Faculty Update: Kenneth Ngwa

Dr. Ngwa comes forward at Commencement to receive the UMC Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award.

In May, Drew University’s Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of Dean Kuan and the Committee on Faculty of the Theological School to promote Dr. Kenneth Ngwa to Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, with tenure. Additionally, he was honored this year at the University’s commencement ceremony with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award.

An ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, his native country, Professor Ngwa holds the PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He left New Jersey in 2005 to teach first at Pacific Lutheran University and then at Wabash College before arriving at Drew in 2007.  Dr. Ngwa’s teaching and research interests focus on the Hebrew Bible and African literature, including Israelite and African wisdom literature, oral traditions, history of interpretation/receptions, and narrative ethics. His first book, based on his PTS dissertation, was The Hermeneutics of the Happy Ending in Job 42:7-17 (Berlin: Walter de Gryuter, 2005). Dr. Ngwa is at work on his next book-length project, a study of ethnicity and violence in the Book of Exodus that draws on Africana cultural studies as an interpretive lens to understand the Hebrew text.

In addition to teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Ngwa also directs the Theological School’s Center for Christianities in Global Contexts (CCGC).  Dr. Ngwa reflects on the role of the Center in developing a global context for theological education at Drew:

In collaboration with theological institutions abroad that have sent research fellows to the Center, we will seek the establishment of partner centers in Asia and Africa that will not only anchor longstanding collaborative research on the character of Christianities in different contexts, but also serve as resource centers on curriculum development, transnational religious practices, and the impact of technology on the pedagogies of global theological education.

Please join the Drew Theological community as it celebrates Dr. Ngwa’s teaching, scholarship, and university leadership.