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Mark C. Hearn

Associate Professor and Director of Contextual Education
Religion and Practice

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
2020
(510) 204-0729

Mark Hearn holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation. He also holds degrees from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MTS), Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Point Loma Nazarene University (BA).

His book, Religious Experience Among Second Generation Korean Americans (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), probes the social construction of Korean American men and their spirituality. He has also published on critical religious education and antiracism, sports and spirituality, and pedagogy. He has worked as an educator, pastor, consultant, and collegiate athletic coach and is a full clergy member of the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

He is drawn to the wonderful and mysterious series of unfolding events in teaching that offer to shape all those involved in the process. Teaching and learning has the potential to enliven and awaken people and systems to their fullness. It is transformative; it is relational.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD in Practical Theology with an Emphasis in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation (Claremont School of Theology 2011)

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Asian American leadership and spirituality
  • Antiracism and religious education
  • Community-based theological education
  • Critical multicultural education
  • Critical studies of sport
Selected Publications
  • “Learning as Seeing and Naming: Intersectionality and Theological Field Education.” Forthcoming chapter in Matthew Floding and Sung Hee Chang’s (eds.), Enlighten: Learning in Theological Field Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2020
  • “Why You Do What You Do: The Power in Knowing and Naming Pedagogies.” Peer-reviewed co-authored (Deborah H.C. Gin) article. Teaching Theology and Religion. January 2019, Vol. 22, No. 1.
  • “Considerations for Religious Education in Light of White Normativity.” Invited author. Religious Education. November 2018, Vol. 113, No. 4
  • Religious Experience among Second Generation Korean Americans. Peer-reviewed book. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
  • “Spirituality, Men’s.” Invited author. In Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Vol. 3, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015: 1199-1201.
  • “Positionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Socially Locating the Higher Education Teacher in Multicultural Education.” Peer-reviewed article. Multicultural Education Review. September 2012, Vol. 4, No. 2.
Courses Taught
  • Field Education I and II
  • Community, Culture, and Justice (previous institution)
  • The Spirituality of Asian American Leadership (previous institution)
  • Ministry in a Multicultural Context (previous institution)