Jame Schaefer (Ph.D., Marquette University, 1994, Systematics/Ethics) focuses on the constructive relationship of theology, the natural sciences, and technology with special attention to religious foundations for ecological ethics. Her publications include Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics: Reconstructing Patristic and Medieval Concepts (Georgetown University Press, 2009), Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives (Marquette University Press, 2011), Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States (Lexington, 2013), essays in several edited volumes, articles in Cistercian Studies Quarterly, Theological Studies, and Worldviews: Religion, Culture, Science, and the inaugural “Animals” entry in New Catholic Encyclopedia (2013). She worked with faculty of other disciplines to develop the Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics for which she serves as Director on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences and advises Students for an Environmentally Active Campus. She involves faculty of various sciences in her courses, team-teaches with Physics an occasionally offered seminar on the origin and nature of the universe, and co-steers the Albertus Magnus Circle--an interdisciplinary faculty discussion group on religion-science issues.
For her efforts, she received a Religion and Science Course Award from the Templeton Foundation and a Quality and Excellence in Teaching Science and Religion Award from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. She convened the Theology and Ecology and the Theology and Global Warming interest groups of the Catholic Theological Society of America for several years and maintains membership in the American Academy of Religion, the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, the College Theology Society, the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Society of Christian Ethics. She is working with an international team of scholars commissioned by the Higher Education Secretariat of the Society of Jesus to develop an online interactive environmental science text motivated by Ignatian spirituality and geared for use by seniors in Jesuit high schools and freshmen in Jesuit colleges throughout the world by Fall 2015. In progress are a monograph exploring the contributions that diverse disciplines make toward a cogent and meaningful understanding of the human person in our age of rapidly-advancing science and technology and article-long manuscripts on a scientifically informed understanding of the omnipotence of God, the shared but nuanced beliefs of the world religions as foundational for a global water ethic, and why increasing commercial nuclear power now is imprudent and unjust when viewed from the perspective of Thomas Aquinas’ systematic treatment of these key moral virtues.