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Fenwick Faculty Profile

October 25, 2018

8 Friars’ Teachers and/or Administrators Hold Advanced, Doctoral Degrees in Their Fields of Expertise

Additionally, 72 of Fenwick’s 94 teachers also possess graduate (Master’s) degrees​


Fenwick's academic doctors (from left): Drs. Lordan, King, Woerter, Porter, Quaid, Slajchert and Peddicord. (Dr. Kleinhans is not pictured.)

In addition to Fenwick President Fr. Richard Peddicord, O.P., who has a Ph.D. in Moral Theology from the University of Ottawa/St. Paul University, seven of his colleagues also have earned advanced, doctoral degrees:

  • Dr. Jonathan King
    Theology Teacher
    Ph.D. in Historical Theology, St. Louis University

  • Dr. David Kleinhans
    Science Dept. Co-Chair
    J.D. (Juris Doctor) in Intellectual Property, John Marshall Law School

  • Dr. Gerald Lordan, O.P.
    Faculty Mentor
    Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College

  • Dr. Marissa Porter
    Latin Teacher
    Ph.D. in Classics, University of Texas – Austin

  • Dr. James Quaid
    Director of Student Services & Enrollment Management/Social Studies Teacher
    Ph.D., Educational leadership, Foundations and Counseling, Loyola University Chicago

  • Dr. Michael Slajchert
    Theology Teacher
    J.D., Loyola University Chicago

  • Dr./Fr. Dennis Woerter, O.P. ’86
    Director of Campus Ministry & Chaplain
    D.Min., Preaching in the Practice of Ministry, The Iliff School of Theology (Denver)


More Faculty Facts

Additionally, 72 of Fenwick’s 94 teachers also possess graduate (Master’s) degrees – that figure accounts for more than three-quarters of the faculty. Of the dozen or so with Bachelor’s degrees, half are presently working toward their Master’s degrees by taking advantage of the Dominican’s 60% tuition reimbursement benefit.*

* A student in enrolled in an accredited, graduate-level program must earn a letter grade of “B” or above to qualify for tuition reimbursement.


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