Santa Clara University

Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

"Detection of Pathogens Using Electrochemical DNA Sensors in a Microfluidic Setting"
Sarah Ghanbari; Nicholas Giustini
Faculty Mentor: Unyoung (Ashley) Kim The target of this proposal is developing a "Lab on a Chip" that is portable, relatively inexpensive, and robust for use in rapidly testing for pathogens in water. Such a device would be of particular value in resource-limited settings of the developing world. Read the full profile »
"Development of an Electrochemical DNA Sensor for Rapid Detection of Pathogens."
Research will be conducted into developing an aptamer-based sensor capable of continuous, real-time detection of multiple pathogens. Read the full profile »
Ryan Brandau
Adjunct Professor
In September 2009 he joined the faculty of Santa Clara University as Director of Choral Programs. He comes to California from New England, where he was Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Read the full profile »
Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D
Summer Adjunct Professor
Dr. Burke-Sullivan is the Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Read the full profile »
Dorothy Carlson, M.A.
Adjunct Professor
Dorothy earned a B.A. in History from San Jose State University prior to an M.A. from the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Read the full profile »
Denise Carmody, Ph.D.
Jesuit Community Professor
Dr. Carmody holds the Jesuit Community Chair of Religious Studies. From 2000 until 2006 she served as provost of the university. Read the full profile »
Elizabeth Carr, Ph.D.
Summer Adjunct Professor
Dr. Carr has published extensively on various spiritual topics and guest lectured throughout the United States and France Read the full profile »
Michael Castori, S.J.
Assistant Professor
Fr. Castori is a graduate of Harvard with an A.B. in Classics. Following Harvard, Fr. Castori earned an M.A. in Philosophical Resources from Fordham prior to an M.Div. from JSTB and a joint Ph.D. from the Univ. of California, Berkeley and the GTU. Read the full profile »
Gerald Coleman, S.S., Ph.D..
Adjunct Professor
Father Coleman is a member of the American Province, Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians). He completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Christian Thought, University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada. Read the full profile »
Gerald Coleman, S.S., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Coleman is a member of the American Province, Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians). His recent course focused on ethics and moral theology. Read the full profile »
Mary Criscione, R.S.M.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Criscione has taught numerous courses on Pauline writings and New Testament for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Read the full profile »
Paul Crowley, S.J. Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fr. Crowley is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies as well as the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Professor Crowley's ongoing research interests lie in the intersection between systematic theology and modern thought. Read the full profile »
William Ditewig, Ph.D.
Dean's Executive Professor
Dr. Ditewig is on the governing Board of the International Diaconate Center in Germany. He has a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Education, an MA in Pastoral Theology, and the Ph.D. from the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, with a major emphasis in ecclesiology. Read the full profile »
William J. Dohar, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Dohar came to Santa Clara as a part-time lecturer in 2002, and since 2004, has been lecturing full-time in Religious Studies. He also teaches in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Read the full profile »
Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D.
Lecturer (Academic Quarter)
Elizabeth Drescher earned an MA in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University as well as an MFA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Her PhD was earned at the Graduate Theological Union in Christian Spirituality. Read the full profile »
Bob Hurd, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Hurd has lectured and presented workshops across the country, composed numerous songs for liturgical worship, and published multiple articles. Read the full profile »
Unyoung (Ashley) Kim
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering Program
Prof. Kim is an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University where she serves as the Director of the Biological Microtechnology Laboratory. Professor Kim is a mechanical engineer by training with an emphasis on the integrated microfluidic systems for biotechnologies. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with her Ph.D. and Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT) in 2009 and joined the Bioengineering faculty at Santa Clara University in 2009. Read the full profile »
Leroy Kromm, M.M.
Adjunct Professor
Mr. Kromm is Professor of Voice and Co-Chair of the voice department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the Music Director of the San Jose Symphonic Choir and the Monterey Symphony Chorus. Read the full profile »
Robert A. Lassalle-Klein
Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology
Robert Lassalle-Klein is a graduate of Santa Clara University (Bannan Fellow 2010 and Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology 2014-15). Read the full profile »
Jeannine Leichner, M.A.
Adjunct Professor
Professor Leichner earned a B.S. from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana prior to earning an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Religious Education from the University of San Francisco. Read the full profile »
John R. Mabry, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Rev. John R. Mabry, PhD teaches in the Pastoral Ministries program at Santa Clara University and directs the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program at the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, CA. Read the full profile »
Gary Macy, Ph.D.
John Nobili, S.J. Professor; Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
Dr. Macy earned undergraduate and a master's degrees from Marquette University before earning a doctoral degree in historical theology from Cambridge University. Read the full profile »
Ricky Manalo CSP, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Ricky Manalo, CSP, is a Paulist priest who was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. He received his B.M. in music composition from the Manhattan School of Music, his M.A. from the Washington Theological Union, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union. Read the full profile »
Robert McCann, J.C.L., J.D.
Adjunct Professor
Fr. Bob McCann currently serves as pastor at St. Raymond's Parish in Dublin, CA. Read the full profile »
Sharon McMillan, S.N.D., S.L.D.
Adjunct Professor
In addition to her lecturing at Santa Clara University, Dr. McMillan is an Assistant Professor of Systematic theology at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. Read the full profile »
Mike Moodie, S.J., J.C.D.
Adjunct Professor
For twelve years Fr. Moodie worked as director of campus ministry and adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Read the full profile »
John P. Mossi, S.J., D.Min.
Adjunct Professor
John Mossi, S.J., D.Min., comes to the GPPM with seasoned pastoral and academic credentials. Read the full profile »
Catherine M. Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Murphy's research focuses on the economic context of Second Temple and New Testament texts and the impact of that context visible in the surviving literature. Read the full profile »
Jane Najour
Senior Administrative Assistant
Jane serves as the Senior Administrative Assistant in the GPPM Office, which is located in Kenna Hall. She with lives her husband Dave in Los Gatos, California. Read the full profile »
James Neafsey, D.Min.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Neafsey's courses have focused on mysticism, prayer and prayer methods, and discernment and Christian decision-making. Read the full profile »
James B. Nickoloff, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Nickoloff is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Read the full profile »
James B. Nickoloff, Ph.D.
Lecturer (Academic Quarter)
Dr. Nickoloff earned an A.B. from Stanford prior to studies in theology at Weston, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and then a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union. Read the full profile »
Frederick J. Parrella, Ph.D.
Dr. Parrella is long-known at Santa Clara for excellence in teaching. His professional interests include the work of the great Protestant theologian Paul Tillich, Christian eschatology, and the theology of marriage. Read the full profile »
Ana Maria Pineda, R.S.M., S.T.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Pineda, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, is a graduate of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (M.A.) and the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain (S.T.D.). Read the full profile »
Jean Ponder-Soto, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Jean Ponder Soto teaches in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries as well as in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University. Read the full profile »
Archbishop John R. Quinn, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Most Rev. John R. Quinn served as the sixth Archbishop of San Francisco (1977-1995) and is past president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read the full profile »
Nancy Reeves, Ph.D.
Summer Adjunct Professor
Dr. Reeves completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alberta in 1989. Read the full profile »
James Reites, S.J., S.T.D.
Associate Professor
Fr. Reites joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 1975 and teaches mainly undergraduate courses on Catholic theology and spirituality and the theology of C. S. Lewis, as well as a graduate course on the history of western Christian spirituality. Read the full profile »
Jose Antonio Rubio, S.T.D.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Rubio has served on the Bishop's Committee on the Liturgy and well as an ecumenical officer for the Diocese of San Jose. Read the full profile »
Francis R. Smith, S.J., S.T.D.
Fr. Smith is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has taught at SCU since 1974. Fr. Smith also teaches in the Religious Studies Department. Read the full profile »
Donald St. Louis, D.Min.
Adjunct Professor
Dr. St. Louis is the Founder and Director of The California Institute for Sexual Recovery in San Francisco and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in San Francisco and Santa Clara. Read the full profile »
Kern Trembath, Ph.D.
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Kern Trembath received his B.A. in political theory from UC Berkeley, three intermediate master's degrees, and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in systematic and philosophical theology. Read the full profile »
Sally Vance-Trembath, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Sally Vance-Trembath was born in Davenport, Iowa where she was raised Catholic. Her specialization is the Church, particularly the Second Vatican Council. Read the full profile »
Minh Virasak
Senior Records & Credentials Analyst
Minh is part of the Graduate Services Team and serves as the Senior Records & Credentials Analyst for the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Read the full profile »
Michele Idiart Walsh, M.A.
Adjunct Professor
Michele Idiart Walsh is catechetical leader, Master Catechist and lay ecclesial minister in the Diocese of Oakland. Read the full profile »
James Welch, D.M.A.
Adjunct Professor
James Welch, organist, has taught at Santa Clara University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He concertizes worldwide and is a recognized recording artist. Read the full profile »
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