Dr. Steven D. Mason joined the Department of Theology at LeTourneau University in 2006 after spending four years in St. Andrews, Scotland, pursuing a Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies. Dr. Mason’s excellence in both teaching and scholarship coupled with his ability to connect with students make him a favorite in and out of the classroom. He has taught twelve different Bible classes at LeTourneau such as Biblical Hebrew, the Pentateuch, Biblical Covenants, Old Testament Prophets, and Advanced Hermeneutics, and he consistently teaches in the university’s Honors College. Dr. Mason has an impressive record of publications and presentations in the field of biblical studies, represented in particular by his book entitled Eternal Covenant in the Pentateuch: The Contours of an Elusive Phrase, published by T&T Clark in 2008. He is currently working on another book under contract with Wipf & Stock Publishers on the topic of covenant in Isaiah, which is to be completed in early 2014.
Dr. Mason has served well on a number of university committees and special assignments. His leadership among his peers was officially recognized when he was voted president-elect of the Teaching Faculty Organization before serving as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Since then, he has assumed the important role of associate provost & dean of faculty.
Dr. Mason is committed not only to Christian education and scholarship, but also to church life and discipleship. He is a licensed minister and involved in leadership at One Hope Presbyterian in Longview. He and his wife, Bonnie, both graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and Baylor University, have three children (Caroline, William and Christopher), and enjoy conducting marriage preparation courses for engaged couples. While in Dallas, Dr. Mason served on Young Life staff and coached athletics at Providence Christian School of Texas. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he was an All-City quarterback and second baseman at Churchill High School. He is still an avid Spurs fan and is serious about his fantasy football. And, if you happen to see Dr. Mason on the street, don’t be fooled—it could be his identical twin brother, Lyle.
“My wife and I are delighted to have been called to serve LeTourneau University, an institution which unites academic excellence and spiritual formation within a distinctly Christian environment. I consider it a privilege to serve the university and its students in both administrative and faculty leadership. I look back upon my own college experience and remember how greatly I benefited from personal relationships with professors and others who shared their lives with me and quickly became spiritual mentors and models of the Christian faith. These individuals not only instilled biblical knowledge, but also biblical wisdom. Linked arm and arm with faculty and staff here, I hope to do the same for this generation of students at LeTourneau University; and in turn, be mutually strengthened and encouraged towards love and good deeds.”
As associate provost and dean of faculty, Dr. Steven D. Mason is tasked with a range of leadership responsibilities at LeTourneau University. He assists and supports the provost in implementing the university’s strategic plan and academic initiatives across the six schools and within all support services. He also shares the provost’s responsibility of overseeing the recruitment, development, and performance of school deans, faculty, and academic administrators, as well as the university’s promotion and tenure process. Dr. Mason is the academic officer most directly responsible for fostering the overall growth, effectiveness, recognition, and well-being of the faculty while serving as the faculty’s advocate within the university. The areas of direct report to the associate provost & dean of faculty are faculty development and scholarship, the university honors college, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The associate provost and dean of faculty reports directly to the provost and is a member of the President’s Cabinet.