Animated leaf Heartland/Delta faculty conversations:
The Global Network of
Jesuit Higher Education

February 19-21, 2016, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Heartland/Delta Faculty Conversations provide faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities with a unique opportunity to discuss their common mission and its practical applications for teaching, research, and service. Traditionally, a Midwestern regional gathering, this year's HD Faculty Conversations will be open to faculty from all Jesuit higher education institutions in the U.S.. Please join us for a stimulating conference that will link you to the work of Jesuit universities around the world.

Marquette University and Other AJCU Contributors

Dr. Ruth Ann Belknap

BelknapRuth Ann Belknap, PhD, RN, has over 20 years of experience teaching courses on diversity and inclusion to nursing students at all levels of preparation (undergraduate-doctoral). Her program of research has focused on health issues and intimate partner violence with women from and in Mexico. She is conversant in Spanish and has conducted research in Mexico and the U.S. Her teaching experience includes leading short-term abroad experiences in Chiapas, Mexico and Piura, Peru for interdisciplinary and nursing students. Currently she teaches an interdisciplinary course that meets the diversity requirements for the MU Core Curriculum and a vulnerable population’s course at the doctoral level. She has been active in community engagement and service learning activities throughout her career. She is the chair of the College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


Dr. Michele Bogard

BogardDr. Michele Bogard serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Life at Creighton University.  Currently Michele works with a variety of student life initiatives including student activities, student government, fraternity/sorority life, campus recreation, student unions, women’s center programming, study abroad immersions and professional development programming including diversity and inclusion competence.  Michele received the St. Ignatius Award during Creighton University’s 2015 Founders Week.

Michele received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, a M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University Bloomington and a B.A. in International Relations from Drake University. 



Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther

Coffey-GuentherKathy Coffey-Guenther currently serves as the Associate Vice President in the Office of Mission and Ministry at Marquette University. Additionally, Kathy serves/has served as adjunct faculty for undergraduates and clinical adjunct faculty for graduate students at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. For many years, Kathy has worked with a particular emphasis in Ignatian spirituality as a means for healthy spiritual and emotional living. Kathy has also served as a spiritual director, speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth. Kathy serves as current consultant for diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as the past Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.     




Patrick Kennelly

Coffey-GuentherPatrick Kennelly is the Director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. The Center for Peacemaking is an academic center committed to exploring the relationship between scholarship, spirituality, nonviolent living, and the active struggle for peace and justice. ​His research focuses on community-based violence reduction projects in the United States and Afghanistan. ​










Jessica Lothman

Jessica LothmanJessica Lothman is a Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Education (OIE) at Marquette University with professional interests in intercultural competence, assessment, and study abroad participation within the context of the entire college experience. Presently, she serves on the Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee for the FORUM on Study Abroad and is an Intercultural Development Inventory qualified administrator. Jessica first arrived at Marquette, and OIE, as a graduate student after earning her B.A. magna cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University studying sociology and psychology. While earning her M.Ed. from Marquette, she interned at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa before being hired by Stanford University as a Residential Coordinator for their Cape Town program. She returned to OIE after teaching English in Spain through the Auxiliares de Conversación program. Currently, Jessica attends Law School part-time and freelances as a photographer.



Rev. D. Edward Mathie, S.J.

Fr. Mathie earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and a M’s degree in Theology from St. Louis University. He has earned a lifetime certificate in educational administration in the state of South Dakota where he was superintendent of the Red Cloud Indian School system for six of his seven years on the Pine Ridge Reservation. From 1984-1995, he worked at Creighton University as the Director of Campus Ministry, and was the Superior/Rector of young Jesuits in formation. While Rector, he was also appointed to the Creighton University Board of Trustees.

In 1995 Fr. Mathie was appointed Provincial of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. Following this six- year term (2001), he served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Marquette University until 2012. Currenlty he teaches an undergraduate course in Ignatian Spirituality, and is the Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Marquette.


T. Michael McNulty, S.J.

Born Sept. 19, 1940, in Minneapolis, MN.  I entered the Jesuits in 1965, was ordained in 1973 and took final vows in 1980.  I joined the philosophy faculty at Marquette University in 1973 and retired in 2004, leaving Milwaukee for advocacy work with the Center of Concern and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in Washington, DC.  I returned to Marquette in the summer of 2015 as Scholar in Residence with the Center for Peacemaking.










Dr. Daniel Myers

Dr. Daniel J. Myers, professor of social and cultural studies, is the Provost of Marquette University. Assuming the position on July 1, 2015 he is the University’s second ranking officer and the chief academic officer, on campus responsible for all aspects of the academic mission of the university as well as the Division of Student Affairs and Informational Technology Services. Prior to coming to Marquette, Myers served as the vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Notre Dame. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1998, he previously served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, and had chaired the Department of Sociology. Myers had also been the Director of Faculty Development and Research in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and he founded and directed the Center for the Study of Social Movements.



Jon Pray

Jon Pray PhotoJon Pray is the Associate Vice Provost for Educational Technology at Marquette University. He helps the academic community use technologyand media in teaching and learning. In cooperation with other university technology and training providers, he identifies technology priorities, develops associated budgets and fulfills projects. He has provides leadership with the University’s distance learningsystems and is active in AJCU national and international distance learning efforts.







Rev. Nicky Santos, S.J.

Torres BioRev. Nicholas Santos (Nicky) is a Jesuit priest from Pune, India and Marquette alumnus (MBA ’06, Ph.D. ’09). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the business school at Marquette. He has academic degrees in business, philosophy and theology and practical experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations. His research interests include marketing strategies for impoverished markets, business ethics, business and society, corporate social responsibility, catholic social teaching and social entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the boards of the Colleagues of Jesuit Business Education, Marquette University High School and Creighton University, and is a member of the executive team of the Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility.





Dr. Lucas Torres

Lucas Torres, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Marquette University.  Generally speaking, his research interests have involved examining the issues surrounding mental health disparities.  Specifically, Dr. Torres has worked on delineating the components of the cultural adaptation process that serve as protective and risk factors of Latino mental health.  This research agenda entails determining the internal attributes, namely intercultural competence and coping, the sociocultural factors, such as acculturation and ethnic identity, and the stressors, including acculturative stress and daily discrimination-related events, which influence experiencing depressive symptomatology among Latino adults.  Dr. Torres received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University and completed a Multicultural Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame.  Prior to his post-doctoral position, Dr. Torres received clinical training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, through the Boston University Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. 



Dr. Daniel Zitomer

Terence MillerDr. Zitomer joined Marquette University in 1995 after working in the environmental engineering design and consulting industry. His areas of expertise are industrial and municipal wastewater management and biotechnology for waste treatment as well as renewable energy with focus in anaerobic bioprocesses. He has performed research for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and State of Wisconsin as well as many industries and municipalities. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers in environmental engineering and international service learning.


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