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 holds a Ph. D. in Religion and Education, with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. She is an ordained minister affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists.

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 in Atlanta, Georgia, Director of Religious Education at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Co-Director of the Scholars and Service Program in Emory College, and Assistant Professor in the Practices of Religious Education and Community Ministries at Emory University.  

Jennie has taught courses and directed programs in transformative, holistic education and community-engaged learning at both the graduate and undergraduate levels since 2003. Her research, teaching, and service passions lie with educational approaches that lead to personal and social transformation.  She created a faculty development curriculum for incorporating community-engaged learning into the curriculum at Emory University that has been used for the past 12 years to train faculty there. She brings this passion and expertise to the work of training and supporting faculty here at Guilford. In addition, she teaches the Principled Problem Solving Scholars Seminar at Guilford, in which students reflect upon and engage in the work of both personal and social transformation. She also teaches courses in conjunction with the Religious Studies Department.

Jennie has published several journal articles and book chapters about transformative, community-based education.  She is currently co-authoring a book about engaged teaching and learning with Renee K. Harrison, Ph D., entitled: Engaged Practices for Teaching Theology and Religion: Strategies for Transformative Education. It is under contract with Palgrave MacMillan Press, and will be released in 2015. Her first book, Feminist Mysticism and Images of God: A Practical Theology, was published by Chalice Press in 2011.  


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.