The University of St. Michael's College (USMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James R. Ginther as the Dean of its Faculty of Theology. Dr. Ginther officially takes up his duties August 1, 2015.
The Chair of the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University since 2013, Dr. Ginther was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He attended Glendon College, York University, where he studied history. He then completed an MA and PhD in Medieval Studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. In 1995, he took the position of Lecturer in Medieval Theology at the University of Leeds, where he was also involved in the Leed's Center for Medieval Studies and the annual International Medieval Congress. In 2002, Ginther moved to Saint Louis University (Missouri,USA) as Professor of Medieval Theology . He was the Director of the Center for Digital Theology from 2006 to 2013 and remained the Director when it expanded to become a Center for Digital Humanities. Dr Ginther was also Chair of the Department of Theological Studies.
“Dr. Ginther brings to St. Michael’s a rich experience of teaching, scholarship and academic administration in both the U.K. and the U.S.A." said Professor Anne Anderson, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College. “I am particularly pleased that Dr. Ginther will hold the prestigious Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Chair in Theology.”
“There’s lots to celebrate here. We don’t want to hide our light under a bushel,” says Dr. Ginther of his new workplace. Adding that he has set his sights on ensuring that St. Mike’s, with its impressive history in theological education, is seen as the place to do a doctorate in theology.
Dr. Ginther's research and publications focus on Medieval scholastic theology and intellectual history. He has published in traditional print as well as in digital humanities. In 1998 he began the Electronic Grosseteste, a freely accessible web-site that made the Latin writings of Robert Grosseteste (ca. 1170-1253) available for online searching and reading. He is currently the Director of the Center for Humanities at Saint Louis University and has produced a number of digital projects, including the Virtual Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Electronic Norman Anonymous and the T-PEN application (Transcription for Editorial and Paleographical Notation).
Dr. Ginther is married to Diana and they have two children, Katya and Nicola.
The University of St. Michael's College, the Catholic university federated with the University of Toronto, is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge for its own sake. As a Catholic university, it is committed to the study of the Christian intellectual tradition within the context of faith and to fostering the creative engagement of that tradition with the widest range of academic disciplines as well as with other traditions both religious and secular.
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