Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty / Associate Professor of Church History
Year Started at PTS: 2012

Contact Info

hvacek@pts.edu
412-924-1453

Education

  • Th.D., Duke University, Duke Divinity School
  • M.Div., Duke University, Duke Divinity School
  • MBA, MEM Northwestern University, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • BS (Industrial Engineering), BA (Economics) Northwestern University

Recent Courses Taught

  • Religion and Politics in the United States
  • Twentieth Century American Christian Belief
  • Suffering and Hope in the Christian Tradition
  • American Religious Biographies
  • Reformation Church History
  • Modern Church History

 

Church Associations

Ordination: The Moravian Church in North America

Professional Competencies

Area of Expertise

  • American religious history
  • History of Christianity
  • History of mental illness in America
  • Practical theology
  • Theologies of disability and suffering

Professional Service

  • 2010-present: Board of Trustees, Moravian Theological Seminary
  • 2014-2017: Council Member, American Society of Church History
  • 2016: Editorial Advisory Board Member, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, George Thomas Kurian & Mark A. Lamport, eds.
  • 2016-present: Conference on Faith and History, Board Member

Awards/Fellowships/Distinctions

  • 2011-2012: Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2013-2014: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty
  • 2014: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2017-2018: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Colloquy for Theological School Deans

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* This material expresses the research and opinion of Vacek and is not necessarily the opinion of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, staff, or Board of Directors.