James E. Menkhaus
Assistant Professor, Theology Department
Assistant Professor, Honors Program
Chairperson, Theology Department
Office: PC 3206G
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Experience
The Fall 2016 semester begins my fourth year at Gannon University. Prior to being at Gannon, I taught part-time at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed my doctoral work through Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio where I attended St. Xavier High School and then earned my undergraduate and M.A. degree at John Carroll. Aside from teaching, which is my first love, I also enjoy retreats and service work. I have led a number of retreats in the United States and Ecuador, and have participated in immersion programs in Louisville, Kentucky, Immokalee, Florida and Honduras.
This fall I will be teaching a course on the Jesuit Tradition, which will examine some of the historical and theological aspects of the Society of Jesus. This past year I co-taught a course on the Holocaust and the problem of evil. We then journeyed to Poland and Prague where we viewed the ramains of the Nazi death camps in light of our readings and discussions on evil. I also accompanied a group of students to Immokalee, Florida over spring break to learn about the lives of migrants workers.
Aside from theology and teaching, I enjoy rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavs (2016 NBA Champions!!) and Duke Blue Devil basketball team (National Champs 2015!). I enjoy traveling and hope to eventually visit Antarctica. I am a huge Mumford and Sons fan and have seen them in concert 4 times. Random fun facts? I rarely wear dress shoes and have never made a PowerPoint presentation. If you ever want to chat theology...or anything else, come by my office with a Mountain Dew!