Dr. Michael James

Prior to his appointment at Boston College, Michael served as the Vice President for research and professional development with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC, and as the Senior Officer and Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD. He has held a variety of 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 M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy of education, and educational policy studies and higher education administration from the Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Michael is Director of the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education and a full-time Lecturer in the Boston College graduate program of Higher Education Administration where he coordinates the degree concentration in Spirituality, Faith and Formation in Higher Education. He is formerly the Chief-Editor of the research journal, Journal of Catholic Education and 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 and spirituality, faith and the college student experience. Dr. James is a recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Award bestowed by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Michael’s most recent book publications include Education’s Highest Aim: Teaching and Learning Through a Spirituality of Communion. 2010. New City Press: Hyde Park, NY. and 5 Steps to Effective Student Leadership. 2014. New City Press: Hyde Park, NY.


This Institute was an important part of my learning and professional development as a Catholic university administrator. The curriculum was responsive to my needs from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. And the diversity of the attendees was the best, across divisions and departments, across all types of Catholic institutions (and we are different as we are the same), and the diversity of the participants themselves. I thanked my VP for sending me.
Dr. Mary Wardell, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA