Mike's position at CTE supports graduate students preparing for college teaching across the disciplines. In addition to facilitating CTE workshops, Mike is also available to consult with faculty and graduate TAs on topics related to teaching and learning, including preparation, assessment, and classroom management. His other duties include managing various components of the CTE Website and social media-linked outlets. Additionally, consulting is available for TAs who are preparing to enter the job market and would like to review statements of teaching philosophy, cover letters, and CVs. He is excited about working with, and learning from, TAs from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.
Education and Experience
Mike received his B.A. in Theology from Gannon University, Erie, PA in 2005. After graduating, he taught Religious Studies at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. While in Philly, Mike earned his Master's in Theology and Religious Studies from Villanova University in 2008. In 2009, he came to Duquesne as a graduate student in Theology and also served as a teaching assistant in the department until the spring of 2013. During his time as a teaching assistant, Mike taught the core course, "Faith and Reason."
Mike's theological work has included talks on Augustine of Hippo, Gianni Vattimo, Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, the Principle of Subsidiarity and Pius XII, and Catholic Social Teaching and Healthcare. He is the author of two book reviews featured in Religious Studies Review (June and September 2015). Additionally, he has co-presented on technology in the classroom ("Sandwich Your Student Learning with Tech") at the 2014 Mylan Pharmacy School Retreat (Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV) and at the American Academy of Religion's 2015 annual conference in Atlanta, GA. Mike continues work on his dissertation, a project focused on postmodern ecclesiology and Continental Philosophy, while balancing life as a father of an active young boy and a young inquisitive daughter.