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Dr. Craig Ford

Dr. Craig A. Ford, Jr., assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, will join Dominican University as next year’s Lund Gill Chair in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences.

The announcement was made by Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences Chad Rohman. 

Since 2006, the Lund-Gill Chair has been selected annually to teach a course that addresses themes and issues that are at the heart of liberal arts and sciences. The position is named for former Dominican University President Sr. Candida Lund, OP, and former English professor Sr. Cyrille Gill, OP.

As Lund Gill Chair, Ford will teach an honors theology course on the liberative theologies of sex, gender and race within the Roman Catholic tradition during the spring 2025 semester, he said.

“In coming to Dominican, my hope is to show how truly wide the Catholic imagination can be when we think about some of today's most controversial issues,” Ford said. “More importantly, I hope to learn from the students how their own identities and experiences meaningfully participate in widening that imagination as well.”

At St. Norbert, Ford teaches courses in Christian ethics, race, gender and sexuality, and ecclesiology, and serves as co-director for the school’s peace and justice interdisciplinary minor.

Ford also teaches courses in Black theology at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in Louisiana, the country’s only Catholic historically Black college.

A scholar and activist, Ford leads workshops on issues of racial, sexual and gender justice, working with Catholic parishes, colleges, universities and professional organizations. 

In 2022, Ford was the recipient of the Catherine Mowry LaCunga Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America, the largest professional society of theologians in the world. He also been recognized by St. Nobert College with three distinguished awards.

Read more about Ford here.