Director, Summer Rome Program
Associate Professor, Theology
Office: Augustine Hall, Room 113
A native of Texas and an alumnus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston—where he was first introduced to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition—Dr. Rombs completed his doctoral studies in theology at Fordham University in New York City. After teaching in several colleges on the East Coast, Dr. Rombs came to the University of Dallas in 2008 with his wife Kathryn and their five children. The primary area of his research and writing has been patristics, Origen and St. Augustine in particular. A second area of special academic interest is fundamental theology, the study of the foundations of theology and 'apologetics,' or the study of the principles of the credibility of the faith, especially in regard to the contemporary cultural context. As a Catholic theologian he is most interested in an open and critical engagement with the questions of our time and the sources of our tradition. And, there is no place like Rome to pursue the questions of our time and the riches of our tradition.
Associate Professor, English
Office: Augustine Hall, Room 109
Having received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside, Professor Crider came straight to UD, where he has taught in its English Department for twenty years. An award-winning teacher, he has published books on Shakespeare and on Rhetoric and Composition. His research and teaching interests are wide—Homer, Dante and the English Bible, especially—and he has been a student of the visual arts since an undergraduate with particular interest in Italian Renaissance Art. He is now studying for a M.Th. in UD's Theology Department. He lived and taught in Rome with his family for two years, during which time he fell in love with all things Italian—the language, the food, the wine, the cinema—and looks forward to living, touring and teaching there with students this summer.