Kathleen Fisher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

508-767-7584 Founders Hall - Room 319

Degrees Earned

B.A., University of Scranton; Theology and Philosophy
M.T.S., Boston University; Theology
Ph.D., Boston University; Medieval History and Religion
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “The Mystical Animals of Irish Christianity: a Study in Narrative and Visual Images”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Introduction to Theology
Approaches in Theology
Medieval Christian Writers
Spiritual Seekers and Teachers
The Early Church
The Problem of God
Introduction to Peace Studies
“Profits and Prophets: Parallels, Divergences and Conflicts in Theology and Business Studies” (Tagaste Program)
“Insiders and Outsiders: The Many Voices of History and Faith” (Tagaste Program)
Life Stories (Honors)

Publications & Editorships

“Look Before you Leap: Re-considering Contemplative Pedagogy,” in Teaching Theology and Religion, 20:1, January 2017.

Review of Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines, Oleg Gunnlaugson, Edward W. Sarath, Charles Scott and Heeson Bai, editors. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014. Reflective Teaching, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion (2015).

“Religion in the U.S. Workplace” with Jeanne M. McNett and Pamela D. Sherer, in Understanding and Managing Diversity, 5th ed., Carol Harvey and M. June Allard, Pearson Press, August 2011; 6th ed., 2014.

“The Christian Mind on Corporate Social Responsibility,” with Jeanne M. McNett, in Management: a Faith-Based Perspective 1st ed., Michael E. Cafferky, Pearson Press, August 2011.

“Teaching With ‘The Inner Voice of Love,’” in Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God, Orbis Books (November 2007).


“Making the Familiar Strange,” with Dr. Cathleen K. Stutz, The Teaching Professor Conference, Boston, MA (June 2014). 

“A Theology of Redemption in the Voyage of St. Brendan,” 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2012). 

“Celtic Myths in Christian Literature: the Horse-and-Master Narrative” (Paper presentation). 

“Christianity and Christianization in Early Medieval Ireland,” (Session organizer with Dr. Bryan Carella). 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2010). 

“Now Ask the Beasts to Teach You About the Hand of God,” College Theology Society Annual Conference, South Bend, IN (May 2009).

Grants and Awards

Faculty Research Course Release (2015-2017)

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Writing the Scholarship of Teaching in Theology and Religion Colloquy (2014-15)

Faculty Development Grant to develop new course, "Spiritual Seekers and Teachers" (2013)

American Academy of Religion -- Luce Summer Seminars in Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology (2012-2013)

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion -- Teaching and Learning Colloquy on Religious Commitments in the Undergraduate Classroom (2010-11)

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

College Theology Society

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality