Paschalis Gkortsilas

Personal details


Date of Birth:

5th January 1985





University of Exeter- Exeter, UK

PhD candidate, Department of Theology and Religion. Dissertation title: John Chrysostom and the Greeks: Hellenism and Greek philosophy in the rhetoric of John Chrysostom


Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology- Brookline, MA

Exchange Student


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Thessaloniki, Greece

MA in Church History & History of Doctrine. Thesis title: Τhe Song of Songs in Origen’s hermeneutics (summa cum laude)


Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology- Brookline, MA

Exchange Student


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Thessaloniki, Greece

BA  in Theology (summa cum laude)


Professional/research experience

September 21 2014 - present:

Application Support Assistant, Career Zone, University of Exeter

  • CV and Cover Letter development and reviews

  • Helping students complete graduate-level application forms

May 2014 - September 4 2015:

Community Ambassador, Iron Bridge Studios, Exeter

Responsibilities included:

  • Advise students of their responsibilities regarding fire safety and community relations issues

  • Advise students of good practice in personal safety

  • To maintain a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to the accommodation

  • Conduct show flat viewings

  • Plan and develop interactive and engaging activities/ events for residents for the year

  • Host community building events

  • Providing accurate and up-to-date information and support to prospective students, parents, current residents and visitors 

  • Provide administrative work as required by the Accommodation Management team

October 2013 - September 2014:

University of Exeter Theology and Religion Chair (Postgraduate Research)

  • Postgraduate representative for the Department of Theology and Religion, responsible for chairing liaison forums between staff and students.  

  • Member of the Language Training for Academic Purposes Committee, College of Humanities.

  • Attended graduate strategy meetings of the College of Humanities and academic affairs meetings between the Students' Guild and the University administration.

September 1 2010 - August 30 2013:

Malia High School, Malia, Greece

High School Religion Teacher

November 2009 - August 2010:

Hellenic Army, 194th Multiple Rocket Launcher Battalion (MLRS)

Mandatory Military Service

September 2008 - December 2008:

Thessaloniki, Greece

Research assistant in the program “Documentation and promotion of Orthodox civilization.” Academic journals digitisation program under the auspices of the European Union and the Orthodox Diocese of Thessaloniki

January 2008 - July 2008:

Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center-Brookline, MA

Library assistant


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Scholars’ Association


Georges Florovsky Society of Patristic and Historical Studies

Cofounder and President. Speakers during my tenure: Profs Noam Chomsky, John Manoussakis, Philipp Renczes S.J., John Cotsonis and Predrag Cicovacki


American Society of Church History