The Randall Professorship is held by a recognized scholar whose work concentrates on an understanding of culture that embodies a Christian view of human achievement. The
selected individual contributes to undergraduate instruction in the theology, philosophy, history, literature, or the social sciences departments by participating in the Liberal Arts Honors and Development of Western Civilization Programs, directing student research, and delivering public lectures.
Rev. Michael S. Sherwin, O.P.,
professor and the chair in Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, has been named the Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College for the Fall 2016 semester. Father Sherwin is the 13th person to serve as Randall Professor.
Father Sherwin, who has taught at Fribourg since 2002, previously was a faculty member at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., and a graduate and teaching assistant at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in moral theology.
He has authored several journal articles and conference papers and has written a book entitled
By Knowledge and By Love: Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Catholic University Press, 2005). In addition to his written work, Father Sherwin has held editorial positions with the Swiss National Science Foundation, Academic Press Fribourg, and
Nova et Vetera: International Theological Journal.
Father Sherwin is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Association des Theologiens pour l’Etude de la Morale, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He also is the director of the Institut saint Thomas d’Aquin pour la theologie et la culture at Fribourg, director of the Archives Pinckaers, and was coordinator and founding member of the St. Albert the Great Forum on Theology and Science in Arizona.
In addition to the degrees he earned at Notre Dame, Father Sherwin earned a master’s degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union, and a master’s of divinity degree and bachelor’s degree from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
The College's first endowed chair, the Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professorship in Christian Culture was established in 2002. The chair is named for the priest, scholar, and artist who served as a member of the Providence College faculty for more than 25 years. Father Randall taught English, theology, and courses in the Development of Western Civilization Program. The professorship exemplifies the commitment to educational excellence and Christian values that defined Father Randall's life as an educator and priest.
Committee MembershipSuzanne Fournier, English (Chair) Gary Culpepper, TheologyHugh F. Lena, Academic Affairs (ex officio)Patrick MacFarlane, PhilosophyR. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., TheologyConstance Rousseau, HistoryRev. James Sabak, Theology
Committee ChargeTo make recommendations to the President on incumbents of the Randall Distinguished Chair in Christian Culture.