Throughout Union’s history, the Seminary has been home to brilliant theological scholars and leaders of social change.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Charles Briggs popularized German biblical criticism in the United States, first as a professor at Union and then as its president.
In 1927, Union appointed two women to its faculty for the first time: Sophia Lyon Fahs, the school’s first lecturer in religious education; and Mary Ely Lyman, Union’s inaugural Dean of Women Students. Lyman would go on to be the first female to hold a full professorship and endowed chair at the school.
Over the years, Union has welcomed numerous legendary teachers and scholars, including Christian ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian and German resistance leader; Paul Tillich, renowned philosopher and theologian; Dorothee Sölle, German-born liberation theologian; and Raymond E. Brown, prominent biblical scholar and the school’s first Catholic professor.
Today’s Union faculty is comprised of internationally acclaimed and academically prolific scholars, many of whom have written the seminal literature in their respective fields. To learn more about our faculty please visit our faculty directory page.