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.
Sister Kathleen A. McManus, O.P., Ph.D., associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland (Oregon), has been named the Rev. Robert. J. Randall Distinguished Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College for the Spring 2017 semester. She is the 14th person to serve as the Randall Professor.
Sister McManus has been a member of the University of Portland faculty since 2000. Prior to that, she served as an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy/religious studies at Dominican College (NY) and the College of Mount Saint Vincern (NY). In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Sister McManus serves as the director of the Pastoral Ministry Program and as a member of the Coordinating Team for Theology Major Programs at the University of Portland. She also is a new faculty mentor and part of the Theology Majors’ Advising Team.
She has authored several articles for academic journals and has written a book entitled Unbroken Communion: The Place and Meaning of Suffering in the Theology of Edward Shcillebeeckx (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). She also is a member of the International Editorial Team for Bloomsbury Publishing.
Sister McManus earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
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.