Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford
Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Advisor for the Academic Research Track at McAfee
Ph.D. 1995, Baylor University, M.A. 1985, Fuller Theological Seminary, B.A. 1976, California State University
Office: (678) 547-6476
Fax: (678) 547-6478
Dr. deClaissé-Walford is the advisor for students pursuing the Academic Research Track at McAfee--students who want to pursue a Ph.D. in religion after completing their M.Div. She states,
"These dedicated students will provide the next generation of gifted scholars who will fill teaching posts in the many theological institutions in the coming decades. We teachers in this generation, owe it to them to provide the best preparatory education possible for this strange and immensely rewarding profession we, and now they, have chosen to undertake. McAfee will do its utmost to create such an environment—one on one mentoring;opportunities for research and publication; and authentic advising and recommendations for placement in Ph.D. programs."
Dr. deClaissé-Walford came to McAfee from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, where she was a lecturer in biblical languages. She earned her bachelor's degree in Ancient History from California State University in Northridge, California; a master's degree in Semitic Languages and Literature from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; and a doctor of philosophy in Old Testament from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Dr. deClaissé-Walford is the author of Reading from the Beginning: The Shaping of the Hebrew Psalter, Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Textbook, The Book of Psalms: A Song from Ancient Israel, The Book of Psalms: The International Commentary on the Old Testament, The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship, and numerous articles in journals and books.
She is the Old Testament Editor for the Word Biblical Commentary Series. As a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Review &Expositor for the past twenty years, she has served as the Associate Editor and the Managing Editor and is currently its Book Review Editor. In addition, she is an active member of the steering committee of the Book of Psalms section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Dr. deClaissé-Walford enjoys speaking with students about vocation. She believes God instills in each of us a drive, a motivation, that will not let go of us--a passion! And she maintains that our God-given call is to "follow our passion"! She discovered her passion thirty years ago in a classroom at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California--the Hebrew language. She went on to study Advanced Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Syriac, Akkadian, Sumerian, Egyptian, and various Northwest Semitic Languages.
An expert in Hebrew and Psalms, one of Dr. deClaissé-Walford's joys and tremendous responsibilities of teaching seminary students is the "immediacy" of every teaching moment. Seminary students are practitioners who are likely to take what she says in the classroom today and teach it in a Bible study tonight or incorporate it into a sermon on Sunday. She takes great care when she prepare lectures, designs discussions, or prepares to debrief a reading assignment, to ask how her students will be able to use the course content in a church setting.
Dr. deClaissé-Walford is married and has two children, one grandson, three dogs, and a huge vegetable garden. She met her husband, Steve deClaissé-Walford, at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her summer vegetable garden typically includes squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, eggplant, okra, green beans, lima beans, corn, blackberries, grapes, and figs. And the winter garden yields broccoli, kale, collard greens, and lettuce.