Dr. Jame Schaefer
Jame Schaefer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Jame Schaefer (Ph.D., Marquette University, 1994, Systematics/Ethics) focuses on constructively relating 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, Environmental Ethics, Geosciences, The International Journal for Climate Change Strategies and Management, The Journal of Religion, Nature, and Culture, The Journal of Moral Theology, 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 Marquette 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 interdisciplinary 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 worked with an international team of scholars commissioned by the Higher Education Secretariat of the Society of Jesus to develop Healing Earth, an online interactive environmental science text motivated by Ignatian spirituality for use by seniors in Jesuit high schools and freshmen in Jesuit colleges throughout the world (http://healingearth.ijep.net). In progress are book-long monographs expanding the category of Catholic Social Teachings and Thought to a planetary category and exploring the natural and social sciences’ contributions toward understanding the human person, an article-long manuscript on a global water ethic grounded in the world religions, and a three-year research project on behalf of the Society for Conservation Biology aimed at identifying guidelines that facilitate the collaboration of scientific and religious communities in local, regional, and international projects.

 

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