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Trinity College Theological School Dean honoured

The Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Trinity College Theological School Dean Dorothy Lee honoured

The Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, dean of Trinity College Theological School, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

By Mark Brolly

December 1 2015The Dean of the Trinity College Theological School in Parkville, the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities – the highest honour accorded in the discipline in Australia.

Professor Lee is one of only 23 scholars elected as Fellows this year. The Academy was established by Royal Charter in 1969 to advance scholarship and public interest in the humanities in Australia and has about 400 members.

She was appointed Dean almost five years ago and is also the Frank Woods Professor in New Testament at the School and a regular contributor to TMA (The Melbourne Anglican).

Professor Lee was born in Scotland and spent her childhood between the UK and Australia. She became an Anglican in 2007 and took Holy Orders the following year after serving for more than 20 years as an ordained minister in the Uniting Church, for which she was a New Testament lecturer in Sydney and Melbourne.

Her main research interests are St John’s Gospel, the spirituality of the New Testament, the Transfiguration, Anglican worship, preaching and theology. She is a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia.

The honour comes in Trinity Theological School’s first year as a member college of the University of Divinity, formerly known as the Melbourne College of Divinity.

Prominent Anglican layman Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “This is fantastic news for the University as Dorothy is the first Fellow elected since we became a university.”

Professor Lee’s election as a Fellow followed a request to provide her curriculum vitae, publications list and reviews to the Academy 12 months ago, after which she said: “I forgot all about it.”

“I am humbled by this affirmation of my academic work and vocation,” she said.

Last year, Professor Lee was elected as a Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, occupying the Chapter Stall of St Aidan, apostle of Northumbria, which had been held by another Trinity scholar, by the Revd Professor Andrew McGowan, former Warden of the College. Professor McGowan is now Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in the US.

In 2012, she and Professor McGowan were among 10 foundation professors appointed by the University of Divinity when Trinity College Theological School was one of three teaching bodies that made up the ecumenical United Faculty of Theology within the university.