Assistant Professor, Theology Department
Phone: 814-871-7545
Office: PC 3206G
menkhaus001@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Biography

     The fall 2013 semester is my first at Gannon University and I am very excited to have been welcomed so warmly by the Gannon community. 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 seven years of part-time teaching experience prior to my arrival at Gannon University, 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. I am excited to bring some of my experiences and ideas to Gannon University.
 

     Aside from theology and teaching, I enjoy rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, and Duke Blue Devil basketball team. I enjoy traveling and hope to eventually visit Antarctica. Random fun facts? I don't wear dress shoes, refuse to get a smart phone, and don't use PowerPoint. If you ever want to chat theology...or anything else, come by my office with a Mountain Dew!
  

Courses Taught

Courses at Gannon University:

  • LTHE 121 Sacred Scripture
  • LTHE 227 Theology of Moral Responsibility

Prior to Gannon University:

  • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Moral Decision Making
  • Process and Spirituality
  • Environmental Utopia and Eco-Theology
  • Marxist Utopia and Liberation Theology
  • The Catholic Experience
  • Introduction to Service
  • Ignatian Solodairty in Guatemala

 

 

Educational History

  • Ph.D.   Systematic Theology, Duquesne University                                                     2013
  • M.A.     Religious Studies, John Carroll University (summa cum laude)                      2005
  • B.A.     Religious Studies/History, John Carroll University (magna cum laude)           2003

Dissertation: Solidarity According to the Thought of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. and It's Application to Jesuit Educaiton Today

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Theology, Gannon University                                         2013-present
  • Lecturer, John Carroll University                                                                         2009-2013
  • Teaching Assistant, Duquesne University                                                           2007-2009
  • Lecturer, John Carroll University                                                                         2005-2007
  • Graduate Assistant, John Carroll University                                                       2003-2005

Publications

  • “Appropriating Ignatian Solidarity through Contact and Concepts,” Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 2012), 106-114.
  • “An Ignatian Retreat Amid the Poverty of Ecuador,” The Way: Seeking the Face of Jesus,Vol. 51, No. 2 (April 2012), 83-93.
  • “The Spiritual Exercises as a Path to Virtue,” Review for Religious 70.1 (January-March 2011), 25-43.
  • “Experiencing Fourth and Walnut: Reflections on Faith and Service,” Spirituality for Today, Vol. 14, No. 11 (June 2010).
  • “Ignatian Spirituality and the Just Peacemaking Theory,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 21, No. 4 (October-December 2009), 448-456.
  • “Four Themes of the Spiritual Exercises through Shakespeare,” The Way: Betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross, Vol. 48, No. 1 (January 2009), 93-104. 
  • “The Eternal Spring,” in With Every Breath ed. Katherine Russell.  Kentucky: Merrill Press, 2006, 73-83.“Matrix et Moise” in Moise: lui que Yahve a connu face a face by Thomas Romer.Gallimard: 2002, 118-119. 
     

Scholarship/Research

I am currently working on two papers.  The first looks at the Eucharistic Theology of Pope Francis and compares it to Pedro Arrupe.  The second paper examines the role of human dignity as described in Catholic Social Teaching and applies the concept to the current debate concerning drone warfare. 

In January 2014 I will be presenting a paper at the International Conference for Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii, entitled, "The Jesuit Origins of Pope Francis’ Call for Justice and Dialogue."

I am also designing two courses, hopefully to be offered during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The first looks at the Jesuit tradition from St. Ignatius to Pope Francis and the other is on Catholic Social Teaching. 

Service

I have been fortunate enough to work with the following service programs and expect to work with them in 2014:

  • Rostro de Cristo (service program which places young adults in Ecuador for a year)  I have presented at their orientation program for the past five years.  I have also led retreats for the organization in Ecuador and am scheduled to lead another in February 2014. 
  • Jesuit Volunteer Core International (service program which places people around the world for two years)  Their orientation is combined with Rostro de Cristo
  • Humility of Mary Service Program (places young adults in service programs in the U.S. for one year)  I have presented at their orientation a number of times and work with their volunteers in Immokalee. 
  • Ignatian Solidarity Network- I have been asked to present at a number of their events to offer my scholarship on Pedro Arrupe.
  • Hope for Honduran Children- I have traveled with them to Honduras and led evening reflections for their participants.