Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture
The Gudorf Chair plays a central role in the advancement of the doctoral program in theology at U.D. The doctoral program, which focuses on the U.S. Catholic experience, is committed to theological study that reflects a conscious and critical awareness of how the unique experience of Catholicism in the United States shapes Catholic theology. Therefore, the Gudorf Chair's scholarly expertise focuses on such areas as intercultural or interreligious dialogue and Catholicism as practiced and lived in actual faith communities. The Gudorf Chair teaches courses in the Department of Religious Studies and makes substantive contributions to the entire university's intellectual life by engaging in public discourse through an annual lecture and periodic university-wide seminars and national symposia. Vincent J. Miller, Ph.D. became the first Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture on August 16, 2009.
About the Current Chair
Vincent J. Miller, Ph.D. came to the University of Dayton from Georgetown University where he was an associate professor of theology. He served as a distinguished visiting professor at U.D. in spring 2008. He is author of Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture (New York: Continuum, 2003) and is currently working on a book about how globalization is affecting religious belief and communities. He was appointed as the first Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture in 2009.
Dr. Miller says, "I'm thrilled to be joining the University of Dayton, which has done so much to sustain the conversation of the Catholic intellectual tradition in the U.S. I look forward to working in a department where theology is undertaken in dialogue with the study of the history and culture of American Catholicism."
According to Dr. Sandra Yocum, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, U.D.'s graduate religious studies program this year includes 34 doctoral students and about 75 master's students. It's program focus on the U.S. Catholic experience. The U.S. Catholic Collection held by the U.D.'s library supports the religious studies program and will celebrated its 10th anniversary May 20, 2009.