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School of Human Development
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Phone number:
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St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 204

Academic biography

Dr. David Kennedy (BA, MA, Ph.D., SFHEA), Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education, joined the School of Human Development, Institute of Education, Dublin City University in 2019. David is also connected to the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education, Institute of Education, Dublin City University as a teaching and research associate. He is a member of the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education; Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE); and the European Society for Catholic Theology. From 2013-2015, he was a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick where he worked as a researcher and departmental assistant teaching in systematic, biblical and sacramental theology. From 2015-2019, David worked as a researcher for national bodies in Catholic education, namely: the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP - now known as the Catholic Education Partnership [CEP]); the Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools (ATCS - now know as the Association of Patrons and Trustees of Catholic Schools [APTCS]); the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA); and the Irish Episcopal Conference (IECON). From 2016-2019, David was a lecturer and research supervisor across the Professional Masters in Education (Primary) and the Certificate in Catholic Religious Studies programme at Hibernia College. From 2015-2019, he was appointed as lead coordinator and resource writer for Catholic School Week. In 2018, David worked as a theological researcher; catechetical resource writer; and national coordinator for Catholic schools (primary/post-primary) for

Research interests

Hermeneutics of Education, Philosophy of Education, Hermeneutics of Religious Education, Ethos, the role of Values, Identity and Beliefs in Education, Intercultural Education, Theologies of the Eucharist, Sacramental Theology, the Theology  and Phenomenology of Jean Luc Marion, Religious Pluralism and Cultural Diversity, the Philosophical Hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Universal Design for Learning, Digital Learning