Philip Benesch, Ph.D.
Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of political science and director of the law and society program at Lebanon Valley College, completed undergraduate and graduate studies at University College London and the London School of Economics, respectively. He joined the LVC faculty in 2005 after completing a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Delaware.
Benesch recently presented at conferences in the Czech Republic and United Kingdom, published the book, “The Viennese Socrates: Karl Popper and the Reconstruction of Progressive Politics,” and is completing a post-graduate law degree. However, Benesch regards his work as a teacher and mentor as primary.
The College’s prelaw advisor, Benesch teaches constitutional law, political philosophy, law and legal philosophy, and multi-disciplinary seminars. His distinctive classroom approach requires students to lead class and introduce topics. He describes himself as a “non-hostile provocateur and an enthusiastic facilitator of student learning,” encouraging his students to recognize and cope with uncertainty and the openness of knowledge. He is committed to a broad liberal arts education, convinced that students should explore ideas and develop critical and ethical reasoning capabilities.
With his colleague Dr. Diane Johnson, Benesch initiated LVC’s participation in the European Union Simulation–a high impact program that gives students experience with political and diplomatic negotiations and institutional policy-making at an annual Washington, D.C. conference.
Benesch “incorporates experiential learning as a powerful transformational teaching tool,” and has mentored dozens of students placed at law offices, politicians’ offices and campaigns, with lobbyists, museums, archives, interest groups, media organizations, and in prestigious and paid fellowships at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Carol Lytch, Ph.D.
The Rev. Dr. Carol E. Lytch is the 11th president of Lancaster Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United States Presbyterian Church with standing in Donegal Presbytery. She is a nationally recognized leader in theological education.
Lytch is a cum laude
graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned her master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She studied in Scotland at St. Andrews University and the University of Edinburgh, and completed her Ph.D. in Christian ethics and sociology of religion from Emory University. Her doctoral research focused on factors that influence teenagers to embrace a church-related Christian commitment, a topic that has continued to inform her scholarship in subsequent years. Lytch authored the book, “Choosing Church: What Makes a Difference to Teens?”
Prior to her appointment at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lytch served as assistant executive director of the Association of Theological Schools, the accrediting agency for theological schools in the United States and Canada. She previously served as coordinator of the Lilly Endowment’s Program for Strengthening Congregational Leadership and as visiting scholar and researcher-in-residence at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Lytch speaks on a variety of topics including theological education, opportunities and challenges for mainline Protestant churches, and faith formation in young adults.
In 2011, Lytch described her interest in working with Lancaster Theological Seminary as an opportunity to engage many audiences to “the aspirations of seminary so that dreams are fulfilled beyond all that we ask or imagine.”