Faculty and staff

Because the academic study of religion is an interdisciplinary field, our faculty use a wide variety of disciplinary approaches, including anthropological, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches. Our core faculty research and teach primarily about Biblical studies, Christian thought, and contemporary spirituality.  Supporting faculty from other departments teach about the history of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and East Asian religions.

Dr. Jeff B. Pool, Eli Lilly Chair in Religion and Culture and Professor of Religion

Dr. Duane A. Smith, Eli Lilly Chair in Religion, Associate Professor of Religion, and Chair of Religion Department

Dorothy Dean, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Women’s and Gender Studies

Sister Mary Reginald Anibueze, Assistant Professor of Religion and African and African American Studies

The Religion Department is saddened to report the passing of our beloved colleague (2003-2015), Dr. Michelle Tooley, on May 26, 2015.  Obituaries and appreciations may be read here.

Michelle Tooley memorial service