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Theological Studies, Education, and Ministry


Goal 4 of the Integrated Strategic Plan states: Santa Clara University will become one of the nation's leading universities advancing Catholic theological studies, education, and ministry.

A previous advisory committee for Goal 4 identified a number of strategies to support this aspiration— including the establishment of scholarships and an endowed professorship—which have been incorporated into the campaign priorities. The Implementation Committee for Advancing Contemporary Theological Studies, Education, and Ministry, includes faculty and staff, some of whom also served on the earlier Goal 4 advisory committee, to consider additional ways of pursuing this goal by building on new, unanticipated developments, such as the release of the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, that has sparked a global conversation about environmental justice.

The committee will: (a) examine the changing environment in theological studies, education, and ministry; (b) identify opportunities based on an understanding of SCU’s strengths, location, and interests; (c) develop proposals for specific initiatives and resources requirements; and (d) consult with stakeholders throughout the process. The committee will submit its recommendations in May 2016.

Jerome Baggett
Professor of Religion and Society, Jesuit School of Theology

Alison Benders
Associate Dean, Jesuit School of Theology

Marco Bravo
Associate Professor, Department of Education

David DeCosse
Director of Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Co-Chair)

David Gray
Chair and Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department

Stephen Johnson
Director of Character Education, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Senior Lecturer, Department of Education

Gary Macy
Chair: John Nobili, S.J. Professor of Theology, Religious Studies Department and Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Lisa Millora
Senior Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Provost’s Office Relations, Provost’s Office (Co-Chair)

Paula Mitchell
Director of Catholic Education Partnerships, Department of Education

Lucila Ramos-Sanchez
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology

Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley
Director of Bannan Institutes, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education