Reverend Jason Richard Curry, Ph.D.


Dr. Jason Richard Curry currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditations at Fisk University. Dr. Curry previously served as the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Fisk University, as well as, the Director of Institutional Research at Kentucky State University from 2001-2003.

As the Dean of the Fisk Memorial Chapel (2003-Present), Dr. Curry provides leadership in the area of religious and spiritual life at Fisk University. Dr. Curry published the Star Book for Pastoral Counseling in 2013 (Judson Press), and he has published over one- hundred articles in the Tennessee Tribune newspaper. Dr. Curry is a former pastor, and he is a licensed and ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Curry has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Curry is married to Mrs. Angela Greene Curry, Esq. They are the proud parents of Samuel, John and Nia Curry.

Professional Experience

2003-Present           Dean of the Chapel, Fisk University, Nashville, TN

2013-Present           Senior Leader Team, Fisk University

2013-Present           Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Fisk University

2010-Present           Assistant Professor of Psychology, Fisk University, Nashville, TN

2005-2010                President's Counsel, Fisk University

2005-2008                Director, Ethical Leadership Institute, Fisk University, Nashville, TN

2003-2008                Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Fisk University,

2001-2003                Director, Institutional Research, Kentucky State University,

Frankfort Kentucky

1998-2000                Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Tennessee State University,

Nashville, TN

1994-1995                President of Harambee, (Organization of African-American Seminarians at                              Harvard Divinity School), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Academic Presentations:
2009               Presenter, “Strategic Planning” at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio
2008               Presenter, “Leveraging Grants to Do SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Work.” Clark Atlanta University Faculty Development Center. 3rd Annual Teaching and Learning for Empowerment Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. January 16-18, 2008.
2005-2008    Presenter, Area of Spiritual Life and the Ethical Leadership Institute, FiskUniversity  Board of Trustees, Committee On Global and Community Engagement, Fisk University, Nashville, TN 
2007               Participant, The United Negro College Fund/Mellon Foundation Faculty Teaching and Learning Institute sponsored by Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
2007               Discussion Facilitator, "The Principles of Ethical Leadership,” lecture was given during the Leadership Training section of Camp Empowerment at the Westwood Baptist Church, Summer Enrichment Program, Nashville, TN
2007               Presenter, "Ethical Leadership In the Global Community," The Fisk University Faculty-Staff Institute, Fisk University.
2006               Presenter, at the Young Men’s Conference sponsored by Dr. Karen Bearden and the National Center for African American Leadership,  Kentucky State University, Frankfort Kentucky
2003               Presenter, Paper titled “Institutional Research and the Wider Community: The Importance of Collaborative Effort.”  Conference on Institutional Research in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Spelman College, Living and Learning Center.
2003               Presenter, Paper titled “An Inquiry Concerning the Validity of the Religious Association Scale and the Validity of Self-Reports Among Substance Abusers." Southeastern Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chattanooga, TN
1999               Participant, Discussion with former Vice-President Al Gore and Divinity School Students, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN  
1994               Participant, Graduate Student Research Conference in African Studies,Boston University, Boston, MA
1991               Participant, Alexander Crummell Summer Humanities Seminars, Boston University, Boston, MA
1989               Summer Research Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,Columbia University, NY, NY


Honors and Awards:

2007               Recipient, UNCF/Mellon Foundation Stipend

2003               Dissertation Fellow, Fund for Theological Education

2001               Inductee, Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers, Morehouse College

1997-1999    University Graduate Fellow, Vanderbilt University

1998               Outstanding Young Americans

1994-1996    Benjamin E. Mays Scholarship, Fund for Theological Education

1993-1996    Scholarship from Office of Admissions, Harvard Divinity School,

1991-1992    Golden Key National Honor Society

1991-1992    Dean’s List

1991-1992    Who’s Who Among College Students,

1991               Scholarship Recipient, Morehouse College Chapel Assistants

1991-1992    Vice-President, Morehouse College Scholars Program

1990-1991    Junior Class President

1990               All Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Track

1989               All Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football, Academic Team


Curry, Jason R. The Star Book for Pastoral Counseling. Judson Press, 2103.


“Forward” published in Now They Call Me Reverend by Sidney F. Bryant. Nashville:

OMNI PublishXpress, 2006.


Curry, Jason. “The Essence of Holy Communion” in the Journal of Christian Education. Nashville: African Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday School Union, 2006. Volume 67, Number 1.


“An Inquiry Concerning the Validity of the Religious Association Scale and the Validity of Self-Reports Among Substance Abusers.” The A.M.E. Church Review. Edited by Dennis Dickerson.  Vol. CXIX. July – September 2003


“The Resurrection published in Revival: A Journal of Expository Discourse on Specific

Topics Relating to The African Diaspora.  A publication at Harvard University which includes an article written by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: W.E.B. Dubois Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department at Harvard University. 


The following articles were published in the Tennessee Tribune Newspaper.


November 25-December 1, 2010

Giving Thanks to God with Head, Heart and Hands

December 2-8, 2010

A Time of New Beginnings

December 9-15, 2010

The Special Calling of a Christian Leader

December 16-22 2010

Reclaiming the Power of Intercessory Prayer

December 23-29, 2010

Remembering to Keep Christ in Christmas

December 30-January 5, 2011

Preparing to Receive God's Blessings in the New Year

January 6-12, 2011

The Abiding Presence of God in the New Year

January 13-19, 2011

Striving for Perfection in the New Year

January 20-26, 2011

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr


February 3-9, 2011

The Season of Epiphany and the Presence of an Immanent God

February 10-16, 2011

Divine Inspiration for a Postmodern Generation: The Importance of Christian Education

February 17-23, 2011

Studying to Show Ourselves Approved: The Necessity of Individual, Corporate and Consistent Bible Study

February 24-March 2, 2011

Seeing our Divine Potential Through the Lenses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

March 3 - 9, 2011

Remembering Ash Wednesday as We Prepare for the Season of Lent

March 10-16, 2011

The Significance of Fasting During the Season of Lent

March 17-23, 2011

Embracing a Peace that Passes All Understanding

March 24-30, 2011

Love Keeps No Record of Wrong: The Power and Necessity of Forgiveness 

March 31-April 6, 2011

Embracing Your Divine Destiny

April 7-13, 2011

Giving the Best of Our Service

April 14-20, 2011

A New Kind of King: The Significance of Palm Sunday

April 21-27, 2011

Giving Thanks for the Hope that Easter Brings

April 28- May 4, 2011

Being an Ambassador for Christ

May 5-11, 2011

Putting on The Helmet of Salvation: Recognizing and Receiving God’s Love

May 12-18, 2011

Defending against Discouragement and Despair: Picking Up the Shield of Faith

May 19-25, 2011

Wearing our Shoes of Peace: Embracing the Love-Ethic of Jesus the Christ

May 26-June 1, 2011

The Challenge of Keeping God First: Putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness

June 2-8, 2011

The Problem of Personal Perspective and the Challenge of Embracing God’s Universal Truth

June 9-15, 2011

Switching from Defense to Offense: Making Excellent Use of the Sword of the Sprit

June 16-22, 2011

From Attack to Achievement: Suggestions for Overcoming a Crisis in Faith 

June 23-29, 2011

Asking the Lord to Order Our Steps: The Importance of Choosing the Right Theological Virtue

June 30-July 6, 2011

The Difference Between Being Alone and Lonely: The Reality of an Ever-Present God

July 7-13, 2011

The Local, National and International Implications of God’s Omnipresence

July 14-20, 2011

Why we remain Christians: The Reality of God’s Omnipotence

July 21-27, 2011

Finding God’s Perfect Will in an Imperfect World: The Power of an Omniscient God

July 28-August 3, 2011

Telling the Lord All About It:  Renewal and Reconciliation Through Confession 

August 4-10, 2011

It’s Not Who You Know, or What You Know, It’s Who You Are: The Importance of Character

August 11-17, 2011

The Serenity Prayer (Part 1 of 3): Working toward Acceptance

August 18-24, 2011

The Serenity Prayer (Part 2 of 3): Finding the Courage to Change through Prayer

August 25-31, 2011

The Serenity Prayer (Part 3 of 3): Five Reasons to Seek God’s Wisdom

September 1-7, 2011

Avoiding Cults and Embracing Christ: The Importance of Knowing Your Church’s Doctrine

September 8-14, 2011

Hearing Heaving Rejoice: The Value of Leading One Person Back to God

September 15-21, 2011

Exchanging a Cross for a Crown: The Personal and Corporate Rewards of Sacrifice for the

September 22-28, 2011

Coming Back to our First Love: Remembering the Joy of our Salvation through Jesus Christ

September 29-October 5, 2011

The Death Penalty and the Beloved Community: Two Incompatible Ideas 

October 6-12, 2011

The Poor Will Always Be With You: The Challenge and Call of Kingdom Building

October 13-19, 2011

Recognizing and Embracing God’s Anointing Wherever It May Be Found

October 20-26, 2011

Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits: Avoiding the Paralysis of Analysis

October 27-November 2, 2011

From Retribution to Reconciliation: The Importance of the New Testament

November 3-9, 2011

From Retribution to Reconciliation: The Importance of the New Testament

November 10-16, 2011

Competitive Christians and the Role and Value of Service

November 17-23, 2011

Healing on the Sabbath: The Difference between Religion and Spirituality

November 24-30, 2011

Can These Bones Live?  The Value of a Prophetic Ministry

December 1-7, 2011

Leading with Love: Embracing the Model of the Good Shepherd

December 8-14, 2011

Unprecedented Challenges and an Extraordinary God: Lessons from the Prophet Daniel

December 15-21, 2011

Three Kinds of Christian Giving

December 22-28, 2011

The Meaning and Majesty of the Messiah: Giving thanks for Christmas

December 29-January 4, 2012

Remembering the God who Remembered Us


January 12-18, 2012

And on the Seventh Day God Rested: The Importance of Getting Rest

January 19-25, 2012

Showing Love Toward Our Enemies: Jesus our Model to Live By

January 26-February 1, 2012

Jesus Loved His Disciples: The Role and Necessity of Mentors

February 2-8, 2012

Giving Thanks for the Manna: Jesus the Bread of Life

February 9-15, 2012

From Rejection to Rejoicing: The Significance of the Cornerstone

February 16-22, 2012

Preparation for a Transformation: The Joy of Preparing to Serve

February 23-29, 2012

Receiving Human and Divine Restoration through the Power of Forgiveness

March 1-7, 2012

Recompense and Reflection, Repentance and Renewal During the Season of Lent

March 8-14, 2012

Clarifying our Vision: Asking God for a Second Blessing

March 15-21, 2012

Curing the Soul's Diseases: Avoiding Anger and Pursuing Prayer During Lent

March 22-28, 2012

Returning a Gift and Receiving a Blessing: Asking God for Discernment

March 29-April 4, 2012

Reverence for all Human Life: Remembering Trayvon Martin

April 5-11, 2012

Generosity that is Grounded in Gratitude: Giving Thanks for Palm Sunday

April 12-18, 2012

Evidence of an Abiding Love, Easter and the Meaning of Change

April 19-25, 2012

Establishing Priorities through the Holy Spirit: Lessons from Mary and Martha

April 26-May 2, 2012

Children of the King: Teaching. Supporting and Protecting African-American Children

May 3-9, 2012

Forever Focused on the Father: Overcoming Obstacles to Kingdom Building

May 10-16, 2012

Little David Play on That Harp: The Need for Religious Music

May 17-23, 2012

New Birth and Old Behavior, The Challenge of Christian Commitment

May 24-30, 2012

When We All Get to Heaven: Why Eternal Life Still Matters

May 31- June 6, 2012

Looking for a Bountiful Harvest: Sowing and Reaping for the Gospel's Sake

June 7-13, 2012

God's Grace is Still Sufficient: The Benefits of Being Content

June 14-20, 2012

Returning from Exile: Taking the First Step back to Church

June 21-27, 2012

Rebuilding for Rebirth: The Importance of Staying the Course

June 28-July 4, 2012

Purchasing a Purpose: Money and the Limitations of Worldly Power

July 5-11, 2012

Taking the High Road: Integrity is Integral to Success

July 12-18, 2012

Giving God the Glory for the Meaningful, Manifestation of Miracles

July 19-25, 2012

Overcoming Evil with the Power, Presence and Persistence of Love

July26-Aug. 1, 2012

The Bible: Still a Companion for the Complex Christian

August 2-8, 2012

Don't Despair God Cares: Casting Our Burden's Upon the Lord

August 9-15, 2012

The Harvest that comes from Holiness: Consecrating Ourselves for Service

August 16-22, 2012

The Privilege of God's Presence: Humility and Christian Service

August 23-29, 2012

Corrected by Christ: Allowing the Redeemer to Reform our Behavior

August 30-Sept.5, 2012

Praising God through our Professions: Glorifying God in the Workplace

September 6- 12, 2012

Making a Better World: African-Americans, Voting and the Christian Message

September 13-19, 2012

I Too Sing America: African-American Heroes and 9/11

September 20-26, 2012

No Pain no Gain: The Value of Redemptive Suffering through Christ

September 27- October 3, 2012

Purposeful Planning for our Lives: From Crisis to Confidence through Christ

October 4-10, 2012

The Moral Minority: Being Counted Among a Remnant of Righteous People

October 11-17, 2012

Increasing the Investment: Enhancing God's Gift Placed Within Us

October 18-24, 2012

Triumph over Temptation: There is Power in the Word

October 25-31, 2012

Predestined for Goodness and Greatness: God's Enduring Love for Humanity

November 1-7, 2012

A Spiritual Makeover from the Potter Hands: Renewal through Repentance

November 8-14, 2012

God's Presence in Sacred and Secular Circles: Heeding Good Advice

November 15-21, 2012

Let Your Gentleness be Evident to All: Displaying a Christian Spirit  

November 22-28, 2012

Revelations of Inspiration: Implementing Your Vision from the Lord  

November 29-December 5, 2012

From Milk to Meat: Shepherding a New Generation of Christians  

December 6-12, 2012

Trial by Fire: Increasing our Faith in God Day by Day

December 13-19, 2012

The Glass is Half Full: Seeing the Good in Everyone 

December 20-27, 2012

The Holy Spirit as Comforter: Remembering the Families of Newtown, Connecticut 

December 27, 2012-January 2, 2013

The Meaning, Message and Miracle of the Messiah

Dr. Curry: Profile

Reverend Dr. Jason Richard Curry, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditations
Dean of Fisk Memorial Chapel

2005   Doctor of Philosophy, Religion and Personality
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
1996   Master of Divinity Degree, Harvard University
The Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
1992   Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Double Major: Philosophy and Religion
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

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