James E. Menkhaus
Assistant Professor, Theology Department
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies
Assistant Professor, Honors Program
Office: PC 3206A
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Experience
The Fall 2017 semester begins my fifth 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 B.A. and M.A. degrees 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 good and evil in the Christian tradition and in the spring I will be co-teaching a course where we will take students to the sites of the Holocaust in Poland to learn about good and evil first-hand. Each spring I also accompany groups of students to Immokalee, Florida over spring break to learn about the lives of migrant workers and the importance of Catholic Social Teaching.
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!