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John Leonard
Chair, Religious Studies Department
Professor, Religious Studies
B.A. St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, Indiana
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Predolin 324
608-663-2823 
jleonard@edgewood.edu

Although John Leonard teaches in several areas within Religious Studies, he specializes in Spirituality, Liturgy, Catholic Studies and Liberation Theologies. John works closely with Women's & Gender Studies, Center for Multicultural Education, Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Dominican Mission Committee. An organic gardener and accomplished chef, John also conducts the Madison Schola Gregoriana which prepares for special liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

Loretta Dornisch 
Professor
B.A. Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin
M.E., Ph.D.Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Predolin 322
608- 663-2288 
ldornisch@edgewood.edu

Dr. Dornisch often teaches courses such as Introduction to the Literature of the Bible, or Christian Thought Today, along with graduate courses such as Trends in Ministry or Religious Traditions in the Contemporary World. Loretta especially enjoys working with students in preparing for professional ministry through field experience or internships. Loretta has published a number of books and articles. Her latest books include A Woman Reads the Gospel of LukePaul and Third World Women TheologiansFaith and Philosophy in the Writings of Paul RicoeurA Woman Writes Poetry, and Feminism and Beyond: A Theological Reflection for the Next Aeon.

William Tooman
Assistant Professor
B.A. Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
M.A. Trinity University, Deerfield, Illinois 
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Predolin 323
608- 663-3271 
wtooman@edgewood.edu

Bill Tooman is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with a specialty in Biblical Studies. He teaches Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, Introduction to Major Religious Traditions and History of Christianity. When he is not teaching, Bill focuses his research on Biblical Theology, Inter-Biblical Interpretation, Textual Criticism and the book of Ezekiel.

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch
Lecturer
M.A. in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati
M.A. in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University, Waltham

Rabbi Biatch is the rabbi at Temple Beth El, Madison. He holds the Swarsenky Chair - Selected Topics: Jewish Life and Thought sponsored in part by the Jewish Chautaqua Society. This Chair is shared with Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, UW Hillel.

Shelley Bobb
Lecturer
B.A. University of Rochester
M.Div, MTS Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul
STM Luther Theological Seminary, Gettysburg
Ph.D., Candidate University of St. Michael's College, Toronto
Predolin 323
608- 258-3160
sjbobb@charter.net

The Reverend Shelley Bobb is a guest lecturer at Edgewood College teaching Moral Responsibility and Medical Ethics andHistory of Christianity. She is completing a doctoral dissertation in Systematic Theology.

Larry Engel
Lecturer
B.A. St. Fidelis
MTS Washington Theological Union, Washington DC
Ph.D. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Larry's expertise lies in Christian Social Ethics, faith-based organizing and pastoral education. He currently serves as a Lay Pastor at Five Points Lutheran Church, ELCA. Larry teaches RS 650 Moral Decision- Making in an Ecumenical Context in the graduate program and a variety of courses in the undergraduate curriculum.

Jerry L. Folk
Lecturer
Patristic Study, Oxford University
B.A. Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
M.Div. Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
Th.D. Karl Eberhard University, Tuebingen, Germany
Predolin 323
608- 663-3648 
jfolk@edgewood.edu

Jerry Folk teaches Introduction to Christian Thought in the RAAD program. He is a clergyman in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served congregations in Steubenville, Ohio and in Madison, WI. Jerry taught Religious Studies and Peace Studies at Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. He is the author of three books and numerous articles. His area of special interest is the intersection between Christian spirituality, social justice and the public witness of the Church. Jerry recently retired as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches.

James Goulding
Lecturer
B.A. DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana 
B.D. Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut
MST Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California 
608-663-3463
JGoulding@edgewood.edu

Jim Goulding is a part-time instructor in the Religious Studies Department, teaching Introduction to Major Religious Traditions and Topics in Religious Studies: Islam. He recently retired from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where for 30 years he served as College Chaplain, Professor of Religion, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Although his doctoral work was in the History of Christianity, his current interests are in social justice issues in the context of Christian ethics and in the study of Islam. He is strongly committed to helping people have an intelligent view of Islam.

Rabbi Andrea Steinberger
Lecturer
B.A. Northwestern University, College of Arts and Sciences, Evanston, Illinois 
Rabbinic ordination, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion
MAHL Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio

Andrea Steinberger is currently Rabbi at Hillel-University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she conducts worship services for Jewish holidays and special occasions. She teaches classes, facilitates student leadership, and promotes a pluralistic approach to religious expression. She teaches Jewish Life and Thought as holder of the Swarsensky Chair sponsored in part by the Jewish Chautauqua Society. She shares this chair with Rabbi Jonathan Biatch.

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