” a review essay of “The Temple Administration and the Levites in Chronicles,” by Y.S. Kim, Hebrew Studies 56 (2015), 101-111.
Article: “For I Am God and No Mortal:” Yahweh’s Covenantal Faithfulness in Hosea 11:1-11, Testamentum Imperium: An International Theological Journal (2012)
Book (Co-Author): Ezra-Nehemiah, Volume 14, Wisdom Commentary Series, Liturgical Press, (forthcoming).