Chris Pramuk joins Regis on Aug. 1

August 01, 2017

Theologian, author, scholar and lifelong musician Chris Pramuk, Ph.D., joined the faculty at Regis University on Aug. 1 as chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination, and associate professor of theology.

Pramuk brings nearly 20 years teaching in Jesuit, Catholic education most recently at Xavier University in Cincinnati. In his new role, he will serve as a resource for faculty and staff in the University’s Ignatian Tradition — a set of principles inspired by the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, that drive Regis’ approach to education and are relevant to students of all faiths and belief backgrounds. Among other things, it aims to develop students who discern and strive for the greater good, and are compassionate and committed to the service of others, particularly those on the margins of society. Pramuk also will teach two to three courses a year.

Pramuk worked at Regis early in his career and credits the University for introducing him to the Jesuit mission. His return to Regis comes at a time when exploring the future of Jesuit education, including new possibilities, has moved to the forefront of his interests and focus.

“The opportunity to bring those kinds of questions into a new role at Regis is just exciting to me,” he said. “I’m at a moment in my career — in my development as a scholar and teacher — where I’m ready to think and imagine in new ways around these bigger questions.”

Among other credentials, Pramuk holds a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in systematic theology from Denver’s Saint Thomas Theological Seminary. His areas of expertise include the life, writings and legacy of Trappist monk, social activist and famed spiritual writer Thomas Merton, and contemporary issues at the intersection of spirituality, the arts, theology and racial justice. 

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