Dr Wendy Mayer has become Australian Lutheran College’s (ALC) first professor, being appointed to the title last month by the council of the University of Divinity, of which ALC is a part. Professor Mayer was recently installed as ALC’s Associate Dean for Research.
ALC Principal Pastor James Winderlich said Professor Mayer’s leadership in ‘developing and advancing’ the college’s research program was ‘exciting as it grows out of her vast experience in research and her international standing as a scholar’.
University of Divinity Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sherlock announced the appointment, offering congratulations to Professor Mayer and ALC.
‘I am delighted that the University will benefit from her acclaimed research and her commitment to research training, mentoring and public engagement in a wide range of areas’, Professor Sherlock said. ‘Members of the Council have expressed their delight at her appointment as the first Professor of the University from Australian Lutheran College.
It is particularly appropriate that Professor Mayer, only the third woman to become a Professor of the University, was awarded the title on International Women’s Day.’
Professor Mayer also delivered the opening lecture to mark the start of a new academic year at ALC on the topic ‘Preaching schism: Why what good people say can have unintended consequences for the church’. You can watch a recording of the lecture on ALC’s website at http://www.alc.edu.au/news-and-events/public-lectures/opening-lectures/