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Gloria Durka


Director, Ph.D. Program in Religious Education

BA, Medaille College
MA, Fordham University
Ph.D,  New York University

Awards, Honors
New York University Founders’ Day Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, England
Religious Book Award
National Catechetical Leadership Award, Sadlier
Bene Merenti, Fordham 

Gloria Durka, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Education, has been elected to the International Board of Consulting Editors for the Australian Journal of Religious Education. She is also currently serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Beliefs and Values (published in the UK), PANORAMA: The International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Values (published in Germany), and the Journal of Teacher Education (published in Latvia).

Professor Durka teaches courses in the foundations of religious education.  Her research interests include issues related to feminism, the arts, family and  community, and inter-religious education. A frequent speaker at religious education conferences, and a regular presenter at academic meetings, she has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. She is the author of more than 100 articles, and has published 13 books, including The Teacher’s Calling (2001), Education, Religion and Society (2006) (co-ed.), International Handbook of the Religious, Spiritual and Moral Dimensions of Education (2006) (co-ed.).  Her latest publication (March, 2010) is a two-volume work, International Handbook on Inter-religious Education, co-edited with colleagues from Australia and England.  It is comprised of 72 articles written by international Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu scholars.   Her works have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Portuguese.  Past President of the Association of Professors and Researchers of Religious Education (APRRE), she is currently serving as President of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, (ISREV), an academic association of Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars from 33 countries.  She is a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Beliefs and Values:  Studies in Religion and Religious Education, Wales; PANORAMA:  International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Values, Germany; Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainable Development, Latvia.

The courses she teaches at GSRRE include:
  • Foundations of Religious Education
  • Community, Family and Religious Education 
  • Family Ministry:  Special Questions
  • Research Methods in Religious Education 
  • Spirituality and the Arts
  • Art in Religion and Education 
  • Parish Education:  Ministry and Leadership

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