Teaching

I am the Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Franciscan School of Theology, a seminary and graduate school in the Franciscan tradition. Like my colleagues here, I help students see the connections between faith and lived reality.

The courses I teach include Social Ethics: Religion and Transformation, Professional Ethics, Ministering to American Catholics, Fundamental Moral Theology and a variety of ministry seminars. These latter seminars are for our M.Div. students and help them integrate the hands-on experiences from their supervised ministry placements with their academic learning as well as with a number of pastoral skills, including intercultural competence, leadership and spirituality.

Before coming to my current position, I taught at several other institutions. At Santa Clara University, a Jesuit school, I taught Solidarity in the Community (service learning), Religion in the United States and Theology of Marriage; I still occasionally teach this final course online. I was also in the sociology department at Santa Rosa Junior College, teaching Sociology of Family and Modern Social Problems. Finally, I received two teaching fellowships at the Graduate Theological Union, where I taught Marriage and Family as well as Religion and Social Transformation.