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About Brian Schmisek

Brian Schmisek is Professor and Dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, having joined the faculty in 2012. Under his leadership IPS became an Associate Member of ATS (Association of Theological Schools) and is preparing to become a Full Member. IPS began offering summer courses at Loyola's JFRC (Rome campus) and expanded its degree and certificate offerings as well as its continuing education programs.
Prior to his time at Loyola, Dr. Schmisek was the Founding Dean of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. The School of Ministry grew to include graduate programs, undergraduate programs, continuing education, and a nationally recognized annual ministry conference that still draws over 5000 participants each year.
Dr. Schmisek earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in 2002. He holds an M.A (Classics) from The University of Mississippi and an M.A. (Theology) from The Catholic University of America. His B.A. is from North Dakota State University.
Dr. Schmisek publishes books, articles, and adult education materials accessible to an educated lay audience and rooted in solid scholarship. His interests are in bridging the gap between academy and pew. 


Present Director, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies


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  • Christian Origins (New Testament)
  • Literature of Ancient Israel (Old Testament

Books (18)

Articles (4)

Recent Works (4)