2019 Workshop Speakers


Dr. Denise Doyle was at the University of the Incarnate Word for twenty-six years and was a tenured Professor in the Religious Studies department.  She was the Chancellor from 2012-2015.  Prior to that, she was UIW’s Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for 13 years.  After retiring from the University, she has become the Education and Formation Director for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  She holds a doctorate in Canon Law from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.  She has written in the area of social justice, canon law, and feminism.  She has served on the Lilly Fellows National Network Board for many years. She was Acting President of the University of the Incarnate Word from August 2016 to August 2017. She retired fully in 2018.

Dr. Kathi Light worked in higher education for almost forty years. In May 2019 she retired from the University of the Incarnate Word where she spent seven years as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Prior to assuming the position of Provost in June 2012, Dr. Light was Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions at UIW, a position she held for 14 years. Dr. Light received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Incarnate Word College, her Master’s degree in Parent-Child Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and her doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Texas A&M University. After serving in the Army Nurse Corps from 1968-1973, Dr. Light worked as a staff nurse and nursing administrator at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital (San Antonio) until joining the faculty at University of the Incarnate Word in 1981. Dr. Light held leadership roles in several professional organizations, including serving as President of the Texas Nurses Association and President of the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs. In 2008 Dr. Light was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Brian T. Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry, oversees the efforts of the Helge Center for Mission and Ministry at Valparaiso University. Three primary areas of work include the ministries of the Chapel of the Resurrection, the programs of the Institute for Leadership and Service, and outreach on and off campus by the Center for Church Relations. In addition, he is Director of the Church Vocations Program, Co-Director of the Institute for Liturgical Studies, coordinates and advises the work of the Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Spirituality and MOSAIC (Mobilizing of students, Advocating interfaith cooperation), and serves as a diversity facilitator and member of CIVC (Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso University Community). Previously, Brian served for 15 years as the Hildur Swenson/Lutheran Brotherhood Chaplain and as the artistic director of “Christmas in Christ Chapel” at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Brian has academic interests in the intersections between science and religion, faith and the arts, and ritual and technology. He has taught in China, Sweden and Italy, as well as Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He has published articles on worship, music, and preaching, and he co-edited “The Spirit of Service: Exploring Faith, Service Learning, and Social Justice” and “Stories from Christian Neighbors: A Heart for Ecumenism.”

A sociologist by training, John Schmalzbauer's research focuses on religion and American higher education, religion in intellectual life, American evangelicalism, mainline Protestantism, American Catholicism, and religion in popular culture. His most recent project explores the landscape of campus ministry in the United States. Schmalzbauer recently completed a book on the changing place of religion in American colleges and universities, together with historian Kathleen A. Mahoney. Published in 2018, The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education (Baylor University Press) explores the growth of the academic study of religion, the revitalization of church-related colleges, and the diversification of student religious life. His first book, People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education (Cornell University Press), examines the role of religion in the careers of 40 prominent journalists and academics. In recent years, his courses have explored the varieties of Ozarks religion, local congregations, religion and media, and the sociology of religion. His Religion, Spirituality, and Health course is part of Missouri’s new emphasis on religious studies and the health professions. A Minnesota native, Schmalzbauer earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and his doctorate from Princeton University. He is a United Methodist.

Noteworthy News

February LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for February 2022 is now available. Click here.

Announcing the 2023-2025 Lilly Faculty Fellows Program

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2023-2025 Lilly Faculty Fellows Program for mid-career faculty leaders across all disciplines to engage the intersections of Christian thought and practice with the academic vocation. Click here for more information and to apply.

Announcing the winner of the 2021 LFP Book Award

We are pleased to announce that On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom by David I. Smith has won the 2021 LFP Book Award. For more information and to see the five finalists, click here.

Grove City College Regional Conference Postponed to 2023

Grove City College's regional conference entitled "Christianity and Core Texts at Global/Cultural Crossroads" will now take place in spring 2023. For more information, click here.

Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.

New edition of Leading Lives that Matter released

In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.

Vatican II and Higher Education: Leading Forward

Sacred Heart University will host a regional conference on October 13-15, 2022 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Vatican II and the University's founding. For more information including a call for papers, click here.