Joan Marshall Associate Professor of Pastoral Care
Year Started at PTS: 2013 

Contact Info


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University / Religion, Psychology, and Culture
  • M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • B.A.., Furman University / Religion and French

Recent Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Caring Ministry
  • Pastoral Listening and Communication
  • Justice and Pastoral Care​
  • Leadership through Conflict
  • Systems Theory: Family and Congregational Dynamics
  • Loss, Transition, and Transformation
  • Spiritual Formation
The Rev. Dr. Leanna K. Fuller
Dr. Fuller details her work on church conflict.

Church Associations

Ordination: United Church of Christ, Minister of Word and Sacrament
Local Church Membership: Trinity United Church of Christ, Dorseyville

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Pastoral theology
  • Congregational conflict
  • Death, dying, and grief

Professional Societies

  • Academy of Religious Leadership
  • Society for Pastoral Theology
  • American Academy of Religion


  • 2016-2017: Wabash Center Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty
  • 2010-2011: The Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2011-2012: Senior Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching
  • 2010-2011: Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching
  • 2006-2011; Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellowship
  • 2006-2011: Religion, Psychology, & Culture Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
  • 1999: Vanderbilt Divinity School Academic Achievement Award
  • 1999: Vanderbilt Divinity School William A. Newcomb Prize
  • 1996-1999: Vanderbilt Divinity School Legacy Scholarship
  • 1996: Furman Scholarship Cup
  • 1996: Furman University Valedictorian
  • 1995-present: Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • 1992-1996: Furman University Merit Scholarship

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