Dr. Paul Allen Named Academic Dean at Corpus Christi College

Vancouver, B.C. – May 16, 2019. Following a lengthy search, Corpus Christi College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Allen as Academic Dean. Currently a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Dr. Allen has accepted the College’s offer and will start at Corpus Christi College on August 15, 2019.

Born in Vancouver, Dr. Allen received his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa (Saint-Paul) in 2001. From 2002 until the present, he was a professor at Concordia University, reaching the rank of Full Professor in 2016. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has served as an undergraduate program advisor. His scholarly research centers on the science-theology dialogue, theological anthropology, and systematic theology.

He has written Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Routledge), Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark) and co-written Catholicism and Science (Greenwood). In addition, he has written numerous book chapters and journal articles.

He is currently working on a three-part theological anthropology, the first of which is titled Creaturehood: Sin and Evolution in Theological Anthropology. The second volume will address Christian interpretations of governance and natural theology. He is subject editor for the Prolegomena section of the forthcoming T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Christian Theology and editor of a forthcoming volume, Saint Augustine and Contemporary Social Issues.

“I am very pleased to be welcoming Dr. Paul Allen to Corpus Christi College as its new Academic Dean. Paul brings a wealth of scholarly and teaching experience to his new role, as well as a strong commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition. I know that he will be a strong addition to our community as Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s continues to expand its mission to serve the need for Catholic higher education at UBC and in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.” said Dr. Peter Meehan, President and Principal of Corpus Christi College.

"I am looking forward to working with President Meehan and all the faculty and staff at the college. I am excited to serve an excellent Catholic Liberal Arts institution in order to help it grow smartly, to develop programmes and curricula that provide our students with an advantageous edge. I am keen to bring my energy and skills in order to support excellent academic work at the college. I want to contribute to the college's reputation as a welcoming, faithful community of character." remarked Dr. Paul Allen.


Corpus Christi College is a member of the Community of St. Mark’s at UBC, which is comprised of St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, and St. Mark’s Parish. Founded in 1990, Corpus Christi College is a Catholic post-secondary institution located in Vancouver, B.C., on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.  Corpus Christi College provides students with excellent academic programming, a nurturing community, leadership skills, and service-learning opportunities. Together with St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College desires to become the centre of excellence for undergraduate and graduate Catholic education in British Columbia.

Corpus Christi College welcomes students from all faith backgrounds. The inclusive community of learning shares a rich 2000-year-old intellectual tradition with Catholic institutions around the globe.

As a Catholic college, Corpus Christi strives to be an incomparable center of creativity and dissemination of knowledge for the good of humanity, dedicated to research, teaching, and the education of students who freely associate with their teachers in a common thirst for knowledge. Along with every other university and college, Corpus shares the endeavour of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth in every field of knowledge.


Kerilee Falloon, Communications, St. Mark’s College at UBC
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