School of Human Development

Assist. Prof

Primary Department
School of Human Development
Head of School
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 109

Academic biography

I am currently Head of School of Human Development and Assistant Professor of Religious Education specialising in the area of second-level religious education so teach a variety of modules under the broad heading of religious education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I completed a BRelSc,(Mater Dei Institute of Education), MEd (Boston College) and PhD (DCU), and taught RE and English for 14 years in two Dublin schools and  lectured in catechetics in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and in Religious Education Methodology in St. Catherine's College, Sion Hill, and NUIM. In 2001 I became the joint coordinator of the LOGOS project, an online support service for teachers of Junior Certificate Religious Education. 

My PhD explored the question of what constitutes an appropriate religious education for future teachers of RE. This question underpins much of my ongoing research and publications. I have supervised five doctoral theses and am currently supervising four research students in a wide area of questions pertaining to religious education and related disciplines.

As Director of the ICRE (Irish Centre for Religious Education) I am interested in supporting research and teaching  religious education in a variety of contexts. I am a member of the Board of Members of CEIST, CESC and a Board Member of EFTRE (European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education) and a member of ISREV, REA and AULRE. I serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religious Education. 

Research interests

The religious education of the religious educator, developing a conversational role to religious education, the place and identity of religious education in the second level school, European approaches to religious education, the relationship between theology and religious education, theological education, teaching theology and religious education in local community settings, teaching religion and gender, teaching Christology