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STRS Proudly Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2008

This fall the School of Theology and Religious Studies will be adding five new assistant professors to our faculty in the areas of Biblical Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Systematic Theology. STRS has also hired two new associate professors in the areas of Biblical Studies and Church History. We look forward to working with all of them in the coming semester.

Joshua Benson received his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University in 2007 where he focused on medieval theology, especially the thought of Saint Bonaventure. He also holds an MA in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute (St. Bonaventure University, 2002) and a BA in Philosophy (Canisius College, 2000). Joshua has taught at Saint Louis University and Saint Bonaventure University. During the 2007-2008 academic year he taught at St. Louis University and worked on a project to create a multi-lingual database of the landmark series Francis of Assisi: Early Documents and Clare of Assisi: Early Documents. He has published in the journal Franciscan Studies on Saint Bonaventure's thought and writings and has numerous articles forth coming on Bonaventure and other Franciscan thinkers of the thirteenth century. Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, he has deep roots in the Buffalo, New York area where he met his wife, Shari. He will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology.

David Bosworth is a Washington, DC-area native who received his B.A. (1994) in Liberal Studies at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. He began graduate work at Catholic University in 1997 where he earned his M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2003) in Biblical Studies, specializing in Old Testament. He taught at Mount St. Mary's University while in graduate school. After graduation, he taught a semester at Catholic University before moving to Florida where he served on the faculty of the Department of Theology at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL for four years before joining the CUA faculty in 2008. His book The Story within the Story in Biblical Hebrew Narrative is forthcoming in the Catholic Biblical Monograph Series and he is the author of several articles. He is currently researching King David and maintains interests in Hebrew narrative, Hebrew poetry, Genesis-Kings, Psalms, pre-exilic prophets, (proto)apocalyptic literature, the Bible and politics, and religion and violence. He is currently researching King David, and joins the faculty as an Assistant Profesor of Old Testament.

A member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and originally from Philadelphia, PA, Sr. Mary Ann Clarahan will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Catechetics. For the past twelve years she has lived in Rome, Italy. There Sr. Clarahan taught religion in an international high school for two years and then began her license and doctoral studies at Sant'Anselmo, in the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy. During the past several years, she has had the opportunity to teach within several pontifical institutes: Regina Mundi, the Gregorian and Angelicum universities and at the Beda College. Dr. Clarahan is happy to return to the Catholic University of America where she did her M.A. in Liturgical Studies

Hellen Mardaga was born in Ukkel, belgium, and received a masters degree in Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 2002 and a PhD and STD in Biblical Studies in 2006, specializing in John and the Synoptics. From 2007 until 2008 she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. From 2002 until 2007 she was appointed by Cardinal Danneels and the Bischops conference as Director of the Leo XIII-seminary in Leuven. Her book, Reli-Thrillers and Reli-Conspiracy: A Thrilling Relation, is forthcoming in the series Utrechtse studies from the university of Tilburg. She also collaborated together with prof. A. Denaux on a forthcoming exegetical tool entitled "The Lukan Vocabulary". In addition to that she is author of several articles. Dr. Mardaga will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of New Testament.

Bob Miller is a Secular Franciscan and has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Michigan. For the past nine years, he has taught at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. His book, Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the 12th and 11th Centuries BC, and related articles have made him a recognized authority on Early Israel. He is also interested in Biblical Theology and has recently edited the volume, Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium. Dr. Miller will be joining the faculty as an Associate Professor of Old Testament.

Dr. Chad Pecknold will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology. After working in the U.S. Senate Chaplain's Office, Dr. Pecknold earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2004, held a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge, and then taught theology at Loyola College in Maryland before returning to Washington, DC to take up his post at The Catholic University. He is the author of Transforming Postliberal Theology (T & T Clark 2005) and editor of Liturgy, Time and the Politics of Redemption (Eerdmans 2006). In addition to editing a volume on Augustine and Modern Theology, Dr. Pecknold is currently working on a monograph related to the work of Henri de Lubac, modern debates about nature and grace, and the politics of the corpus mysticum.

Tarmo Toom is a native of Estonia. He has studied theology in Switzerland and the United States, obtaining his Ph.D. from the CUA in Historical Theology. In 2004-2008, he was an Associate Professor of Divinity in the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. He is a member of the North American Patristics Society, a member of the Steering Committee for Augustine and Augustinianisms Group for AAR, and a Regular Contributor to Reviews in Religion and Theology. He has authored two books: Thought Clothed with Sound: Augustine's Christological Hermeneutics in De doctrina Christiana (Peter Lang, 2002) and Classical Trinitarian Theology: A Textbook (T&T Clark, 2007). He has published articles in Augustinian Studies, Heythrop Journal, Pro Ecclesia, Studia Patristica, and Review and Expositor and has contributed articles to reference works, such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Theologians (Blackwell, 2008) and The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History (Westminster John Knox, 2008). His works have been translated into German and Spanish. Dr. Toom will be joining the faculty as an Associate Professor of Latin Patrisitcs.

Joseph M. White, a native and longtime resident of Indianapolis, specializes in American Catholic history. He holds the B.A. (Indiana University), M.A. (Butler University), Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame), and M.L.S. (Indiana University). He was a faculty fellow at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, 1981-1988, working in the area of the history of Catholic seminary education. He has been associate editor of the U.S. Catholic Historian since 1986. As an independent scholar, his books and articles have addressed seminary education, dioceses, parishes, religious communities, immigrants' religious life, and historic religious sites. He has been an instructor at Marian College (Indianapolis), St. Meinrad School of Theology, and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. With wife Rebecca he enjoys parenting three young sons. Dr. White joins the faculty as visiting associate professor.