Matthew E. Gordley has been serving as the Inaugural Dean of the College of Learning and Innovation at Carlow University since 2015. In this role he works closely with the chairs of the departments of art, biology, chemistry, education, english and theatre, humanities, and mathematics and data analytics to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are able to thrive as they pursue their unique vocations. Dr. Gordley has lead the college in the creation of a diverse set of new programs ranging from a BS in Data Analytics to an MA in Art to an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in ESL, STEM, online teaching, dyslexia, and autism. Under Dr. Gordley’s leadership the college has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Heinz Foundation, among others. A signature aspect of his work has involved the creation and promotion of interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations across departments and outside of the university that lead to innovative opportunities for student learning. In support of the work of the college, Dr. Gordley formed a College Advisory Council in 2017 comprised of leaders in the community, leaders in industry and arts, higher education professionals, researchers, alumni, and emeritus faculty who share the common goal of supporting the success of students in the College of Learning and Innovation. 

In addition to leading the work of the college, Dr. Gordley holds a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Theology within the Humanities Department. He teaches courses in biblical studies and related areas including a Contemplation and Action course within the Carlow Compass curriculum, “Parables of Jesus: Ancient Stories with Enduring Meaning.” His research centers on reading the New Testament in its original cultural and historical contexts and he has written extensively on early Jewish and Christian psalms and their place in the wider Greco-Roman world. His work has been published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Jewish Studies, Journal of Ancient Judaism, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. In addition to his first two books on psalms and hymns in the ancient world, his third book, New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance, was released in 2018 with IVP Academic. Prior to joining Carlow University, Dr. Gordley served as an associate dean, a department chair, and a faculty member at Regent University. Dr. Gordley holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in the area of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, an MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a BA from Wheaton College (IL).

Research Interests

Dr. Gordley has taught in the area of biblical studies and has published books and articles on the place of psalms, hymns, and songs in early Judaism and early Christianity. He is especially interested in the ways in which the early Jews and Christians engaged with their Greco-Roman culture and shaped their own unique sense of identity within the social context and pressures of the Roman Empire. Here at Carlow he teaches within the Humanities Department of the College of Learning and Innovation.