Among the new faces on the Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) campus this August will be that of Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff who will be the new as Director of United Methodist (UM) Studies and Student Recruitment effective August 1, 2017. As the focal faculty person in United Methodist Studies, she will be responsible for teaching required courses for the M.Div. degree, as well as advanced level courses in Methodist History, American Religious History, or Women/Gender Studies. In her administrative role, Dr. Dreff will foster networking with United Methodist (UM) districts and conferences, expand bridge-building with colleges and organizations, serve as a strategic team member with the Office of Recruitment to cultivate relationships to enhance enrollment, and enrich opportunities for UM student professional development.
Dr. Dreff has a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Drew Theological School with a concentration in Wesleyan/Methodist Studies and Women/Gender Studies. Her doctoral dissertation topic was Methodist and the New Morality: A History of Twentieth-Century Methodist Sexual Ethics (March 2017). She holds a B.A. in Art History (Cum Laude) from the University of Arkansas (2009) and an A.M. in Religious Studies (History of Christianity) from the University of Chicago Divinity School (2012).
As a lifelong United Methodist, she has devoted significant attention to historical writing and archival preservation. She was an Assistant Archivist for the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church (2012-2014). She was also a General Conference Legislative Researcher and Analyst for the Connectional Table of the United Methodist Church (2015-2016). She has a certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). While at Drew University, she was the recipient of the Florence Ellen Bell Scholarship (2012-2014).
Hood Theological Seminary, located at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive in Salisbury, NC, is a graduate and professional school sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church and approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. Its student body currently comprises persons from many different denominations. As a theological seminary, it provides for the church and the world an educational community in which Christian maturity and ministerial preparation take place together.