Valerie Miles-Tribble

Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership & Practical Theology

PhD, Walden University, College of Management & Technology
(Emphasis in Leadership & Organizational Change)
DMin, San Francisco Theological Seminary (GTU)
MDiv, American Baptist Seminary of the West (GTU)
MPH, University of California at Berkeley
BS, Hampton University
Certification Community Economic Dev. (SLI), Harvard Divinity School


Twitter: @CantBeStill

Philosophy of Teaching

My pedagogical approach in the MDiv, MCL, and DMin programs integrates a womanist theoethical and practical theological lens. My research in leadership theory, adaptive change theory, and organizational development examines behavioral ethics and justice dynamics in churches, communities, and society. I view public theology to be an essential component of practical theology as burgeoning fields of interdisciplinary scholarship and praxis. I love engaging clergy and lay leaders to develop their gifts as spiritual change agents. In this complex world, discipleship and positive social change must be viewed as interconnected. Prophetic ministry extends beyond the pulpit to revitalize hope in communities, challenge injustice, and help folks move from disenfranchised to empowered. From my multidisciplinary background in business, church, academy, and community activism, I encourage practitioners to be contextually creative and prophetically transformational in any leadership role they pursue.

GTU Involvement
  • Consortial Faculty Affiliation – Theology & Ethics Department / Religion & Practices Department
  • Steering Committee – GTU Women’s Studies in Religion (WSR) Certification
  • Serve as faculty advisor and/or dissertation committee member for master or doctoral students
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR) – Womanist Theology /Ethics Group and Practical Theology Group
  • Golden Key International Honor Society (Leadership & Organizational Change)
  • PICO National Network – Community Organizing Clergy leader / Women’s Voices Initiative
  • Women of Color in Ministry National Network – National Council
  • Ordained Clergy, ABC-USA / Ministers Council, ABC-USA
Current Research

Quantitative Research: Assessing Student Leadership Competencies and Preparation in Seminary Training

Course Development and Syllabi
  • Practical Theology: Interdisciplinary Scope and Methods
  • Organizational Leadership and Behavioral Ethics
  • Womanist Theology / Methodological Approaches; Women’s Studies
  • Religion and Society

Course Sampling

  • FT-2537 How to Lead Almost Anything: Effective Leadership Ethics and Practices
  • FT-2771 How to Create and Sustain Social Ministries
  • CE-5015 Ethics to Lead & Transform
  • BSCE-2261 Morality in Social Life (also DM-5065 Morality & Society, as doctoral-level course)
  • RSCE-3400 Womanist Survival Ethic: Cultural Lens of Music & Lyric: Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott
  • DM-5052 Womanist Thought
  • STCE-6007 Theology & Ethics Seminar (2017)
  • FTCE-4500 Public Theology: Praxis in Black Lives Matter Times (2017)
  • RSCE-4500 Restorative Justice: Intersecting Womanist / Feminist Theoethics (2017)

Links to Course Syllabi

  • FT-2537 Effective Leadership Ethics and Practices
  • BSCE-2261 Morality in Social Life
Selected Publications and Papers

Paper: “The Reality of the Dream” Presented in the Ethics Section: Dr. King’s Ethics & Their Relevance to the Black Lives Matter Movement – How MLK’s and BLM’s Ethics of Racial Justice Compare. American Academy of Religion, Western Region Annual Meeting (2017)

Paper: “Prophetic Change Agents in Black Lives Matter Times: A Womanist Theoethical Approach to Communitarian Social Reform Activism” Presented at James Noel Memorial Symposium on Black Religion, Materiality, and Atlantic World, San Francisco Theological Seminary (2016)

Article, Sojourners, 2/2016 issue: “Can You Hear It? Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, and the Voice of Prophetic Ethics”

Article, Sojourners, 8/21/2015: “Hell You Talmbout: Protest Music Meets the Church in the Streets”

Article, Sojourners, 12/12/2014: “Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?”

Response to “Praise and Respect” in What We Love About the Black Church, Judson Press, 2010.

Response to “The Forum: Are the strategies of care different when fear is all around us?” in Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, 2008.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Avid distance walker
  • Culinary ‘foodie’
  • Fiction novels –espionage/mystery genres
  • Traveling