The Department's Contribution
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies currently serves approximately 1,700 students in an average of 64 undergraduate courses per semester. We do this with nineteen tenured and tenure-track faculty (all of whom have Ph.D.'s), approximately fifteen adjunct faculty, and one executive assistant.
We have averaged about 25 majors since Fall 1999. Many of these have students been double majors, students electing to enrich or focus another major with the knowledge and skills particular to theology and religious studies. We have also averaged approximately 34 minors over the same period. As noted above, we also serve a large number of students in their theology and religious studies core curriculum requirements.
Our faculty have national and international reputations for their scholarship. Our list of publications is impressive, as is the scope of our research. Given our subject matter, “internationalization” is second nature to our faculty. During breaks and sabbaticals, THRS faculty have done research and given invited talks in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Colombia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Finland, among other countries.
Our faculty serve on the editorial boards of such publications as the Blackwell Religion Compass, the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, the Irish Theological Quarterly, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, Louvain Studies, and Revista Teológica Reflexión y Liberación. They have been invited plenary speakers at meetings of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the College Theology Society. They have received NEH and Lilly Endowment grants and held fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. We have a colleague appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as commissioner of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches USA. Another colleague is consultant to the USCCB’s Committee on Bible Translations and Imprimaturs and a member of USCCB’s National Supervisory Board for the Revision and Use of the New American Bible. As of summer 2007, two members of our faculty received honorary doctorates.
Since 1994-95, our faculty have been awarded eleven University Professorships, including three of seven awarded in 2001-02. In 2009-10, four of our colleagues were awarded Faculty Research Grants providing release time for research; an additional three will be taking advantage of Steber Professorship funds for research release time.