Jane Ellen Nickell

Title: Chaplain Emerita
Department: Spiritual and Religious Life
Degrees: B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College; M.Divinity, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., Drew University

Contact Info:
Email: jnickell@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-2800
visit my blog: A Nickell for your Thoughts

Office Location: Campus Center 313D

Office Hours, Courses and Further Contact Information


“Making Shalom: The Body of Christ within the Household of God,” in The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace, ed. Matthew Charlton and M. Kathryn Armistead (UMC General Board of Higher Education, 2016)

We Shall Not Be Moved: Methodist Debate Race, Gender and Homosexuality (Wipf and Stock, 2014)

“Cries of Creation,” in Ecospirit, ed. by Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller (Fordham University Press, 2007)

Our Bodies, Christ’s Body: Sexuality and Embodiment in First Corinthians
, a Bible study for young adults (United Ministries in Higher Education, 2002)


  • Review of Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics,
    and Sexuality
    , by Ashley Boggan Dreff, in Wesley and Methodist Studies, 2020, Vol. 12, No. 1.

  • “The Earth Is the Lord’s: Planning Creation-sensitive Worship,” Worship Arts, March-April 2002
  • “Ecological Reform: What George W. Can Learn from John W.,” Zion’s Herald, November-December 2001, Vol. 175, No. 6
  • “Being Open to Others: Worship in a Multifaith Context,” Liturgy, Fall 2000, Vol. 16, No. 2

 Papers Presented

  • Defining Moments: Resistance to Changing Social Structures, United Methodist Scholars for an Inclusive Church (August 2019)
  • “A Wesleyan Oikos Ethic,” American Academy of Religion, Wesleyan Studies Group, (November 2013)
  • “Clinging to the Rock: Social Change and Methodist Leadership,” Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting (August 2012)
  • “Religious Roots of Appalachian Environmental Problems: Lynn White Jr. in Context,” Allegheny College Faculty Lecture Series (March 2007)

Other Presentations

  • “A Gateway to Community, Cultures, and careers,” Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. (NetVUE) National Conference, Indianapolis (March 2013)
  • “A View from the East: Contributions from Islam and Asian Religions,” The Marcellus Shale from the Perspective of Environmental Ethics, Duquesne University (November 2012)