Murray Institute News

The members of Cohort 32 have been chosen and the program, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (core courses), began in fall 2013. Cohort 33, Principal Assessment and Professional Development for Catholic School Leaders  also began in fall 2013. The announcement of Cohort 34, a Master of Arts in K-12 Reading, has been made. The application process will be completed in fall 2013 and the program will begin in spring 2014.

Cohort 31 which is a program for Education Specialist, began in January 2013. 

In October 2012, more that a hundred Murray alums, faculty and their guests attended the annual Murray Institute Colloquium event that featured the inimitable storyteller, Kevin Kling. He gave a touching, yet humorous, presentation about the healing power of story that focused on his personal experience with disability.

In response to the growing need for Catholic school teachers and parish ministers who possess at least basic competencies in Spanish language and culture, a second cohort of beginning-level Pastoral Spanish got underway in summer 2012. Click here to learn more about this unique program.

In spring 2012, the Murray Institute launched three new graduate certificate cohorts through the University of St. Thomas' School of Education. They are Multicultural Education, Advanced Curriculum Design for the Differentiated Classroom and K-12 Learning Technology. Any of these certificate programs may be used to fulfill the required area of concentration for the master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). The Murray Institute will begin its next cohort of MACI core courses in fall 2013.

The Murray Institute also celebrated two groups of Catholic school teachers and parish ministers who completed graduate programs at UST in spring 2012. Twenty students completed our first Autism Spectrum Disorders cohort and received their graduate certificates on May 8th. Six students completed their M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction degree and participated in a hooding ceremony with their families and friends before the University's graduate commencement ceremony on May 19th.

Faculty and Committee Updates

Dr. Michael Hollerich, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Catholic Anti-Liberalism in Weimar: Political Theology and its Critics,” published in The Weimar Moment: Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law, (Leonard V. Kaplan and Rudy Koshar, eds., Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 17-46).

The Murray Institute congratulates Lori Dahlhoff on her new position with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) as Executive Director of the Department of Religious Education. She has been a member of the Archdiocesan Parish Services Team and has served on the Murray Institute Faculty Committee. We wish Lori the best of luck in her new position! Read the full story in the Catholic Spirit.

Dr. Corrine Carvalho, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), is the author of the chapter, “Putting the Mother Back in the Center: Metaphor and Multivalence in Ezekiel 19,” in Thus Says the Lord: Essays on the Former and Latter Prophets in Honor of Robert R. Wilson, (T & T Clark International, 2009).

Dr. Amy Smith, College of Applied Professional Studies and a Murray Institute Faculty Committee member, was recently elected president of the Minnesota Academy of Reading. The academy brings together various groups of reading stakeholders to discuss and respond to reading practices and policies in Minnesota. Smith is a member of the Teacher Education Department and coordinates the reading programs for CAPS. She is also an Academic Advisor to Murray Institute cohorts and frequently teaches Murray courses.

Dr. Bernard Brady, Theology Professor and Murray Faculty Committee member, is the author of, Essential Catholic Social Thought, published by Orbis Books (Maryknoll, N.Y., 2008)