New Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology

New Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology

DudoitraicheThe University of Dallas School of Ministry announced today that Dr. Diana Dudoit Raiche has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology. She will begin duties in the fall semester.

Dr. Raiche is currently the Executive Director of the Department of Religious Education at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and is a frequent presenter for catechetical and liturgical conferences, diocesan workshops, and parish adult enrichment events.

There are few experts in the nation who combine both the academic strength and professional experience in catechetics as Dr. Diana Dudoit Raiche, said Dr. Brian Schmisek, dean of the School of Ministry. Her publications, scholarship, background, and teaching experience are also remarkable. We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Raiche to the School of Ministry when she begins teaching graduate courses this fall. We also look forward to her assistance as we launch the new undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry.

Dr. Raiche has served since 2003 as a consultant to the Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, on the planning team for the Diocesan Educational Catechetical Leadership Institute with USCCB and NCCL, and as a founding member of the Partnership on Adolescent Catechesis, which is responsible for the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis with NFCYM and NCCL and USCCB. Her experience in the educational ministry of the church includes teaching in Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, diocesan adult formation programs, and universities. She has also served as a parish director of catechetical ministry, director of the catechumenate, and chairperson of a diocesan education commission.

"It is an honor to become a colleague of the School of Ministry faculty at the University to Dallas, said Dr. Raiche. Dean Brian Schmisek, with collaborating faculty, staff and advocates, has shown a strong commitment to providing quality education and formation to those called to serve the Church. I look forward to teaching courses in Liturgy and Sacraments and Catechesis and Faith Development to graduate students in the School of Ministry as a visiting professor of theology this year. I also look forward to learning from these students, who typically bring a fresh perspective to any subject."

Dr. Raiche earned an MA in Practical Theology from the University of San Diego and has recently earned a Ph.D. in Religious Education/Catechetics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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