Dr. Dutcher-Walls is Professor of Hebrew Scripture at VST. In addition to teaching, she is also the Dean of Studies, giving administrative oversight to student programs and services, the Registrar’s Office and the Diversified Education programs, and the school’s relationships with sessional lecturers, guest lecturers, and other contractual teaching staff. She is also Director of the Library and gives administrative oversight for the doctoral programs at VST.
Her publications bridge scholarship for Biblical study both in the academy and the church, including four books and a number of articles in scholarly and religious journals. Her most recent book is one she edited; The Family in Life and In Death: Sociological and Archaeological Perspectives which is a collection of articles by leading scholars of the social and archaeological world of ancient Israel. Jezebel: Portraits of a Queen, is a study of Queen Jezebel using the reading strategies of narrative and sociological method. Her other publications include The Commandments: For a Blessed Life, and adult education resource published by the Kerygma Program, and a series of articles on the David stories in The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts. Her articles range from an academic contribution on the sources of ancient Israel’s royal theology, “The Circumscription of the King: Deuteronomy 17:16-17 in Its Ancient Social Context,” in the Journal of Biblical Literature, to accessible articles on biblical interpretation in the Presbyterian Record such as “How to Read the Bible: A World of Difference,” June 2009.
A life-long Presbyterian, she was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1978 and now is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. With a love of teaching, she has led numerous adult education courses, retreats, continuing education courses, and lay education courses Recent lectures include topics such as “Biblical Narrative Spirituality,” “Prophetic Perspectives in the Old Testament,” and “Living the Ten Commandments.” She has been active in the church through preaching, social justice ministries, part-time congregational leadership, and campus chaplaincy. She is married to a Lutheran minister and has two children, and enjoys reading science fiction and gardening.