Candidate statement for 2018 ACHA Election
I am in the final year of my PhD program at the Graduate Theological Union under the supervision of Fr. Joseph Chinnici, OFM. My dissertation is a case study of the experience, interpretation of, and implementation of the Second Vatican Council in the United States through the lens of Mark Joseph Hurley, Bishop of Santa Rosa, whose career spanned the length of the Cold War. I currently serve as an adjunct instructor at University of North Carolina Wilmington in the department of Philosophy and Religion.
The ACHA provides a great resource for the diverse backgrounds of our members, whether they are tenure-track, adjunct, or independent scholars. The annual meetings are marked by a convivial, productive and inquisitive atmosphere based on honest but charitable dialogue. As Graduate Representative, I hope to attract and retain new members to the organization who can benefit from the practical, intellectual and financial aspects of the ACHA. As part of my responsibilities, I will take account of present realities where many scholars are working outside of the tenure-track model but wish to remain connected to wider trends in academia. Finally, it is imperative that nascent scholars establish networks with seasoned professionals to be guided through increasing challenges in the modern university.