Faculty

One reason to study theology at Bellarmine is because of the strength of the theology faculty.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Chair

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty is chair of the department of theology at Bellarmine University and professor of theology. The church's role in addressing issues of social and economic justice and women’s experience and women’s faith have long been Hinson-Hasty's concern.  She is frequently called upon to preach and speak on faith and public life in a variety of settings.  She served as a research consultant for the World Council of Churches' North American Regional Forum and Hearings on Poverty, Wealth, and Ecology and participated in meetings related to this work in Hungary, Canada, Jamaica, Indonesia, Switzerland, and Tanzania.  In addition to numerous articles and other publications, she is author of Beyond the Social Maze: Exploring the Theological Ethics of Vida Dutton Scudder (T & T Clark 2006) and co-editor of Prayers for the New Social Awakening (WJKP 2008) with Christian Iosso and To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians (WJKP 2008) with Rebecca Todd Peters. One of Hinson-Hasty’s forthcoming publications is a book on Dorothy Day (forthcoming WJKP fall 2014).

Among other honors, she has distinguished herself as a Coolidge Fellow in the Auburn/Cross Currents Research Colloquium (July 2013) and a Fulbright Scholar (Hungary 2010).  She was also awarded the Wilson Wyatt Faculty Fellowship for excellence in teaching and scholarship (2010), a Bellarmine "Bellie" award for "Faith and Reason" (2010), and the Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Instructional Development (2008).

Dr. Hoon Choi

Hoon Choi was born and raised in South Korea and moved to the US as a youth. He was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, grew up practicing Presbyterianism and decided to celebrate his Confirmation back in the Catholic Church. He fulfilled his compulsory duty as a soldier in the Republic of Korea Army (infantry 2006-2008) in the middle of his doctoral studies.

His research interests range from (de)constructing norms of masculinities in Christian religions to interdisciplinary dialogue on gendered racial ideologies. These interests resulted in the publication of “Brothers in Arms and Brothers in Christ? The Military and the Catholic Church as Sources for Modern Korean Masculinity” (Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics), and “Man up! A response to Meghan Clark” (Catholic Moral Theology Blog). Choi has presented in scholarly conferences both here in the United States and in South Korea. His two most recent presentations are entitled, “Deconstructing Hegemonic Masculinities in Korean Buddhism” (the American Academy of Religion) and “Theoethical Genealogy: The Exercise of Self-Narration as an Ethic of Risk” (the Society of Christian Ethics). He has taught as a lecturer at Loyola University in Chicago, and as an assistant professor at St. John’s University in New York City. He is happily (recently) married to Theresa Lee.

Fr. Clyde Crews

Fr. Clyde Crews retired from Bellarmine's theology faculty in 2007. In that same year, he was appointed to a new position as Bellarmine University's Historian and Archival Coordinator. His many publications include American and Catholic: A Popular History of Catholicism in the United States (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2004) and Ultimate Questions: A Theological Primer (Paulist Press, 1986). While teaching in the Department of Theology,

Fr. Crews was recognized as a Wyatt Fellow by the University for his excellence in scholarship and teaching.

Dr. Joseph S. Flipper

Dr. Joseph S. Flipper received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University. His research bridges systematic theology and cultural history. His interests include apocalypticism and eschatology, Christian constructive theology, modern mysticism, and religion and literature. Dr. Flipper joins Bellarmine from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he taught and did research as a post-doctoral fellow. With a fellowship from the Ford Foundation, he completed his dissertation, which explores the theology of the French Jesuit Henri de Lubac in relationship to the cultural and political climate following World War I.

Dr. Gregory K. Hillis

Dr. Greg Hillis joined Bellarmine's faculty in August 2008. Hillis' interests include the theology and the history of the patristic period, biblical studies, Christian spirituality and mysticism, 19th and 20th century Catholic theology, and Eastern Orthodoxy. He studied at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The title of his dissertation is "The Natural Likeness of the Son : Cyril of Alexandria's Pneumatology.

Dr. Hillis received a Bellarmine "Bellie" award for advancing the university's Catholic Identity in the Spirit of Thomas Merton.

Dr. Justin Klassen

Justin Klassen taught in the Theology Department at Bellarmine during the 2011-2012 academic year, before joining the department full-time in 2014. His interests include contemporary theology, environmental ethics, and philosophy of religion. He is the author of The Paradox of Hope: Theology and the Problem of Nihilism, and the co-editor ofAspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age: Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor. His current research focuses on the role of non-human nature in the Christian ethical imagination.

Fr. George Kilcourse

Fr. George Kilcourse is a scholar in the fields of Thomas Merton studies, ecumenism, and religion and literature. His latest book is Flannery O’Connor’s Religious Imagination (Paulist Press, 2001), and previous books are Ace of Freedoms: Thomas Merton’s Christ and Double Belonging: Interchurch Families and Christian Unity (1993) . He is the former editor of and frequent contributor to The Merton Annual and has written dozens of scholarly articles.

Fr. Kilcourse has been recognized as a Wyatt Fellow by the University for his excellence in teaching and is a graduate of Bellarmine College.

Dr. Deborah Thompson Prince

Dr. Debbie Prince joined Bellarmine’s faculty in 2011 as the first biblical scholar teaching fulltime on the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. She teaches courses in Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Her teaching and scholarship is concerned with the influence of religious, historical, and cultural contexts on the development and interpretation of the biblical texts. Dr. Prince’s work ranges from examinations of the composition and reception of Luke and Acts in light of Greco-Roman rhetoric to explorations of biblical vision narratives as both a literary form and religious experience. She received her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. The title of her dissertation is “Visions of the Risen Jesus: The Rhetoric of Certainty in Luke 24 and Acts 1.”

Dr. J. Milburn Thompson

Dr. J. Milburn Thompson came to Bellarmine in 2001 from Saint Joseph College in Connecticut where he received the annual award for teaching and a Templeton Foundation Award for a new course in Religion and Science. Dr. Thompson received a First Place Award for Educational Books from the Catholic Press Association for his book Justice and Peace: A Christian Primer (Orbis Books, 1997; revised, 2003). Thompson is also the author of dozens of refereed articles and popular essays in the areas of moral theology and Christian social ethics. 

Dr. Thompson was recognized as a Wyatt Fellow for his excellence in teaching and scholarship.

There are also a number of well-qualified adjuncts who teach in the Theology Department.

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