Kathleen M. 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

Faith and Reason

Catholicism and the World's Religions

Medieval Christian Writers

The Early Church

The Problem of God

Introduction to Peace Studies

Publications & Editorships

“Making Reading Relevant: Critical Thinking as Contemplative Practice,” in Religious Studies News Spotlight on Teaching, The American Academy of Religion, http://rsn.aarweb.org/spotlight-on/teaching/contemplative-pedagogy/making-reading-relevant-critical-thinking, (June 18, 2019).

“Conversation: Student Self-Authorship and the Goals of Higher Education,” in Teaching Theology and Religion, 22:2 (April, 2019), 130-145.

“Brigid and the Beasts: Ancient Wisdom for a Planet in Peril,” in Spiritus, 19:1 (Spring 2019), 44-63. 

“Attention is the Beginning of Devotion,” in Bearings, on-line journal of the Collegeville Institute, https://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/attention-beginning-devotion/, (November 5, 2018).

“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.

“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

Interfaith Youth Core, Curriculum Development Grant (Summer 2019)

CIC-IFYC Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminar (June 2018)

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, "Writing the Scholarship of Teaching in Theology and Religion Colloquy" (2014-15)

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, "Colloquy on Religious Commitments in the Undergraduate Classroom" (2010-11)

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality