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Jill DeTemple

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Advisor

B.A., Bowdoin College; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hyer Hall 300G
214-768-2102
detemple@smu.edu

Dr. Jill DeTemple (B.A., Bowdoin College; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies. DeTemple served several years as an agricultural extensionist with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador before beginning her graduate studies. Her research interests include religiously sponsored development organizations, religions of Latin America, Pentecostalism, theory and method in the study of religion, and the use of dialogue in postsecondary education. She is the author of Cement, Earthworms, and Cheese Factories: Religion and Community Development in Rural Ecuador (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012), and Making Market Women: Gender, Religion, and Work in Ecuador(University of Notre Dame Press, 2020). Dr. DeTemple has received two Ford Tinker grants, a Foreign Language and Area Studies grant, several Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion grants for research and teaching, and was Co-PI on a University of Connecticut/John Templeton Foundation grant that studied dialogue in college classrooms. She is former co-chair and a current steering committee member of the Religion and International Development Group at the American Academy of Religion. Her courses include "Identity and the Sacred in the Southwest," "The Philosophy of Religion," "The Social-Scientific Study of Religion," "Religious Literacy," and "Gender, Religion, and International Development" as well as graduate seminars in religious studies. She is the recipient of the HOPE Teaching Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, the Golden Mustang Award for excellence in teaching, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award, the “M” Award for outstanding service to the University, and was a 2008-2009 fellow at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. She was honored in 2018 with the American Academy of Religion Teaching Excellence Award.