Jennie S. Knight

Departments and Positions:
Center for Principled Problem Solving, Director of Engaged Teaching
School Extension 316.2180
Williams College, BA, '92
Claremont School of Theology, MDIV, '98
Emory University, PHD, '05

Please contact Jennie about:

  • PPS Scholars Program
  • PPS Faculty Fellows Program
  • PPS Faculty Development Seminar
  • PPS model
  • PPS community partnerships

Jennie S. Knight serves as director of engaged teaching with the Center for Principled Problem Solving at Guilford College.  She is the author of two books: Engaged Teaching in Theology and Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) co-authored with Renee K. Harrison, and Feminist Mysticism and Images of God: A Practical Theology (Chalice Press, 2011), as well as several journal articles and book chapters about transformative, community-based education. 

Knight holds a Ph. D. in religion and education, with a graduate certificate in women’s studies, from Emory University, an M. Div. from Claremont School of Theology, and a B.A. from Williams College.   

At Guilford, Knight teaches the Principled Problem Solving Faculty Seminar for faculty from all divisions of the college. She works with faculty to incorporate best practices in community engaged teaching, research and principled problem solving into their courses and programs. She also directs the Principled Problem Solving Scholars Program, teaching select students from diverse majors in a year-long series of courses and a summer internship about diverse, values-based approaches to social change and innovation. 

Prior to her arrival at Guilford in August, 2013, Jennie served in numerous research, administrative and teaching positions, including: senior research fellow for the Community Engagement Fellows Program of the Cousins Family Foundation, director of religious education at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, co-director of the Scholars and Service Program at Emory College, and assistant professor in the Practices of Religious Education and Community Ministries at Emory University. Jennie created a faculty development program for incorporating community-engaged teaching into the curriculum at Emory University that has been used for the past 12 years to train faculty there. 

Notable Works

  • Feminist Mysticism and Images of God: A Practical Theology, Chalice Press, 2011. 
  • "Re-acculturation through Community-Based Religious Education," in Religious Education, Vol. 106, July-September, 2011.
  • "Transformative Listening," in Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, Mary Elizabeth Moore and Almeda Wright, Eds., Chalice Press, 2008.
  • "Re-mythologizing the Divine Feminine in the Da Vinci Code and the Secret Life of Bees," in Religion and Popular Culture in America:  Revised Edition, Bruce Forbes and Jeffrey Mahan, Eds., Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2005.