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Mary E. Hess

Mary E. Hess is professor of educational leadership at Luther Seminary, where she has taught since 2000. During the 2016–2017 year, she holds the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Visiting Chair in Religious Education at St. Michael’s College, the University of Toronto. Her most recent books include Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts: Promises and Contradictions and Engaging Technology in Theological Education. She is a frequent contributor to the journal Religious Education and is the past president of the Religious Education Association. She consults widely with US theological school faculties on topics of distributed learning and pedagogy. Hess has written the blog "Tensegrities" since early 2003 and is active in a variety of other digital venues. She has degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Boston College, and has directed a number of projects focusing on the challenges of media culture for communities of faith (,