English Professor Karen Swallow Prior Leaving Liberty University After 21 Years to Join Faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior poses for portraits at Demoss Hall on April 18, 2013. (Photo by Ty Hester)

Beloved Liberty University English professor Karen Swallow Prior plans to leave the school she has served since 1999 to join the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, beginning in the fall of 2020.

Prior will become the full-time research professor of English and Christianity & Culture at the Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated institution.

According to SEBTS, she will be the first research professor in the history of The College at Southeastern. She will primarily teach undergraduates but will also teach at the graduate and doctorate levels.

“.@LibertyU has played one of the most significant roles in my life in making me who I am today,” Prior tweeted Thursday. “I have loved teaching and here and continue to love the ministry here. What a bittersweet day! (But you are still stuck with me until the end of the school year!)”

In a tweet, Liberty University praised Prior for her “21 years of Training Champions for Christ.”

“And we wish her many years of fruitful ministry, teaching the students at @SEBTS,” the tweet reads.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. offered his best wishes in a tweet.

“You will be greatly missed, Karen,” Falwell wrote. “I was hoping you’d stay until I converted you into a Trump supporter! Oh well. You always made LU proud by pouring your life into your students. Thank you for that.”

Prior is also a senior fellow with the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.

Prior has expertise in 18th century British literature. She has written three books, including On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great LiteratureBooked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More — Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith