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Michael James

lecturer, department of educational leadership and higher education


 

Education

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.

Honors

Michael James is the most recent recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Award bestowed by the national Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.  

Expertise/Interests

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.

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. 

Recent Publications

Michael is the author of books, articles and book chapters on religion, spirituality & education including: 

Books:
5 Steps to Effective Student Leadership. 2014. New City Press: Hyde Park: NY

Education’s Highest Aim: Teaching and Learning Through a Spirituality of Communion.  2010. New City Press: Hyde Park, NY

Book forthcoming 2015:
White, John & James, Michael, (Eds.) "Heroes & Heroines of Catholic Education." 2015 (Washington, DC: National Catholic Education Association)

Book Chapters:
James, Michael, Lehman, Joseph and Oscar Mayorga, “Mission Matters: The Mission Leader – An Innovative Strategy in Catholic Higher Education” (p. 9-12) in A Mission Officer Handbook: Advancing Catholic Identity and University Mission, Vol. 1. Ed. Galligan-Stierle, Michael. (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Washington, D.C.).

James, Michael, Lehman, Joseph and Oscar Mayorga, “Professionalization of the Mission Leader” (p. 49-54) in A Mission Officer Handbook: Advancing Catholic Identity and University Mission, Vol. 1. Ed. Galligan-Stierle, Michael. (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Washington, D.C.).

Book Chapters Forthcoming 2015:
James, Michael, Justin, D., & Mayorga, O. “Collaboration, Inspiration and Accountability: Findings from a Longitudinal Study of Mission Officers ” (p.9-18) in A Mission Officer Handbook: Advancing Catholic Identity and University Mission, Vol. II. Ed. Galligan-Stierle, Michael. 2015 (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Washington, D.C.).

James, Michael, Kelly, Kieran “Dougherty, Cardinal Dennis, Hochwalt, Monsignor Frederick Howard, Bishop Francis Meyers, Monsignor J. F. Neuman, Bishop John Pace, Edward” in Heroes & Heroins of American Catholic Education. Eds., Hunt, T, White, J. and James, M. 2015 (National Catholic Educational Association: Washington, D.C.).

Journal Articles:
James, Michael. “The Challenge of Catholic Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century.” Keynote Address: World Congress for Catholic Higher Education, 2014 (PUC MINAS, Vatican Rome, Italy & Brazil)

“The Mission Leader – An Innovative Strategy in Catholic Higher Education” in A Mission Officer Handbook: Advancing Catholic Identity and University Mission, Vol. 1. Editor, Galligan-Stierle, Michael. 2014. Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Washington, D.C.; http://www.newcitypress.com/5-steps-to-effective-student-leadership.html

Talks

International:
Keynote Address, “The Christian Inspiration of Catholic Higher Education.” Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education, UNISAL, Sao Paulo, Brazil. October, 2014

National:
Lecture, “Ex corde Ecclesiae and Catholic Higher Education” Vincentian Mission Institute, Chicago and New York September, 2014

Lecture, “Spirituality & the College Student” National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference Advisors’ Workshop, Boston College July 2014

Lecture, “Student Leadership & the Art of Loving” National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference Delegates Workshop, Boston College July 2014

Lecture, “Spirituality, Religion & the Catholic College Student Experience” Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education, Boston College July 2014

Presenter, “Mission Assessment in Catholic Higher Education” Annual Conference Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative, Villanova University April 2014

Presenter, “The Spirituality of Communion and the Catholic University” at a Symposium on The Spirituality of Communion and the Catholic University, University of Notre Dame January 2014

Presenter, “National Study of Senior Mission Officers in Catholic Higher Education” Mission Leader Workshop, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Wash., DC January 2014

Regional:
Workshop Facilitator, “Making Meaning out of Mission” New Jersey Catholic colleges and universities Student Affairs workshop, Seton Hall University. June 2014

Institutional:
Presenter, “Strategic Planning and Board of Trustees” Winter Meeting of the Board of Trustees, National Hellenic College March 2014

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