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Michael James

Lecturer, Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education
Director, Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education Boston College

Michael James

Michael James brings more than 25 years experience in teaching, research, administration, and international educational consulting & development to his current faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Prior to his most recent appointment as a Fellow in Catholic Higher Education with the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, Michael served as the Vice President with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC, and as a Senior Officer and Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD.  In addition he has held a variety of university student-service administrative positions in admissions, financial aid and residence life at both Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.  Michael James is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he studied Theology and Psychology.  He earned his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy of education, and educational policy studies in higher education administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. In addition to his departmental duties and teaching Michael is Director of the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.  He is a past Editor of the research journal, Catholic Education: a Journal of Inquiry and Practice and past Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Catholic Higher Education. Michael is currently co-editor for the academic journal, Claritas: A Journal of Culture and Dialogue.  Michael lectures internationally on topics including: educational leadership; institutional mission and strategic planning; religion, education and culture; and, educational development and moral identity.  Michael James is the most recent recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Award bestowed by the national Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.  Michael is the author of articles and book chapters on religion & education, spirituality & education and the lead author of his most recent book, Education’s Highest Aim: Teaching and Learning Through a Spirituality of Communion.  2010. New City Press: Hyde Park, NY.