Dr Flynn is an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at St. Joseph's College (University of Alberta). He is also the Academic Dean at St. Joseph's College.
As an administrator, Flynn is responsible for the leadership and administration of all aspects of the academic operations of the College, including budget and fund development. In this context he oversees the academic budget for 2600 seats at the University of Alberta, 9 tenured/tenure track faculty, 20 sessionals, over 50 University of Alberta Arts option classes per year, Academic staff, a Library integrated with the UofA and NEOS system, and Library budget/library staff. In this role he has helped the community raise enrolment by 19%, and engaged more external partnerships for the benefit of the College. He also serves as Acting President when needed.
Flynn's broad area of research and academic publishing focuses on the formation of Israelite beliefs during the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE). He employs a comparative analysis between the Hebrew Bible and its larger cultural matrix, primarily Mesopotamia, to explore emerging and shifting ideas of divinity.
His first monograph with Brill explored developments in the Israelite expression of God as king. He has also completed a book on children in the Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia with Oxford University Press, compiled an edited a collection on the same topic, and is finalizing another book on the historical circumstances of ancient divinity for Routledge. He also has articles in peer-reviewed journals such as: Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Biblica, and Irish Theological Quarterly. In his field he has also contributed multiple essays to edited collections, and has completed 12 dictionary entries as well as 16 book reviews.
Dr. Flynn also gives attention to critical scholarship's incorporation into Catholic biblical interpretation.
Dr. Flynn studied English Literature at UNBC, Biblical Studies at TWU, and began doctoral work at Trinity College Dublin, completing a PhD at the University of Toronto in the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. He was also a researcher in residence at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem. Shawn was born in British Columbia, and has appreciated living in beautiful places. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.