2020-2021 ICTC Faculty Fellows

Posted by Jeanette Rodriguez on February 13, 2020 at 11:02 AM PST

Dear Colleagues:

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 Faculty Fellowships in research and in course development. These grants encourage and support faculty who wish to incorporate the Catholic Jesuit intellectual and cultural tradition into their academic repertoire.

The 2020-2021 recipients of the ICTC Faculty Research Fellowships are:

  • Jaisy Joseph, Assistant Professor in Theology and Religious Studies, “On the Edges of Catholic Consciousness: Eastern Catholics in the United States”
  • Rick Malleus, Associate Professor in Communication, “Communicating Catholicism in Crisis: The Zimbabwean Context”
  • Charisse Cowan Pitre, Professor in the College of Education, “Black Catholic Educators on Teaching for Justice: Reflections on Identity, Wholeness, and Reconciliation”
  • Mary-Antoinette Smith, Associate Professor in English, “Introducing Ellen Tarry: African-American Catholic Convert and Interracial Justice Advocate”
  • RESEARCH TEAM: Jessica Imanaka, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Management, Naomi Kasumi, Professor in Art, Art History and Design, Douglas Peduti, SJ, Instructor in Philosophy, Sharon Suh, Professor in Theology and Religious Studies, Michael Trice, Professor in the School of Theology and Ministry, and Jason Wirth, Professor in Philosophy, “Buddhist/Christian Dialogue: Departing from St. Francisco Xavier’s letters on Japan”

And the 2020-2021 recipients of the ICTC Faculty Course Development Fellowships are:

  • Anne Farina, Assistant Professor in Social Work, “Global Perspectives of Mental Health”
  • Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Professor in Modern Languages and Cultures, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, “Gloria Anzaldúa: Her Writings, Life, and Legacy”
  • Kirsten Moana Thompson, Professor in Film Studies and English, “Visual Culture and Catholicism”

As the interim director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, I would like to thank the members of our Fellowship Grants review committee and especially all those who submitted a proposal. We received a strong pool of applications and are glad to have been able to fund the great majority of these. We look forward to increasing our capacity to support more research and courses to advance the Jesuit Catholic vision within the university’s academic programs, so that students may gain a deep appreciation of the vitality and future of Catholic higher education. 

I would like to encourage other faculty members to consider this important resource for their own research and teaching, knowing that we are open to providing mentors and support throughout the application and research process. We look forward to hearing about and receiving the results of the ICTC Faculty Fellow research and course development projects.

Sincerely yours,

Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD
Interim Director
Stamper Endowed Chair in Catholic Intellectual and Cultural Traditions
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Fellowship Review Committee:

Chair: Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, College of Arts and Sciences - Social Work

Marinilka Kimbro, PhD, Albers School of Business - Accounting

Kristi Lee, PhD, College of Education - Counseling
Jessica Palmer, MA, Assistant Director - Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Jeff Philpott, PhD, University Core Curriculum and College of Arts and Sciences - Communication

Matthew Whitlock, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences - Theology and Religious Studies


Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar: An Introduction
June 18-19, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm

Every spring the ICTC offers an introductory seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Please consider joining us this year, it is open to all faculty. Sessions include: Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the University; Vatican II and Jesuit Higher Education; Catholicism and Cultures; The Catholic Imagination; Faith and Reason; and Catholic Social Thought.

For more information contact ICTC (