More Links

Part-Time and Visiting

Susan Philips

Executive Director and Professor of Sociology and Christianity, New College Berkeley
BA (Willamette University), PhD (UC Berkeley)


Susan S. Phillips has served as Executive Director at New College Berkeley since 1994, and prior to that was the Academic Dean. Dr. Phillips is keenly interested in how we live our faith in daily life, drawing insight from the diverse fields of the social sciences, biblical spirituality, and practical theology. She is a sociologist and sees individuals for spiritual direction, teaches and writes in the field, serves as supervisor for spiritual directors, and consults for Christian organizations. Dr. Phillips enjoys teaching and speaking in many settings. In addition to being a regular contributor to summer classes at Regent College, she teaches at the Graduate Theological Union, Fuller Theological Seminary (Northern California), and San Francisco Theological Seminary (the program in the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction). Dr. Phillips sits on the Board of Governors at Regent College and on the editorial boards of Radix and Presence magazines, and the journal Reflective Practice. Her most recent book is Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. With her husband Steve, she worships at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and has served there as an elder.

Courses Taught

  • SPIR 554 - Contemplative Listening

Media & Publications

Susan S. Phillips has served as Executive Director at New College Berkeley since 1994, and prior to that was the Academic Dean. Dr. Phillips is keenly interested in how we live our faith in daily life, drawing insight from the diverse fields of the social sciences, biblical spirituality, and practical theology. She is a sociologist and sees individuals for spiritual direction, teaches and writes in the field, serves as supervisor for spiritual directors, and consults for Christian organizations. Dr. Phillips enjoys teaching and speaking in many settings. In addition to being a regular contributor to summer classes at Regent College, she teaches at the Graduate Theological Union, Fuller Theological Seminary (Northern California), and San Francisco Theological Seminary (the program in the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction). Dr. Phillips sits on the Board of Governors at Regent College and on the editorial boards of Radix and Presence magazines, and the journal Reflective Practice. Her most recent book is Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. With her husband Steve, she worships at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and has served there as an elder.