Dissertations and Research

Completed Research and Writing

Our Ph.D. students in Religious Education come from a variety of cultural, ministerial, and faith backgrounds. The dissertations that they have produced and published are not only evidence of this, but they show the great depth and breadth the Ph.D. in Religious Education covers through coursework and other research opportunities. Below is just a sampling of the research and writing our Ph.D. students have completed via the dissertation: 

2016-2017

2016

Sakai, Nanako: WHEN THE EAST MEETS THE WEST: ART AS A MEDIUM FOR RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL EDUCATION; Mentor: Gloria Durka, Ph.D.

Charles Chesnavage: PRINCIPLES FROM INCULTURATION AS A KEY TO INTERRELIGIOUS PRAYER: BEING RELIGIOUSLY REVELATORY AND EDUCATIVE IN A DIVERSE WORLD; Mentor: Kieran Scott, Ed.D.

Alexandria Egler: PILGRIMAGE: SACRED MOVEMENT OF RELIGIOUS REVELATION AND EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION; Mentor: Kieran Scott, Ed.D.

Barbara Senecal-Davis: THE UNRESOLVED CONFLICT OVER REVELATION IN AMERICAN PROTESTANTISM: A PROPOSAL TO RE-SHAPE AND RE-IMAGINE THROUGH REVELATORY TEACHING-LEARNING; Mentor: Kirean Scott, Ed.D.  

2017

Pamela Garra: WICKED: DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE AS REVELATORY TEACHING LEARNING; Mentor: Kieran Scott, Ed.D.

Livinus Anweting: LEGITIMATION CRISIS, TRANSFORMATIVE TEACHING-LEARNING AND THE RE-GROUNDING OF AUTHORITY IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH; Mentor: Kieran Scott, Ph.D.  

Fred Abi-Hassoun: ON GOD'S HOLY MOUNTAIN: THE MARONITE PEOPLE ON PILGRIMAGE; Mentor: Kieran Scott, Ed.D.

Tenny Thomas: THE EDUCATING LITURGY: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE DIVINE LITURGY IN THE ORTHODOX WAY; Mentor: Harold Horell, Ph.D.

Jodi Hunt: EXPOSING THE DARKNESS- (RE)LIGHTING THE WAY: CYBERBULLYING AS A RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL ISSUE IN A CATECHETICAL CONTEXT; Mentor: Harold Horell, Ph.D.

Craig Smith: GOOD SPORTS: ATHLETICS AS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS; Mentor: Harold Horell, Ph.D.

2014-2015

2014

Helen Wolf: ABUNDANT GRACE: THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF PEER MINISTRY PROGRAMS AT CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Marc Swartvagher: RESPONSIBLE DISCIPLESHIP: THE CASE FOR A NEW RITE OF CONFIRMATION

Kevin Sandberg: LISTENING IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: THE GIFT OF SELF IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY

Dennis Gunn: TOWARD INFINITE HORIZONS OF WONDER: BERNARD LONERGAN'S PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION AND THE ROLE OF CRITICAL THINKING IN TEACHING RELIGION IN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

Tamara Henry: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AS RESISTANCE IN HIP-HOP FORM: A LIBERATIVE PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH FOR YOUTH

Derran Combs: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROMAN CATHOLIC IDENTITY IN THE UNITED STATES

Karen Brynes: EDUCATIONAL AND RELIGIOUS SANCTUARY: THE CHURCH AND YOUNG ADULT IDENTITY NEGOTIATION

2012-2013

2012

Bit-Ching Chiu Abraham: "YIN-YANG" (阴阳) INTERPLAY: A RENEWED FORMATION PROGRAM FOR THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN CHINA

Michael Robinson:SEEKING JUSTICE AND EMPOWERING THE POOR: AN AMERICAN BAPTIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Mentor Harold D. Horell, Ph.D.

Joseph Petrielo: INTO THE HOLY DARKNESS: IGNATIAN EDUCATION AND THE ADVENT OF JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY BY JOSEPH A. PETRIELLO

Maritza Ortiz Cruz: HUMAN SEXUALITY DEFINED WITHIN A BROADER CONTEXTUALIZED FRAMEWORK: PUERTO RICAN CULTURE AS A MODEL FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Kathleen Turner: AND WE SHALL LEARN THROUGH THE DANCE:" LITURGICAL DANCE AS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Violet Dease Lee: A MODEL OF LEADERSHIP FOR BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: A STUDY OF THE LEGACY OF OLIVIA PEARL STOKES

2013

Cyril Bayim: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR PREVENTION OF VIOLENT CONFLICTS IN BOKI LAND

Richard McGarry: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AT THE CINEPLEX: FILM AS SHOWING HOW

2010-2011

2010

Anselm Amandikwa: AGWA BU MMA: CHARACTER FORMATION AS THE PRINCIPAL GOAL OF TRADITIONAL EDUCATION (TOWARD A BALANCED EDUCATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE IGBO PEOPLE OF NIGERIA)

 Luz Ibarra: THE PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION OF JACQUES MARITAIN AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Eileen Ledford: YOUNG BLACK SINGLE MOTHERS AND THE PARENTING PROBLEMATIC: THE CHURCH AS MODEL OF FAMILY AND AS EDUCATOR

 Chrysogonus Nwele: FATHERHOOD AND A CHILD'S EDUCATION: EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF A FATHER'S ABSENCE ON THE SOCIAL, MORAL, AND RELIGIOUS LIVES OF CHILDREN

 Marco Roman: NURTURING A LIVING, EXPLICIT, AND FRUITFUL PROFESSION OF FAITH: THE BAPTISMAL CATECHUMENATE AS A COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN FORMATION

Izle Bulbika-King: EMBRACING THE DANCE: INTEGRATING SPIRITUALITY AND SEXUALITY IN SINGLE YOUNG ADULT WOMEN

 Donna Eschenauer: THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM: A ROMAN CATHOLIC WAY OF TEACHING HOW TO LIVE AND HOW TO DIE

 Muwwakkil Zakiya: SACRED GOSPEL AND THE SOKA GAKKAI: CORRELATING BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND BUDDHIST HUMANISM - IMPLICATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND THE ALLEVIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ETHNIC SUFFERING

Augustine Odimmegwa : WIDOWHOOD AND THE DIGNITY OF WOMANHOOD IN IGBOLAND: A PASTORAL CHALLENGE TO THE DISCIPLESHIP OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IGBOLAND

2011

Noel Effiong: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: A NEW APPROACH FOR FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Michael Bickford: JOHN H. WESTERHOFF III: A HUMANISTIC AND HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF HIS IMPACT ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Jeremy Pekari: RESHAPING LUTHERAN EDUCATION: A SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE

Carl Procario-Foley: THE TEACHING OF SOLIDARITY IN CATHOLIC HIGHER EDUCATION: ENGAGING HEARTS, TRANSFORMING LIVES, CHANGING SOCIETY

2008-2009

2008

Raynolds Basilious: PROPHETIC WITNESS IN INDIA: EMPOWERING PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOIUS FORMATION THROUGH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Miguel Gelpi : JESUIT HIGH SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITIES OF CHARACTER

Christian Ike: CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS

Joseph Kahumburu: ST. AUGUSTINE'S METHODS OF PREACHING: A MODEL FOR RENEWING THE PREACHING MINISTRY IN AN AFRICAN CONTEXT

Chukwube Okwuchukwu : RENEWING THE COMMUNITY AND FASHIONING THE INDIVIDUAL: A STUDY OF TRADITIONAL COMUNAL RECONCILIATION AMONG THE IGBO

Valerie Torres: FAMILIES EN LA LUCHA: THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY OF HISPANIC FAMILES IN NEW YORK CITY

2009 

Cynthia A. Nienhaus: TRANSFORMATIVE CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Anthony Onyekwelu: THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY AS A MODEL FOR FOSTERING AN ADULT CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF AWKWA IN NIGERIA

Matthew Ugwoji: INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIVES AND SOLIDARITY: CONTEXTUALIZING THE VISION OF FRANCIS CARDINAL ARINZE FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Christopher Adunchezor: THE CHURCH AND THE MARRIAGE RITE IN AWKA TOWN, NIGERIA: THE OKUKU-ONYE-UWA CONTROVERSY

Orla Hazra: EVOKING THE SPIRIT TO PRACTICE RELIGIOUSLY: SOMATIC AND NARRATIVE WAYS OF KNOWING FOR TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING IN A LIVING TRADITION

Niranjan Rodrigo: HOW RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY CAN RESTORE LOST TRUST AND FOSTER INTERDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS

2006-2007

2006 

Ann Judith Brady : JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IN A LAND OF PLENTY: A PLACE AT THE TABLE

Linda Davies: EDUCATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY: THE ARTISTIC, THE PEDAGOGICAL, AND SPIRITUAL FASHIONING OF A PEOPLE, THE WORK OF MARIA HARRIS

Philip Franco: THE TRADITIONAL ITALIAN FESTA: TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF COMMUNION AND CATECHESIS

Mark King: ROMAN CATHOLIC IDENTITY IN A PLURALISTIC AGE: ZEN AS A SPIRITUAL KEY OF THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OF ADULTS

Rebecca Buchanan: ANGELA MERICI: THE WAY OF AN URBAN PROPHET A PRE-MONDERN NARRATIV FOR A POST-MODERN WORLD

Timothy Edward Byerley: NEW TESTAMENT MODELS OF EVANGELIZATION AND EXPRESSION IN AMERICAN CATHOLICISM

Peter Anthony Cassaneto: THE DEACON: THE LIVING ICON OF JESUS, THE SERVANT, A CATECHESIS OF SERVICE MINISTRY

Ann Heekin: MARY PERKINS RYAN: TWENTIETH CENTURY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TO A NEW VISION OF CHURCH

Marylin Kravatz : CATECHESIS AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: SEARCHING FOR THE ABSENT PARTNER IN TH ENATIONAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS (2005): A CONSTRUCTIVE AND CRITICAL APPRAISAL

Ilona Micule: THE EMERGINGING ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF LATVIA

Anthony Ozele: NIGERIAN FAMILY ECOSYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE AS A FRAMEWORK FOR RELIGIOIUS EDUCATION AND PASTORAL MINISTRY IN THE NIGER DELTA REGION

Peter Osuagwu: THE EDUCATION OF THE WHOLE PERSON: THE IGBO MORAL PERSPECTIVE

Myrtle Power: A LAMP TO OUR FEET AND A LIGHT TO OUR PATH: CHRISTIANE BRUSSELMANS AND NARRATIVE IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

2007 

Antony Arulsamy: A VISION FOR FAMILY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR CHRISTIANS IN INDIA

Mary Hinton: THE VISIBLE INSTITUTION: THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN TWO MEGA CHURCH MINISTRIES

Karen Scialabba:THE EDUCATIONAL MISSION OF CATHOLIC PUBLISHING

Patrick Sexton: A VALIANT WOMEN: MARY MCALEESE, AN EDUCATOR OF THE PUBLIC

Fernando Arzola : A NEW CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR EVANGELICALS: REAPPROPRIATNG HISTORICALLY ORTHODOX TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES OF THE EARLY CHURCH

Francisco Bacatan: AN ANALYSIS OF THE DAYTOP THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY USING MARIA HARRIS'S KOINONIA CURRICULUM: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OF YOUTH

Erbin Fernandez: CATECHESIS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SINGAPORE: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY OF EMERGING FORMS

Francis Ibanga: CHILD LABOR IN NIGERIA: A RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL RESPONSE

Emmanuel Kallarackal: PEACE EDUCATION IN NORTHEAST INDIA: NESNIM AS A MODEL OF PEACE EDUCATION IN MULTI-ETHNIC SETTINGS

Michelle Kim Lee Kyung-Yoon: AN ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC OF LIFE-GIVING CREATIVITY INFORMED BY SCIENCE AND RELIGION

Mentor: Harold Horell, Ph.D.

Robert Parmach: LINKS TO A LOST INTERLOCUTOR: CREATIVE TENSION, SEXUAL INTELLIGENCE AND YOUNG ADULT MALE ROMAN CATHOLICS

Veronica Rayas: LA FAMILIAS CATECHESIS: THE MEXICAN AMERICAN FAMILY AS A PLACE OF CATECHESIS

Eleanor Sauers: SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA PARISH: A CASE STUDY FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF A ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH

2004-2005

2004 

Nestor Abog M.: THE FOUNDER'S VISION OF FORMATION IN THE CLERICS MINOR (1588-1632)

Linda Barrate: EILEEN EGAN: PORTRAIT OF THE LIFE, LIFESTANCE, AND PEDAGOGY OF A CATHOLIC PROPHET OF PEACE

Sr. Margaret Fanning, CSJ: THE EUCHARIST SACRAMENT OF TRANSFORMATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY TEACHING MINISTRY

Lasma Latsone : RENEWING PARISH EDUCATION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF LATVIA: IMPLEMENTING THE REFORMS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL

Lucinda Nolan : THE EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF SOFIA FAHS: A TRANSFORMATIVE APPROACH TO RELIGIOIUS EDUCATION

Stephen Shin Nam Kyung : SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: A STUDY OF THE MOVEMENT IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SEOUL

2005

Mark Ikeke Omorovie : REDESIGNING AN ECOLOSIDARITY AND INDIGENOUSLY INFORMED EDUCATION

Inga Belousa: SPIRITUALITY AS A DIMENSION OF EDUCATION: REIMAGINING AND RECONSTRUCTING TEACHER EDUCATION IN LATVIA

Jorge Diez: EDUCATING THE MULTICULTURAL ADULT LATINO COMMUNITY IN NEW YORK CITY: AN AUGMENTATIVE PEDAGOGY

Anthony Gatt R.: VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL: PROPHETIC AND PEDAGOGICAL VOICES IN EXILE?

Ivan Kaszcak : THE EDUCATION OF CLERGY IN THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH OF GALICIA 1882-1946

Sylvia Therese McGeary: PENTIMIENTO: LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY AND THE POLITICS OF NAMING

Anna Pranee Phokthavi: CONSECRATED LIFE AS RELATED TO FAMILY LIFE: PASCHAL MYSTERY PERSPECTIVE

Taylor Asley Dien: REIMAGINING THE TEACHING OF ECCLESIOLOGY IN YOUTH CONFIRMATION CLASSES OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD IN LIGHT OF TH EMISSOURI AFFIRMATIONS OF MARTIN LUTHER KRETZMAN

2002-2003

2002

Filipsone Anta: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF APPROACHES TO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SHOOLS OF POST-SOVIET LATIVIA

Ilisko Dzintra: AN ECOLOGICAL MODEL FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN LATVIA: AN ECOFEMINIST PERSPECTIVE

2003 

Chidili Udealo Bartholomew: THE VISION OF MERCY AMBA ODUGOYE AN AFRICAN FEMINIST THEOLOGIAN AND EDUCATIOR: PEDAGOGY OF HUMAN DIGNITY