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About Dennis M. Doyle

I am a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, where I have taught since 1984. My areas of specialization include ecclesiology and Catholic Social Teaching. My recent involvement includes being director of publications for the College Theology Society; a planner and speaker for Catholic Common Ground; and a participant in the U.S. Methodist-Catholic Dialogue.
I am the author of The Church Emerging from Vatican II (Twenty-Third/Bayard) and Communion Ecclesiology: Vision and Versions (Orbis), as well as numerous journal articles. I am an associate editor of the revised second edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia.
As a Catholic theologian, I am committed to putting reason in the service of faith.

College Theology Society, member 1981-present (Two years on membership committee; five years on awards committee, three years as chair; three years on board of directors; chair, research and publications, 1994-present; ex officio member of the board; board member of the Louisville Region, 1985-present; president of the Louisville Region, 1992-1995)
American Academy of Religion, member 1984-86; 1999-present
Catholic Theological Society of America, member 1997-present (member, committee on admissions, 2003–05)
Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, member, 1987-1991


1984 - Present Professor, University of Dayton Department of Religious Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Second Place Winner, Catholic Press Association Book Award, Educational Books Category, 1993, for The Church Emerging from Vatican II.
  • Second Place Winner, Catholic Press Association Book Review Essay Award for "Traffic Jam on the Spiritual Superhighway" in Commonweal.
  • College Theology Society Article Award for Best Article of 1997 for "Journet, Congar, and the Roots of Communion Ecclesiology," which appeared in Theological Studies, (Sept. 1997).
  • Wrote lead book essay review for a book review section in Church (Summer 1997) that won a first prize Catholic Press Association Award.
  • Award, Special Service Award, College Theology Society, presented upon completion of 11 years as national Chair of Research and Publications.


1984 PhD, The Catholic University of America ‐ Religious Studies
1980 MA, The Catholic University of America ‐ Religious Studies
1978 MA, Ohio University ‐ English
1974 BA, LaSalle University ‐ English

Contact Information

Phone: 937-229-4219


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