Tiffany Steinwert, Ph.D. became Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University in February of 2019. She previously served as Dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University and Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley College. Dean Steinwert brings with her experience as an ordained clergywoman, administrator, and a leader in spiritual life in higher education. At Stanford, Steinwert nurtures religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical education for students, staff, and faculty. She aims to build relationships amidst difference, and to cultivate healthy contemplative practices for the transformation of self and world. Trained as a practical theologian, her scholarly work explores emerging pedagogies for inter-religious education, chaplaincy in higher education, and contemplative studies.
Steinwert currently sits on the executive board of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs and the Advisory Board of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University. She is a recent recipient of the BTS Innovation Incubator Compass Grant for her project, Strengthening Spiritual Care in Higher Education: Building Chaplain-Social Scientist Partnerships and an invited consultant on many related projects. Prior to her roles in higher education, Steinwert served as an ordained elder in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as a national organizer for diverse social justice organizations, and as an instructor at Boston University, Harvard Kennedy School, and Brite Divinity School leading courses in theology, community organizing, and leadership. Steinwert holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Williams College, a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University.