Union Theological Seminary Academics


Matthew Emile Vaughan

Religion and Education
Practical Theology Consortium

Mathew Vaughan


3041 Broadway, #297
New York, NY 10027




Visit Matthew's website: matthewvaughan.net


Ph.D. (est. 2015), Religion and Education; Dissertation: "Self, Text, and the Other: Scriptural Reasoning as Interreligious Learning"

M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction), Freed-Hardeman University, 2009

M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 2008

B.A., Bible and Spanish, Freed-Hardeman University, 2005

Coursework: Harding School of Theology, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Columbia University Teachers College

Work Experience

Administrative Consultant, Union Theological Seminary, The Hispanic Summer Program, and Religious Worlds of New York, 2012-Present (For more information about his administrative work at Union, click here.)

Teaching Fellow (see below for courses), Union Theological Seminary, 2012-Present

Instructor of Spanish, Lexington High School, 2008-2011

Graduate/Teaching Assistant, Abilene Christian University, 2006

Instructor of Spanish (Adjunct), Freed-Hardeman University, 2005-2006


Matthew works at the intersection of theological and educational aims. His research and writing bridge unnecessary disciplinary gaps—encouraging theological reflection among educators and educational reflection among theologians. He is also deeply interested in the following areas: interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism; theologies of religions; the theology of Thomas Merton; teaching the Bible; theories of teaching and learning; and, as a former public high school teacher, the future of public education in the United States. His writing has appeared in several journals, including Restoration Quarterly, The Journal of Faith and the Academy, and The Merton Annual. He and his wife Bethany are members of the Church of Christ (a cappella), and they worship with the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York City.

Advisor: Mary C. Boys

Matthew is also an administrative consultant, working with various academic institutions including Union. His work centers largely around technology, operations, academic assessment, and strategic partnerships. Matthew manages Google Apps for Education at Union and Moodle (Union's LMS), as well as implementing many of the academic assessment and database technologies in use at Union. In addition to these technological responsibilities, Matthew manages special projects for a range of offices at Union. Visit matthewvaughan.net for more information on Matthew's consulting work.

Publications (with Links to PDFs through Columbia University's Academic Commons)

Articles in Refereed Publications:

In progress - "Scriptural Pragmatism: Ochs's Pillars for Scriptural Reasoning."

In progress - "Scriptural Reasoning and Christian Theologies of Religions: Rethinking the Role of Postliberalism."

“Resources for a Restoration Theology of Religions.” Restoration Quarterly 55.4 (2013): 253-249.

"On Schools of Preaching." Journal of Faith and the Academy 5.1 (2012): 60-74.

“Thomas Merton’s Allegory of Adam: Its Theology and Implications.” Journal of Faith and the Academy 3.1 (Summer 2010): 31-39.

Select book reviews from various journals (see CV for others):

Review of Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Readings from the Edges: The Bible and People on the Move. In USQR 64.1 (2013): 67-68.

Review of Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins. In Christian Scholars Review 42.1 (2012): 97-99.

Review of Thomas Merton, A Book of Hours, ed. Kathleen Deignan. In The Merton Annual 23 (2011): 297-300.

Review of Paul D. Spears and Steven R. Loomis, Education for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective. In The Journal of Faith and the Academy 3.2 (2010): 95-99. 

Review of Kenton L. Sparks, God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship. In Restoration Quarterly 52.3 (2010): 188-190.


Panel Coordinator and Editor: "Using Scriptural Reasoning in the Classroom," at the 2014 Scrptural Reasoning Academic Network Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. 20-21 November 2014. 


"Scriptural Reasoning and Christian Theologies of Religions," at the 2014 AAR/SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting. Newburgh, NY. 8 March 2014.

“Thomas Merton and the Practice of Scriptural Reasoning,” at the Thirteenth General Conference of the International Thomas Merton Society. Fairfield, CT. 13 June 2013.

Panelist, "Ending the War between Homosexuality and the Church," at the Gallatin Arts Festival of New York University. New York, NY. 10 April 2013.

“On Constructing the Theological Syllabus,” a public lecture at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. 8 November 2012.

“Reconciling with The Religious Other: Resources for a Restoration Theology of World Religions,” at the Christian Scholars’ Conference. Nashville, TN. 7 June 2012.

“Evangelical Missiologies and Theologies of Religions,” a guest lecture/presentation for Paul Knitter’s ST 323: "Dealing with Diversity: Evangelical/Pentecostal and Mainline Perspectives on Religious Pluralism"; Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. 20 October 2011.

“In Pretense or Truth: A Teacher's Response to the AAR's 2010 Publication, ‘Guidelines for Teaching about Religion in K-12 Public Schools in the United States’” at the Conference for the Journal of Faith and the Academy. Montgomery, AL. 11 February 2011.

“The First Adam: Genesis 2-3 in Merton’s Thought and Theology” at the Conference for the Journal of Faith and the Academy. Montgomery, AL. 19 February 2010.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

FOL 131 & 132 - Elementary Spanish Grammar 1 & 2 (2005-2006)

FOL 336 - Spanish Conversation (Fall 2005)

The Gospel of Matthew (intensive studies at various churches)

Teaching Fellow

At Abilene Christian University (undergraduate-level teaching)

BIBL 212 - Christianity and Culture (Fall 2006), with Jerry Taylor

BIBL 101 - The Life and Teachings of Jesus (Fall 2006), with Jerry Taylor

At Union Theological Seminary (graduate-level teaching)

IE/RE 315 - Judaism and Christianity: Comparativist and Phenomenological Perspectives (Fall 2013), with Mary C. Boys and Rabbi Daniel Polish

NT 101(A) - Introduction to the New Testament (Spring 2013), with Brigitte Kahl 

RE 319 - Teaching Theology and Religion (Fall 2012), with Mary C. Boys and CeCelia deWolf

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