Jane S. Webster, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion and Philosophy

B.Th., McGill University
M.A., Ph.D., McMaster University

Hines Hall
jwebster@barton.edu | 800-345-4973 x6440

Dr. Jane S. Webster earned an Honors Bachelor of Theology (summa) from McGill University and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in religious studies (New Testament and Early Judaism) from McMaster University.  She received a prestigious doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Having joined the faculty at Barton College in 2000, Webster teaches Religious Studies in the School of Humanities.  In 2010, she received the Jefferson-Pilot Faculty Member of the Year Award.  She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.  She has served in leadership positions in the “SBL Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession” and in the “Teaching Biblical Studies in the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context” program unit.  In addition to her book, Ingesting Jesus: Eating and Drinking in the Gospel of John, she co-authored Understanding Bible by Design, and co-edited two volumes: Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom and Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues.  She has written multiple articles, conference presentations, and book reviews addressing topics in Johannine studies, wisdom literature, gender, Bible and film, and teaching in religious studies.  Prior to her academic career, Webster was a critical care nurse and missionary in South America.  Since 2014, Webster has also served as the program coordinator for the Religion and Philosophy program, and as the Director for the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.