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C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D.
Full Professor, B.A. University of Georgia; M.A., University of Georgia; Ph.D., Marquette University
Keating Hall Room 303M
Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., is a church historian and theologian. His research focuses on the intersection between three areas of concern: the communication of the Gospel, how to reform the church, and the importance of an eschatological perspective for Christian life. His publications have concentrated on ways to heal the growing divisions among members of the Catholic Church by drawing upon models of leadership from historical figures. Dr. Anderson has focused his research on the origins of the Franciscan movement as a means to understand the important development of lay ministry in the Church. He lectures nationally on issues related to spirituality, ecclesial reform, and evangelization. After spending several years as a scriptwriter and film producer, he has tried to find ways to recover the proper place of narrative in theology as a means to communicate the Catholic tradition to contemporary people.
Dr. Anderson has served as the academic dean of the Washington Theological Union, as a judge for Theological Studies, as an editorial advisor for Chicago Studies, and on the editorial board for New Theology Review. He has also been involved in the Roman Catholic/Jewish Dialogue for Ecumenical Institute of Chicago and the United States Roman Catholic/Pentecostal Dialogue. He is a member of the American Catholic Historical Association, Catholic Theological Society of America, American Academy of Religion, Medieval Sermon Society, Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, and The Medieval Academy of America. Prior to joining the Union, Dr. Anderson was chosen by the Vatican to be a member of the Apostolic Visitation of the U.S. Seminaries. He is the recipient of a 2008 Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada Book Award for history.
Thomas Beaudoin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion. B.A., University of Missouri; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, Ph.D., Boston College.
Keating Hall, Room 303H
Tom Beaudoin is Associate Professor of Religion in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University in New York City, where he teaches courses in philosophy of religion and theology.
His research focuses on how people learn to find something from their culture of special significance for making their way through life. He studies how experiences that are "secularly," "spiritually," or "religiously" important for people come about, are conceived, and make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Within this focus, he is drawn to the rich and complex interrelationship between (concepts and experiences of) "secular" practices and "spiritual" or "religious" practices and exercises. His research shows that the study of religion and its "others" (such as secularity or irreligion), when related critically to other fields, can help to creatively examine and appreciate these ideas and experiences of what matters most, and the accounts of ultimacy to which they may be tied. He is particularly drawn to researching how music influences what is otherwise taken to be the claiming power in people's lives. He is the author or editor of 4 books, and more that 80 journal articles, edited book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. A past chair of the Foucault Consultation and Practical Theology Group in the American Academy of Religion and the Practical Theology Group in the Catholic Theological Society of America, he is a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology.
Dr. Beaudoin has given more than 175 invited keynotes, lectures, and presentations; he is the recipient of numerous grants and honorary lectureships, and was awarded an honorary doctorate for his research on the spirituality of younger generations.
Kirk Bingaman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling. B.A., Messiah College; M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (Berkley), Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Keating Hall, Room 303E
Dr. Kirk Bingaman is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York, a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister. Dr. Bingaman currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Pastoral Psychology, and from 2008-2014 was co-chair of the Psychology, Culture, and Religion (PCR) group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). He is the author of several books, including Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension (2003, SUNY Press) and Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach (2007, Jason Aronson). His current research focuses on the application of neuroscientific findings to pastoral, spiritual, and clinical practice, which is the focus of his most recent book, The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care (2014, Lexington Books).
Dr. Bingaman is committed to helping students contextualize the practice of pastoral care and counseling in today's rapidly changing world. He helps students build from a broad theoretical and theological/spiritual base to include therapeutic approaches that address the pressing needs and issues of contemporary life. Dr. Bingaman's current research explores the application of contemplative neuroscience to the work of pastoral care and counseling, and the finding that regular contemplative-meditational practice enhances areas of the brain associated with health and well-being while quieting other areas associated with fear and anxiety. Additionally, he focuses on mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches for helping clients and congregants learn to cultivate more compassionate and less anxious and fearful perspectives about life.
Recent Publications by Dr. Bingaman include:
- The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Lexington Books, 2014.
- Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach, Jason Aronson, 2007.
- Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension, State University of New York (SUNY) Press, 2003.
Shannon McAlister, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spirituality. B.A., Thomas Aquinas; M.A., The Catholic University of America; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Keating Hall, Room 303N
Shannon M. McAlister, PhD, earned her MA in Historical and Systematic Theology and her PhD in Systematic Theology from The Catholic University of America, where she was the recipient of numerous awards and grants. She earned her BA at Thomas Aquinas College in California, where she immersed herself in its Great Books Curriculum.
Shannon McAlister's research focuses on uncovering the history of feminine-gendered language for God within the works of the Fathers, saints, and Doctors of the Church in the Latin West. She studies untranslated Latin texts in order to retrieve resources for contemporary Christian spirituality.
Dr. McAlister has over ten years of university-level teaching experience, and has enjoyed teaching religion, theology, and spirituality to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Francis McAloon, SJ, Ph.D.
SJ Associate Professor of Spirituality. BA, Stetson College; MDiv, Jesuit School of Theology; STM, Jesuit School of Theology; STL, Jesuit School of Theology; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union.
Keating Hall, Room 303G