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Lynch School of Education

Michael James

Director, Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education Boston College

Michael James, Lynch School of Education

Over the last decade religion and spiritual identity have become topics of increasing interest for scholars and practitioners in higher education and student personnel development.  As a former senior student affairs administrator at both public-secular and private-Catholic colleges and universities, and a former senior officer of a national educational think-tank in Washington, DC, my research interests explore the historical, sociological, developmental and cultural dynamics at the intersection of faith life and intellectual life - religion and higher education.  My current research and educational consulting projects have a focus on American higher education, Catholic higher education in the United States and Catholic higher education in the Middle East, Asia and South America.

In every course that I teach I strive to offer to emerging scholars, policy analysts and practitioners the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and resources to examine critically a holistic view of contemporary higher education culture and practice.  My courses invite students to engage in topics that include: the integration of faith and intellectual life in a secular culture; religious pluralism in higher education; faith-based higher education; the college student experience employing the lenses of psycho-social developmental theories and the sociology of religion as they inform our understanding of educational policy, intellectual development, student formation and campus culture.

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