Richard Woods, OP, is Professor in the Department of Theology and Pastoral Ministry, where he teaches courses in spirituality, religious studies, philosophy, and environmental studies. He holds a PhD in the philosophy of religion (Loyola University Chicago, 1978), MAs in systematic theology and scholastic philosophy, and the STM (Master of Sacred Theology) from the Dominican Order (Rome, 2000). From 1971 to 1997, he taught on the graduate faculty in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, and was adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola University Medical School from 1981 to 2006. From 1991-99, he was lecturer and tutor at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. Awarded the Aquinas lectureship at Emory University in 1999, he also held Dominican University’s Lund-Gill Chair for 2009-2010. Author of 12 non-fiction books, he has edited four anthologies in religious studies, published one novel, co-authored another with Anne McCaffrey, and published three novelettes. He has published over 100 articles on spirituality, theology, environmental issues, sexuality and Celtic studies. Since 1985 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Eckhart Society, serving as president in 2005-06. He is on the editorial board of Medieval Mystical Theology.