School of Theology and Ministry
Faculty

Faustino M. Cruz, S.M., Ph.D.

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    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
    Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Leadership
    (206) 296-5337
    cruzf@seattleu.edu


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    Education

    • Academic Degrees:
      • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Theology and Education
        Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (2001)
      • Master of Arts (MA) Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA (1988)
      • Master of Divinity (MDiv) Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA (1986)
      • Bachelor of Science (BS) University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City (1982)
    • Post-graduate Studies:
      • Religion, Personality and Culture
        Doctor of Theology Program
        Boston University School of Theology and Ministry (1994-1995)
      • Management Development Program
        Harvard Graduate School of Education (2007)
       

    Examples of Courses Taught

    • STML 5720 Leadership, Personality and Cultures
    • STML 5600 Ministry in a Multicultural Church
    • STMM 5870 Educational Ministry of the Church
    • STML 5690 Integration of Transformational Leadership for Justice I
    • STML 5730 Integration of Transformational Leadership for Justice II
    • STMM 5480 Theological Reflection for Ministry
    • STML 5150 Cross-cultural Leadership

    Research Areas

    Human/life-span development; community psychology; intercultural education; participatory action research; adult/community education; sociology of religion/congregational studies; immigration history; ethnic studies; organization and leadership; religious education; reflective practice/contextual theologies; interreligious leadership.

    Selected Publications

    •  Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, s.v. “Dialogue Education.”  New York: Rowman and Littlefield, (2015).
    •  Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, s.v.  “Transformational Leadership.” New York: Rowman and Littlefield, (2015).
    •  Encyclopedia of Christian Education, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, s.v. “Alfonso Nebreda, SJ.”  New York: Rowman and Littlefield, (2015).
    • “Touch it! Touch it! Reframing Teaching and Learning through James Turrell’s Acton.” Teaching Theology and Religion Vol 17:4 (October 2014): 348-349.
    • “Firipinjin Ijuuroudousha to Beikoku ni okeru Jinshin Torihiki” (Filipino Labor Migration and Human Trafficking in the United States).  Migrants Network, No. 171 (July 2014): 12-13.
    •  “Catholic Multicultural Trends.” In Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, vol. 1, edited by Sharon Henderson Callahan, 56-64. Sage Reference Series on Leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2013.
    • “Locating Multiple Identities and Belonging in Relatedness: Toward Intercultural Leadership.” In C(H)AOS Theory: Reflections of Chief Academic Officers in Theological Education, edited by Bruce Birch and Kathleen Billman, 208-220. Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. Grand Rapids, MI/ Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans Publishing House, 2011.
    •  “Religion, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the United States: Engaging Critically with the U.S. Catholic Church’s Pastoral Response.” The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies 26 (2008): 1-23. Institute of Asian Cultures at Sophia University: Tokyo, Japan.
    •  “Immigrant Faith Communities as Interpreters: Educating for Participatory Action.”New Theology Review 21:4 (November 2008): 27-37.
    •  “Ministry for a Multicultural Church and Society.”Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry vol. 27 (2007): 43-60.
    •  Seelsorgerischer Dienst für eine mulitkulturelle Kirche und Gessellschaft
        [Ministry for a Multicultural Church and Society]
        Nachgefragt 07 Magazine of the Catholic Student Center, University of Münster, Germany

    Honors/Awards

    International Scholarships

    • Vietnam Global Theological Education and Faculty Development Program
      Franciscan International Academic Federation, Vietnam (November 2009)
    • Critical Engagement in the Asian Context: Implications for
      Theological Education and Christian Studies
      Institute for Advanced Studies in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT)
      Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territory, Hong Kong SAR, The People's Republic of China (July 2005)
    • Franciscan Travel Grant for Administrators of U.S. Franciscan Colleges and Universities
      Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, Assisi, Italy (June 2005)


    National and Regional Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

    • Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Travel Grant--Ecumenical Liturgy and Worship
      Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry (August 2015)
    • Henry Luce Foundation Asia Travel and Research Grant--Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
      Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry (September 2011-June 2013)
    • Nicaragua Summer Immersion for Faculty and Administrators
      Seattle University, Mission and Ministry (June 2012)
    • Faculty Research Sabbatical
      Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA (September 2009 – August 2010)
    • Management Development Program (Harvard Institutes for Higher Education)
      Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA (June 2007)
    • Asia Across the Curriculum: Partnerships for Transforming Theological Education
      Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA (Spring 2005)
    • Faculty Research Sabbatical
      Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA (Fall 2003)
    • Faculty Fellowship, 2001 Workshop on Teaching and Learning
      Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
      Crawfordsville, IN (2001-2002)
    • Summer Faculty Research and Writing Grant
      Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
      Crawfordsville, IN (July-August 2002)
    • Faculty Fellowship, Technology for Teaching and Learning
      Center for Teaching and Learning, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA (2001)
    • Through Hispanic Eyes: Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) Faculty Seminar—funded by the Lilly Foundation and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning
      Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX (June 11-14, 2001)
    • Graduate Student Assistantship
      Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (1998)
    • Doctoral Fellowship
      Boston College, Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA (1995-1998)
    • Bethune Scholarship and Doctoral Tuition Fellowship
      Boston University School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, MA (1994-1995)

    Personal Bio

    Faustino Cruz, S.M., PhD was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines and migrated to the United States in 1982 to join the Society of Mary (Marists), the religious community of which the fourth bishop of Seattle, Bishop Gerald Shaughnessy, was a member. 

    For over 25 years, Professor Cruz has ministered with migrants and refugees at parish, diocesan, and national levels as catechetical consultant, educator, community organizer, and pastor in the United States, Latin America, and the Philippines. He was ordained to the priesthood in December 1988. In 2000, before completing a Ph.D. in Theology and Education at Boston College, he joined the faculty of the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. Prior to joining STM's faculty, he taught in the area of Practical Theology and Education, while concurrently serving as Executive Vice President and Academic Dean of FST. He also served as convener of the Council of Deans of the GTU.

    As an immigrant practical theologian, the daily struggle and survival of migrants and refugees have served as his primary theological locus, the core ingredient of his scholarship (creative work), and principal context of his service to church and society. Teaching and learning effectiveness in the field of theology and leadership demands a non-negotiable, constitutive element: rootedness in reflective practice (praxis). He has provided generative, strategic, fiduciary, and transformative leadership to various academic, pastoral, and community based initiatives. He serves on the executive boards of the Association of Asian North American Theological Educators (AANATE) and the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT).

    General

    Dr. Cruz is committed to global education. He has traveled to over forty countries and is multilingual (Tagalog, Ilocano, English, Spanish, and French). His recent academic presentations at international events include:

    • Filipino Labor Migration and Human Trafficking in the United States. International Academy of Practical Theology Biennial Conference--Practicing Ubuntu: Practical Theological Perspectives on Injustice, Personhood and Human Dignity. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; July 18, 2015.
    • Respecting Diversity: Creative Methodologies in Educational and Pastoral Research. Sungkonghoe (Anglican) University, Seoul, South Korea; March 27, 2013
    • Global Theological Education: What Have We Learned from Vietnamese and Vietnamese American Catholic Students of Theology and Ministry in the United States?
      Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and Archdiocese of Hue, Vietnam; 1-7 January 2011
    • Religion and Education: Educating Immigrant Faith Communities through Participatory Action
      Faculty of Theology, University of Saint Michael's College in the University of Toronto
      Toronto, ON Canada; March 26, 2010
    • Religion, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the United States: Engaging Critically with the U.S. Catholic Church's Pastoral Response
      Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; March 28, 2009
    • Ministry for a Multicultural Church and Society: Perspectives from the U.S. Context
      Vortrage Auswärtiger Gelehrter, The Catholic Theological Faculty of West Wilhelms
      University of Münster, Münster, Germany; January 13, 2009