My academic background lies in Theology and Education and brings a committed faith perspective and wide experience in Christian education across school, higher education, seminary, adult learning and professional development sectors.
I gained an MA in Catholic Religious Studies from the Institute of Religious Studies, St Joseph's Seminary, New York, USA and then completed a doctorate with the University of Liverpool, UK. My PhD thesis examined pedagogies of online learning and their application for adult theological education. Key issues surrounding community and authority were addressed and empirical evidence included findings from online faculty and student bodies. The concept of ‘interruptive pedagogy’ was proposed as an interpretative model to appraise and promote online learning for future Christian education.
My research interests include the following areas: the relationship between theology and education, adult theological literacy and faith development, teacher professional development in church schools, and using educational technologies for theological learning.
At Liverpool Hope University I lead the Church Certificates courses. These include the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, a national course on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and also the Anglican Church School Studies course. I contribute to undergraduate Level H Theology, lead the Interdisciplinary Masters in Education block on Religious Education, and supervise at doctoral level in the broad field of Catholic/Christian and Religious Education. I also supervise Farmington Scholars on behalf of the university.
In terms of current research, I am director of the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University and work with colleagues across a range of research initiatives and projects. My latest research area has concerned a national research project for the CCRS Board of Religious Studies looking at the CCRS - 25 Years On and the impact on adult theological literacy across England & Wales. The final report for this has just been published in January 2019.
A list of publications can be found below under Research Outputs.
My professional memberships include: