AreaReligion, Psychology and Culture
B.A., Houghton (1989)
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1996)
Ph.D., Emory (2003)
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology
Professor McClure's interests lie primarily in the meaning of and means toward human flourishing. She has pursued this question in a variety of contexts including institutions of work, worship and learning, as well as within the context of a counseling practice. Her driving questions include "What does it mean to be a human being and how do our understandings of that shape our work and life together?" Using theological, social philosophical and psychological resources, she explores the assumptions that ground religious practices--especially those of care or healing--and asks whether they are adequate to the complexity of a deeply social theological anthropology.
Professor McClure is also interested in exploring human development and spiritual formation in the contexts of the dominant spheres of our lives: work, parenting, partnering, politics, and economics. Her work includes developing a holistic approach to religious engagement that is grounded in developmental theories of human flourishing, public theology, and a theological anthropology that respects both the fractured character of human nature, and the religious impulse for wholeness and coherence. Her interests and commitments are deeply informed by her experience of being born and raised for twenty years in remote areas of East Africa as the daughter and granddaughter of Presbyterian (PCUSA) missionaries.
Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty, McClure spent eight years in a private pastoral counseling practice, five years as a consultant in for-profit and not-for-profit spheres in organizational and leadership development, and most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in Practical Theology. Her current projects include articles--"What a pastoral theologian learned working in corporate America" and "Pastoral theology as the art of paying attention"--and her book tentatively titled Post-individualistic counseling: reconceiving the self. Her areas of interest and teaching include pastoral theology, transformational leadership, theological anthropology, psychodynamic psychotherapeutic theories and practices, feminist social theories, theories of human development, organizational life, and public theology.