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Dr. John NorrisJohn Norris

Associate Professor of Theology

Associate Provost

Office: Carpenter Hall, 1st floor
Phone: 972-721-5234

Professional Experience

Chair, Department of Theology, University of Dallas 2000–2004
Associate Professor of Theology, University of Dallas 1999–present
Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Dallas 1993–1999
Director, Rome Undergraduate Study Abroad Program, University of Dallas 1993–1995
Visiting Instructor, Unviersity of Dallas 1991–1993
Teaching assistant, Marquette University 1984–1988


Ph.D. Marquette University 1990 Religious Studies:  Historical Thought
B.A. University of Dallas 1984 Theology

Memberships in Professional Organizations

American Academy of Religion:  1989–present
North American Patristic Society:  1995–present
Catholic Theological Society of America:  2001–present
American Society of Church History:  2001–present

Honors and Awards

Haggar Scholar Research Award 2007, 2011
Haggar Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Dallas 2001
Schmitt Fellow, Marquette University 1988, 1989
Valedictorian, University of Dallas 1984
USA Presidential Scholar 1980


Articles and Essays:

"Respeto para el alma del residente extrajero:  reflecciones sobre las responsabilidades del individuo católico y del pueblo contemporáneo."  VIII Congreso Católicos y Vida Pública:  El desafio de ser hombre (Madrid:  CEU, 2007).

"Interpretación agustiniàna del Génesis en 'ciu. 11-15."  Augustinius LII (2007) 171–176.

"Augustine's Interpretation of Genesis in the City of God, XI-XV".  Studia Patristica, XLIII (2006), 207–211.

"Reason and Scripture in the Confessions:  A Delicate Balance."  Rationality from Saint Augustine to Saint Anselm.  Ed. by Coloman Viola and Joseph Kormos. Piliscsaba, Hungary:  Ida Frölich:  2005), 95–104.

"Augustine and Sign and Tractatus in Iohannis Euangelium."  Collectanea Augustiniana V:  Augustine:  Biblical Exegete.  Eds. J. Schnaubelt and F. Van Fleteren.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing, 2001, 215–231.

"Abyss in the Confessions:  Cosmic Darkness and Spiritual Depravity."  Studia Patristica XXXVIII (2001).  238 - 244.  Originally presented at International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August, 1999.

"Macrobius:  A Classical Contrast to Christian Exegesis."  Augustinian Studies.  28 (1997), 81–101.

"The Theological Structure of Augustine's Exegesis in the Tractatus in Iohannis Euangelium."  In Collectanea Augustiniana III:  Augustine, Presbyter Factus Sum.  Eds. Joseph Lienhard et. al.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing, 1993, 385–394.


"Augustine as Preacher: The Rhetoric of the Incarnate Word."  Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity, Waco, Texas, October 2004.

"Augustine's Use of Scripture Against the Donatists in the De baptismo contra Donatistas:  Reconceiving the Images of the Church."  American Society of Church History National Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2004.

"Augustine's Confessions:  The Spirit Rests over the Waters."  National Conference of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2000.

"The Holy Person of Late Antiquity in the Rule of St. Augustine."  American Society of Church History National Conference, San Diego, California, April 1999.

"Clement's Use of Isaiah 53:  Humility and Expiation."  Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity, Dallas, TExas, February 1999.

"Biblical Imagery and Its Influence on Autobiographical Detail in Augustine's Confessions."  American Society of Church History National Conference, Tallahassee, Floriday, April 1998.

"Augustine and the Parable of the Vine:  A Grand Commendation of Grace."  National Conference of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 1998.

"Augustine:  Revelation and the Descent of the Word."  Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity, Dallas, Texas, April 1997.


The Theological Structure of Saint Augustine's Exegesis in His "Tractatus In Iohannis Euangelium." Director:  Joseph Lienhard, S.J,; Now at Fordham University.

University Service

Presidential Search Committee 2003–2004
Faculty Senate Member and Secretary 1999 –2002
Eucharistic Conference:  Organization Board 1999–2000
Council of Deans and Chairs 2000–2004
International Bible Commentary Board of Directors 2002–present
National Alumni Board 1999–2004
Rome Reunion Alumni Tour Committee 2000–2001
Rome Program Director 1993–1995
Co-Director, Inauguration of the Due Santi Campus May 1994
Rotary Scholarship Coordinator 1996–present
Committee on Counseling for Post-Graduate Studies 1996–present
Constantin Committee on Student Life 1995–1997
Campus Design Committee 1995–1996
Committee for Rome Summer Programs 1995–1997
Committee for Rom Undergraduate Programs 1995–2001
Committee on Chapel Finances 1992–present
Faculty Advisor:  Amnesty International Student Organization 1999–present
Freshman Advisor 1991 - 1992, 1995–present
Chapel Choir Member 1991 - 1992, 1995–present

Graduate Courses Taught

Ph.D. level

Augustine and Aquinas

M.A. level

Patristic and Byzantine Theology
Augustine and Augstinianism
Medieval to Modern Theology
Recent and Contemporary Theology
Church History I:  to 1300
Church History II:  1300–present

M.A. level in School of Ministry

Systematics I
Liturgy and Sacraments
Touring of Rome sites for SOM Study in Rome Program

Deacons' courses for School of Ministry

Church History:  Patristics
Church History:  Counciles

MA Thesis Direction


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