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Dr. Angela Schmidt appointed as Director of Experiential & Innovative Learning and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Knox College

Angela Schmidt

Knox College’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angela Schmidt as Director of Experiential & Innovative Learning and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Knox College, beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Schmidt brings to this role: experience in spiritual care management in healthcare facilities; broad teaching, learning, and experience in areas critical for Knox students’ pastoral education; and a commitment to ongoing learning. In this role, Dr. Schmidt will oversee and administer the contextual learning components required in Knox’s basic degree programs (M.Div., M.R.E., and M.P.S.).

Dr. Schmidt holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and wrote her thesis on Partnerships between Hospital and Community: A Qualitative Study on Collaboration for Spiritual Care in Healthcare. She also holds master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (Illinois) and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with honours) from the University of Western Ontario.

She is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario (CRPO). As an Accreditation Chair for the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), she worked closely with Supervised Pastoral Education programs across Canada. She presently is working to ensure that the training of those entering into practice as spiritual care practitioners or as psycho-spiritual therapists reflects the competencies of both the CASC and CRPO. Dr. Schmidt has extensive experience supervising theological students who are obtaining contextual education/field education clinical experience. Her work has resulted in student placements within hospitals, congregations, long-term care facilities, prisons, and hospices.

Dr. Schmidt is also a teacher and researcher. She has taught as Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College (University of Toronto), Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Redeemer College, and Emmanuel Bible College. Her scholarly work includes both individual and team-written publications. She has presented workshops at international, national, and provincial conferences on Prayer with Hurting People, Bedside Conversations, Living with Loss, Multi-faith care, Palliative Care, Self-Abuse of Teens, Teens and Depression, and Skills for the Care Provider. She was lead editor and a contributor to Thriving on the Edge: Integrating Spiritual Practice, Theory and Research (2016) and wrote Partnerships Between Hospital and Community for Spiritual Care (2013).

Raised in the Lutheran tradition, Dr. Schmidt has been active in Christian congregations, including Presbyterian, her whole life. She was recently certified in the Children and Worship program of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.