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Joel N. Lohr

Associate Professor of Practice


Phone: 209.946.3262


PhD, Theology and Religion, University of Durham, Durham, England, 2007

MA, Theology and Religion, University of Durham, Durham, England, 2003

BA, Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, 2002

Trade Certificate in Carpentry (Journeyperson Qualification), Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Hamilton, Ontario, 1996

Curriculum Vitae 

Joel N. Lohr is the university's Dean of Religious Life, an award winning author and scholar of religion. He is originally from Canada and is a first generation college graduate, earning a BA in Religious Studies (Trinity Western University) and MA and PhD in Religion and Theology (University of Durham). Prior to arriving at Pacific he taught and researched at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on Intercultural Competence and Diversity in Higher Education, Interreligious Dialogue, the Hebrew Bible, and the Abrahamic Traditions more generally. He is the author or editor of some 10 books as well as numerous articles (see CV and Amazon for more information) and is a founding member and chair of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts SBL group. He also holds a cross appointment in the Department of Religious Studies.

Dr. Lohr is passionate about religious diversity, dialogue, and interreligious relations. He is also deeply committed to the goals of higher education, especially whole person development and the pursuit of wisdom and learning.

Intercultural Competence and Diversity in Higher Education 
Educational Administration and Leadership in Higher Education
Inter-Religious Dialogue, Relations, and Conflict Management
Religion and Religious Education in the Academy
The Use of Sacred Texts in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

  • PACS 002 Chosen By God?
  • EDU 393A Religious Identity and Spirituality in Education
  • PACS 002 Punk, Metal, and the Meaning of Life


  • 2017 - Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award (University of the Pacific). University-wide award for a staff member "who has gone above and beyond their role to work as proponents of diversity and inclusion."
  • 2016 - Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award (Muslim Student Association, University of the Pacific).
  • 2014 - CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title of 2014. Award given for The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible: Understanding Jewish and Christian Scriptures (co-authored with Joel S. Kaminsky and Mark Reasoner; Nashville: Abingdon, 2014).
  • 2009-2011 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. One of only two awards in religion awarded in Canada for 2009.
  • 2011 - R. B. Y. Scott Award. Top award for "Outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East." Book: Chosen and Unchosen: Conceptions of Election in the Pentateuch and Jewish-Christian Interpretation (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2009).
  • 2009-2012 - Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust. Grant to assist in the publication of a book.
  • 2010 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Grant to enable collaboration on a book manuscript.
  • 2004-2006 - Overseas Research Scholarship (University of Durham). Full scholarship for PhD tuition, based on academic achievement.
  • 2003-2005 - Watkins Hebrew Scholarship (University of Durham). Scholarship based on academic achievement.
  • 2003-2005 - Evans Theology Scholarship (University of Durham). Scholarship based on academic achievement.
  • 1999 - Mayhew Scholarship (Trinity Western University).
  • 1998-2003 - Dean's List Scholarship (Trinity Western University). Awarded each year of undergraduate study. 


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