Meet the faculty, administrators, and staff who are working on institutional processes and procedures that advance diversity, inclusion, and equity at Luther Seminary in areas such as: complaint/mediation policies; curriculum that reflects a diversity of voices that witness to the gospel in a diverse world; student-centered practices that build beloved community; human resources trainings to ensure that faculty and staff are committed to the work of diversity, inclusion, and equity; and board, faculty, and staff make-up that reflects the diversity of our community and the places to which our students are called to serve.
Robin J. Steinke
President of Luther Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Robin Steinke came to Luther Seminary as president in June 2014. She is the first woman in the 145-year history of the seminary to be named to the position.
Prior to coming to Luther Seminary, Steinke was the dean of the seminary and professor of theological ethics and public life at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she served from 1999. She previously served as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor; a training manager and financial planner at American Express Financial Advisors; and a middle school band director in Marietta, Ga. Steinke is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England. Steinke is known for her strategic leadership and passion for sharing the gospel.
Director of Human Resources
Arnita is a human resources executive and effective leader with 18 years of experience in employee relations, compensation and benefits management, recruitment, safety and risk management, training, compliance, and payroll. She is skilled in a number of cross-functional areas within HR, including sourcing and staffing management, policy & procedure development, investigations, union contracts, Affirmative Action/EEO, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and much more. She has a BA from DePaul University, an MS in Human Resource Management and Development, and is an ABD doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Walden University.
Arnita coordinates ongoing inclusion, diversity, and equity training for faculty and staff, as well as review and refine institutional policies and procedures.
Interim Dean of Students
Sarah brings 14 years of experience to higher ed administration and student services, and has been an integral part of the Luther Seminary team since 2011. Sarah’s responsibilities include leading the student affairs team in their efforts to create a positive student experience and to foster community among DL and residential students . Sarah has a BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MS in Psychology and Counseling from Capella University. Sarah’s role is to support student-facing diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts, including handling reports and complaints.
Dirk G. Lange, the academic dean at Luther Seminary, focuses on liturgy in the lives of people. During the 1980s, as a brother of Taizé, he worked with church leaders and many lay people involved with the prayer groups in the Eastern European underground. During the early 1990s, he was engaged with the prayer and songs of Taizé. After leaving Taizé, he went to LTSP to study under Gordon Lathrop and then went on to do doctoral work under Don Saliers and Mark Jordan at Emory. He is editor and contributor of “Ordo: Bath, Word, Prayer, Table” (OSL, 2006), an introduction to liturgical theology and festschrift in honor of Dr. Lathrop. With Luther and Derrida as dialogue partners, Dr. Lange queries theology, its disruption and its rewriting, through the lens of the liturgy. He has also served parishes in Atlanta and Philadelphia.Dr. Lange’s role is to examine curricular and academic offerings to ensure that students are exposed to a variety of voices, perspectives, and courses in preparation to serve faithfully in the church and world.