Pittsburgh Theological Seminary announces that Jessica DeCou will serve as lecturer in systematic theology for a one-year term beginning fall 2012. DeCou is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School and plans to complete her degree in theology in June.

DeCou is a graduate of the University of Iowa, earning her M.A. in religious studies and B.A. in religion. Her research and teaching experience includes theologian Karl Barth, religion/theology and popular culture, and Pentecostal studies.

She is the recipient of the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship, Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Chicago Provost’s Summer Fellowship, and Alice Lampe Heidel and John B. Heidel Teaching Award. DeCou has taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and the University of Iowa.

Her forthcoming publications include “Relocating Barth’s Theology of Culture” in International Journal of Systematic Theology, “The Living Christ and The Walking Dead" in The Undead and Theology, and “Karl Barth—Comic Warrior” in War and World. She is also the author of various encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and book notes. DeCou presented “Serious Questions about ‘True Words’ in Culture” at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Conference in 2011.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.