Katherine Turpin

Katherine Turpin

Director of the Master of Divinity Program
Associate Professor of Religious Education

Contact Information

Phone: (303) 765-3139

Fax: (303) 777-0164

Email: kturpin@iliff.edu


B.A., Birmingham-Southern College
M.Div., Candler School of Theology
Ph.D., Emory University


Katherine Turpin joined Iliff’s faculty in June 2002 and was appointed Associate Dean for Curriculum & Assessment in September 2013. A committed layperson in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Turpin also served four years as Director of Christian Education at Trinity United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

An interest in how persons become the living bearers of faith traditions, how they negotiate challenges to Christian vocation presented by dominant culture, and the politics of knowing in diverse communities informs Katherine Turpin’s work in the practice of religion education and practical theology. Her current research interests include teaching about difference, social location, and structural inequality; the relationship between education and social change; the development of vocation in youth and young adulthood; and the conflicted role of religious practice in practical theology.

Dr. Turpin’s publications include Drama Tweens: Engaging the Bible with Younger Adolescents (Wipf and Stock 2016), co-authored with Anne Carter Walker Nurturing Different Dreams: Youth Ministry Across Lines of Difference (Pickwick Press, 2014), Who Is My Neighbor (August, 2008), a four-session DVD course she co-wrote to facilitate conversations about the intersections of faith and immigration issues, and Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith, (Pilgrim Press, 2006).

Representative courses:

Teaching and Learning in the Community of Faith
Practical Theology
Education and Social Change
Children in the Community of Faith
Pedagogy and the Teaching of Religion