Program Rules and Requirements

Program worksheets and checklists do not encompass all program rules and requirements, but they are often helpful for student advising. Complete program manuals, including forms, may be found on the Degree and Certificate Programs page.

Course Scheduling

All courses in the GTU course catalog are submitted by faculty through Course Scheduling Information forms to the registrar and are subjected to the approval of the Dean. Generally, the forms for the course offerings of a particular academic year must be submitted by faculty in early Fall of the previous year. Look for email reminders in early Fall.

Definition of a Credit Hour

Consult the Concerning Credit Hours document to gauge the amount of work expected from students for 3.0 and 1.5 credit classes.

Syllabi Guidelines

PSR syllabi or revisions of syllabi are due to the Dean’s Office before each registration period and are required to be filed by the Dean’s Office unless otherwise noted. Syllabi can serve many purposes for students and the instructors including but not limited to: working towards an upfront understanding between the instructor and students so as to maximize clarity on policies relating to the course; setting clear expectations of material to be learned or learning outcomes; providing a general outline and schedule of the of course organization. Course syllabi may be used for accreditation purposes and are usually made available to students during registration periods to assist them in deciding what to take. In general, course syllabi should include:

  • Basic information about the instructor, title of the course, etc.
  • General instructional schedule
    example: week by week description of lecture topics
  • Expected measurable learning outcomes for the course
  • Grading policy
  • Explicit attendance policy
  • List of key assignments on which grades will be based and their due dates
  • List of texts and readings, what is required/recommended/optional
  • Inclusion of plagiarism policy, policy for English as Second Language students, an Anti-Discrimination Statement, incomplete policyuse of technology in classrooms policy or statement that PSR has such policies and where to find them
  • We encourage PSR syllabi to include PSR’s direction statement, and if the course is an MDiv required course, inclusion of the MDiv program goals.

For more information on syllabi and guidelines on how to write learning outcomes for syllabi, please contact the Office of the Dean. Please consult sample syllabi template. For further guidance see Example 1Example 2 and Example 3.

Textbook Orders

Textbooks for PSR courses are ordered to be available for purchase through the GTU Consortial Bookstore on The Dean’s Office will serve as the primary liason between faculty and the book store managers. The request for text book orders will occur sometime in the middle of the preceding semester. Please see the PSR Text Book Adoption Form and forward completed form to Dean’s Office when requested. Summer Session instructors, please refer summer course questions to the Summer Session Office.

WebAdvisor Tips

Log in to WebAdvisor to print your course roster and submit course grades.

Trouble printing your roster? Try updating your browser to Internet Explorer 7.0 or using Firefox as your browser.

Trying to email the students in your class or your advisees
as a mass emailing can be a challenge. If you would like to send out one email
to your student/advisees in a group email follow these steps:

  1. Click on “My Class Roster” or
    “My Advisees” in your WebAdvisor account
  2. Copy (ctrl C) the entire roster
  3. Open Microsoft Excel
  4. Paste (ctrl V) the roster into Excel
  5. With the entire list still highlighted go to “Edit”
    ==> “Clear” ==> “Formats”
  6. You should then be able to highlight just the email address
    column without highlighting other fields.
  7. Highlight the email address column, copy, then paste into the
    BCC field of your group email to your class/advisees.

Miscellaneous Course Forms

  • Special Reading Course forms >>
  • Teaching and Research Assistant application >>
  • Other GTU Faculty Resources for area convening and doctoral students >>

Admissions | Facilities | IT Support | Marketing & Communications | Registrar

  • Beeman, Dave
    Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management
    510/849-8231 |
  • Brody, Aaron
    Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology
    Director of the Badè Museum
    510/849-8224 |
  • Burns, Erin
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    510/849-8222 |
  • Cortez, Ruben
    Admissions and Financial Aid Officer
    510/849-8931 |
  • Depalma, Becky
    Reception, Room Scheduling, and Media Coordinator
    510/849-8218 |
  • Dyonzak, Terry
    Director of Facilities
    510/849-8254 |
  • Estrada, Hugo
    Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs
    510/849-8233 |
  • Fennema, Sharon
    Assistant Professor of Christian Worship
    Director of Certificate in Sexuality and Religion
    Director of Worship Life
    510/849-8933 |
  • Fontenot, Deseree
    Programs Manager, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion
    510/849-8206 |
  • Gall, Jen
    Executive Assistant to the President
    510/849-8241 /
  • Gilliam, Grace
    Associate Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning
    510/849-8238 /
  • Gonzalez, Marco
    Assistant Facilities Technician
  • Jefferson, Ann
    Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care
    510/849-8257 |
  • Johnson, Jay
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture
    Academic Director of the Ignite Institute @ PSR
    Director of Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) and Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)
    510/849-8235 |
  • Lawrence, James F.
    Dean of the Swedenborgian House of Studies
    Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies
    510/849-8232 |
  • Leasure, Leslie A.
    Program Manager, Ignite Institute @ PSR
    510/849-8279 |
  • Lee, Boyung
    Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education and Spiritual Formation
    Faculty Coordinator for the Changemaker Fellowship Program
    Director of the API Initiative
    510/849-8234 |
  • Lockwood-Stewart, Odette
    Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning
    Instructor in the Practice of Ministry
    510/849-8261 |
  • Maxon, Andy
    510/849-8282 |
  • McCrossan, Francesca
    Swedenborgian House of Studies Administrative Assistant
    510/849-8228 |
  • McSpadden, Lucia A.
    Coordinator, International Student Support
    510/849-8250 |
  • Miller, Scott
    Cook II
    510/849-8282 |
  • O’Leary, Patrick
    Chief Business Officer
    510/849-8274 |
  • Radzins, Inese
    Associate Professor of Theology
    510/849-8932 |
  • Reed, Lyndsey
    Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Registrar
    510/849-8285 |
  • Roman, Alex
    Facilities Technician – Mechanical Trades
    510/849-8276 |
  • Sano, Roy
    Professor Emeritus of Theology and Pacific and Asian American Ministries
    510/635-7916 |
  • Schlager, Bernard
    Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion
    Associate Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies
    510/849-8278 |
  • Schroeder, Rossitza
    Associate Professor of Arts and Religion
    Deputy Accreditation Liaison Officer
    510/849-8277 |
  • Scott, Wanda
    Chief Advancement Officer
  • Stringfellow, Roland
    Director of Umoja Project & Coordinator of the African-American Roundtable, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion
    510/849-8934 |
  • Sommerville, Janice
    Program Coordinator, Community & Continuing Education
    510/849-8284 |
  • Tanis, Justin
    Managing Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion
    510-849-8205 |
  • Taylor, Leslie Carole
    Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions
    510/849-8253 |
  • Turner, Mary Donovan
    Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Carl Patton Professor of Preaching
    Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
    510/849-8209 |
  • Vásquez-Levy, David
    510/849-8223 |
  • Walker, Randi J.
    Professor of Church History
    Doctor of Ministry Program Director
    510/849-8221 |

Emeriti, Adjuncts, and Visiting Professors


  • Joseph Driskill
  • A. Durwood Foster
  • Karen Lebacqz
  • Fumitaka Matsuoka
  • William McKinney
  • Lynn Nell Rhodes
  • Roy I. Sano
  • Choan-Seng Song
  • Archie Smith, Jr.
  • David S. Steward
  • Mary Tolbert

Visiting Professors

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Social Transformation: Dorsey Blake (2015-2017)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics: Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (2015-2017)

Fall 2016 Adjunct Faculty

  • Lisa Walker,
  • Sam Park (ABSW),
  • Ann Jefferson,
  • Justin Tanis,
  • Robyn Henderson-Espinoza,
  • Dorsey Blake,
  • Sandra Blair,
  • Patricia St. Onge,

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Room setup: Room Setup Requests must be submitted separately, 1 week in advance of the event, on a maintenance request form available at the Reception Desk. Include setup and breakdown time in the request, otherwise event planners will be responsible for both setup and breakdown. Setups are for PSR events only and are at the discretion of the Facilities Department.

PSR Media Services provides audio-visual equipment for classes, webinars, and special events sponsored by PSR faculty or staff on the PSR campus. This includes projectors, sound systems, and recording devices.

Using the form below, request equipment, services, or training no fewer than 7 working days in advance.  Last minute requests may not be honored.

Consult the Classroom Audio-Visual Equipment Policy for Faculty Instructors Teaching on the PSR Campus.

Please note: Event hosts must provide their own staff to run AV equipment.  Media Services will train event staff in the operation of necessary equipment and deliver/pick up equipment as needed.  Media Services staff are not available to operate equipment during an event, with the exception of sound in the PSR Chapel and distance learning classes/events.

Recordings will be made available to PSR staff within three weeks of a recorded event.  Event hosts or Communications staff will manage any media file storage, editing or posting to PSR web site or Vimeo.

Contact or 510/849-8218 for more information.  A/V staff are available, as schedules permit, between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

I have reserved necessary room(s), including setup/breakdown time

If no, please fill out the Room Reservation Form prior to making an A/V request

Your Name (required)

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Event Name/Description

EVENT Date, Start, and End Times

Event Locations

If multiple locations, note which equipment is needed where & when.

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A/V Services

A/V Carts

Projection Equipment


Recording, Photography & Webinar Equipment

Audio Equipment

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