PThU appoints two new professors

19 April 2024

The Protestant Theological University has appointed two new professors: Dr habil. Mirella Klomp as professor of Practical Theology and Dr Lieve Teugels as professor of Judaica. The synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands reached a consensus decision on these appointments on Friday 19 April.

Image: Mirella Klomp on the left (photo: Wouter Muskee), Lieve Teugels on the right (photo: Rob Nelisse)

Professor of Practical Theology

Dr habil. Mirella Klomp has been appointed professor at the chair of Practical Theology: worship and formation. Internationally, she is known for her ability to combine different disciplinary perspectives to arrive at theological knowledge. As a liturgy scholar, she became widely known in the Netherlands through her research on the media ritual 'The Passion'. Now she is project leader of the interdisciplinary PThU project Soil. Through the lens of (agricultural) soil, it examines the question of how we as (religious) people relate to the earth. Together with stakeholders (such as farmers, pastors, churchgoers) and social partners, the project aims to develop a responsible, context-sensitive theological vision of soil in the Netherlands that helps Christians and Christian communities move forward in their relationship to the earth.

Professor of Judaica

With the promotion of Dr Lieve Teugels to Professor of Judaica, the PThU Board of Governors wishes to further develop the discipline and underline its importance. Studying the Jewish tradition is indispensable for a university that places great value on the study of Christian sources. Lieve Teugels joined PThU in 2016 as associate professor and later associate professor of Judaica. She has built a great reputation nationally and internationally in the field of rabbinic literature, especially the midrash. In recent years, she has published widely on parables in rabbinic and early Christian literature.