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About Joel N. Lohr

I am originally from Canada. Prior to assuming my role at Pacific I was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the University of Toronto; before that I spent 5 years in England completing my MA and PhD at Durham. My research interests are truly eclectic: Intercultural Competence and Diversity in Higher Education, Interreligous Dialogue, the Hebrew Bible, the so-called Abrahamic Traditions, and really any aspect of Higher Education, especially as related to diversity and student success. When I find time, I love to write and have a number of book projects underway. Some of my past books can be seen on Amazon. When not thinking or writing about higher education and religion, I like to listen to music, and am an avid, long-time Metallica fan. I also love spending time with my family, especially if we can find our way to a beach somewhere. I live near campus and walk or bike to work each day.


2014 Present Dean of Religious Life, University of the Pacific
2014 Present Associate Professor of Practice, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
20122014 Director, Religious and Spiritual Life; University Multifaith Chaplain, University of the Pacific
20112012 Visiting Scholar and Professor, University of Toronto - Wycliffe College
20092011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto - Wycliffe College
20072009 Assistant Professor, Trinity Western University
20052006 Part-time Lecturer, University of Durham
20042006 Teaching Assistant, University of Durham

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award
  • 2014 CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title of 2014
  • 2011 R. B. Y. Scott Award


  • EDU 393A Religious Identity and Spirituality in Education
  • PACS 002 Chosen By God?


20032007 Ph.D., Theology and Religion, University of Durham
20022003 M.A., Theology and Religion, University of Durham
19982002 B.A., Religious Studies, Trinity Western University

Contact Information

Phone: 209.946.3262


Books and Book Chapters (17)

Books and book chapters written or edited by Dr. Joel N. Lohr.

Articles (16)

Journal articles written by Dr. Joel N. Lohr.